Series: Carpathian #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Also in this series: Dark Sentinel, Dark Magic , Dark Illusion
Also by this author: Judgment Road, Shadow Keeper, Dark Sentinel, Dark Magic , Vengeance Road, Toxic Game, Shadow Warrior, Dark Illusion, Vendetta Road, Lethal Game, Shadow Flight
Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone. Always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect….
When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to possess her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him. And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him—with mysterious, unparalleled feminine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness…or save his soul?
Dark Challenge is book 5 in the Carpathian series and is the story of Julian and Desari. Desari and her family is the unknown Carpathians that Julian has been seeking. They are the family of Gregori that was lost long ago. They have no idea that other Carpathians still exist. Desari and her sister, Syndil, are powerful, which is unusual for Carpathian females because all of them are still fledglings!
Like the previous books, the story surrounds the lifemate bond between Desari and Julian. Desari is an ancient and had no idea of lifemates or even other Carpathians! Julian cannot believe he has found not only his life mate, but a group of unknown Carpathians. Desari has a beautiful gift-she can enchant with her voice. Syndil, Desari’s sister, can heal the Earth. This little family has been traveling for centuries so Desari can perform. Julian obviously has no idea how headstrong his new mate is. She isn’t going to give up her life and follow him blindly. She also refuses to leave her family because she feels her brother Darius is close to choosing death.
The plot includes lots of steamy scenes between Julian and Desari, several vampire attacks, and one dark secret that Julian must face. I found the ending a bit of a let down. All this build up of the vampire Julian had to face and it just took maybe a page or two. Whomp Whomp.
Sean Crisden is one of my favorite narrators so when I saw that he performed this book, I snagged it fast! He is a brilliant narrator!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: fated mates, vampires
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Syndil was raped; the attack is explained but not detailed. She suffers from PTSD « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler