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Dark Predator (Carpathians, #22)

Dark Predator (Carpathians, #22) - Christine Feehan 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.

This will be a mini review of Dark Predator, as the 22nd book in the series and it finally being Zacarias book you could say I had high expectations, especially as the last two books in this series had been so good (Dark Peril review here!) I really thought Dark Predator would bring another great book to this series because until the last few books I was starting to feel the Dark Carpathian series was becoming a little repetitive and I was so hoping for Dark Predator to continue setting such a high tone for the series and for it to continue for a while except Dark Predator wasn’t as good as I hoped or even expected. I felt that Ms Feehan was trying too hard to write an alpha male character that was set in his ways, where women wore dresses and were meek and feeble and let a man take charge of every situation and everyone was expected to obey his every command. Except I found it hard to accept that Zacarias would want that in a female and he would behaviour in such a manor. At times I found Dark Predator really appalling with the way Zacarias treated Marguarita just because she didn’t obey his command’s and tried to help him, I understand how Zacarias behaviour was meant to be portrayed but I think it was done badly and I know I’m not the only one disheartened by Dark Predator.
Also I feel that the blurb is rather misleading, as it states “in the betrayal of a woman who is readying her trap” yet there was no real trap set, and especially not by Marguarita, which isn’t enough to explain Zaracias behaviour as Marguarita “interferes” with Zaracias before any old enemy or anyone comes a calling! However, at times I managed to overlook some of Zacarias behaviour and continue with the book and slowly started enjoying it. Marguarita (who’s featured in a previous book) is a really wonderful character and I did enjoy watching her adapt to her situation of becoming a lifemate and how it would change her and how she would be with Zacarias.

Overall I was disappointed with Dark Predator but will continue with the next book in the series and will continue hoping that the next book with fulfil my expectations that Dark Peril filled.