Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion.
A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home.
Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness - until the day that a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.
From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers - Carpathian and human - build a future together? And how can Mikhail bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?
©2011 Christine Feehan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I love books that take a different spin on vampires. Especially ones that leave the dark evil vampires but then have others of a different race that are similar but more good guys. I love books set in the Carpathian mountains, and I love strong heroines, this should make it that I would love this book. I didn't. I enjoyed it and it has a excellent story to it. I found I enjoyed it greatly with two exceptions. There were several area where I found myself saying "get on with it all ready" at these places the descriptions were long, detailed and unnecessary. And secondly there was the Strong Heroine, modern day independent woman, with the ability to read minds. This should be awesome. Strong and independent does not = stupid, and a strong & intelligent woman does not disobey in very stupid ways, when they know it could mean their life, especially a woman so adept and reading minds and yet so naive and stupid about the gravity of human nature. She was not believable in the least. I could see her arguing and being pissy, but not going off and doing stupid things just to prove she was independent and strong, and every single time nearly getting herself and the man, she will do anything to keep happy, killed. Also she tracks serial killers for the police and yet she blatantly by thought and yet she constantly misjudges everyone's actions and thoughts and defends them because "they can't be evil". I really had issues with this woman. If she had been made slightly stronger and less whinny I would have enjoyed this story to the fullest, for the story behind the Carpathians and Vampires is EXCELLENT
Would have liked Raven to be a bit stronger as a character.
Jack has just the perfect fit of bad boy, sweet and sexy. Will enjoy seeing him find his lifemate.
Good naration and performance.
Sure. Get more of the series.
A plot, likable characters, less stupid sex scenes. It is the worst book I have gotten through audible so far. i am amazed that it was published at all and that audible chose to record it. Shame on everyone.,
Character development. Editing.
Raven had a simpering, annoying voice.
All of them
this has encouraged me to write a book of my own since I see that anything can get published. I resent that you wasted my money and my time.
I don't like to talk badly about any authors work as I know they put a lot of time and effort into their stories. This seemed to have potential but as I listened, this story never really caught my attention. I like passionate stories where you can feel the emotions of the characters and I didn't get any of this from the characters in this story.
The Heroin in this story seemed weak although she was trying to portray her as strong. I couldn't see her this way. It didn't help that her husband, mate, whatever he was to her saw her as fragile and weak. I would have liked to see a stronger female role.
The narrators voice was great except when she portrayed the heroin. Although I guess it was fitting as the heroin did seem whiny and weak and that is what the narrator portrayed. Her voice became so irritating whenever it was the Heroin's part. I didn't finish the book.
Honestly I don't believe in cutting scenes from a book. It could play some importance later on.
I have read a Christine Feehan book before and enjoyed it and that was why I picked this book. I wanted to start with the first of the series. I'm having second thought's about reading this series though. I was going to give it until the third book to decide if I would continue with the series but I don't want to feel like I'm wasting credits. We'll see.
Christine Feehan's book are usually entertaining and I think I liked the first edition of this audio book better, though not by much. Abby Craden made Raven seem even more ridiculous than she already was. I really tried to like this book but it was so incredibly long and needlessly drawn out.
Phil Gigante comes to mind as a narrator.
I would have made Raven less of a silly twit.
Don't waste your credits. I'm glad I bought it on sale. I would have returned it otherwise.
i remember enjoying the book years ago and got the audio version on sale. I cannot finish it. Too repetitive and slow moving.
I couldn't recommend this to anyone. It was honestly difficult to finish. I think the storyline had great potential, but unfortunately, the main characters never gained appeal to me. At first I thought it was just the narrator's voice for Raven that was grating on my nerves, but after a while, I realized it was just the character herself. If there was a stupid choice to be made, Raven predictably made it every time. Trying to understand her reasoning (her compassion for others, her belief in free will, etc.) didn't help at all. She came across as ridiculous damsel, who was always in distress. And the male lead, as attractive as he was written, lost some of his appeal to me, because of his willingness to cater to and coddle such a idiot! So disappointed. Don't waste your credit here.
A lot of repetition both in phrasing and plot points. An hour could have been cut easily.
This is a first.
This is a first.
Not really, unfortunately. I didn't see enough background for the different immortal beings. Raven was a fairly annoying main character who also didn't have enough background. Wasn't inspired to read others in the series. Forgettable.
After I listen to all 25 books in the series I may turn around and re-read this first book in the series. It was very captivating! Love how tRaven and Mikhail met, fell in love, and became life mates.
I like the idea of Carpathians being a race that if their emotions get away with them then they turn rogue and into vampires. Excellent concept.
I really like Raven. She is independent and does not mind speaking her mind and telling Mikhail exactly how she feels - no wimpyness for this lady!
The part where Raven was totally freaked out about "going to earth" was awesome and well written. She made me feel like I would probably feel if I were buried in the ground to revitalize.
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