Dark Promise is the next instalment from Christine Feehan's Carpathian Series. This series has been continuing for so long that I think it deserves to be recognised as its own world. Could you imagine having a real Carpathian living amongst our world, it would be amazing, just like this instalment, absolutely amazing! Miss Feehan is a master storyteller and never disappoint her fans!
Dark Promise is the evidence that Christine Feehan can not only hold together a series together for 29 books, but she can keep the storyline unique and creative. This book is an amazing piece of work. It touches on subjects that are sensitive but done in such a way that it is realistic enough to believe the scenes but still fit the storyline perfectly.
The storyline originally sets the scene between our beloved characters Gabrielle Sanders and Gary Jensen. We know a lot about these two characters through many of the books before this one. We have always known they were destined to be together and it was only a matter of time before something great happens for them. A wedding night anyone would assume to be the night for great things, and in this book that is no exception except for the huge twist that comes with the wedding night.
Aleksei is an ancient and although we have all grown to love the ancients from previous books I have to admit that Aleksei isn’t my favourite. He has all the qualities that I usually love. He is a protector and alpha, and I do believe him to be a fine warrior. The chemistry between himself and Gabrielle is intense and the dominant BDSM ways are expertly told through a brilliant storyline.
Trixie Joanes and Fane were my favourite couple of this book. Trixie is the grandmother to Teagan who is lifemate to Andre from a previous book. Trixie has come to the Carpathian Mountains in search of Teagan who she is sure is in a great deal of trouble. What she learns to late is the people she has come with are there to kill Teagan and her friends. Trixie manages to lose them within the dense forest and finds herself high up in the mountains. She follows a song (which is her gift) and finds herself inside the monastery that several ancients have claimed as their own so they don't interact with anyone else and can stand off meeting the dawn or turning vampire.
Fane is one of these ancients and when he sees Trixie for the first time he is so happy and intrigued by her that he doesn’t know what he should do with her. After all, it’s not every day your lifemate tries to greet you with a stake to the heart. Thankfully Fane is such an easy going and lovable personality that he has the charisma to guide Trixie into realising just what sort of treasure she is. I loved Fane's personality. He was such a strong and dominant male, but at the same time knew how to let go enough to have Trixie's dominant personality reach out. Loved the chemistry between these two. Loved everything about them.
And what would a Carpathian book be without the vampires? We had several nasties in this one and they were all dealt with exactly how they should be dealt with. Deadly and Mercilessly! There was also the sensual sex scenes that we expect no less of from Christine Feehan books, and as usual they were as hot as you would have come to know.
My heart breaks for Gary and the only thing that keeps me going is the fact I believe Christine Feehan would never leave him in such a state and he will have his happy ending too. I’m hoping this will be in the next book or two, but after reading this book, I’m not sure if I could see a book before Gary's or not. I guess that’s something we will have to wait and find out.