by Christine Feehan
August 2nd 2016 by Berkley
Hardcover, 432 pages
In the new Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman falls prey to the seductive allure of the past—and a vampire warrior’s intoxicating embrace...
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.
After going to the Morrison Center for psychic testing and not liking the feel of the people there, Charlotte and best friend Genevieve have been stalked by a person or people who have been murdering their friends and family. After Charlotte's brother is murdered she gets custody of his 3 year old daughter. It seems the police can't help them because even they can't defend themselves from whoever is murdering people and draining them of all their blood. So Charlotte and Genevieve come up with a crazy plan to draw the stalker out. That's when they meet Tariq.
Tariq Asenguard is a centuries old Carpathian male who has been waiting for his lifemate to bring back the color and happiness into his life. Once he senses her at the club, there's no stopping him from finding her and making her his. Like most Carpathian males, he's overbearing, old school and very alpha. But he's also modern in some ways. I guess it takes a modern day man to snag a modern day women.
Tariq collects old carousels and Charlotte restores them. Tariq had actually contacted Charlotte's mentor about restoring his collection before he ever knew that Charlotte was his lifemate. It seems fate is a funny thing. Tariq's newest addition of carousels seem to have a curse attached to them, which is a mystery that was interesting to watch unfold and find out exactly how the figurines came about and how they got cursed.
Tariq knows that Charlotte and her friend are in danger so he offers to keep them safe but he is also keeping safe a few children who the vampires had kidnapped and tortured before they could be rescued.
This is a very dark story, very creepy but the story unfolds in a way that you not only feel the darkness in what the vampires have done and are trying to do but you don't get so much of the gore that it ends up being a horrorfest. There's also some really good news for another of the ancient Carpathians at the end of the book that really made me smile. I do love twists and knowing there are things to look forward to.
I've been reading this series for something like 16 years and I still look forward to each book that comes out.
I give this book 5 Sheep
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About the Author:
I write every day and have done so since I was old enough to pick up a pen. (I spent a lot of time getting in trouble at school for writing instead of doing the things I was supposed to do.) Once I create my characters, I try very hard to have them react to situations as they really would. Sometimes I have preconceived ideas of what I would like them to do, but they don't mind me, because it would be out of character for them. They take on a life of their own. Sometimes when I throw difficult situations at them in the hopes I'll get a certain reaction and they don't do what I want, I complain bitterly to my husband and he laughs at me. Still, it is important to me to have them be real, not perfect people, so they make mistakes we lesser mortals might make.