Series: Dark/Carpathians 2
Debut: December, 1999
Read: November 24-25, 2013
Challenges: Series Catch Up Challenge 2013
The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas, whispering of eternal torment, of endless hunger... of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness.
Drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she trembled. For in his burning eyes she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her.
But was she to be his healer... or his prey?
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 84
I felt a little torn about this at first, if you take into consideration that it takes a while for the two mates to actually meet. While the reader gets rage, despair and anguish from Jacques locked into his earthly grave-prison, almost over-dosing in things to think about, to wonder, and to feel for him, Shea was quite slow to catch up on the other end. Okay, so she was said to be emotionally withdrawn due to childhood trauma, but I'd still considered her to be ALOT more naturally curious, considering she's a scientific researcher.
Once their found each other, though, things went hot and haywire -- fast. At first, interesting on a emotional and psychological level as they are doctor and very broken and dangerous patient, and after that came the lost family with all their expectations... Jacques losing his memories due to his trauma and agony was a nice piece to the puzzle, because it connected him more to his mate, love and savior Shea instead of the family he'd know all his life. It was a very nice way to create suspense and irritation. Furthermore, it was interesting watching Jacques having his memories and instincts kick in while he is slowly finding back to himself.
Aside from Jacques' state of mind, there was also lots of other drama, starting with Shea's family background all the way to a crazy vampire and fanatic vampire hunters. Very bad. I'm totally sorry for Byron getting tangled up into all that. But what wouldn't you do for your best friend, huh? To top it off, the innocent ones, Raven and yet unborn Savannah, have to suffer the most. That was a close one!
All in all, the story was amazing, interesting in the make-up and suspenseful as it went. It also fits nicely into the series, I think. BUT... I connected to Jacques and Shea similar as I did to Mikhail and Raven -- not an all out love. Of course their story was good, their realtionship tragic and painful and unicque, but I still felt that Jacques put a lot more into this then Shea did. However, I hope that Shea can loosen up a little now that she's living the full-fledged Carpathian life. 😉
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 3.5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Smut: 4/5 -- Drama: 4.5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Humor: 4/5