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Dark Secret (The Carpathians (Dark) Series, Book 12) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2005
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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.
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...Read more ›
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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Colby was up and down. Suppose to be a great horse trainer. She was always getting tossed into fences and thrown on the ground. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by c kelley
Love this book and all of her books. If you like the sexy vampire you will love these books.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book and could not put it down. Finished it in record time~Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a rather long read, not because of the length but because I had to struggle through the first couple of chapters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samantha
I liked this story. Many find it offensive as hero was very dominant but he redeems himself at the end. I would read again and recommend to any fan of a OTT hero. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Junkies
Any of the Dark Carpathian books with a De LA Cruz in it is a good book to me. Rafael is more dominant and rougher than the other Carpathian's we meet. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Guccigirl