Title: Dark Gold
Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Carpathian Series Book 3
Published: April 1, 2000 by Love Spell
Price: $3.99 on Kindle
Blurb: They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light…
Was he a man…or a miracle?
Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything – ever her life – to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance…
And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fate. But was Aidan a miracle…or a monster? Alex’s salvation…or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan’s savage, unearthly seduction – gave him the color, the light, the family he craved – would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?
Review: So…I have to change my review of this book. My thoughts and feelings about this book have changed and looking back at the review, at my opinions back then, I was against the women being so against having their life taken over…
I started re-reading the books, from the beginning. You can follow my journey on Goodreads if you’d like. Anyways, I re-read this book and then I just happened to see my review for it when I finished it on Goodreads and it gives you that option to write a review. Good god, did I bash Alex or what? I was, apparently, very against her.
Re-reading the book now, 6 years later, I’ve realized that I’ve grown. I victim shamed Alex and that was very wrong of me. I read the book now, in the beginning of the year, and I am…ashamed of how I trashed the heroine. So, a re-review, if you will.
I feel like this one was the most realistic in terms of reaction to finding out about Carpathians. Maybe it’s because she’s actually able to go out and see for herself that what he’s saying is true, that he gives her that space even though his instincts are fighting to keep her caged to his side.
Every other book is basically the man keeping her caged by his side, so it was refreshing to see Aiden be more…evolved? Evolved. Alex had been put on the path of conversion by the vampire, so when I trashed her in my other review, I was victim shaming and blaming. Of course she’s gonna take longer to see the differences between vampire and Carpathian, her introduction to the species was not a good one.
In my last review of this book, I gave a little list of what was good and bad, but the bad all seems to be me bashing Alex for being traumatized. So, let’s put that right, shall we? I still loved the moments between them that were wholesome, the teasing and playfulness between Alex, Joshua and Aiden. Warmed my heart. I loved the little bits of connection we see between them, but it’s not a bad thing of this book that she’s suffering from PTSD. She had a horrible experience and I’m sorry that I was so judgmental of her.
Does my changing the review change my rating for it? No, not really. It was still a pretty alright read, not my favorite and not hated. Still about in the middle for me, but I just really had to re-write my review for it. Now, am I going to look through all the reviews I’ve written for this series? No…No, probably not. That’s a lot and I’m just re-reading this series on my own time, getting back into the joy of reading because, while I have grown and I don’t love the men anymore for being the over-domineering, over-protective beast-men that they are, this is my comfort read. So, we’ll see how this goes and if I re-write any other reviews. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing more reviews coming your way when I get out of this slump.
Thank you for reading my review, my fellow bookwyverns.