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Dark Desire (The Carpathians (Dark) Series, Book 2) (edition 2006)

by Christine Feehan

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Title:Dark Desire (The Carpathians (Dark) Series, Book 2)
Authors:Christine Feehan
Info:Leisure (2006), Edition: First Thus, Paperback
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Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

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i have to say i liked jauques and shea more than raven and mikeal. yes i kno i spelled it wrong. i hated the ending though it wrapped up was too easy but introduced Adrian which im excited about. best part, knowing gregori might just have his happy ending after all!!! ( )
  jordanakaforever | Jan 13, 2017 |

“What we need, Mikhail, is Raven’s calming influence. You look about as reassuring as a Bengal tiger."

"Oh, and you look like a bunny rabbit," Mikhail scoffed.

This is based off a re-read.

The Carpathian series is a little silly and repetitive, but they are guilty pleasure type books that get me in the mood to re-read sometimes. Following Dark Prince, where Mikhail, the prince of the Carpathians found his lifemate in Raven, now it's Jacques's turn. Instead of finally finding "the one", he's been tortured and chained for seven years, bordering on insanity until she finds him based on his summons and being chased by hunters.

I liked Shea - she was independent, a lot like Raven, had a big craving for knowledge and medical work, and came with weird childhood baggage. While I enjoyed Jacques in the first book - he was sort of funny - he lost that humor here through all he's suffered and is kind of just there. Likable but not as addictive as other leads. I admit I skimmed their sex scenes, didn't do anything for me since it's repetitive, but they didn't have nearly as many as in Dark Prince.

The reason this book is slapped with a four star rating over a three is because of so much Gregori, my personal favorite, and Mikhail and Raven. Love all three of them, they entranced me in the first book, and were just as captivating here. Gregori's backhand scheming with the pregnancy was thrilling and he still remains my favorite, even if Feehan has insisted on bringing in so many other Carpathians to try and thwart the original group's power and standing with later books to keep things interesting. It takes awhile for them to come on stage, but the book soared when they did.

Honestly - despite the guy being evil in the end, I feel bad for the villain. He shouldn't have acted cowardly before with events in the first book, but it wasn't his fault he was separated besides that error in not speaking up - and the consequences were catastrophic for him.

Not as good as Dark Prince, but it was a worthy sequel. Paranormal romance just isn't good at avoiding being repetitive and melodramatic, but these still keep me hooked as quick reads.

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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
With more than 20 books in this series and interesting sounding plots I had high hopes but just did not like. Plenty of fans of these bestselling books so I believe I am in a minority so did force myself to read first few in series before making a judgment call. All the female characters are whiny, needy things and plots are rather predictable. ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
One of my favorite books and a frequent reread for me. Haunted by a strange compulsion and images she can't erase, Shea travels to the Carpathian mountains, looking for relief. Instead, she finds a tormented vampire, a cadre of vampire hunters, and a strange secret about her past. The chemistry between Jacques and Shea is off the charts and their situation is dire. It's a Feehan book so there's lots of her trademark purple prose, but the book is thrilling and hard to put down. Highly Recommended! ( )
  AniGonzalez | Aug 12, 2015 |
This is the second book in the series, and this is definitely the point where readers will be split into two camps - those who understand that Carpathians are NOT supposed to be human beings, and those who are hazy on the concept, and will interpret this book to condone abuse in some way.

Jacques Dubrinsky, brother of the Prince, has been horrifically tortured - beyond any reasonable expectation of sanity. He is, in fact, quite insane when his lifemate digs him out of the ground and sews him back together. As a result, he hurts her, several times. He's a huge threat to everyone around him - fortunately, he does get better, and proves to be a likeable character. People may think it's bad advice to stick with someone who's dangerously insane, and that's true - for humans. Remember that Carpathians aren't human, and they are incomplete without their lifemate - the literal other half of their soul. Neither of them has any choice but to either work it out, or both will die. That's incredibly important to remember, in this series.

This is Jacques and Shea's story, and, much more than the first book in the series, sets up several important issues that will run through the series arc.

Byron is also introduced, and the events in this book will be referenced in his story, later.

Very important things also happen with Gregori and Mikhail's lifemate, Raven - and her unborn daughter. ( )
  WingedWolf | Jun 9, 2015 |
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He cam out of the night, so beautifully male he took her breath away. his black eyes moved over her possessively, curiously predatory. He was not human. He was Carpathian, of the Earth. He could command the wind, run with the wolf, soar with the owl, become on with the rain itself.
"Choose life for us, Shea," he said. "For our children. I will not be easy to live with, but I swear to you no one could love you more. I will do anything to make you happy."
Shea shook her head. "I'm not strong enough, Jacques. I can't do this."
"You are just afraid." His voice was so soft, she felt it on her very skin, as if his fingertips were skimming over satin in the lightest caress. Jacques stepped closer, his dark eyes intense. "Choose me now, Shea. Need me. Want me. Love me. Choose life for us."

For my father, Mark King, who taught me there are many kinds of heroes in the world. For my agent, Helen, who refused to give up on my Carpathians. Special thanks to Allison Luce and my daughter, Billie Jo Feehan, who fell in love with Jacques and gave many helpful suggestions. And of course for my son Brian who had to read the action scenes many, many times for me.
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The stranger silently summoned her across the continents, across the seas. He whispered of eternal torment, of endless hunger . . . of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she ached to heal him, to heal herself.

Drawn to the far Carpathian mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And her soul trembled. For in his burning eyes, his icy heart, she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her. The imperious Carpathian male had compelled Shea to his side. But was she to be his healer. . . or his prey? His victim . . . or his mate? Was he luring her into madness . . . or would his dark desire make her whole?
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Seven years ago, Dr Shea O'Halloran experienced an unexpected and horrendous pain unlike anything she had ever known. It felt as if she were being tortured. Eventually the pain disappeared, but Shea never forgot. She has since devoted her life to trying to understand the cause of the rare genetic blood disorder that is slowly killing her. The answers to some of Shea's questions start to reveal themselves when she is approached by two men, who accuse her of being a vampire. Shea runs for her life and - following a feeling she can't explain - her desperate wanderings lead her to Romania. The ancient one known as Jacques Dubrinsky can explain. Seven years ago, Jacques was captured, tortured and buried alive by several humans and a Carpathian betrayer. The years of extreme pain and lack of sustenance that followed have nearly driven Jacques insane. He has been using what is left of his powers to psychically draw Shea to the region. But is Shea to be his healer or his prey?

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The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispered of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she ached to heal him, to heal herself.… (more)

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