I will start with the blurb:
Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?
My thoughts: Dark Ghost is Book #28 in the Carpathians Series. I have loved this series since it started with Dark Prince. Carpathians are not vampires. They are another race. They must drink blood to survive but never kill their donors. They are respectful of them and others and have great honor. The males, after about 200 years, lose their emotions and the ability to see in color until unless they find their lifemate. Until that time, they have 2 options: they live and remain Carpathians living on their honorable nature. If they can no longer do that and haven’t found their lifemate, they can “face the sun” and die or give into the dark side and become a vampire–a vile and evil creature. Their race is dying out without having any clue why. The series explores this and seeks the answer. The reason why is very interesting.
After 28 books, I regret to say that I think it is time that the author wrap this series up. The later books have all left me somewhat disappointed, this book included. Literally, 90% of the book is spent with the hero and heoine in the cave building their relationship. This is fine, however, this book did not do anything to advance the overall story of the Carpathians. Even the couple of battle scenes with the vampires were rushed and were not sufficient to carry the book. I really have to wonder if the author (who I consider to be a great author and am reading another of her series) is tired of this series. There is alot of repetitive prose in this book which I feel is a big problem. The book, in my most humble opinion, could have been half as long and accomplished the same thing. With a heavy heart because I have always loved the Carpathians, I think this series needs a breath of fresh air or needs to be wrapped up.