Dark Promises (A Carpathian Novel) by Christine Feehan
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.
My Review ……
This book has had so many people that read the authors series divided. It was thought that Gary and Gabrielle would be together, wether it be as human, or later as both became Carpathian, lifemates. Now me personally, I didn’t really want them together, and when I found out Gabby would get another lifemate, I did a little cheer…..
So here is my review on Dark Promises …..
For so long Gabby has loved Gary, both are geeks (a love of science and not fitting in with society created a bond that Gabby thought would last forever) but after Gabby was turned Carpathian (in Dark Demon) and Gary was turned into a Carpathian male, she knew it would only be a matter of time before they were separated, males need their other halves in order to remain Carpathian and not turn into a vampire. Gabby was sure they were lifemates, her feelings for him were just as strong. So they plan to run away and marry, ensuring they won’t be parted (to be fair it’s Gabby’s decision, Gary is going along to make her happy, so that tells you something is wrong already)
On the day of the wedding, Gabby is so very happy, she planning to marry the man she has loved for years (and then she wants them to leave the Carpathian Mountains and just be together) they are marrying in secret (again that tells me, they know it’s wrong) just as they are sharing their vows, Gary becomes emotionally withdrawn (to cut a long story short, in order to save Gary, they turned him into a Carpathian, but they chose such a strong warrior lineage, that he becomes emotionless and stops seeing in colour) and tells her he can’t do it. He needs her to be happy, but it’s not with him. It’s tearing him up, it’s always been Gabby, but as the colour goes from his life, so will emotions, if she was his lifemate, then colour wouldn’t be leaving him.
Gabby is heartbroken, all her dreams have ended, and when Gary decides to leave for a monastery to protect humans and Carpathian’s Gabby decides to follow.
Trixie is hunting down her granddaughter, the lady she heard was her daughter living in a monastery with her “husband”, but she doesn’t believe it, she wants so see with her own eyes that her granddaughter is safe. So she packs her “vampire kit” and sets off for the Carpathian Mountains …..
Getting to the monastery proves a trial in itself for Gabby, but she’s determined to prove to Gary and everyone else that they are meant to be together…..
Trixie’s granddaughter is none other than Teagan (Dark Ghost) lifemate to Andre (the Ghost) and when Trixie finally catches up with her, she gets more than she bargains for, a whole lot more ……
Aleksei is an ancient, tired of life and the world, holding onto his honour is his only way to endure.
When he hears a soft murmur running though his head…. colour and emotion slam into him!!!! His lifemate she’s alive, she’s here and she’s frightened!! Enraged Aleksei appears at the monastery gates, to save his lifemate and to end whom ever has hurt his woman. What he doesn’t expect is his lifemate entangled with another man!!! That’s not how it’s suppose to be….
Fane is the guardian to the monastery, his duty is to keep the ancients inside and away from the world. Practicing their fighting skill, they no longer fight the vampires as they are too close to turning, so closed away from the outside world, they live a solitary life.
Trixie is being chased by her so called “new friend”, but she’s not fooled, they don’t feel friendly, they have a lot of crazy thoughts and feelings. But she needs to get to her granddaughter.
Aleksei and Gabby have a very rocky start to their relationship, he doesn’t think she’s a worthy mate, and Gabby doesn’t want him. But together they figure it out.
Trixie and Fane have a fun start to their relationship (Trixie tried to stake Fane!!) But she accepts their bond easier. Although she does give Fane moments where he may regret his decision.
We have a few battles with vampires, but there is A LOT OF SEX in this book. And some does border on being a little too intense!!!
So can I just say …..
Two stories for the price of two🤨maybe two novellas instead of splitting our time between two couples (I did a bit cheated for both couples, I don’t think enough time was spent on each couple) nor the monastery and the warriors inside (maybe that’s just me being greedy) 🤷🏻♀️