Series: Carpathians (Dark Series)
Author: Christine Feehan
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: September 30, 2008
Vampire Manolito De La Cruz has caught the scent of his destined lifemate in MaryAnn Delaney, an all-too-human female who'd never surrender herself to an aggressive and brutish Carpathian male. But maybe MaryAnn doesn't have a choice.
While saving a pregnant Carpathian female, Manuel "Manolito" De La Cruz was stabbed and poisoned. He should be dead, but his brothers "held him to earth" and transported him back to South America in hope of saving him.
But something appears to have gone wrong...
MaryAnn Delaney, a counselor from Seattle, has agreed to go with the De La Cruz family into the jungle in hope of helping a brutalized young woman. But there is definitely something off with MaryAnn and is not just the fact Manolito's bound them together and she suffers from his "death".
Manolito awakens trapped between two worlds, with a foot in reality and another in a grey-strewn world filled with dead vampires. The only one who can save him is MaryAnn.
I'm a huge fan of Christine Feehan's and her Dark Series, but this book was a huge disappointment. I cannot figure why, but I just couldn't keep my concentration while reading and by the middle of the book I was bored to tears.
I just couldn't relate (not that it's possible to relate to the vampires and stuff!) to it and while the previous books pulled me into the magic world of the Carpathians and the incredible (if somewhat implausible) love stories between this dominant alphas and their kick-ass heroines, this story left me on the outskirts of the jungle, shuffling my feet.
There was no romance, no slow seduction, just a matter of fact "you are my lifemate and it is your duty to let me boink you senseless". Hmmm, I admit macho talk makes me all hot and bothered, but not in this case. It was all a little too clinical.
And I fear this book, the whole insight into the lycan society, is just another was of expanding the whole universe that's slowly ripping at the seems.
The only redeeming quality was the scene when MaryAnn first steps foot into the rain forest armed with bug-spray, pepper-spray, and sarcasm. That sure was awesome.
P.S. I'll still faithfully wait for Dimitri and Skyler's book, though.