Title: Dark Wolf

Series: Dark Series #25 overall (#2 in mini-trilogy of Dark Lycan, Dark Wolf, and Dark Blood)

Author: Christine Feehan

Website: http://www.christinefeehan.com

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

ISBN-10: 0425270793

ISBN-13: 978-0425270790

Genre: Paranormal

Source: Received for an honest review.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

My Thoughts:

This book has been 12 years in the making. Readers of the Dark Series were first introduced to Skylar in Dark Legend (2002), as the adopted daughter of Gabriel and Fransesca Daratrazanoff. In Dark Celebration (2006), we met Dimitri, and learned that they were lifemates. Since then, there have been a few mentions here and there of Dimitri’s constant struggle to allow Skylar time to mature and become ready for his claim as lifemate. Due to the build-up and practiced patience in waiting for this book, I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to the hope and hype I had placed in their story.

I should have known better.

Feehan has more than delivered her signature angst, and desire, and sizzling romance between these two characters. After 25 books, the romantic element can get difficult to reimagine. How many different scenarios can you really write about a 500-2000 year old Carpathian male who has no feelings or colors, and has almost succumbed to his Vampiric nature, and a 19-30 year old psychic female, who is his one true mate, and must relegate herself to that fact. Yes, that is a gross over-simplification of the dynamics in Feehan’s stories, but the fact remains that after 25 books, it gets hard to come up with something new. But she did, and she did it wonderfully. Though not quite my favorite (that honor belongs to Ivory and Razvan in Dark Slayer), it probably rates 2nd or 3rd.

Skylar is a force to be reckoned with, due both to her combined lineage, and now claiming and conversion by Dimitri. The overall backstory that permeates the entire series (the decimation of the Carpathian species by the evil mage, Xavier) is coming to a head, and Skylar, along with her aunts, Tatiana, Branislava, Ivory and Natalya, will be in the center of it. Suffice it to say, it should be epic.

Rating: 5

HEAT Rating: Steamy/Sizzling

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More