Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: Dark Peril by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan {Facebook}
Series: Dark #21
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Audio Book {14hrs}
Source: Public Library
Genre: Paranormal
Characters: Solange Sangria, Dominic
Challenge: 100+, Paranomal Romance, Whisper Stories
My Rating:

Dominic, of the Dragonseeker lineage—one of the most powerful of the Carpathian lines — is desperate to go to the very heart of the enemy camp and learn their plans. There’s only one way to do so: ingest the parasitic blood of a vampire. He knows that it is a mission from which there is no return. With little time before the blood takes effect, he’ll get the information he needs, relay it to the leader of the Carpathians, and go out fighting. There is no more honorable way to end his life.

Solange Sangria is one of the last of the jaguar people, a royal pureblood, a dying species that cannot recover from bad decisions made over hundreds of years. She has long been alone, fighting to save the remaining shapeshifters from the hands of Brodrick the Terrible: her own father, who slaughtered her family and everyone she loved. Wounded and weary, she plans one last battle, hoping to stop the man who has made an alliance with the vampires, accepting that she will not come out alive.

They are two warriors who have lived their lives alone. Now, at the end of their time, they find each other — an obstacle neither saw coming, and which neither can hope to ignore.

Solange and Dominic’s relationship began before they actually met each other. They were dream lovers of sorts, that neither believed to be real people.

Solange is a jaguar shifter and Dominic is a Carpathian of the Dragonseeker lineage. She has major trust issues when it comes to men, due to all the violence she has seen inflicted upon women by her male jaguar counterparts.

When they finally do meet, of course he’s already in love with her. He has to prove to her that is love for her is true and hot just because she’s his soulmate and has to love her because he has no choice in the matter.

Solange seemed to have a lot of issues with self esteem as well, especially when it came to be a woman, or feminine, not just a warrior. She always needed constant assurances and it became rather whiny.

As a reader I didn’t have any kind of investment in this lifemate pair other than the fact that their story is a part of the series. I would have loved to have seen appearances from past Carpathians. I always enjoy catching up with previous members of the series.

Read by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante
Duration: 14 hours

Loved the narration by these two, but I always enjoy Phil's narration so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one. The narrators did not hinder or decrease my enjoyment of the story.



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