Finally, I'm beginning to get thoroughly back into this Dark series. The last few (too many) main books have been rather disappointing, with the male Carpathians being abusive and cruel partners. In this book, we see a Carpathian male who has accepted a more modern and independent American woman for his Lifemate. I'm pleased with the move of the storyline to the United States, because the Hunters there seem a bit more open-minded than some of the Carpathian ones.
This story brings back memories of Falcon, because the children play a major role. Unfortunately, the children are targeted by the Vampires. Their torture is sad and disturbing. Helping the main characters are various other Carpathians, including the ones from "Dark Crime", as well as several "Ancients" from the monastery featured in "Dark Promises" (who are in the U.S. searching for their lifemates).
This book, unlike so many of her recent books, has a nice balance between sex and Vampire fights. It has brought back not only the romance between Lifemates, but it has also reintroduced their love of children and family. I think that this large 'Family' complex in the United States (especially if Andre, Gabby, and the rest from Dark Promises travel there) will open up a fresher plotline and more modern environment for the noble Carpathians.
I hope that this trend continues, because I'm a fan of this series and I want to, again, look eagerly and impatiently forward to the next installment--which I haven't recently been able to do.