Title: Dark Carousel
Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series Book 26
Published: August 2, 2016 by Berkley
Price: $8.99 on Kindle
Blurb: The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait—to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.
Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike…
Review: You know, I’m really glad that I decided to read the entire Dark series again before reading this one. I had decided to read books that I knew I really enjoyed to try and get out of this reading slump I’ve been in for the longest time and I had actually started with Dark Legacy because I believe I had just gotten the book not too far back and when I realized that I didn’t know who any of the characters were, I put that book down and went all the way back to Dark Prince.
Took me a bit, but finally, here we are. Going all the way back to the beginning let me get reconnected with old characters and helped me get attached to these new characters. Also, I guess I had been spoiled from some of the books from before this one because I was feeling good….until he claimed her without her consent. Aaahhh, like the old times. What happened to the guys saying that if the woman chose to be human, they would grow old and die when they died?
I did enjoy the story itself, the pacing didn’t seem too fast and Charlotte seemed to ask a lot of questions that I don’t think I’ve seen asked before, which I really found refreshing. I’m very interested to see where the Malinov plan goes from here, this feels like something new and keeps me coming back.
I loved, absolutely loved, seeing the ancient past and, honestly, would love to see more. Give me that prequel to when Vlad was young. Give me before any kind of technology.
Back on topic, after he claimed her without her consent, same old same old, I did like the way Tariq treated her. It was a bit of fresh air after Dark Promises. Dark Promises was…intense.
I would love to have more artisans, I believe Byron was the only one who was a gem caller instead of being a warrior first. Then maybe Dayan was a musician before being a warrior, but I still would love to see more because that’s two out of over thirty stories. Doubtful that I’m going to get that with the ancients from the monastery.
Anyway, this is up there on the list for me. Not my favorite, but not bad either. Quite enjoyable.
Thank you for reading my review!