Series: Dark #37
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Judgment Road, Shadow Keeper, Dark Sentinel, Dark Challenge, Dark Magic , Vengeance Road, Toxic Game, Shadow Warrior, Dark Illusion, Vendetta Road, Lethal Game, Shadow Flight, Desolation Road, Reckless Road, Shadow Storm (Shadow Riders #6), Murder at Sunrise Lake, Annihilation Road , Savage Road, Dark Whisper , Leopard's Scar , Recovery Road , Ghostly Game
Safia Meziane has trained since birth to protect her tribe, the family she holds so dear. All along she told herself the legends she was raised with were simply that. But now, she must call upon all of her skills to fight what lies ahead. Evil has come to their small town on the cost of Algeria, evil that Safia can feel but cannot see.
She is terrified she will not be able to protect the ones she loves. As her family’s “chosen one,” she has always believed she would face this task alone—until her family reveals she has been promised to a warrior who will join her. An outsider. A Carpathian. . . .
Petru Cioban is one of the oldest Carpathians in existence, and he has spent all that time without the soothing presence of his lifemate. For two thousand years he has waited for this woman to be reborn, only to find her in the sights of a monster he has fought before, a vampire risen again to finish a battle started centuries ago.
Now, Petru must face his greatest enemy and his greatest shame. He has no hope that Safia will forgive his betrayal once the memories of her past life return to her. But he will not make the same mistake again, even if he has to sacrifice everything for the woman who has claimed his immortal soul.
Dark Memory is like book 100 in this series (I’m exaggerating, but it is a really long series) and features a new family. Safia’s culture was new to me. Feehan does a lot of front loading about this culture, and it makes the first part of the book really slow. I struggled a lot with that aspect. It was interesting and well researched, but I typically expect a lot of action and heat from this series.
Safia was not pleased when she finds out she has been promised to Petru. She is a fiercely independent woman. She knew she would have to marry, but with the ever present danger to her family, she has a lot going on. Safia is a spunky for sure, and she does not suffer the fools. Petru is more of a speak softly and carry a big stick kind of guy. There is plenty of action and suspense once the story gets going and I always appreciate that.
This book was good, but I didn’t love it as much as some of the others in the series. I feel like what I loved about the series was the Carpathians and this book got away from that. Trying to learn about a totally different culture and family dynamic made the pace slow a lot in the beginning.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: good vs evil
- Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series
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