Dark Secret by Christine Feehan
by Christine Feehan
Pros: Realistic reactions
Cons: Drags in the middle
I read several of the books in this series a few years ago, then just stopped buying them, as they all started to sound the same. However, I picked this one up at the store the other day on a whim, to see how things were progressing.
Much of the style is the same – the phrase “can do no other” still appears an awful lot – but it seemed a little less prevalent than I remember from earlier books. However, I thought this particular one had better characterizations and more realistic reactions on the part of both the hero and the heroine to their situation.
The heroine’s reactions, especially, I thought were finally closer to how a real woman would react to a) discovering the new hottie in her life is actually a Carpathian, b) waking up buried underground and c) that her boyfriend expects her to do everything he says without question.
The resolution of these conflicts was a little simplistic, in my opinion. Going through a traumatic event just suddenly makes everything okay for our heroine, but doesn’t actually change anything. But, overall I felt this title was one of the best in this series.
I found the hero, Rafael, quite appealing. As usual, he is tall, dark and dangerous, but also had some sensitive moments and was actually trying to see things from the heroine’s point of view, if failing miserably for the most part. Let’s just say that a Carpathian male can rationalize his way into doing whatever he wants like nobody’s business.
All in all a solid entry that may actually entice me to read a few more in this series.