Our Week in Books – Week 16, 2013

 Tracey

I started the week off with Dark Demon by Christine Feehan. I’d read the first few books in the Carpathian series a while back but had to take a break after those. I really enjoyed Dark Demon in comparison to some of the earlier ones though – this Carpathian male was not as controlling or bullying and it was a much more enjoyable book as a result – 4 stars.

Having been reintroduced to the Carpathians I thought I would try another one that was even later in the series – Dark Predator. Oh dear, what a mistake. Zacarias was brutal, overpowering and a total twat! I felt his behaviour was actually the worst of any of the males in the previous books I had read and I actually felt quite uncomfortable at times. Having said that I did finish it but am now trying to decide whether to keep hold of the books I haven’t read and try them at a later date, or just get rid of them without reading! 1.5 stars – my lowest rating ever!

After that I fancied some good old fashioned sweet romance and picked up Mistletoe and Marriages – a Mills and Boon Regency double bill with stories from Annie Burrows (A Countess by Christmas) and Joanna Maitland (The Earl’s Mistletoe Bride). This definitely hit the spot and was just what I needed. Both books were very romantic with two brooding but very sexy heroes! – 4 stars.

In the historical mood again I picked up another Mills and Boon called “The Captain and the Wallflower” by Lyn Stone which was  another winner. The storyline running alongside the romance was very good and I did not want to put it down (in fact I read it in one sitting!) I love my romance anyway and this was no exception – 4 stars.

The final book of the week was Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts, one of her earlier ones from 1987, and I found it really hard to get past the fact that the hero smoked everywhere and they used a typewriter to type up police reports!!!! Having said that the story was engaging and interesting so 3 stars.

 Grete

I’ve continued my Darynda Jones kick this week and I had all good intentions of pausing between books and writing the reviews.  The trouble is, I loved them so much and Charley is such a fantastic character that I couldn’t stop and ended up reading all four books one after the other *blush*  The reviews are coming though!  I blame Darynda Jones for writing such an amazing series 😉

Next up will be Full Blooded and Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson – I read Full Blooded at the start of the year and didn’t write the review straight after (for which I am now kicking myself) so the first will be a refresher read (and since it was really good, that’s not a hardship!).

Happy Reading!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Dark Curse

As a child, trapped and tormented in a labyrinthe of ice caves, imprisoned and fed on by her father and grandfather, Lara Calladine saved her sanity by talking to her aunts, great dragons who were also imprisoned, encased in ice.  It was their sacrifice that allowed her to escape and find a life for herself away from those who tortured her so.  Now she returns, haunted by the memories that she isn’t quite convinced were real.  Half-Mage, half-Carpathian she wants to reclaim her heritage and her childhood.  Meeting the arrogant, dangerous and virile Nicolas De La Cruz was definitely not amongst her plans and especially not being his lifemate.

This is the first book by Christine Feehan I have read and I have to say my initial impressions were not good.  I found it hard to get past how incredibly mysogynistic and chauvenistic the male characters were.  I found it offputting and felt it was just an excuse for them to finally meet their soulmates after centuries of loneliness and then suddenly after being that way for hundreds of years would be a changed man, loving and giving and treat the female character as an equal.  I’m not sure what the underlying message was supposed to be, and it bugged me.

Having got that out of the way, the story was engaging, the characters interesting and the whole Carpathian society and ‘world’ is rich and diverse.  The plot was quite intricate leading to greater empathy with the major characters and a better understanding of their way of life and perhaps why the male Carpathians are the chauvenists they are.

There are quite a few steamy scenes which I felt were modern in setting but quite old fashioned in description and that does make it a change from your average paranormal romance.  It’s not a bad thing, just different and succeeded in creating an emotive experience for me as the reader.

The pace was good in general although there were a few parts where it felt slow.   I found myself wanting it to move along which it invariably did and I was swept up into the story again.

All in all it was well written and engaging, just the chauvenism I found hard to get past and while that won’t stop me reading more by Christine Feehan (this being the 17th in the series so I have a way to go once I read Book 1!), I will be expecting it next time.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Christine Feehan
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