Christine Feehan - Dark Fire #6 Dark Series
"There is Always a Price to Pay"
So Darius warned her when she accepted a position with his traveling troupe. And gazing mesmerized at the merciless slash of his mouth, the implacable resolve on his face, the soulless emptiness of his black eyes, Tempest was afraid to ask what it was.
She had always been different, apart from others. From the moment his arms closed around her, enveloping her in a sorcerer's spell, Darius seemed to understand her unique gifts. But did his kiss offer the love and belonging she sought, or a danger more potent than his own panthers?
Somewhere deep inside herself, Tempest realized she knew the answer. She had no choice but to accept the velvet stroke of his tongue, submit to the white-hot heat piercing her skin, welcome an erotic pleasure like no other.
Read the First Chapter
Of all the books in this series, this is my favorite. This book touched my heart more deeply than any of the others have done. This is the story of Darius and Tempest.
Darius, the tall, dark, brooding Carpathian, lost his ability to see color or to feel any emotion centuries ago.
Tempest's story is an all too common one, a foster child who found abuse at the hands of men. To Darius, "She is all that is standing between the destruction of mortals and immortals alike."
These two have been thrown together to help each other. Isn't that what a lifemate is for? This book is a little different from the others in the series in the fact that the struggle is not as much between the two of them as with the outside world.
There is little doubt from the beginning they are lifemates. In the first chapter they are already bound by these words:
"I claim you as my lifemate. I belong to you, I offer my life for you. I give you my protection, my allegiance, my heart, my soul, and my body. I take into my keeping the same that is yours. Your life, happiness and welfare will be cherished and placed above my own for all time. You are my lifemate, bound to me for all eternity and always in my care."
I had read these words before in the other books in the series. In this book, they came to life for me. I could see them lifting off the page, swirling in front of me as a living thing.
Wouldn't these be wonderful wedding vows? Many Christine Feehan fans are now using them in place of the traditional vows because they seem to ring truer for some.
Author's Notes on Dark Fire
When I first began to write Dark Fire, Darius was so strong of a character, I almost couldn't take a break from writing. He is a mixture of Mikhail, the Prince, and Gregori, the hunter and healer. Having had to take on both roles it is no wonder. He is more earthy and raw then Gregori, lacking the elegance of his brother but with more of an edge. He has unexpected qualities that really appealed to me. Darius did not have the benefits of learning from his elders, he experimented through trial and error. He has an enormous strength of character and he tends to be a bit on the ruthless side. He is far earthier with a touch of the savage, taking the hunt to those who threaten the ones he loves.
Tempest is a mechanic badly in need of a job. She answers an ad that leaps out at her, spending her last dime to take her to the site. Almost immediately her dream job takes a nightmarish turn when the leader of the band, a charismatic man, takes her blood and claims her as his own.
I believe Tempest is well suited to Darius, his other half, his lifemate. She shares the quirky sense of humor most of my heroines have to some degree, mostly because I have that same odd sense of humor. It gets her through her trials and impossible situations, just as it does for me.
I loved this book because I love how Darius loves Tempest. To me, this is a true love story!
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