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Dark Predator by Christine Feehan review

Dark Predator by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #22)


Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

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I have so many words for this book, and none of them fit for your ears. So sorry, it's going to be an angry rant, not a review.

Dark Prince was THE BOOK which introduced me to the genre of paranormal romance, and for years I loved this series. The men were noble, the women were strong and powerful in their own right, some of them pretty awesome and kick-ass, even the plot was somewhat unique. Sadly, it all ended at Dark Slayer.

I though Dark Peril was the most god awful book in the series, surely. There was nothing in it apart from endless jungle descriptions and a parade of whorish clothing.

But here comes Dark Predator with Zacarias in it. The biggest jerk and misogynistic pig ever. Really, no really? Do we need a trip back to the 70s-80s bodice rippers? Because this is how it felt.

He is abusive, violent and I could find absolutely no excuse for his behavior. He laughs at Marguarita's expense. Sorry, wasn't funny. He violates her mind and her body. 

There was a moment in the book when I almost DNF it. Marguarita's friend Julio touches her arm, and Zacarias attacks him, drinks his blood, leaves him unconscious and tells Marguarita something along the lines

"Do you want to be taken for a whore?"

Come-freaking-on! She is to wear only skirts. Not go anywhere or do anything without his permission or there is punishment. She behaves like a victim and makes excuses for his behavior.

I truly felt sick. If this is story of love, then Julia Roberts was a happy married woman in Sleeping with the Enemy.

Here is the song which is very much how Zacarias feels towards Marguarita.

P.S. Do we really need 20 pages of Carpathian chants in every bloody book?!
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У меня нет слов, чтобы описать этот кошмар. Вот помните Джулию Робертс в В Постели с Врагом? Вот она и её муж - это Закария и Маргарита.

Мужик - пипец, измазывает её в дерьме по уши, обращается с ней как с последней тряпкой, манипулирует её умом и телом, а она ведёт себя как жертва и постоянно его оправдывает.

Когда он её обвинил, что она ведёт себя как чуть ли не шлюха потому что она дотронулась до своего друга, меня стало подташнивать. Чуть ли не дочитала. Короче вам нужна книга наподобие любовных романов 70-80-х годов, вот вы её и получите, если прочитаете эту книгу....



Christina said...

Carpathian chants? 20 PAGES? Really? This is a thing? Yuck.

Misogynistic asshole male leads are not just in YA fiction. Why do some women eat this stuff up?

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I don't know Christina... Maybe because they never experienced the real thing? So they don't know how it would feel for a woman to be treated like that. It's horrendous, I've seen it, experienced it to some degree and would never put up with books promoting such behaviour.

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