Monday, April 4, 2016

Review 'Dark Promises' by Christine Feehan
Lovers challenge destiny and risk their lives in the new Carpathian novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance.”

Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing Gary Jansen, the man she loves nearly lose his life when it isn’t even his fight. Once he was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he’s a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins—a man Gabrielle still needs and desires and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger.

And she isn’t the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown...

Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled into the path of a desperate man and a woman in love and on the run. And they’re all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
March 1st 2016 by Piatkus
Dark #29
Paranormal Romance
Paperback, Hardcover, eBook, Audio
Available at:

My Review:

‘Dark Promises’ is the third novel in the Dark series that I received for review, and the twenty-ninth of the series. The Dark series revolves around Carpathians, an immortal race of beings with animal instincts. The previous two books I read where definitely enjoyable, so I was excited to start reading.

This book is hard for me to review because I just don’t really know what I think of it. Overall I missed a storyline in this book. There wasn’t much of a story there, besides a lot of sex scenes. Not that it was bad to read, but I just missed action (not the sex kind) and real meaningful conversations. I felt like these characters just really didn’t got to know each other and I surely did not get to know them, other than what kind of sexual habits they had. Not really what I had in mind when I started reading this book.

The main characters Gabrielle and Aleksei are lifemates, which means they are made for each other and can’t life apart from one another after they ‘bonded’. I did like these characters. Especially since Aleksei was this bad guy, but he was really sweet (most times at least) with Gabrielle. I love that in romance novels. The bad guy, and the good girl who makes him a better person.. who doesn’t love that kind of story?! But there was just way to much sex in this book and after the first couple of chapters it began to bother me.

The two other characters who played a part in this book were Trixie and Fane. And well.. Trixie is a grandma in her sixties.. I really didn’t expect to read about her having a relationship. I was just so surprised when this storyline began.. I liked Trixie’s character, but I really didn’t need to read about her having sex.

So.. My end conclusion.. This book was not my kind of thing. It wasn’t super bad, but it just didn’t have enough of a story in it for me. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

In addition to the #1 New York Times bestsellers list and the PEARL awards, Christine is honored to have made the bestsellers list for Amazon, B. Daltons, Barnes and Nobles, Bookscan, Borders, Ingrams, Publishers Weekly, Rhapsody Book Club, USA Today, Waldenbooks, Walmart, and the Washington Post. Other honors that she has received include being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award, receiving the Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality from Romantic Times Magazine in 2003 and in 2008 the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, hardcover and large print. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller's List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine. 

For more information about Christine Feehan and her books please visit her website, Goodreads and Amazon. Or look for Christine on Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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