Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan

The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait—to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.

Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike…

RATING: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

I honestly don’t know what it is that compels me to keep reading Christine Feehan books. In comparison to any number of other authors that I have read, I consider her to be average at best and a little under average at her worst. Yet for some reason, I’ll still pick up her latest novel at the library and buy the e-book editions of her books (but only if they’re on sale; I only pay regular price for e-books of authors I love or think of as above average). In any case, so here we are with the newest Dark book, a series that can entertain and drive you up at the wall with the dynamics of the hero and heroine in each book.

As a modern woman, the typical medieval mindset of most Carpatheians drives me up the wall as much as the women in the stories. In this story, our hero Tariq is not quite as bad as some of the ones we have come across in the past (Rafael de La Cruz is probably the worst in my head), being rather moderate and forward-thinking for the men of these species. In any case, like any Carpathian book our lovers meet and are drawn to each other because of the whole lifemates bond and fall in love rather quickly. It would probably bother me more about the speed, but logic says that if you are mind-melding with the boy toy all the time, you learn a lot more about him then 10 years of dating could; so being able to see in a guy’s mind and really see him, I guess it is possible to fall hard especially when you have that whole mystic and physical chemistry going on.

In any case, we get introduced to a whole lot of new bossy men and new future psychics to be turned (which includes a boy, so we’re expanding on converting psychic males to help up the Carpathain population, although that can also lead to more nasty vamps). We get hints of a future pairing, which I have some anticipation with. Sadly no signs of any the original crew except in reference and absolutely nothing about our poor Gary (if you’re new to this series, he’s a character who’s been with us since like book #5). I’m hoping his book won’t be too far off in the future. But, yeah new boyos and new gals to be paired off with them although as I said only we had one definite future pairing and nothing about the other characters. So we shall see.

I gave this book three stars out of a five star rating system, meaning I liked it on an average level. I love the anticipation on future books and it was entertaining enough, but I don’t have the same kind of level of involvement for it overall as a story and the pairing as I did previous books in the series. Plus the big fight at the end kinda fell flat for me.

Anyways on to the next book.

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