Dark Prince (Dark Series #1) by Christine Feehan
A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinksy is the Prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness. Until the day a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.
From the moment they meet, Raven and Dubrinksy are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers – Carpathian and human – build a future together? And how can Dubrinksy bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?
Review by Paulina Woods
When I was first introduced to Dark Prince in 2002 I was seriously looking forward to reading about, well, normal vampires. They would be hot, hundred of years old, and be just this side of evil. I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole new world where vampires are evil and Carpathians are good. This book opens with the prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinksy, in terrible pain. Wanting to end everything and seek the dawn and than a miracle happens and his lifemate reaches for him. Raven Whitney is a human and telepathic detective on vacation and when she hears/feels Mikhail pain she can't help but reach out to him. From trying to stop a human organization that's praying on his people, to finding out why the women are unable to carry to term Mikhail had me falling in love. The first paragraph may have pulled me in but I couldn't put it down until the last sentence ended. I cried, I prayed and I made long lasting friends.