The Carpathian and his little woman!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗😳
The heroine: Teagan Joanes – she is a geologist and a natural healer with special gifts. One of her gifts is her ability to find certain crystals, rocks and gems. She feels something inside her that gets stronger the closer she is, or weaker as she gets further away. She is in the Carpathian mountains with a friend from college as her guide in order to get a specific crystal that will heal her grandmother.
The Hero(s): Andre Boroi – an ancient Carpathian, he is centuries old and a warrior. He has lived so long that he no longer sees colors or feels emotions. He has given up on finding his life mate. He would lay himself out in the sun and end his existence if it wasn’t for the group of vampires he was hunting led by Master Vampire Costin Popescu. He wants to end them before he ends himself.
The Story: Teagans grandma Trixie has been talking about a guy named Gary and Vampires. So Teagan and her sisters assume she is losing her mind. Teagan knows that there is a crystal or gem that can heal her grandmother. She is able to tell that she will be able to find it in the Carpathian mountains in Turkey.
Teagan has a college friend who lives in that area and acts as a guide. He agrees to take her into the mountains to find what she needs. After being attacked, Teagan climbs up the mountain alone and finds Andre inside a cave where he has holed up to recover from grievous wounds he suffered in a battle with Popescu and his vampire followers.
As a Carpathian, Andre is immortal and has a bunch of different powers such as the power to heal, by leaving his body and going into the person he is healing, he also is able to heal himself. He has the ability to shift into any animal he wants, to control the minds of humans, to wake the spirits of the dead and more.
The romance was great and super steamy. I liked the fact that it took three times for a Carpathian to claim his woman and “bring her into the Carpathian world”. They have to share blood three times in order to solidify their bond and make Teagan a Carpathian. Lately I have been reading a lot of the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands and I am loving all the differences between immortals from that world and the Carpathians in this world.
As for the narration, I really enjoyed how this was done and wish more of the series were dual narration. From what I can tell only a few of the series are. This one was told from mostly from Teagan’s POV, but even within her POV, when Andre speaks it is in the male voice, narrated by Phil Gigante. I just love that and wish every romance was done this way.
Phil was perfect for Andre, he had a deep slow voice that was like pure honey and perfect for the Carpathian and when he spoke in Teagan’s thoughts there was a bit of an echo sound which was great to distinguish when they were communicating in their minds from when they spoke out loud to each other.
Natalie Ross did the voice of Teagan and she used a softer voice for when she was thinking than when she was speaking. The speaking voice was a tad deep for my liking but had a trace of a Louisiana accent which worked well for the character. I definitely plan to read the next book which includes Trixie.
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