Dark Crime by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Hero that appreciates a strong female heroine!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗🤩
The heroine(s): Blaze McGuire – her father was murdered by the Halihan Brothers, a local gang. Blaze loved her father and learned from a young age how to defend herself. Her father sometimes worked as a bomb tech, and also taught her everything he knew. She vowed revenge against the Halihan’s and their leader, the reclusive Reginald Kunen.
The Hero(s): Maksim Volkov – half owner of a successful club with Tariq Asenguard, Maksim is a Carpathian and knows right away on first seeing Blaze that she is his life mate. He is also determined to defeat Reginald Kunen and the Halihan Brothers.
The Story: Blaze is determined to blow the Halihan brothers to pieces when they come after her and doesn’t care that in order to do that she may have to die as well. When Maksim finds out what Blaze is up to, he tries to get her to stop what she is doing and says he and Tariq also want to take the gang down and she can work with them without killing herself to do it.
There were a few things I really liked about this book, though also a few things I didn’t like so much. It was a novella (172 pages), so long enough to have both romance and a good storyline. I like the story about revenge against the men who killed Blaze’s father. I loved the fact that Blaze is a strong intelligent female who is able to fight for herself and especially loved the fact that Maksim is an ancient Carpathian but has no problem with the fact that his life mate is going to fight alongside him for the same end.
I also really enjoyed the fact that the novella format allowed for skipping the give and take (will they, won’t they), forgoing the whole when will they finally… The story got right to Maksim claiming Blaze and made for his telling her about Carpathians and Vampires go much more quickly than in some of the longer books.
The book was super steamy, maybe even a bit too steamy for the shorter format. I think I would rather have had less intimate scenes and more story, but I still enjoyed it overall. The narration was something I didn’t like in that the narrator Richard Ferrone did a sort of standard old fashioned vampire voice and accent for Maksim. He spoke slowly and gravely with a bit of the Count Dracula (or Count Chocula) accent.
I listened to this book as a part of the compilation audiobook called Edge of Darkness, which contained 3 novella’s from different authors.
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