A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.
Mikhail Dubrinksy is the Prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness. Until the day a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.
From the moment they meet, Raven and Dubrinksy are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers — Carpathian and human — build a future together? And how can Dubrinksy bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light? (x)
Overall, I enjoyed this. That said, should it have been at the very least 100 pages shorter? Absolutely. Raven got on my last nerve. Whenever I thought she’d finally act smart, she’d do something dumb again. I really wanted to like her, but she made it so hard to do. I liked Mikhail. Most of the time, a hero acting the way Mikhail does would be a major red flag. But with the way he is, somehow it’s okay. It’s like, “I command you because I need to protect you. I don’t understand why you don’t like that *puppy dog eyes*.” And he tries to understand Raven’s ways, even when he doesn’t see the point. Raven, on the other hand, was stubbornly stuck in her human ways, even when it’s pointless. I just wanted her to accept it and move on.
The world is certainly interesting, but I almost felt like there were two stories within this book. The ending felt unnecessarily complicated, which goes along with how quickly Raven and Mikhail fall for each other. It’s unrealistic even in the context of this world. And I like a good sex scene as much as the next person, but Feehan could have halved the ones in this book.