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review 2018-09-07 11:00
Release Week Revew! Dark Sentinel (Dark #32) Christine Feehan!
Dark Sentinel - Christine Feehan

 

 

In an explosive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a human woman ignites the desire of her Carpathian lifemate--and of an ancient vampire with a score to settle.

 

After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers.

 

Andor Katona's existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colorless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him.

 

In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognizes Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars. . .

 

 

The newest book in the world of the Carpathian is a spectacular read full of electrifying suspense, volatile action and carnal passion. Andor and Lorraine are two solid, enthralling characters that easily draw you into their story but it’s their exciting relationship that keeps readers glued to the pages from the very beginning. The relationship is a bit rocky because of the situation and their differences which causes some emotional turmoil, but like all lifemate romances, the magnetic attraction sizzles from their core and refuses to be denied.

 

The story starts off with some intense, thrilling excitement and continues to keeps on the edge with lots of fast paced, explosive action and anticipation building thrills. This novel flows smoothly from page to the next while the hunters go up against vampires that have a diabolical plan and seem to have formed an army. Surprising twists and turns keeps the characters on their toes and defeating this enemy may just take more hunters than they have.

 

I was unable to put Andor and Lorraine’s story down until I had read every last word of this spectacular Carpathian story, the world just keeps getting more fascinating and the author continues to wow readers with her creative imagination and wonderful world building. I especially love the flying carousel that she brought to vivid life and how lifelike the characters and thrilling danger is while I suspended in her world.

 

 

Author's Book Page - https://www.christinefeehan.com/darkbooks/dark_sentinel.php

 

 

Add Dark Sentinel to your shelves at:

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37457488-dark-sentinel

 

BookBub - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37457488-dark-sentinel

 

 

Dark Sentinel is the 32nd book in the Dark series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/41089-dark

 

Author - https://www.christinefeehan.com/darkbooks/index.php

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CJ8T1WE/ref=dp_st_0451490088

 

 

which includes -

 

1 Dark Prince
2 Dark Desire
3 Dark Gold
4 Dark Magic
5 Dark Challenge
6 Dark Fire
7 Dark Dream (in Dark Nights)
8 Dark Legend
9 Dark Guardian
10 Dark Symphony
11 Dark Descent (in Dark Nights)
12 Dark Melody
13 Dark Destiny
14 Hot Blooded (in Darkest at Dawn)
15 Dark Secret
16 Dark Demon
17 Dark Celebration
18 Dark Demon
19 Dark Curse
20 Dark Slayer
21 Dark Peril
22 Dark Predator
23 Dark Storm
24 Dark Lycan
25 Dark Wolf
26 Dark Blood
27 Dark Crime (Edge of Darkness)
28 Dark Ghost
29 Dark Promises
30 Dark Carousel
31 Dark Legacy
32 Dark Sentinel

 

 

in hardcover or ebook at:

 

Berkley - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/562835/dark-sentinel-by-christine-feehan/9780451490087

 

B&N - https://bit.ly/2w0c0aZ


BaM - https://bit.ly/2MlnRuf


Amazon - https://amzn.to/2MF6Ms2


Amazon UK - https://amzn.to/2Ovbauu


Audible - https://adbl.co/2AZcvb2


Walmart - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dark%20Sentinel/363108124


Kindle - https://amzn.to/2NLPmuT


Nook - http://bit.ly/2uuP2YH


iBook - https://apple.co/2uuWvqJ


Kobo - http://bit.ly/2Jf6d5T


GPlay - http://bit.ly/2NaSD5J

 

 

 

You can read chapter one at:

https://www.christinefeehan.com/darkbooks/dark_sentinel.php#excerpt

 

 

 

 

 

 

I live on the beautiful Northern California coast and draw much inspiration from the beauty around me. I've always been a writer, for as long as I remember. My sisters were forced to read all of my books from the time I could write a story on paper.

 

I love family. I love my brothers and sisters, my children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren. My home was always full of kids and children give me so much joy.

 

I also love my "sisters of the heart", those friends who have supported me through my life, laughed with me, cried with me and loved me regardless of how crazy my life got. I am a strong supporter of women helping each other which is why I became a third degree black belt and taught self-defense to women who'd been abused.

 

I love people and dogs, good books and great coffee and I'm lucky to know just how blessed I am.

 

 

Website - http://www.christinefeehan.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6268.Christine_Feehan

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christine-feehan

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/christinefeehanauthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/AuthorCFeehan

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/authorcfeehan/

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/authorcfeehan/

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-24 07:30
Dark Prince: Get Some Aloe Vera For That Burning Desire
Dark Prince - Christine Feehan

Dark Prince really likes its male and female leads. Their names are Mikhail and Raven, and they are perfect for each other. I mean that in a factual rather than complimentary way. The book takes great pains to make them two halves of a whole, baking it into the premise of the magic system. The male vampires of the novel must find a lifemate to keep them from succumbing to their darkest urges, and just one person in the world will do.

 

Mikhail and Raven know they're in the throes of destiny right from the get-go. Raven's a human psychic vacationing in Romania when she hears Mikhail's angst via telepathy. Being a giving soul, she helps out, and their communication via direct thoughts conveniently puts their courtship pedal to the metal. Mikhail, a powerful noble Byronic hero type who doesn't take no for an answer, shows up at her tourist lodge in the middle of dinner and uses his mind-affecting powers to cow everyone while he literally carries Raven off to his pad.

 

If you're thinking this is as creepy as it reads, let me just say "uh-huh." Raven tries to resist, but can't because Mikhail is just so damn sexy. This is not from his mental commands -- he specifically mentally commands her a couple of times for other reasons, but Raven chooses not to shit a brick in absolute terror at this violation, and once she's made some protestations, falls in sweeping, all-consuming, dizzy-from-blood-loss love with him. Their banter is meant to ameliorate this power disparity (which it doesn't, really), and carry on in the tradition of heroines who find vampires irresistible despite their danger. But unlike Bram Stoker's blood-drinking-as-metaphor-for-sex, Dark Prince gets straight into sex and blood that is, um, about 75% consensual and 25% coercion. It's never rape, but a girl could use some pepper spray is what I'm saying.

 

Our hero and heroine then have earth-shaking throw-down gorilla sex for about the first half of the book. It's pretty well described the first time, which is good, because the next five times or so it says a lot of the same stuff. Everything is "silken skin" and "burning need," there's a lot of souls becoming one and manful "claiming her as his." To be fair, it's not all repetition: the stakes are upped a little bit each time from sex to sex & blood to lifemate ritual to the vampiric Embrace itself.

 

Oh, did I use a Vampire: The Masquerade term? Don't worry about it. Dark Prince is full of them. There's blood bonding, princes of vampires, sun lethargy, blood potency, lots of sleeping bodily in the earth like in the Protean discipline, and who knows what I've forgotten. To be fair, an entire generation of urban fantasy was influenced by White Wolf, so the author is not alone here. My own writing has gaming in its DNA, too. But for obvious reasons, I'll call out when a mainstream genre writer doesn't file off the serial numbers before reselling Chekov's gun.

 

There are some additional touches not in White Wolf - the weather literally gets worse with Mikhail's mood, the vampires have a fertility crisis and will die without their lifemates, and my personal favorite bit: Mikhail goes off in his own language now and then. (Honestly, I can't tell if it's made-up or just Romanian, but it added nicely to the world-building.)

 

Most of the book is sex, or flirting when the blood-bonded pair are too injured to have sex, or yearning whenever they are apart from each other for literally even a moment. This gets pretty worn, but around the second half of the book, a plot picks up involving vampire hunters and their mastermind bent on exterminating the last few Carpathians, the book's term for "good" vampires. Carpathians are established as vulnerable to bullets as well as the sun, so despite Mikhail's frequently-mentioned amazing powers, the antagonists are a pretty effective threat. It all comes together fine, but the purple prose wore me out about halfway through, so the dramatic heights of the end were not as climactic for me as the author probably intended. All in all, Dark Prince has few surprises, but as evidenced by its gazillion sequels, when your novel is primarily about vampire sex, the market value of surprises is pretty low.

 

I'd give this two stars, but I'm going to bump it to two and a half because of the research necessary to put together the Carpathian language. That doesn't grow on trees. As for who'd like it, if you thought the Mina/Dracula dynamic in that Francis Ford Coppola movie was cheeseball and you picked up this novel, I got nothin' but bad news for you. On the other hand, if you want a towering romance with mountain chateaus and that 19th-century Gothic vibe with lightning storms and noble savage blood-drinkers, Dark Prince tries hard to deliver. And if you just want vampire sex, which there ain't no shame in, you can fill in the other two and a half stars yourself.

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review 2018-06-23 01:28
Shadow Keeper - Christine Feehan

The third installment of the Shadow Riders series focuses on Giovanni Ferraro, the one who was shot and can’t travel through shadows, so his job has become the quintessential playboy in order to give his family the alibis they need to do their work. He hates it. It has caused him to become jaded and cynical because all of the women he meets only want his money or the publicity his family name can provide, never ever him. Sasha is a waitress in the Ferraro club in Chicago and she unfortunately overheard him tell his brothers and cousins about a game that is vulgar and demeaning. A game based on points earned for having women do certain things without being asked or told; they have to offer it freely or initiate it. The moment Giovanni sees that Sasha has overheard the rules of this game he doesn’t understand his reaction to her anger and judgement of him but the fact that she stands up to him in her own way snags his attention. When he later has to rescue her after she is assaulted by other customers, he whisks her away from the club and that starts the whirlwind relationship between the two. She doesn’t take his crap and she speaks her mind and she doesn’t trust why Giovanni seems to be pursuing her. They are both stubborn and strong willed. When he finds out she is working two full time jobs to pay for her brother’s medical care, he can’t help but admire and respect her more and more and he really wants to take care of her, though she tells him how she feels about that quite succinctly. Sasha has had it rough ever since her parents were killed in a car accident and her older brother suffered a severe brain injury. She knows she doesn’t belong in Giovanni’s world but she can’t help but be drawn to him and see beneath his public persona. When a stalker breaks into her apartment Giovani and the rest of the Ferraro family come to her aid and the conflict becomes more complex and intriguing. They have to work together to figure out who her stalker is and it isn’t a clear cut case to say the least. I loved their adventure. The plot was multifaceted and engaging. The characters were entertaining and strong and I loved coming back to the Ferraro family. The series is really standing out in the Feehan universe for me as one of my favorites for sure.

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review 2018-05-29 10:00
Release Day Review! Shadow Keeper (Shadow Riders #3) Christine Feehan!
Shadow Keeper - Christine Feehan

 

 

One family brings its own brand of justice to the streets of Chicago's shadowy underworld as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to a series hot enough to burn...

The paparazzi can't get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them--and the women he beds--he's just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can't hunt in the dark, he'll find his pleasure elsewhere...

Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she's fair game--until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He's dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away.

The devil at her heels may have finally met its match... 

 

 

 

The third book in the Shadow Rider series is a fantastic read that I was unable to put down until I had read every last word.

 

This thrilling new paranormal world is full of wonderful characters that are strong, sexy and captivating, easily drawing readers in and holding them hostage until the very end. Giovanni and Sasha are the hero and heroine of Shadow Keeper and they have some strong sizzling chemistry that leaps off the pages and captures the reader’s attention from the get go. The romance is sweet but full of heated passion as well as emotional turbulence as Sasha is introduced to Giovanni’s world of secrets and danger, which means Giovanni has his work cut out for him as he tries to win her heart while keeping her safe.

 

This fast paced plot keeps readers on the edge with lots of thrilling danger that gets the adrenaline pumping and surprising twists and turns so that there is never a dull moment to be found. And to make it even more suspenseful, Giovanni must determine if he has been betrayed by one he trusted which adds to the emotional turmoil and the uncertainty facing this couple.

 

So far, I have to say that Christine Feehan has another spectacular series going. She makes all her worlds come alive for her readers as well as making all her wonderful characters vibrant and life like. I can always get lost in her stories and never doubt that I am going to love it, which is why I tend to read them over and over again. Each of her Shadow Riders stories have an intense feel to them and have some unique elements that make them different from other paranormal stories and I can’t wait to read the next one.

 

 

 

 

Shadow Keeper is the 3rd book in the Shadow Riders series which includes:

 

Shadow Rider

Shadow Reaper

Shadow Keeper

With more to come!

 

The next Christine Feehan new release to be released is, Dark Sentinel, which will be available in hardcover & ebook on September 4, 2018.

 

Shadow Keeper is available in print & ebook at:

B&N   Amazon   BaM   GPlay  Walmart   A-UK   iBooks   Kobo

Audible

 

 

 

can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   BookBub   Facebook   Twitter   Pintrest   YouTube   Amazon

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-29 00:00
Shadow Keeper
Shadow Keeper - Christine Feehan


Shadow Keeper continues the story of the Shadow Riders. These men and women can literally meld into the shadows! They can detect lies by crossing shadows with people. Its really unique and I love the world that Feehan has created with this series!

Sasha left the farm in Wyoming in order to get the best care possible for her brother. She is working 2 jobs to pay for his care facility but she would do anything for Sandlin. When she meets Giovanni, sparks fly. However, she doesn't have the best impression of the manwhore playboy. Giovanni isn't going to let that stand in his way. I liked that Giovanni wasn't really such a manwhore. It was a ruse created out of necessity and it was kind of brilliant in its simplicity. Before he can really get to know Sasha, they discover she has a super creepy stalker. This guy is deranged. It was ominous and really helped build the tension. However, the ending felt anticlimactic and a bit abrupt. All that lead up kind of fizzled.

I can't believe I am going to say this, but my biggest problem was the sex. I love the fated mates thing. That wasn't the problem. I struggle with how they went from strangers to kinky sex and how they had sex all the time. They didn't really talk about what was going on, they just had kinky sex with a few random comments about current events. I skimmed so many sex scenes. So many.

I loved the supporting characters and am really excited to continue reading about the Ferraro family. Feehan's Shadow Riders are fascinating and even with my issues in the book, I was totally caught up in this world of Shadow Keeper!

 
  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: secret powers, fated mates
  • Triggers: Sasha's stalker does some pretty creepy stuff that might be disturbing to anyone who has had experience with stalkers
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes




authors like Larissa Ione, Jennifer Ashley, Karen Rose...then you will probably like Shadow Keeper!

 


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