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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: Dark Nights

Title: Dark Nights
Author: Christine Feehan
Page Count: 432 pages
Publisher:
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review provided by the publisher in anticipation of an honest review

Cover Summary:
DARK DREAM
Book #7 in Dark Series
Previously in After Twilight & Dark Dreamers

She’s known him since she was fifteen. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon—the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate..


DARK DESCENT
Book #11 in Dark Series
Previously in The Only One

In this version of Dark Descent there is an additional hundred pages. I rewrote it from the original version as I felt it was too short. I do not plan on doing this for the other re-prints, but I hope you enjoy the newest version of Dark Descent.

In a cave of mystery and wonder deep in the Carpathian Mountains , bodyguard Joie Sanders encounters a most remarkable being. Proud, strong, immortal, he is called Traian, an ageless hunter, locked in a life and death battle with enemy vampires and he will be her salvation in a labyrinth protected by the ingenious traps of a mysterious ancient race. What awaits them in the darkness is not known, and each step could be their last as their destined path leads them toward a fiery passion that will illuminate the perilous dark night.
*****

This is a guilty pleasure series of mine. I read the books, I love them, I reread them over and over again, and I am able to completely overlook the issues with the books that are obvious at this point and would totally tank another book for me any day of the week.

Seriously- in addition to the fact that the overall plot of the series has not advanced a yard in some time now, this series is rife with heroines who can instantly rub someone the wrong way, and heroes who do what they want regardless of whether or not anyone consented to the plan.  The heroines are smart and independent, damn it, and you know this because they tell you over and over again, not because they do anything particularly smart or independent.  Likewise, the whole series is based on the premise of lifemates and the fact that if a dude is biologically compatible with you because of some mythological mojo, then he can marry you without asking you first or even introducing himself, and can drink your blood and make you drink his until your insides totally melt and reform and you wake up from your vomity painful hell ordeal a member of a different species. And they all live happily ever after.

Do I care about any of this? NO I DO NOT.  I sit and I eagerly await each new installment in the series and then I read it in one sitting (although I'm not sold on the next one that's coming out, I'm not sure if the series needs more characters at this point) and I am happy as a clam afterwards.  This is the only series where I've been even remotely interested in reading reissued stories with expanded content, which is what this book is.  If you've read these stories in their previous versions, there isn't anything really new here, but if you're a fan of the series these are a fun read.

The summaries from Goodreads do a pretty good job of telling you what's going to happen in the stories, so I won't get into it here, but the take home points are as follows:

1.  These are not new stories, they were previously published in other collections.

2.  I hadn't read the un-expanded version of Dark Descent so I can't really comment on whether or not the added materially added anything to the story except length.

3.  The characters who star in these stories are mentioned in some of the full-length novels, so it was interesting to read how they met each other and all that jazz.

4.  I approve of this being released in mass market paperback, since the material is reissued.

All in all, this was a good way to relax after work.  No groundbreaking material here, but hopefully it isn't too backhanded of me to say that I don't expect that from this series.

Overall Rating:


 
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