The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait—to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.
Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike...
If you read Dark Crime, then you will be delighted to catch up with Tariq and the damaged females he helped rescue. It's a story arc I'd almost forgotten, but I'm so pleased Ms Feehan has returned to it. There's definitely a more contemporary feel to Dark Carousel which brings a fresh approach.
Tariq is a hunter but he has perfected his civilised veneer and actually finds himself caring for the humans around him and his extended family. Charlotte is brave and determined to stop hiding and take on whoever is murdering those she cares for but she is entering a world she had no idea existed. The Carpathians search amongst humans with psychic gifts for their Lifemates but the Vampires have a completely different reason and it's not pleasant at all!
There's a huge difference between a male who dominates his woman and one who abuses her and I think the author seemed to get the balance right. Whilst I didn't buy the instant attraction/lust if honest (first night? Really? No build up?), I cannot fault that Tariq was only domineering when it came to Charlotte's safety, oh and bedroom antics of course! Finally, a Carpathian who realises he needs a partner and that a modern woman would settle for nothing less.
Now add in quite a large supporting cast and I'm sorry my head was reeling as apart from one or two I constantly had to remember which Carpathian was which! Luckily not all were new and the human children really tugged at my heartstrings, but it was the big bad that made this story. I couldn't understand the title initially and how it would connect to the storyline but bam, it really was very pertinent indeed. As for their enemies, well nasty just doesn't seem to cover it and in the midst of all this is a puppet master like no other! Yes, stand by for a Vampire who thinks way outside the box, looks ahead, and sets the most insidious traps.
I was gifted a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.