Dark Gold (Book 3 of The Dark Series) by Christine Feehan

Rating: 3 out of 5.

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light . . . was he a man . . . or a miracle?

Alexandria Houton will sacrifice anything—even her life—to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encounter unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex can only cry to heaven for their deliverance . . .

And out of the darkness swoops Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful and more mysterious than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatches them from a hideous fate. But is Aidan a miracle . . . or a monster? Is he Alex’s salvation . . . or her sin?

If she surrenders to Aidan’s savage, unearthly seduction and gives him the color, the light, the family he craves, will Alex truly save her brother . . . or sacrifice more than her life?

My Review

Here we are in Book three of The Dark Series and I’m still just as interested as before. We met Aiden briefly earlier and know he’s a healer like Gregori. We haven’t had much chance to get to know him until now. He’s dancing pretty close to the dark himself but has a family of sorts that he keeps close to try to keep himself away from the abyss. It has worked remarkably well, and he doesn’t realize how close he is until his nose is shoved in it.

When he meets Alexandria, she and her brother had been taken by a mad vampire. Word was out now that it was possible to take a human mate if she is a powerful psychic. The vampire found her first and trapped her and her brother in a small cave off the coast. Aiden had been hunting him and when he found them, he mistook her for a vampiress. It wasn’t until her little brother – Joshua – tried to rescue her from Aiden that he realized she hadn’t been turned. As he had nearly drained her dry, he had to provide blood to save her. That was the third time she had taken blood from a Carpathian and the final straw in her transformation.

Once he had a moment, Aiden realized she was his mate and took the pair of them home with him. He and Joshua are cute together. They build their relationship outside of the one between Alexandria and him and come to care for each other. Aiden is very protective of Joshua and easily accepts him as part of his family. I don’t love that he kept Joshua and Alexandria apart initially. I understand that he was concerned for his safety after her change, but he could have allowed more interaction and monitored it. He’s certainly powerful enough to immediately stop her if she lost control.

Alexandria struggles against the change she endured without her consent – this is the third time the female has been changed without any notice or discussion – and I think that’s pretty crappy. I can forgive what happened between Jacque and Shea as he was out of his mind and had no idea it would / could happen. Still, it sets a bad precedent for future books.

She struggles to be “taken care of” by Aiden and, unlike her predecessors, she does make some really stupid choices that are hurtful or just foolish. He is exceptionally patient with her and that’s a plus. I don’t know if I could have put up with some of that nonsense and not changed my mind. She does turn it around though and get it together. She spends more time moping than I would have liked and really struggles to listen to reason. Her reactions are sometimes a little over the top.

Overall, it’s a good entry into the series and I am absolutely dying to read the next book. It’s Gregori’s story and I have such high hopes for him. So, three books in and I’m still interested. It’s just slow going because they are long, fully fleshed-out stories. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys adult vampire romance.

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