Book 2: Dark Series
Shea O'Halleran was born different and had grown up knowing that she was nothing like any one else, not even her own mother. As a child she needed blood to survive and watched as her mother withdrew from the world and from her, and withered into nothingness. Overcoming the adversities of her young life, she put her self through University and became a brilliant researcher and surgeon. But when 2 strange men begin to question who and what she is, she knows that her peaceful existence is at an end and that her days on this earth were numbered. Especially as the nightmares haunting her become more frequent and the effects of them more lasting.
Jacques has only memories of pain, blood and torture. He knows he was betrayed, though he has no clear memory of who betrayed him. So when he's able to connect his mind with a woman far from him and she's all but elbow deep in blood and guts he believes he's discovered his tormentor. In his madness he uses all his power, weak though it may be to lure her to him.
And she comes. Years later, but she comes to him and when she does they are both in for a shock. Shea learns that she doesn't actually have a blood disorder, she's part of another species. Jacques finds out that Shea is his lifemate and that she is his reason for living. Together they find family and friends, and they find the betrayer that cost the Carpathians several of their people years before.
His madness and her hard past cause both of them a lot of difficulties in their relationship but they both know that together they have a better chance of survival and happiness then they do apart. Together they can have everything they ever dreamed but first they are forced to deal with the betrayer -- Shea's father, and a Carpathian we've met before, Rand.
I'm not sure what it is about me but I find that I am forever drawn to the drastically damaged men I read about. In Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, Zarek has always been one of my favorite characters. [Dance with the Devil] His pain and his fear of further betrayal, a lure that my heart couldn't resist. In the BDB series it's Zsadist who caught my heart. A strong warrior who should have had every advantage in the life but who, through a random twist of fate, became a slave to a sadistic, horrifying female noble vamp. [J.R. Ward, Lover Awakened] And then of course we have Jacques.
Mikhail hooked me on paranormal romances, but it was Jacques who snared me and kept me hooked on the Carpathians and the Dark series. Raven showed me a strength of character and purity that I longed to emulate and Shea... Shea proved to me that everyone deserves a happy beginning and a happy life.
This completes the second installment of my review series. Don't forget to watch for Part #3, coming soon.
As always, for your continued interest in any of the series that I've mentioned please follow the links to the author's official sites.
Christine Feehan - Dark Series
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark-Hunter Series
J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood Series