Also in this series: Dark Prince, Dark Celebration, Dark Destiny, Dark Peril, Dark Storm, Dark Wolf, Dark Magic
Series: Carpathian #17
Published by Berkley Hardcover on September 5th 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Length: 12 Hours and 47 Mins
With her erotically charged Carpathian tales, Christine Feehan has enthralled a legion of fans, captivated by a seductive world and the unforgettable characters--both human and not--who inhabit it. Now, she reunites all of them in a Dark Celebration...
After centuries as the prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinsky fears he can't protect his people for long from their greatest threat: the extinction of their species at the hands of their immortal enemies--who are devising a scheme to slaughter Carpathian females. But even with his own lifemate, Raven, and their daughter, Savannah, vulnerable to the encroaching evil, Mikhail's hope is not lost.
Carpathians from around the world are gathering to join their souls and their powers to bring light to the darkness. But so too are their adversaries uniting--hunters, vampires, demons and betrayers--bringing untold dangers into the fold of the Carpathian people.
In Dark Celebration, I had a blast reconnecting with this story once again. I was able to listen to this through audiobook, which I hadn’t done yet. This was narrated by Richard Ferrone, who has done quite a few of Feehan’s work. He is okay to listen to, but not my favorite of her narrators but still did a decent job. When I first started listening to Feehan, her narrators I fell in love with were Rebecca Cook and Juanita Parker. but Richard Ferrone had a whole different way on pronunciation and it sounded weird to me. But oh well. This is one of my favorites from the series, because we get a chance to catch up with some of our favorite couples. It starts off with Mikhail and Raven. Raven has an idea, to gather all the Carpathians for a Christmas celebration. Brilliant. She realizes that their people are spread all over, and never get a chance to mingle, most especially the kids. We get to see how as more of their people arrive, Mikhail goes around to do visits (not his favorite thing in the world. We see Jacque and Shea, and Jacque trying to cook which is quite amusing. Then we see Falcon and Sara and the kids. We go to Desari and Julian. Adrian and Alexandra and her brother. We also get to see some drama with Josef. Now I will say this, out of all the kids, he is by far my favorite. What I like is many of the adults underestimate him. But he has a depth that I am looking forward to seeing more in the future. Then we see Gabriel, Francesca and Syler. Now this is where we see a change for Skyler. She and Alexandra end up attacked and their rescuer is her lifemate Dimitri. Boy does Gabriel get furious and out of hand. But I understand why he is so protective of Skyler. We see Dimitri’s pain and anguish over what Skyler has endured. We see when they meet later on in the woods alone, because Skyler is drawn to him and his pain. Skyler is only sixteen at this point, way too young for Dimitri to claim her. Although mentally she is way older than sixteen. Syler was raped and abused and treated like a sex slave most of her life until she met Gabriel and Francesca. They have helped her as much as possible. However, Skyler is a very unqiue character. This is where her bond with Dimitri forms, and it does take years before Dimitri and Skyler end up together in “Dark Wolf”. But I loved seeing the beginning of their bond. Then we get more from Darius and Tempest, Barrack and Cyndil, Dayan and Corinne. Then we get to meet up with the De La Cruz brothers. And some drama between Gary and Gabrielle and her family. But what is most fun was seeing Gregori and Savannah. Now the main part of the story here is Mikhail (I think trying to get back at Gregori for his overprotectiveness) is planning on having him play Santa Clause. He gathers all the Daratrazanoff brothers and what a hoot and we see Gregori’s shocked reaction and how he reacts to learning he will be having twins–girls. Overall a delightful holiday story that will make you laugh and want to reconnect with the series once again.
[divider]In Bed with the Devil (Re Read Review) by Lorraine Heath
Also in this series: Surrender to the Devil
Series: Scoundrels of St. James,
Published by Avon on June 24th 2008
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Self Purchased
They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.
Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart.
Lorraine Heath is such a fabulous author, and if I were to pick…Lorraine Heath would make my top favorite historical romance authors to read. So if you have yet to try her out, you are definitely missing out. She has such a talent in writing historical romance. In Bed With The Devil, is a regency historical romance. We have our hero and heroine, Lucien and Catherine. What we see between them is powerful chemistry. Our hero, is a lord but hates it. He grew up on the streets, and formed his own family. When he meets Catherine, he is intrigued. Catherine is quite the daring heroine, but she also understand the Ton and the restrictions her gender has. I loved this romance, mostly because we have two characters that are totally wrong for each other but end up being totally right in the end. It was quite fun getting to know the characters that I fell in love with years ago. Reading this made me eager to read the second book!!
We get an introduction to Fanny, Jack Dodger, the infamous Dr. Graves. I loved seeing their interaction…but most especially Fannie and Jack Dodger. Now Jack Dodger (his book is up next and I can’t tell you how excited I am!!) His book is one of my favorite books of all time. He is quite the character. Fannie is sweet and smart. The book overall is sassy and enchanting.
[divider]In Bed with a Highlander (Re Read Review) by Maya Banks
Also in this series: Never Love a Highlander, Seduction of a Highland Lass, In Bed with a Highlander
Series: McCabe Trilogy #1
Published by Ballantine Books on August 30th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
Maya Banks' beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.
Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin's strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.
In Bed With The Highlander, is the first book of the McCabe trilogy by Maya Banks. Now first off, I want to say, I have tried out some of her contemporary books and didn’t care for them too much. However when she writes historical romance—she rocks. This was her fist book in the genre and I loved getting in touch with these characters once again. We have our heroine, who is being kidnapped, because of her dowry and is related to royalty. A young boy, attempting to steal a horse gets caught, and Mairin rescues him from being killed. She protects him, and they escape together to his father Ewan McCabe. Mairin is no fainting flower, she holds her own with the formidable Laird. These two are like fireworks together, It was quite fun to read this again. I haven’t read it for years, but after reading this one, I realized why I fell in love with these brothers so much. We see the close brotherly bond they each have, but also I was quite charmed by the son too!! Crispin is endeared to Mairin instantly and we how they form close bond. The romance between Ewan and Mairin is engaging and charming. Their interactions so lively. MUST READ for any romance book lover.