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Dark Predator by Christine Feehan

October 27th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: September 6, 2011

Publisher: Berkley Hardcover

I can’t decide on a rating for this book.

Summary from As brutal as the undead he hunted, Zacarias De La Cruz was a master executioner. Over the long, dark centuries, he plunged into so many battles they blurred into an endless lifetime of evil that hardened the soul of this merciless, ruthless and implacable dark predator.

Now his stark and savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a grey world, he has accomplished everything he set out to do. His brothers are safeguarded. Each has found a woman who completes them. And they are at peace. For his brothers, Zacarias has walked the edge of madness, but with centuries as a killing machine now left to the past and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time in his life, who he really is.

The answer awaits him back home in Peru, in the betrayal of a woman who is readying her trap, in the vengeance of an old enemy, in the inevitable consequences of a bloody family legacy, and in the deliverance of a lifemate he never could have imagined.

I have only read some of Feehan’s newer Carpathian books and for the most part have really enjoyed them.  I find it hard to say just how much I liked(or disliked) this one.  It completely grabbed me and I could not stop reading it BUT I found myself having a hard time liking the heroine, Marguarita, and I did not like Zacarias at all!  The common theme of the Carpathian males are that they are overbearing and have over protectiveness issues but Zacarias went way beyond overbearing and straight into abusive.  I found his first attack on Marguarita to be overly brutal for “just teaching her a lesson” and even after he supposedly begins to fall in love with her whenever she goes against his wishes his immediate reaction is to physically harm her and brutalize her.    Even when he finally brings her fully into the Carpathian world it isn’t an action of a man in love and wanting to be with his lifemate.  It’s a pissed off guy who wants to teach his “woman” a lesson and show her what happens when she tries to think for herself and make her own decisions.

The worst part was that Marguarita just sucks it all up and says it’s her mission to “save” him and it’s not really that he’s attacking her.  Ummm, hello?!  He brutally takes your blood to teach you a lesson, throws you against a wall because you did something he didn’t like and basically kills you in a temper tantrum without a care for what you really want.  That’s not a lifemate to me, that’s an abusive spouse you are stuck with for all eternity.  I wanted to shake her every time she would say it’s ok, you’re just learning to feel and even if you abuse me it’s yourself you are really mad at.  Wake up! Stop behaving like someone stuck in an abusive relationship.

What really kept me reading was the fact that I’ve missed the last few books and was trying to catch up on what was going on in general with the Carpathian race and the war against the vampires.  I really need to go catch up on the series since it sounds like a lot of interesting things have happened.  The other motive was thinking that Zacarias had to have some sort of redeeming trait and Marguarita was going to grow a spine and tell him to shape up.

And I can’t end this review without mentioning I will be a happy person if I never have to read the line “sun scorch you, woman” again.  Ugh, for awhile there it felt like Zacarias was saying that every other page.  So all in all I couldn’t really stand the characters but apparently a lot has been going on in the Carpathian world so this book did peak my interest to go back and read the older ones.

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