A very different story!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗😘
The heroine(s): Emeline Sanchez – Best friend to Blaze from Dark Crime, Emeline was sent away by Blaze when she was fighting against the gang who killed her father. However, Emeline returned and was taken by a master Vampire, Vadim Malinoff, who raped her and forced her to exchange blood with him so he could speak to her in her mind and track her wherever she goes.
The Hero(s): Dragomir Coatzl – An ancient Carpathian, one of the few that lived in the monastery high up in the Carpathian mountains. They lived in the monastery because they had lived so long that they no longer see in color or feel emotions and are dangerous to others. The ancients from the monastery have come down to find mates after a few of their brethren
The Story: Dragomir knows from the start that Emeline is his life mate, though Vadim told Emeline that she was his life mate and she thought she was dirty because of what Vadim did to her. She also has a secret for which she thinks if known would force the Carpathians that are keeping her safe to kick her out.
This was quite different than the books I have read so far. I have been jumping around a bit in this series which didn’t bother me much because each book is its own story even though there are people from previous books that sometimes appear in later books. However, I found that I was missing some information about the Vampires.
Becoming a Vampire is what happens to ancient Carpathians who grow tired of the world and are not able to see color or feel emotions, if the Carpathian no longer cares about staying honorable they become a Vampire and start feeding on humans indiscriminately. They are after the high that comes from feeding on a human feeling fear where their blood is full of adrenaline.
I knew all that and I knew that Carpathians kill the Vampires by punching into their chest, grabbing the heart and removing it before burning it up with a lightning strike. I also knew that the blood of Vampires burns the Carpathians like acid, while Vampires can drink the blood of the Carpathians. However, I didn’t know why.
It is because the Vampires have parasites in their blood. So I can see why Emeline thinks she is tainted and dirty. It was gross actually, and the process to remove the parasites from Emeline was exceedingly detailed and I could definitely see the whole process in my mind. Which was awesome world building on the part of Christine Feehan!
The narration was done by Jim Frangione. I generally like dual narration and dual POV. I also like when the narration is done by someone whose voice I can imagine as the characters. However, I really like Jim Frangione’s narration. I can’t really imagine him being one of the characters but he has a great voice for just having someone read the story to you. He does most of the Black Dagger Brotherhood audiobooks as well and I have always enjoyed his narration.
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