“Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts. Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate: a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option.
Raven Whitney is a psychic who has used her gift to help the police track down a serial killer. Now she is determined to escape the glare of recent publicity for the peace and quiet of the Carpathian Mountains.
Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of his people but, as his ancient Carpathian race grows ever closer to extinction, he is close to giving in to the heavy weight of loneliness and despair.
From the moment their minds touch, Raven and Mikhail form a connection. But there are those who incorrectly view all Carpathians as vampires, and are determined to give their extinction a helping hand.”
Mikhail during the beginning of the book is very lonely and depressed. All the time that has passed of him not having a life mate is catching up with him and his beast is going wild. He’s even considering turning into a vampire. His emotions changed quickly and right after he finds Raven he turns angry and possessive by the thought of Raven being with another man. As the book goes on Mikhail’s emotions change quickly one minute he’s happy and the other he’s angry and bossy but overall you can tell that Mikhail really cares about Raven. Mikhail’s bossy and a little sexist. He thinks that Raven isn’t capable of protecting herself and always feel the need to protect her. At the end of the book I still wasn’t the biggest fan of Mikhail even though at times he could be sweet he was still very possessive and wild like. The author might have done that on purpose but I just wasn’t in love with his character.
By the first thing she ever says in the book, you can tell that Raven is a very compassionate person. She has the ability to hear people’s thoughts and their emotions. When she meets Mikhail, she becomes a bit naïve. I mean he’s a complete stranger and all of a sudden, she’s sees him all the time and can talk to him through his mind. It could be because their soulmates and the bond they have but it’s still pretty strange, she’s seen how aggressive he can be yet she still feels safe and comforted by a stranger she’s known for two days. As the book goes on Raven goes through traumatic events which change her in the way where she’s not so naïve. She begins to question Mikhail and his life choices. I wasn’t a huge fan of Raven. It annoyed me that one minute she would love Mikhail and the other she would try to get away from him. I would be fine if this happened once but it happened a lot throughout the book. Even in the last chapter of the book she still wasn’t sure if she wanted to stay with him or leave.
The plot itself was more focused on the romance between Mikhail and Raven. Because the chapters were long there would be one or two chapters for the assassins they faced. They would be mentioned every once in a while and then there would be one or two chapters that actually involved them.
The romance between Raven and Mikhail was really fast-paced. In both the first and second chapter they shared a steamy scene and they’ve only known each other for a day. Most of the problems they face in their relationship were caused by their lack of trust and communication and the two different lifestyles they grew up in. While Mikhail tries to bring Raven into his life, Raven is still cautious about everything.
Overall, I rate this book a 1 out of 5. Maybe if the book was split into two books it might have been better but even besides that, I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot or the characters. Sadly, this book will not get the rose and is the first of the four to be kicked off the list. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.