Oh my God, Oh my God, OH MY GOD! She almost made it all the way through an entire book without one torrid sex scene. For Christine Feehan, that's some kind of record or something. Last time she tried that was the second book in the series, and she only made it half way through the book that time. Of course, she WAY more than made up for it in the last five chapters or so, not to mention the entire book was riddled with sappy sentimentality enough to win it a spot on the shelf next to the ipecac. Still, what a strenuous effort, to have to write an entire novel without copious amounts of the horizontal mambo. I think I just might have to be proud of her. This latest installment of Ms. Feehan's "Dark" series centers around the last member of the band of "lost children", Dayan. When he finally encounters his true lifemate, not only is she human, but she is fighting for the survival of her unborn infant (by another man) against the faltering tick of her own weak heart. This book in many ways does reflect Ms. Feehan's willingness to listen to her fans and try new things, not necessarily straying from her set formula all together, but adding interesting twists and turns here and there. I mean her heroines do still mostly resemble a high brow church ladies get-together, minus the veggie platters and fat-free salads. Especially in this book, as so many of them show back up for cameo appearances. The heroes are still the same, dominant, arrogant, and well...men. However, she's took a bit of a chance making the biggest villain in this book, not a vampire, not a human activist, but a potentially fatal heart disease compounded by pregnancy. I also noted that her heroine acknowledged as passing allegiance to a higher faith when she mentions to Dayan to leave the vampire in God's hands, that he'd done all he could for the villain. That was a surprise. Now I wouldn't hold my breath for Ms. Feehan to make any major deviations from formula. For instance, I know patients with Down’s Syndrome who possess many of the qualities she creates in her heroines such as sweet temperament, kindness, loving, gentle nature, open-hearted, and child-like innocence, but developing a mature relationship with such a character could prove quite a challenge, even for a Carpathian. Nor would I expect any of the future heroines be the self-reliant, babe-with-an-attitude types. (It really was amazing how Jax went from best of the best cop, to helpless mush when Lucien showed up.) Still, if you're a fan of the series, this book is a nice addition to your collection with a couple pleasurable surprises and a rather large reunion you might enjoy. Cheers folks, and good reading.