on November 27th 2000
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorJulian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect . . . When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness . . . or save his soul?
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
Christine Feehan has been a favorite of mine for many, many years. Her writing style is exquisite and her characters are unforgettable. The Carpathian series in particular is one of my all time favorite paranormal romance series. Dark Challenge is Julian and Desari’s story and it lived up to all of the previous novels in the series.
“I have no intention of rising above caveman mentality,” he growled in her ear, his breath teasing tendrils of hair and sending little flames dancing through her bloodstream. “There are so many benefits for the caveman.”
In true Feehan form, this novel will beguile you in the best of ways. The dialogue is a mixture of wittiness and sensuality that will leave you breathless from both laughter and amazement. The characters, even the side characters, were interesting and helped build the story’s backbone.
The main characters were beautifully written and I connected easily with both of them. Desari is a talented singer with true Carpathian powers of her own. I loved this about her; she was able to keep Julian on his toes and even surprised him on more than one occasion. If you’ve read Feehan’s previous installments of this series then you know how exasperating the males of the Carpathian species can be, but she handled it quite well especially given her history.
“You seem to forget I am no fledgling but your equal. Do not waste your energy attempting the impossible. Destroy this vampire if you must, then return to me quickly. We will discuss your conceit on the next rising.”
Julian was a loner, like most of the other males of his kind, but he secluded himself more than most due to his past. Julian brought out the romantic in me swiftly and enthusiastically; I loved everything about this character…his ability to be hard and soft with Desari and the way he was so emotionally open with her. His vulnerability, at times, even made me squirm because it was just so obvious.
“I will never deserve you, Desari, no matter how long we live, no matter how hard I try. I do not deserve a woman such as you.” He whispered the words, meaning every one of them.
The plot itself focuses around the fact that Julian found Desari and her siblings, which all are Carpathian and no one knew of or have heard of them. You eventually find out that they are blood related to a pretty big name in the Carpathian world. Since Desari’s family have been unconnected with their species, they are having to learn of, not only, their heritage but how to live under the Carpathian Prince. With this family being on their own they have attracted the human vampire hunters due to their publicity and unusual patterns. Julian is thrown into this family unity and accepts his role head on.
Overall, this book was very well rounded. The plot was perfectly executed and the characters were interesting and relatable. Feehan gives you side characters that may very well become main characters in future books, which is always exciting!
I look forward to other installments of the Carpathian series!
***NOTE TO READERS*** The quotes above came from a digital reader’s digital copy. They are subject to change and may/may not be in the final published copy of book.