Review: Dark Promises (Dark #29) by Christine Feehan

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Lovers challenge destiny and risk their lives in the new Carpathian novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance.”*

Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing Gary Jansen, the man she loves nearly lose his life when it isn’t even his fight. Once he was a gentle and very human researcher. Now he’s a fearless and lethal Carpathian warrior with the blood of an ancient lineage coursing through his veins—a man Gabrielle still needs and desires and dreams of with every breath she takes. All she wants is a life far away from the Carpathian mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But Gabrielle soon learns that promises made in the dark can pierce the heart like a dagger.

And she isn’t the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown...

Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled into the path of a desperate man and a woman in love and on the run. And they’re all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Gabrielle is ready to marry Gary.  He has been all she has ever wanted.  They have planned the wedding to fit her dream.  She hopes they can leave and live away from the Prince and the Carpathian ways.  She can’t live in this violent world anymore.  She wants to live a human life.
Unfortunately things don’t go as she plans.  Gary isn’t her lifemate and can’t claim her.  She refuses to believe it and would rather live together for fifty years as a married human like couple.  She follows Gary to the monastery with her offer. 
Gary is ready to agree when Gabrielle’s real lifemate Aleksei attacks Gary in an order to protect her.  She realizes that she has lost Gary forever.  At first she fights against her lifemate’s claiming but realizes she can’t let Aleksei meet the sun.
Aleksei lets his anger go and realizes that Gabrielle has no idea how to live the Carpathian life.  No one has ever taught her.  He must teach her so she can protect herself.
Unfortunately there are some ancient vampires around with their puppets.  They are causing issues as Fane and Aleksei protect the ancients that reside in the monastery.  They are too close to losing their honor.  Gabrielle hopes she and Teagan can help them too.
I love this author and this series.  I have read them all.  I love the direction the author is taking the series.  I am excited to read more about the ancients when their stories come out.
This book starts out with heartbreak.  You feel sorry for Gary and Gabrielle.  They have always loved each other but can’t be together.  I was sad for the situation.  Her despair was something you could almost feel.  Then Aleksei enters the picture.  He was very demanding and extremely bossy.  He came across as exactly what she needed.  He would have drove me crazy with his demands.  But it really worked with her character.

I liked how she had to embrace being a Carpathian with Aleksei teaching her.  She really changed and started accepting herself.  I thought it was a great lesson embedded in a great story.  Loved it.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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