Dark Possession …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan.
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Dangerously close to becoming a vampire, Manolito De La Cruz has been called back to his Carpathian homeland – and has unexpectedly caught the scent of his destined lifemate, MaryAnn Delaney. MaryAnn is human and well aware of the aggressive instincts of Carpathian males. A counsellor for battered women, MaryAnn has no room in her life for someone like Manolito. But when she goes to South America to offer guidance to a young woman, she has no idea of the trap awaiting her. For she’s been lured there by Manolito, who has seductive plans for the irresistible human female. Once there, she’ll be his. Once his, she’ll never be released. She is his dark possession.
Manolito is the second oldest De La Cruz brother. After going to see the prince to swear his and his brothers loyalty to Mikhail (their prince and leader) and to inform the Carpathian people of the jaguar race and their plight, and to admit to the prince that the De La Cruz brothers somehow were part of the vampire problem they are now facing (the vampires are working together to destroy the Carpathian men) he also helps to battle vampires in a big battle (being badly wounded), he also comes across his lifemate.
Manolito needs his lifemate (he can’t fight the darkness inside him for much longer) and so conspires to bring her to his home in Brazil, where he arrogantly assumes he will convert his lifemate and all will be well in his world!!!
We’ve met MaryAnn Delaney before (Dark Destiny) she helped Destiny and Nicolae (she also helped Vikirnoff to find his lifemate Natalya) and is now a friend to the Carpathian people. She’s gone to the mountains to help another young woman (Skylar) with her past (she was abused by her stepfather and his friends) and whilst at Nicolae’s home MaryAnn has an encounter of sorts, but she can’t remember who or what it was about, and that makes her frightened, wary and angry. She is under the protection of the Von Shrieder brothers, and for a Carpathian to invade their home and feed on a member of their family is punishable by death. Who took her blood ? And why ?
Manolito is wounded whilst protecting the prince. He is transported home and Maryann goes back to Brazil with the De La Cruz family to help a female family member.
There are Vampires to fight, but also the jaguar shifters and werewolves (we’ve not met them yet, they are very secretive and don’t like outsiders) the werewolf community are dying out like the Carpathian and jaguar people. Do they share the same enemy ? Why are the races dying out ?
An ambush/attack leaves Manolito in between worlds ….. and only MaryAnn can help. Together they have to find a way to work together.
Manolito realises that he can’t just dictate to MaryAnn, he needs to treat her as an equal.
He also discovers something that is different about his lifemate, and that’s something they both have to come to terms with (it’s a huge twist, and one I didn’t see coming)
It’s good to catch up with his brothers, it also fun to read how yet another the mighty De La Cruz brother falls foul of his lifemate (being so arrogant he assumes his life won’t change, that his lifemate will just bend to his wishes)
It a book with lots of intrigue, with laughter and a few near misses.