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Dark Secret (The Carpathians (Dark) Series, Book 12) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2005

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Book 15 of 27 in the Carpathians (Dark) Series

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"Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels."
-- Publishers Weekly (Publisher's Weekly ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years—I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance.
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Product Details

  • 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 (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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