I’ve waited a long time to check out a Christine Feehan book and I think that maybe I set myself up for disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed ‘Dark Prince’. However, I expected to be blown away…and I wasn’t.
I listened to the Audible edition of ‘Dark Prince’ and I can’t say that I’d recommend that version to others. The narration just didn’t work for me. I think that if I had read the Kindle version, I probably would’ve enjoyed this story a lot more. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I’ll be sure to sample the audiobook next time if I decide to continue this series.
This story centers on Raven Whitney, a lady with psychic abilities that has gone to Romania to escape the stressors of her work. She has worked with police agencies, using her abilities to help solve murders, but she can’t scrub the horrors that she’s seen from her mind. She needs to get away and clear her head.
While on vacation, she meets Mikhail Dubrinsky, a wealthy local. However, Mikhail is far more than meets the eyes. He is the prince of the Carpathians, an ancient race of immortal beings.
The Carpathians are facing extinction, as the females have become pregnant with decreasing frequency. Additionally, there has not been a female Carpathian born in hundreds of years. If unable to find their life mate, Carpathian males are consumed by their darkness and go mad, requiring Mikhail to have them “put down”. Slowly but surely, their race is dying out.
As if they weren’t facing enough challenges, there is a murderer on the loose. Carpathians, particularly female Carpathians, are being hunted down and killed. With few females remaining, Mikhail’s hunt for the killer is a top priority.
This was the first book I’ve read about the Carpathians and I have to admit that I was a little confused at first. This race of immortals has shared abilities with other, more familiar, immortal races. It took me a little while to figure out that Mikhail was able to shape-shift and also had vampiric characteristics. Once I realized that, it was much easier to follow along.
Aside from the narration, I found myself really liking this paranormal romance. Raven and Mikhail were compelling characters. I would have liked for there to me more time spent on the love story/romance, but that is just me. I crave all the smutty details.
While this story didn’t awe me like I had expected after all the praise I heard for this author, I did think that it was good. In fact, if it weren’t for the unappealing narration, it might have been a great read for me.
I am very intrigued by the supporting characters. Gregori, in particular, holds a lot of appeal for me. I already looked ahead, hoping that his story would be the next in the series. Sadly, it wasn’t. I’ll have to read a couple more books in this series before I get to his book.
Right now I’m on the fence about whether or not I’ll continue this series. I am very curious about Jacques and Gregori, but I’m not thrilled with the narration at this point. Maybe I’ll come back to it at some later point.