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In what may be the most horrific of Feehan's Dark series, featuring the vampire-hunting Carpathians and the lifemates who save them from doom, a rancher fights to retain custody of her young siblings. Colby Jansen has been raising Ginny and Paul since her beloved stepfather, Armando Chevez, died, while running the ranch he left them. Disaster after disaster strikes; then, members of the Brazilian -Chevez family, along with two of the powerful De La Cruz brothers, for whom their family has worked for centuries, arrive to take the children and dispose of the ranch. Colby finds the handsome Rafael De La Cruz threatening but irresistibly attractive, and when an ancient and powerful vampire appears, Colby and Rafael combine forces. The erotic heat between Colby and Rafael turns scorching; Colby's unusual telekinetic and telepathic abilities open doors for future Carpathian adventures, and readers who love the horror aspects of the Dark series will revel in the scary demons and toothy serpents. Diana Tixier Herald
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"Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels."
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515138851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515138856
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

In addition to the #1 New York Times bestsellers list and the PEARL awards, Christine is honored to have made the bestsellers list for Amazon, B. Daltons, Barnes and Nobles, Bookscan, Borders, Ingrams, Publishers Weekly, Rhapsody Book Club, USA Today, Waldenbooks, Walmart, and the Washington Post. Other honors that she has received include being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award, receiving the Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality from Romantic Times Magazine in 2003 and in 2008 the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, hardcover and large print. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller's List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers' conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences. She was also a special guest at the 2013 Comic Con and now has her own FAN convention.

Christine Feehan's upcoming FAN convention will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa in Lafayette, CA from Feb 20-22, 2015. Registration is open now.

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165 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Denise Kobylarz on January 21, 2005
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Christine Feehan seems to be getting better and better (if that's at all possible). After her mother and father die, Colby Jansen raises her brother and sister while trying desparately to hold onto their legacy, a ranch that's being beseiged by accidents and thefts. Her father's relatives, the Chavez family, want to take her brother and sister away to live in Brazil. Colby has a steel backbone and is stubborn to the bone. She adamantly refuses to give her siblings up and wants nothing to do with the Chavez family. Realizing they need assistance, the Chavez family have enlisted the aid of Nicholas and Rafael De La Cruz to help them. When meeting Nicholas De La Cuz, Colby senses she's way over her head with him, since she senses he is dark, dominant and dangerous. She decides to steer clear of Nicholas, only to meet up with his brother, Rafael, who is more dominant and dangerous than his brother. Unknown to Colby, Rafael is an ancient Carpathian hunter. Both Nicholas and Rafael are very close to loosing their battle against the darkness and have not experienced any type of emotions for over two thousand years. As soon as Rafael sees Colby, he realizes he has finally met his lifemate. Now the problem is - he has to claim her, but with his dominant nature and Colby's stubborness, it's not going to be an easy task.

Rafael is probably the most dominant Carpathian in Christine Feehan's books other than Gregori. The chemistry between Rafael and Colby causes sparks to shoot off the pages. Although there are additional characters in this book and a lot of twists and turns, it's very easy to follow and you'll find yourself thinking "Okay, this character might be the focus of her next book". The first day I started reading the book, I made the mistake of starting at 9:00 at night. I was still reading it at 2:00 in the morning. Is it good? If there were 10 stars it would rate a ten. Don't miss this new installment of the Carpathian series.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By E. Burns on July 6, 2005
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Sorry, but this is the first of the Dark series where I wanted the male (Rafael) to bite the dust. Literally. Even at the end, I was still so major miffed with his behavior during the book that I wanted to slap him silly...and her too for 'loving' him at the end.

I'm giving it two stars intead of one because I liked the change of venue and Colby. In fact, I was excited at first about a bit of a Western (I had visions of it going down such a different path).

The female (Colby) behaved in a pretty normal manner for what was happening to her... I could relate! Sorta like "Hey you! Butt-insky! I've got a life here. Show some respect!" And she resisted him as best she could, but it was very upsetting when you were told repeatedly that she was out-gunned and outmatched. That she 'would become his!'. Geez louise, I kept wanting her to just drive a stake through his heart and plant him in the petunia patch!

Instead you have a dominant, Dominant, DOMINANT! male Carpathian who pretty much sees her as an aquisition, or a way to fix 'him'....or worst of all, just plain ole property. Banter between he and his brother about her made me wanna through the book against the wall with remarks to the effect of 'Just convert her...she'll come around later.'

Oh, did I mention, he was DOMINANT?!?! and a predator too! ;)

OK, enough snark aside. What made me love the other Dark books is that the male 'came' around to being kind and loving a lot sooner (like the first few chapters) and you got watch their relationship grow. However, vacillates between 'love' and 'dominace' to the point you really don't believe he loves her. In this book, readers be warned, he's pretty much a jerk until about the last 2 chapters, then he does something heroic and selfless...
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117 of 142 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Russell on February 6, 2005
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I'm a big fan of Christine Feehan's, so maybe I'm rating this one too low because my expectations were too high - I loathed this book, and had to force myself to reread it to see if I missed something before writing this review.

Okay, the main premise of the Carpathian series is that the males are NOT HUMAN, so their predatory nature and their instincts to claim their mates can't really be judged by human standards. This works for me as a fantasy - I like the idea of being overwhelmed, of being irresistible, of being totally out of control - it certainly takes the guilt out of sexual pleasure. Most of the Carpathian males seem to acknowledge that their human lifemates weren't prepared for this, and they try to cushion the shock of blood exchanges, etc., and hope that their lifemates will come to love them in time. This guy is the opposite - he not only refuses to make anything easier for Colby, he seems to deliberately show his worst possible behavior, and then he feels outraged and betrayed that she doesn't immediately adore him.

Shortly after their first meeting, he insists that she dance with him or cause a scene - in other words, he would hurt all the friends and neighbors who would try to come to her defense. So much for the centuries of protecting humanity. This guy is a noble hero? There are soldiers, police officers and firefighters putting their lives on the line for others every day, but that doesn't mean they're perfect or excuse every other flaw - and it's not enough to fall in love with.

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