Name: Dark Promises
Author: Christine Feehan
Published: March 15, 2016 by Berkley
Purchased: March 21, 2016, $13.99 on Kindle
*Warning: This review will contain major spoilers*
Blurb: 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.
Review: This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster from the first page. I have been a fan of Gary and Gabrielle’s since they met in Dark Descent and I’m so mad that I wasn’t more careful on Goodreads because I’m sure that I would have been freaking out so much more when the ritual words didn’t work. I had always wondered what would happen if a male said the ritual words to a female who isn’t his lifemate. Is that something that would happen with all of them or is it just Gary because of how he accepted being Gregori’s brother?
Even though Aleksei was an abusive ass at first, I don’t support it, I don’t love it don’t like it, but I do see where he’s coming from. Could he have handled it better? I actually don’t know if he could have, he was that far gone, that’s why he stopped killing vampires. Although, if he had actually gone through with forcing her I either would have skipped their parts and only read about Trixie and Fane or just closed the book.
That didn’t happen though, I am happy to say that he learned, he listened to her and found out what actually happened and worked at making sure she felt like she could talk to him and that she felt safe with him.
I loved that Fane was so ready to laugh but taking two blood exchanges from her while not really explaining anything too her was a little fast and overwhelming but again, I understand it, it’s two couples this book is about.
The writing and the pace were amazing and so emotional but I don’t think this furthered the major plot all that much. There’s still two Malinov brothers out there but I am very excited about Dragomir, he’s my favorite of the ancients. Him and Gary, I’m very excited but very nervous about their books. Oh! Since Gary’s lifemate is in France, does that mean he’ll spend time with Francesca and Gabriel?
Knowing this book was coming out, I re-read the entire series, bought the book in March but just read it in May and I have to say, it was worth the wait.
Thank you for reading my review.