Dark Curse (Carpathians, #19) - Christine Feehan This is Lara Calladine and Nicholas De La Cruz's story. Lara is struggling to overcome the nightmare of being a victim of childhood abuse and has difficultly trusting others. She has become reliant on herself and is avoidant of help from others. Nicholas is the typical alpha male with the belief that he is right and everyone else should follow along with his decisions. This story has suspense, romance, and parnormal thrills.