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While I enjoy the ongoing storyline of the Dark series, it has become so fantastical that it feels far off from the beginning books within the series. There is more description and feelings for each little thing that a reader can tell it is filler to make a longer book. I'm usually not one to complain about that, yet the last few books seem to be all that and little substance. If I was reading the book I would have skipped chapters that felt unnecessary. As it was listening to it, I got sidetracked several times which is beyond abnormal for me. I usually get so engrossed into an audiobook that when I drive I seldom remember driving from A to B, all I remember is the chapters it took to get there. I hope the next book doesn't have the endless descriptions and repetitivness (is that a word?) that these last few in the series have had.
The narrator was great as usual.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This was a very good story and addition to the series. I liked both Emeline & Dragomir very much and was happy with their story.
Emeline is a woman with psychic abilities, one of which is prophetic dreams. She grew up and is BFFs with Blaze (the heroine from book # 23.5, Dark Crime). Emeline was captured by some vampires while she and Blaze were trying to save some young children. Emeline went through hell and came out of it with issues but she felt so tainted that she refused to let anyone near her most of the time, even to help.
Dragomir is an ancient in the race of Carpathians. Carpathians are born vampires with other abilities like shape shifting (to any form, even mist), magic spells and psychic powers. The males of the Carpathians have a darkness in them and if they don't find their lifemates, they can lose their souls and become evil. Dragomir used to live in a hidden monastery that's filled with ancient Carpathians that are too far gone to hunt the vampires any more but don't wish to meet the dawn. Renewed hope of finding his lifemate prompted Dragomir to reemerge back into the world.
Dragomir was in the area and got called in to help when a master vampire started threatening the local hunters, their lifemates and some children the Carpathians had saved. The compound everyone is staying on should be safe but the master vampire is being much more tenacious then normal, insisting on sticking around and continuing to cause trouble with his minions rather than tuck tail and run as is normal for their kind. Emeline was given a house to use on the compound and stays there all the time, refusing to see just about everyone except the children she helped rescue. Emeline has seen Dragomir in some of her dreams but she sees what she believes is his death while trying to save her so she tries to avoid his notice.
When Dragomir does finally meet Emeline, it's in the middle of an attack and his sudden return of emotions and colors certainly hinders his normal fighting abilities (at least for a bit). Regardless, Dragomir is able to hold off the attack with some help and ends up finding his lifemate in Emeline. Unfortunately, the vampire that tainted Emeline can talk to her in her head and she's been under constant emotional abuse for weeks (as well as physical pain) and because of her state of mind, she doesn't believe Dragomir when he tells her that she's his lifemate. Emeline did have reasons to fear being completely open about what was done to her but Dragomir is completely supportive and does whatever is needed to keep her happy while convincing her that they're lifemates...which does eventually happen. Dragomis makes sure she has the home and acceptance she needs while taking out threats to their well-being and the story ends with Dragomir and Emeline happily starting a HEA (with a bit of a head start).
This was a very enjoyable story. Emeline went through hell for a few weeks and I could understand what drove her to that place, so while I found her doubts in Dragomir a bit annoying, I could understand how she got there. Once she was free of the vampire taint and was doing better under Dragomir's care, I liked her very much. Dargomir was a really good hero...sweet and supportive while still being badass. Overall, the story was very good and kept me engaged throughout so I'd recommend the story/series. :)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
was only worth reading the last few chapters *sigh* yes I was disappointed iv been waiting for this for a year. I think it should of had maybe another life mate pair in it. I found myself bored very quickly. it had the potential to be so much more.
I recommend it just so that you form your own opinion. I plan on listening again in a few months once the hype has died down to see if it's changed my mind (doubtfull)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Love the book from start to finish. Love the the characters, and notators, the story line has a lot of possibility for further books.