Dark Prince

Dark Prince[BOOKS] ✬ Dark Prince Author Christine Feehan – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness Without her the Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness Without her the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option Raven Whitney is a psychic who has used her gift to help the police track down a serial killer Now she is determined to escape the glare of recent publicity for the peace and uiet of the Carpathian Mountains Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of his people but as his ancient Carpathian race grows ever closer to extinction he is close to giving in to the heavy weight of loneliness and despair From the moment their minds touch Raven and Mikhail form a connection But there are those who incorrectly view all Carpathians as vampires and are determined to give their extinction a helping handThere is an extended edition with an additional pages Dark Prince Author's Cut Special Edition. Once upon a time there was a young woman with a dream A dream that women the world over could live in freedom as euals That they would have the right that many women have been denied for hundreds of years possibly to live healthy happy lives with partners who love and respect them and provide for their needsThen that young woman read Dark Prince and her dreams were shatteredActually this is all a lie because that young woman the woman writing this review yes It is I didn't actually finish this twisted garble of a messNow I know I KNOW that I'm not always easy going on books I have a standard though considering the fact that I have read all ten of the BDB books may convince people otherwise but that aside I know I like the writing to be of a certain standard and for there to be characters of a certain uality and a plotline and world that has a certain depth and or immersive ualityFrom what I read this is less a novel and a How To Guide How To Travel To A Distant Country And Ensure Your Body is Never Found After You Get Abducted Abused and KilledFirst and simple step1 Do everything Raven Whitney does in the first chapter of her book No I'm not kidding That really is her name Aptly so as she has long silky raven hair yes it's referred to as such in this book which begs the uestion of what her parents were going to do if she'd been born with red hair Or if she had been born with black hair it had all fallen out three weeks later as it did with me and grown back blonde2 Romanticize and imagine men like Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky are sexy and possibly good life matesThey're notBut surely Kat you say you can't have too much to say about a book when you only read twenty two pages into itYou'd better believe I do The book begins with Mikhail lonely and contemplating ending his own life The following excerpt was actually published by the way I'm not making this shit up for giggles If I were it would probably be better Grief overwhelmed him consumed him He lifted his head and roared out his pain like the wounded animal he was He could no longer bear to be aloneimage error Narrator Juanita ParkerLength 125 hours Published by Books In Motion December 2005How to Woo Your Life Mate by Mikhail Dubrinsky Leader of the Carpathians1 Never call her by her given name Always call her “Little One” It makes her feel special2 Lurk outside her window in your animal form and admire her bum with your dark burning eyes You have super powers for a reason Use them3 Infect her dreams and mind molest her If she says “no” do what you want anyway Women love it when you take control Any weeping that ensues is from pure bliss When you are done blame her for “releasing the beast” 4 She is yours because you have said so If any man dares put a hand upon her attempt to end his life You own her5 Swoop in and carry her back to your lair where you take control of her entire life Ignore any token struggle she puts up She will submit6 Rip her jeans and make her wear clothing that meets your approval Real women do not wear men’s clothing7 Brand her with your sharp toothies at the first opportunity 8 Repeat yourself freuently Women are forgetful creatures9 Never gently take her by the hand always “shackle her by the wrist” 10 Remain arrogant overly protective obsessive morose melodramatic and controlling at all times She will think you sexy and oh so strong And if that doesn’t work just compel her and bend her to your will Again see #2 It is with great sadness that I must admit that I made none of that up This is how Mikhail behaves He is the leader of the Carpathians a dying race of shape shifting blood drinkers whose women folk are unable to produce healthy female off spring When he meets the naïve pliable human with telepathic powers named Raven he realizes she belongs to him He also expects her to “save” his race He believes she is strong enough I suppose though this is never proven and he plans to impregnate her with female babies who will grow up and become the life mates of his long lived men His men are on the verge of giving in to their “dark sides” and turning into true vampires Life without a mate really sucks I guess I’m finished with the book now and I still haven’t a clue why he feels she is “the one” to save them and why she'll be able to endlessly birth these amazing girl babies What if she dares push out a boy I wonder? I shudder to think of the berating she’ll take for that one Because you know it will be entirely her faultAnyway while the two are working out the kinks in their relationship basically he tells her what to do she whines a little and then does it there are villains attempting to put the Carpathian’s out of their misery permanently “My women Assassins are after them We must protect the women” Action ensues People are slain and seuels that I will never read are set up And then there’s the narration Juanita Parker made an unfortunate choice reading this overblown book in a deadly serious monotone for all of the characters I tuned out than I tuned in and did a lot of rewinding The men all sound the same mostly angry always bossy and not a one of the lot has a sexy accent Wouldn’t a man named Mikhail Dubrinsky having lived for hundreds of years in the Carpathian Mountains which I believe is supposed to be located somewhere in Europe? have picked up a little accent in all that time? And I know this is a nitpick and someone will surely blast me for it but it has to be mentioned because this is supposed to be a professional production right? So why on earth didn’t someone whisper to the narrator that “acrost” is not a word? There is no T in across You have no idea how many times “across” is used in a novel until it’s pronounced “acrost” It’s the little things in an audio that can drive you mad when the book isn’t uite working for you I know people love this series but I don’t think it was meant for me Mikhail “Do Not Defy Me” is a jerk of the worst kind Raven is weak and easily convinced to do whatever he wants the dialogue is stilted and repetitive and the writing is overly dramatic I much preferred The Awakening by this author Tell me the rest get better? 45 You Are My Lifemate StarsFirst read June 2012Reread January 8 2016Reread January 20 2017 Some Spoilers Your pain was so sharp so terrible I couldn't ignore it I thought you might like to talk Death is not an answer to unhappiness I think you know that In any case I'll stop if you wish it RavenSometimes when it's been a while since you read a book you can forget just how wonderful it is You remember it was special that you loved it It stands out in your memories but memories normally pale to the truth I had forgotten how captivating imaginative and amazing the Carpathians world Christine Feehan created is Her Carpathian race are just boundless They can pretty much do anything And I love that I loved Dark Prince from beginning to end I only reason this book didn't get a full 5 stars is because even thought I like Raven a lot and even though I got that it was necessary to the plot Raven had some stupid moments Like Joey from Friends Stupid Do not try to leave me Raven The car drew up in front of the inn I hold what is mine and make no mistake you are mine Mikhail We really are from two different worlds aren't we? she asked sadly He brought her hand to the warmth of his mouth There is such a thing as compromise little one We can move between the two worlds or create our own Raven and MikhailBut even with the stupid things she did she was still endearing and so It was pretty easy to overlook her ditzyness Raven is alone in the world Different from others She is telepathic Her powers are so strong that she can't touch people without it hurting her because she can feel their emotions She uses her powers to help track serial killers But that has left her tormented over the things she has relived through the killer's minds Raven goes to the Carpathian Mountains to rest and clear her mind of the darkness There she hears Mikhail thoughts feels his pain and reaches out to help him changing her world forever Even though he comes on strong Raven feels like she belongs with Mikhail She sees good in him when all he sees is dark Raven is a bit naive She always sees the good in others So sweet and kindhearted she is always trying to help others even putting herself at risk to do so I could understand her being fearful of the speed at which her and Mikhail's relationship takes off I also feel like if Mikhail had told Raven everything from the start she may have made better choicesI would trust you with my life Mikhail vampire or no And I would trust you with the life of my children You're arrogant and sometimes overbearing but you could never be evil If you are a vampire then a vampire is not the creature of the legends RavenMy Raven You have it all don't you? Charm you're so sexy you should be locked up and you have a smile men would kill for Or women however you want to look at it He bent to kiss her one hand closing over her breast possessively You need to mention what a great lover I am Men need to hear these things Really? She arched an eyebrow at him I don't dare You're already as arrogant as I can stand Raven and MikhailMikhail is the prince and ruler of his people He like all Carpathian males over the age of 200 has no emotions and doesn't see in color He is trying to save his race from dying out The males need their Lifemates to bring light to their darkness or they can lose their soul and turn into a vampire The problem is there are very few females left Babies are being miscarried all the time The ones that live are all male and most babies don't make it past the first year of life Mikhail can feel the darkness in him and he is ready to kill himself to keep from turning vampire Mikhail finds Raven his true Lifemate before his can end his life but she is human Mikhail is totally overwhelmed by all the feeling he has not felt in 100s of years beating down on him I loved Mikhail's caveman over the top ways He is arrogant dominate and at times can be dark But he is also sexy charming and can be really sweet I get that he is use to getting his way because he is the prince and I get that he isn't use to feeling I also love how Raven softens him up How he tries to compromise to make her happy I could understand why he came on so strong the way he felt and the things he did I felt I really got to know him and I just loved himI have great responsibilities yes My people count on me to keep our businesses running smoothly to hunt down the assassins murdering our people They even think I should single handedly find out why we lose so many of our children in their first year of life There is nothing special about me Raven except that I have a will of iron and I am willing to shoulder these burdens But I have nothing for myself; I never have had You give me a reason to go on You are my heart my soul the very air I breathe Without you I have nothing but darkness emptiness Just because I have power because I am strong that does not mean I cannot feel utterly alone It is cold and ugly to exist alone Mikhail My Mikhail I can only promise you that I will do everything in my power to make you happy to provide for you everything I can possibly give you I ask for time to learn your ways for room to make mistakes If you need to hear words of love his mouth skimmed down the side of her face to find the corner of her mouth then I can say them to you in all honesty I never believed I would have a woman of my own a true lifemate I have never wanted a woman for my own MikhailMikhail and Raven's relationship is a bumpy road They have a lot thrown at them in a short amount of time There is a lot of clothes ripping can't get in you fast enough love making going on in this book It was a total intsa love but I am ok with that especially in paranormal romances But what I loved than their relationship and I loved Raven and Mikhail together was the Carpathian world The premises of the series the concept of Lifemates all the characters Everything just takes on a life of it's own and it feels like a real world It totally mesmerized me I not only fell in love with Mikhail and Raven I fell in love with Father Hummer Aidan Jacues and OMG Gregori My God I am madly in love with Gregori He is so yummy dark and brooding I can't wait to get to his book and see the woman he loves put him in his place Everything about this book and this series is amazing If you haven't read it you should give it a trySomeone has to show you what love is Mikhail Not possession or ownership but real unconditional love Raven You are a good man Mikhail She grinned impishly her blue eyes teasing You just have too much power for your own good But don't worry; I know this American girl She's very disrespectful and she'll take all that arrogant starch out of you RavenI wanna just take a moment to say that I am lenient with men in Paranormal Biker BDSM and Dark romances I hold them to a different set of rules and over look behavior's I would not ever tolerate in real life or in other romances If I didn't I would never be able to read those genres So please don't start with the mean comments I say this because I have gotten some hateful comments and personal messages over other books I loved Twilight Fifty Shades of Grey ect lets all just be respectful of others opinions If you hate a book I love that doesn't make you wrong and me right If someone blast a book I loved I'm not going to get on their review and tell them they are stupid or wrong I'm just gonna respect it Most of the time I will like their reviews and support them even if I disagree And just because I overlook certain behaviors in a book and still loved it doesn't make me weak or stupid I am not setting women back and you don't need to feel sorry for me The book is just fictional fantasy it's not real I would never put up with a man doing half the things I read just sayin' I want to see you find a lifemate Gregori one like Raven She will hold you in the palm of her hand If I ever find what you have I will never allow her to risk herself She will never go never danger not even to feed And she will not deft me Mikhail and Gregorihttpsjessicasoverthetopbookobsessi Please check out of my reviews at wwwbookaddicthavencomI've waited a long time to check out a Christine Feehan book and I think that maybe I set myself up for disappointment Don't get me wrong I enjoyed 'Dark Prince' However I expected to be blown awayand I wasn'tI listened to the Audible edition of 'Dark Prince' and I can't say that I'd recommend that version to others The narration just didn't work for me I think that if I had read the Kindle version I probably would've enjoyed this story a lot Unfortunately I didn't I'll be sure to sample the audiobook next time if I decide to continue this seriesThis story centers on Raven Whitney a lady with psychic abilities that has gone to Romania to escape the stressors of her work She has worked with police agencies using her abilities to help solve murders but she can't scrub the horrors that she's seen from her mind She needs to get away and clear her headWhile on vacation she meets Mikhail Dubrinsky a wealthy local However Mikhail is far than meets the eyes He is the prince of the Carpathians an ancient race of immortal beingsThe Carpathians are facing extinction as the females have become pregnant with decreasing freuency Additionally there has not been a female Carpathian born in hundreds of years If unable to find their life mate Carpathian males are consumed by their darkness and go mad reuiring Mikhail to have them put down Slowly but surely their race is dying outAs if they weren't facing enough challenges there is a murderer on the loose Carpathians particularly female Carpathians are being hunted down and killed With few females remaining Mikhail's hunt for the killer is a top priorityThis was the first book I've read about the Carpathians and I have to admit that I was a little confused at first This race of immortals has shared abilities with other familiar immortal races It took me a little while to figure out that Mikhail was able to shape shift and also had vampiric characteristics Once I realized that it was much easier to follow alongAside from the narration I found myself really liking this paranormal romance Raven and Mikhail were compelling characters I would have liked for there to me time spent on the love storyromance but that is just me I crave all the smutty detailsWhile this story didn't awe me like I had expected after all the praise I heard for this author I did think that it was good In fact if it weren't for the unappealing narration it might have been a great read for me I am very intrigued by the supporting characters Gregori in particular holds a lot of appeal for me I already looked ahead hoping that his story would be the next in the series Sadly it wasn't I'll have to read a couple books in this series before I get to his bookRight now I'm on the fence about whether or not I'll continue this series I am very curious about Jacues and Gregori but I'm not thrilled with the narration at this point Maybe I'll come back to it at some later point When I try to evaluate this book I close my eyes and picture old fashioned weighing scales On the left is the negative aspect about this novel On the right the positives will be measured The negativeTruly there was only one My only real complaint was thisI've noticed that Ms Feehan will use very long sentences and as many words as possible in most sentences to convey her story She will write things repetitively instead of just once although I think a lot of authors have this tendency It makes the narrative very dense resulting in somewhat difficult reading This effect is especially noticeable when I am tired or I want a uick read Out of all of her books that I've read this was the hardest book to read The good news is this was her first book I am not a published author and I may never become one only time will tell But this is my philosophy I give writers the respect due to them Despite the fact that it was tough reading at times I did like this story and I got a vivid picture of what Ms Feehan was writing about with her story I think she wrote a singular book here Because this was her first book I definitely give her leeway and experience has shown that she has learned to use words economically since this first endeavor although she will never be a succinct writer Knowing her writing style I read her when I'm in the mood And when I am in the mood I usually go away from her stories very happy I had heard this book was pretty bad and I'd have to disagree with that statement I feel it's probably a matter of personal tastes really Although I will freely admit it was a somewhat difficult readThe PositivesI really really like this concept of the Carpathians I think Ms Feehan has taken the vampire romance and put her own personal stamp on it Something about these lonely people primarily men doomed to succumb to their own dark natures yearning for a woman to complete them to make them whole it calls to me I like the dark nature of the men and how love has the power to save them I'm sappy that way I love the vividness of the world she has created The rules are clear cut and make sense to me It's such a fascinating world for me I love the drama even if sometimes I did smile when it seemed pretty over the top Heck that's what I like when I read paranormal romance If I wanted run of the mill romance I wouldn't reach for a vampire romance I think the men are pretty sexy Yes they are pretty old world in their values They are kind of dark and scary and primitive in some ways I'm not afraid to admit that works for me when I'm in the mood for it It's not my real life and I don't read to see my real life played out How boring would that be I want escapism drama extraordinary stories I get that with the Carpathian books Although the Carpathian men are I see I take kind of men when it comes to their life mates; at the same time they seem to value womankind holding them in very high esteem You could see how much Mikhail truly treasured Raven He would die if she died The other Carpathians watched over her very carefully and saw her as the hope for their race I don't see these men as brutal misogynists at all I cannot ascribe modern day rules to a man who is practically immortal and who has lived millenia I realize that this kind of story won't work for everyone I'm not ashamed to say that it does work for me when I accept the rules of this world and I look at it from a different perspective I have read contemporary non paranormal books with heroes who were much worse than the Carpathians some by a very famous author who is well loved and I love a lot of her books too although there is one where I hate the hero with a fiery burning passion and I've found the heroes to have many worse traits than the Carpathians and it didn't make sense for them to be that way The Carpathian way of life feels genuine for what it is in these storiesI liked how each Carpathian introduced in this story was distinct I personally did not find Mikhail too overbearing I think that Raven handled him pretty well She made it clear she was going to do what she wanted Her love allowed her to give in on things to him but he knew he wasn't going to win all the battles And having her be happy was very important to me I saw a lot of give and take in that relationship personally I have to admit that Gregori stole the show I want to go back and reread Dark Magic well all the ones I've read because I want to see them in light of reading the first bookThe action scenes were dark and intense I like that when I read a Carpathian book it's like reading a horror book but with a good romance Like a lot of old school vampire scare and romance mixed together nicelyFinal TabulationsMinus One for Writing Flow Plus Four for Characterization Worldbuilding Entertainment Level and Sexy Romance That adds up to Four StarsIf there are readers who have made this their first Feehan book I'd recommend reding some of her recent books and you may find that the writing works better for you I can only speak for myself There is something that draws me back to Christine Feehan's books again and again She writes such dramatic intense imaginative very romantic stories elements that I absolutely love in a bookSo I have to say that I am glad I finally read Dark Prince Although it was a chore at times it was worth itDisclaimer This is just my opinion to be taken with a grain of salt I do not advocate any behavior in this book for real life manwoman relationships It's just fiction to me Several years back I was working for one of the largest banks in the country My office was about a block away from the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago right in the middle of the financial district One morning I arrived at work to find two preventative maintenance men in the elevator bank One of them was a Blue Collar God Not even kidding He stood out beautifully amidst all the other pasty cube dwellers with their spare tires and beady little banker eyes He was rough around the edges in the good way Tattooed Muscular Alpha sexy And you knew just knew from looking at him that he was the kind of guy who would do you from behind with no foreplay Aaaand you’d like it And that’s basically how I felt about this book I’d have appreciated a bit of background story in the first chapter Or even an introduction to who the characters were as individual people BEFORE they “met” I use that term loosely in this case and began engaging each other in typical Carpathian life mate bonding activities which includes sex arguing drinking each other’s blood over the top posturing sex arguing etc etc However the book begins with the characters randomly communicating their loneliness to each other telepathically and Mikhail appearing outside Raven’s hotel room to spy on her see what she looks like Even though it’s only the first chapter and they haven’t even actually met Mikhail immediately recognizes Raven as his life mate and proceeds to “touch her erotically with his mind” while she’s sleeping Sorta creepy However because Mikhail is a Carpathian who’s just come off a stint of several centuries without the ability to feel emotions I decided to let it slide because if I’ve learned one thing about Carpathians it’s that they really don’t know any better and that that sort of thing is modus operandi for a Carpathian male Plus they’re wicked hot so they can get away with doing creepy shit every once in awhilePutting aside the fact that the beginning started too fast I also feel like the author over described some things making the prose unnecessarily dense and repetitious and disappointingly under described in others For example one thing that bothered me the most was the absence of what I thought was one of the interesting obstacles mentioned at the beginning of the book which was that up to this point no human woman has ever been successfully converted without going insane This is a big problem in and of itself But when you add to the fact that the Carpathians are a dying race that they barely have any females left and that their children keep dying in the first year of lifeUm hello Talk about a potentially huge gut wrenching ordealmild spoilers past this pointHypothetically speaking let’s say you have a Carpathian Prince who’s fallen in love with a human female Let’s say she does something wherein she exhibits the fact that she is too stupid to live brave and daring and is fatally injured as a result of this Choose your own adventure A Do Carpathians and Co convert her to save her life thereby allowing the Carpathian Prince and his Human Female to live happily ever after? B Or do Carpathians and Co convert her to save her life only to watch her go insane and die?C Or lastly does the author permit Carpathians and Co to convert her and barely even mention the possibility that rabid insanity is a legitimate concern? If you guessed C you’ve either read the book or are smarter than the average bear because you’re right The correct answer is CThe heroine also annoyed the crap out of me Mikhail kept saying how strong and smart she was But in all honesty I’m pretty sure he was just blowing smoke up somebody’s butt because she was absolutely undeniably irrevocably none of those things Frankly she was just plain obnoxious From the very beginning she seemed to be a great candidate to be introduced into the mystical lifestyle that comes with living with Carpathians who are basically non evil blood drinking vampire hunters by the way because she’s been psychic since birth and has spent the past several years working with the police to track down serial killers And for the most part you’d think this might help ease her shock of admitting that Mikhail isn’t human and that spooks do exist in the world She’s psychic so you’d think she’d be open to the possibility that there’s to life than meets the eye but no what really happens is that she repeatedly freaks out and expends energy than I thought was necessary in attempting to convince herself and others around her that it wasn’t even a possibility Uh nnoying if you ask me Anyway regardless of some of the weirdness and the fact that I’ve just mercilessly ripped on the things that bothered me this was actually a very fun story to read and I think the series has a chance at being entertaining and enjoyable sort of like how I'd imagine being done from behind with no foreplay by a delicious stranger would be like I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next Reviewed for THC Reviews25 stars In all honesty I had been looking forward to trying Christine Feehan's books for uite some time so the fact that Dark Prince did not resonate with me is incredibly disappointing I freely admit that perhaps my expectations were too high The positive ratings for Ms Feehan's books seem to far outweigh the negative and I've seen many paranormal romance fans rave about her stories and hold them up as being among the best and brightest that the genre has to offer Unfortunately even though I truly thought I would enjoy this book Ms Feehan's writing style simply did not work for me Most authors use page breaks to indicate scene or point of view changes but Ms Feehan tends to run everything together There are significant jumps between activities where they might be doing one thing in one paragraph and something else in the next or you might be reading one characters point of view and in the next paragraph it suddenly changes to a different character The dialog is incredibly flowery and lacked a natural flow The manner in which the characters speak to one another is nothing like the way anyone I know would ever converse It never came alive for me and I have to say that these discourses were some of the dullest I've ever read in any book not just romance The prose is also far too verbose with a flood of words present but not much actually being said In my opinion the book probably could have been pared down by at least a third and most likely told a much stronger story In addition the entire novel has an extremely passive voice which did not lend itself well to me as a reader being able to relate to the characters I recently read a writer's tip which said that in order for an author to avoid the dreaded “telling not showing” heshe should minimize the use of “be” verbs Apparently Ms Feehan nor her editor were aware of this rule because I would estimate her use of “be” verbs to be about twice that of actions verbs with a particular affinity for the word “was” The result was a book in which there was minimal action and worse yet very little plot and that which existed never really pulled me into the story In fact it completely failed to engage my imagination or intellect in any meaningful way leaving me pretty bored throughout nearly the entire novelBefore beginning my reading of Dark Prince I had found the things I'd heard about the Carpathian world to be rather intriguing and thought that it would be a fun and stimulating mythology to delve into The concepts certainly had a great deal of promise but unfortunately I found the execution to be lacking For all of the author's excess wordiness there was still an appalling lack of details on virtually everything characters setting and plot In my opinion the whole Carpathian mythos was relatively ill defined mainly consisting of vague fuzzy notions instead of good solid world building The actual age of the Carpathians is not revealed they are simply said to be centuries old and I never fully understood how everything worked as far as the differences between Carpathians and vampires except that apparently vampires are Carpathians gone bad Also except for one theory that was very briefly stated by Gregori there is no real explanation as to why Raven is able to be turned Carpathian when they had never been successful in turning any other human woman in all the long centuries of the past I additionally felt that a bit too many supernatural abilities were afforded to one single species with the Carpathians being vampire like creatures who are also shape shifters psychics and can control both the elements and animals I thought that this only added to the muddled nature of the Carpathian legends rather than helping to define them as a race The Old World European setting should have been rich in both history and beauty but the environmental descriptions were another thing that lacked detail This part of the narrative was minimal at best making it very difficult for me to imagine the settingsI can't say that I ever really warmed up to Mikhail and Raven as the hero and heroine either Mikhail is probably one of the most if not the most arrogant and uite frankly frightening heroes I think I've ever read Initially Mikhail virtually acts like a stalker If I had a guy saying and doing things to me like the things he was saying and doing to Raven I'd probably be scared to death and running the opposite direction rather than trusting him implicitly and doing everything he said especially after barely meeting I might have been able to forgive Mikhail's pretentiousness if he showed a little vulnerability but in my opinion he never did I realize that he is supposed to be a centuries old vampire who seems to have rather archaic beliefs and ultimately his heart seemed to be in the right place but he was simply way too dominant and chauvinistic for my taste Just because he was born and raised in another century doesn't mean he can't change with the times and come into the 21st century like other age old supernatural beings I've read stories about As to Raven I was initially rather fascinated by her and how she used her psychic gift to track serial killers as well as how that work had all but killed her both emotionally and spiritually I thought that this was the most interesting thing about her yet sadly this part of her characterization was never fully explored At first Raven seemed like a strong woman who wouldn't let Mikhail walk all over her but in the end she almost always gave in to his will anyway She spent a lot of time protesting both the things Mikhail told her to do and the things that were happening to her but acuiesced to everything pretty easily which I found to be contradictory Ultimately the elements of both Mikhail and Raven's back stories and the depictions of their feelings surrounding these things such as Mikhail not being able to see in color and being ready to kill himself or Raven's mental torment after being inside the heads of serial killers weren't given enough depth for me to feel connected to either one I thought both of them should have been terribly tortured individuals but they never came off as being particularly tortured at all to meProbably due in large part to my inability to connect with Mikhail and Raven as separate characters I also was not able to care much about them as a couple either I realize that they had a telepathic link to one another but that alone did not make me feel any sort of love or even desire building between them It was only the author who told me that these things supposedly existed I felt that they made love and declared their love for one another far too uickly Having read several paranormal romances in which supernatural creatures typically have an unuenchable fiery sexual attraction for their mates I'm used to that but again it was like it was being told to me rather than me actually being drawn into the story and feeling it Also the rather animalistic ferocity in Mikhail's love making especially the first time when Raven was still a virgin was not uite my cup of tea and something I didn't find particularly romantic It was also uite disappointing that for the longest time Raven didn't even fully know or understand who and what Mikhail actually was In my mind this made Mikhail's saying of the ritual words to bind them together a non consensual act for Raven which made me rather uncomfortable Typically I like it when the hero uses endearments with the heroine but I didn't really care for Mikhail calling Raven little one It reminded me too much of the way one would speak to a child which further played into the whole idea of him being powerful and trying to bend her to his will and also left a bad taste in my mouth The only good things I can say about their relationship is that Mikhail eventually lightened up and for the most part treated Raven with gentleness and care later on and it was nice that she had found someone who could understand and share her gift without bringing her the physical and emotional pain that touching another person usually did Although it is almost unheard of for the hero and the heroine of the same book to be TSTL I thought that Mikhail and Raven both were on than one occasion Mikhail had spent a lot of time warning Raven about the dangers of the assassins who were staying at the same inn where she was lodging and had said he wouldn't allow her to return alone but then he did anyway with no explanation I could see trouble brewing as a result of that folly from a mile away Then less than a week after that trauma Mikhail left Raven alone again why he didn't have some of his men guard her I'll never know and she once again wandered off leading to bad things happening In my opinion their brainless mistakes served as nothing than weak plot devices to create danger and force confrontations with the bad guysAs for the secondary characters I found most of them to be pretty one dimensional There are several other Carpathians mostly males who are introduced but for the most part very little information is given about any of them or their individual situations Mikhail's brother Jacues becomes the hero of book #2 Dark Desire and Aidan another male who doesn't come into play until very late in the story becomes the hero of book #3 Dark Gold Gregori is Mikhail's right hand man and the only secondary Carpathian character who really caught my attention in any way He has extraordinary healing abilities and powers that seem to eual or exceed Mikhail's He becomes the hero of book #4 Dark Magic There are also a lot of villains in this book but with the exception of the vampire Andre I didn't find any of them particularly compelling nor did I understand any of their motivations The murderous intent of the vampire hunters just seemed to be rooted in some kind of radical fanaticism and I still don't really know what Andre's vendetta was against Mikhail Not to mention the alliance between the vampire and vampire hunters seemed to completely fly in the face of reason All in all the villains just seemed to keep popping up out of nowhere have no real reasons for the things they did and only served to constantly injure and cause trouble for the protagonists If there had been some kind of mystery surrounding the identity of the assassins or their motives I think it would have been a much better story In addition I couldn't help wondering what was up with the young human males' penchant for rape Every time Raven was in their vicinity they seemed to start fantasizing about forcing her Try as I might there were only a few things about Dark Prince that I can actually say I enjoyed but none were developed in a way that truly brought these elements alive for me Aside from the couple of things I've already mentioned I was intrigued by the idea that the Carpathians were apparently created by God like other creatures and that Mikhail regularly counseled with a priest I also liked Mikhail's huge library of books which I thought would have been fun to explore I'll admit that the story did hold some kind of strange enthralling attraction for me but overall I found it to be entirely too dreary foreboding morose and utterly humorless Even the action and love scenes fizzled for me Christine Feehan's writing style in general reminds me of Judith Ivory's the only author so far to receive a one star rating from me with the only difference being that it was marginally less frustrating The only reason Dark Prince got a 25 star rating from me is because I was somehow able to power through and read it beginning to end without having to set it aside temporarily in favor of some other book Dark Prince was Ms Feehan's first published novel and in my opinion her greenness as a writer definitely shows It was also my first read by her and the first in the Carpathian series but I can't say that it has engendered any particular interest for me in continuing with either the series or any of the author's other books Mikhail Dubrinsky and Raven WhitneyThe book cover is old fashioned the writing style is so decadent and dreamy Still it is such an interesting approach to the vampiresshifters mythology and fated matingIt made me remember that the first PNR stories about shifters were the stories about the vampires A vampire could transform into a bat or a wolfIt also made me remember that vampires love sleeping inside the earth They are supposed to be the oldest creatures alive so their connection to earth and blood is their connection to lifeI noticed that the Carpathian vampires in this series are a bit Neanderthal and the heroines are a bit like damsels in distress but I honestly do not mind this at all Raven stared up at his face drinking in the strong lines and the way he looked at her with something close to adoration She smiled at him “I think you’ve managed to put some kind of spell on me” “If I did” he whispered “it backfired and I managed to ensnare myself as well” The guys in this book can give Kristen Ashley's alpha assholes a run for their money Just turn one of KA's alphas into a shapeshiftingvampire hybrid give him immense power and you've got itSo we have a race of brooding shapeshiftervampires who need females or they will turn into the bad vampires who are consumed with bloodlust and death Like lawyers shiver cookies? I'm inMikhail is the prince of the hybrids He is in so much darkness that he is thinking of killing himself Broody male Just because the world has lost all color and emotion for him and he lives in anguish trying to fight off the monster within him he gets all whiny Such an emo baby ahhh let's give him somethingRaven is a girl with strong psychic talents She hears Mikhail's pain and reaches out to him to help She is sweet innocent sad from hearing everyone's thoughts and totally alone Let's take advantage of her Mikhail is all over her like a cheap suit Within a couple of days he has her held prisoner living at his house and has established a blood bond with her He even decides that she needs to start dressing in skirts because jeans are men's clothing She keeps trying to get him to stop forcing her into things and being so pushy but she's just a silly woman and he needs to smother protect her from the evil Levi corporationThere are vampire hunters though and they are creating a problem for Mikhail's people You know with staking them and chopping their heads off and all annoying I'm truly sorry for the dad jokeThere are a lot of sex scenes in this book maybe too many It got a little boring and redundant Certain words were used waaaaay too often to describe sex parts Such as the word velvet I mean I like as velvet as much as the next person It's pretty soft But this was like the George Costanza of sexual descriptions too much velvet to stay in good taste apparently Mikhail agreesLooking good George Mikhail Looking good Thanks to a uarter life crisis that has left me bereft of the simple pleasure of enjoying a good book I've been relegated to flipping through comics and smut romances in an effort to distract myself from the general tragedy that is my life While most of them have been reasonably bad I have not felt compelled to write a review about any of themThat said Dark Prince being the first in the Carpathian Series was so very laughable that I find myself rising from the gloom if only to warn others who might be expecting this here book to produce some entertaining vampire high jinks The premise is interesting enough The Carpathians are almost vampire inasmuch they can shape shift heal uickly drink blood need to read your mind etc But they don't run around raping and killing mind their own business generally and only minglemate with their own kind The baddies are trying to kill them all mistakenly believing them to be dangerous when they're not Really Besides when these Carpathians find a lifemate they are faithful to the end and when one dies so does the other Cute huh?The problem lies in the actual telling of the story our intelligent strong willed all American blue jeans sporting heroine pitted against an arrogant traditional we protect our women type ape I mean vampire should have been an explosive combination While there was some debatebanter between them it was never developed to a believable depth The dialogue felt like yet another attempt to show us that these two polar opposites crackle when they didn't The tension if strung out well could have had readers begging them to do it already But sadly the couple have sex by the second chapter and it's horribly predictable from there onAnd seriously if the heroine was as intelligent as she was supposed to have been she would have noticed all the typical signs of vampirism but no I dreamt you made me suck blood from a great big hole in your chest it must be because I'm in Romania it's so cute how the wolves seem to listen you and oh did you just leap across the room like a psycho jungle cat? wowSeriouslyOf course this book had a lot of sex which is perfectly alright as long as its written reasonably well but this wasn't A lot repetition multiple headache inducing mentions of her tiny waist and silky hair and his velvet seduction And My God If I had to listen to him call her my little one one time I would barfI read the whole thing and it had a few good bits admittedly but they were so few and far between that I can only give this an overall 2 stars

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 447 pages
  • Dark Prince
  • Christine Feehan
  • English
  • 08 January 2016
  • 9780843955286