This is what comes from having a skinny bloodsucking white girl as my best friend."-MaryAnn Wow did I love MaryAnn! We will find a way because that is the way of lifemates." -Manolito and MaryAnn I liked Manolito. I thought MaryAnn was amazing. The thing I really liked about MaryAnn is she didn't take any of Manolito's shit! "I have a feeling she'll need to be," Luiz said, rubbing his jaw. "Women can't help but be impressed." "I doubt it feels good to have one's heart ripped out of one's chest, but if you like I can arrange for you to find out." Luiz laughed at him. I have to say I thought Riordan was kind of a dick to MaryAnn in this book. I loved all the parts in this book with MaryAnn, Solange, and Jasmine. Women are much harder on women than men are." "You always look good," Juliette said. It's MaryAnn's I'm concerned about." "You put them on your eyes," MaryAnn said, laughing even harder. "I knew that."-MaryAnn, Juliette and Solange
I think Christine did a great job writing a Black heroine. I think a lot of love went into crafting MaryAnn's character. I love that the race thing is not an issue, well not in the way you might think. It was more an issue about the species difference (Carpathian versus Human and something else). I love all Feehan's heroines, and particularly MaryAnn, and not just because she's Black. He admitted his love for MaryAnn very early on. As usual, the vampires creep the heck out of me, and I love the action scenes. I am so grateful that I started reading Christine Feehan, and one of my GR friends (you know who you are) kept suggesting I read the Carpathians, because I loved the GhostWalkers so much.
In Christine Feehan's Dark Possession (book 18 of the Dark series,) we are swept away from the Carpathian mountains, back to South America, to the home of the De La Cruz brothers. Completely unaware that Manolito has located his lifemate, and already bound her to him, his brothers take him home to the South American rainforest, to complete his healing underground.
I've read quite a few books in this series, but my enjoyment has never been anything more than meh. I've hated one or two, but mostly I found them mildly irritating, with cardboard, incoherent characters, and very thin stories. I usually skim read these books, as they are utterly boring for me.
Add to the fact the character in the beginning is apparently hallucinating or something, and I was confused most of the book about how this story world worked, what it meant to be a Carpathian, how one became one, what was at stake, etc. I didn't know why I should like the hero, or the heroine - who spends the entire book obsessing about the hero's gorgeousness, her fear of bugs, and her designer clothing begin ruined while running around in the jungle - really? At first I thought the clothing thing was a lame attempt to show the character changing in some manner, shallow to deep, and I fully expected her to be rolling around in the mud with out a care by the end.
While saving a pregnant Carpathian female, Manuel "Manolito" De La Cruz was stabbed and poisoned. The only one who can save him is MaryAnn. I'm a huge fan of Christine Feehan's and her Dark Series, but this book was a huge disappointment. I just couldn't relate (not that it's possible to relate to the vampires and stuff!) to it and while the previous books pulled me into the magic world of the Carpathians and the incredible (if somewhat implausible) love stories between this dominant alphas and their kick-ass heroines, this story left me on the outskirts of the jungle, shuffling my feet.
I don't know why I thought this was a step too far - after all, I'm reading a series about shapeshifters, vampires, predestined soulmates, sleeping underground, etc. I really liked that this book was as much about MaryAnn as it was about Manolito - maybe even more.
I have a love/hate relationship with Christine Feehan's Dark series, but I always have a compulsion to read the books.
For the life of me, I can't see the appeal of romance books where the most important aspect are repetitive sex scenes that go on for way too long and waste a ton of my time. There might have been an interesting plot, or other characters in this book, but, they were all ignored for some sex scenes. I do find it interesting that most romance novels I've read also include sexual victims (in this case, not the main character, a side one)-do a lot of sexual victims read romance novels to experience sex in a less intimidating atmosphere?
Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.