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“The Queen of paranormal romance.”—USA Today#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has enchanted legions of paranormal romance fans with her sensation series featuring sexy immortal Carpathian heroes—a remarkable breed of vampire. In this stunning new edition of Dark Desire, a beautiful doctor is perilously drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains by a mysterio“The Queen of paranormal romance.”—USA Today#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has enchanted legions of paranormal romance fans with her sensation series featuring sexy immortal Carpathian heroes—a remarkable breed of vampire. In this stunning new edition of Dark Desire, a beautiful doctor is perilously drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains by a mysterious stranger who needs her medical expertise. Despite the danger, she cannot deny her deep connection to this mystery man—or he, his raging need for her. Discover the breathtaking power of supernatural love in this darkly sensuous classic from Christine Feehan....

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  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-04-08 11:19

    5 Wild Man StarsFirst read June 2012 Reread January 10, 2016Reread January 22, 2017Some Spoilers"You aren't getting ready to bite me again, are you? I've got to tell you, there isn't a place on my body that isn't sore." She flashed him a wan smile. "Just out of curiosity, your rabies shots are up to date, aren't they?" -SheaDark Desire the 2nd book in the Dark Series was better then the first book. This book was darker, but I loved Jacques and Shea more than I did Raven and Mikhail which is saying a lot. I connected more to them as a couple. This is my 4th time reading this book/series and it still manages to captivate me. I feel like I learn something new each time. It never gets stale or boring. That is the beauty of this entertaining series, it seems to suck me into a world that is so compelling that it never gets old to me.I know little of my past, but almost from the beginning of my imprisonment I have known of you. I waited. I called you to my side. I hated you for allowing my suffering to continue. She caught his face in her hands, suddenly anxious that he believe her. "I didn't know. I swear to you, I didn't know. I never would have left you there." -Jacques and SheaMy Jacques: "I was just thinking what a vulnerable, boyish look you have in your sleep. Now I think you're a spoiled brat."-SheaMy poor Jacques. In this book he got captured, tortured, and then buried alive for 7 years. Jacques is no longer the sexy, charming, carefree, laid-back character from book 1. He was a dark, damaged, and broken man. Barely a shadow of his former self. No memories of his past life. His mind was fragmented and he was barely hanging on to his grip on reality. I loved Jacques in book 1 and I fell more in love with him in this book. He had such courage as he tried to fight his way back from the brink, and figure out who he use to be. And even though he was different in this book he still felt like Jacques. I love that he wasn't afraid to show his vulnerable side to Shea. To tell her how much he loved and needed her. Of course even though he was darker, he was still sweet, sexy, playful, and charming!I want you with every cell in my body, with my mind and my heart. Your soul is the other half of mine. When you are with me, I feel. Joy, desire, anger, even laughter. You are my lifemate. I have waited over eight hundred years to find you. I could not see color until you came into my life.-Jacques My Shea:"Want me enough, Shea. Want me with more than just your body. Let me into your heart." His mouth fastened on hers, not gently but wildly, hungrily. The hunger was in his eyes when he raised his head to look down at her. "Open your mind to me. Want me there, as you want me in your body. Want me coming to you wild with a need only you can satisfy. Take me into your soul and let me live there." -JacquesI loved Shea. Shea has had a hard life and no parents to depend on. Her mom was like a shell of a person, Shea raised herself. Shea has a photographic memory and was very smart. She worked hard and became a Doctor(surgeon) at a very young age. Shea was a thinker, she doesn't do well with emotions. I love that she had a playful sense of humour. Brave and caring she did everything she could to help Jacques, even after he attacked her when she first found him and he was out of his mind. There was just something special about Shea that I can't put my finger on. I just found her endearing."Sometimes, wild man, you break my heart," -Shea "I was not aware that you were not Carpathian. I was not capable of knowing much at all at that time. I inadvertently converted you. I would like to say I am sorry, but in truth, I am not. I did not know what I was doing, and I hope I would have done it differently had I known better, but you are my life, Shea. There is no existence for me without you. I would have nothing to live for except revenge, and I would become the undead. I do not want to be vampire, preying on humans and Carpathians alike. You are my salvation." She pushed him away from her. The rain swept over her face as she lifted emerald eyes filled with laughter to his. "That's it? That's your big apology? I can see you're not going to be a candy-and-flowers man."-Jacques and SheaJacques and Shea together were enthralling and sweet. The way they need and heal each other was beautiful. They had a very strong connection. My heart just ached for Jacques and all the pain he went through. I felt that Shea was a great and supportive lifemate for him. They had a rough start in their relationship. They were both blind to what was happening, Jacques not remembering and Shea just not knowing, but they found their way together. I loved getting to see Mikhail and Raven again and getting caught up on their life since this book takes place 25 years after the first book. I love the news that we find out about Raven(view spoiler)[She is pregnant and it's a girl (hide spoiler)]! We get to meet Julian(Aidan's twin) in this book. Gregori of course was the show-stealer for me, but he is my all time favorite of the whole series so really no shocker there. Gregori is just so hard and arrogant, that I just can't help but love him and want to see him get taking down a peg or two. A great read in a magical series. The Dark series is one of my top 5 favorites and will always hold a special place in my heart.You, are my lifemate. I claim you as my lifemate. I belong to you. I offer my life for you. I give you my protection, my allegiance, my heart, my soul, and my body. I take into my keeping the same that is yours. Your life, happiness, and welfare will be cherished and placed above my own for all time. 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  • Beth F.
    2019-04-10 14:23

    Will someone please explain to me how a couple can have sex when he’s on top and she’s on the bottom and her jeans are pushed down but still around her ankles? Because frankly, I really don’t think that is humanly possible. If she was bent over, alright. Or if they were really stretchy pants with an elastic waistband, maybe. Or if the jeans are only around one ankle but have completely slipped off the other, definitely. But if they’re hiding out in a secret Carpathian cave and they are immediately overcome by a wave of lust and can’t even remove all their clothes before going horizontal, the Laws of Blue Jeans Physics makes having sex impossible if both her ankles are encased in denim. So if you have any undeniable proof that this is possible, please share with me stat, because I’m giving myself a headache trying to make it work. The hero of this book is a criminally insane Carpathian named Jacques who is the younger brother of the king Carpathian. He had been tortured and left for dead by a pair of evil human beings who were working in conjunction with a nasty vampire. They stabbed him with a wooden stake and buried him in a coffin in the Carpathian Mountains. Since Carpathians are immortal, this did not kill him. But after seven years of suffering, his mind is completely gone and he is a raving lunatic. Practically out of nowhere (a common occurrence in Feehan’s books), an overachieving female surgeon from California becomes psychically connected to Jacques. Shea dreams of his ordeal for seven years, never believing it might actually be real. When she finally travels to the Carpathian Mountains to track down her father, she is inexplicably drawn to the scene of Jacques’ imprisonment. She breaks him free. He attacks her. She can’t stay away from him. He craves Shea. Shea craves him. They start drinking each other’s blood. And Jacques explains that he doesn’t remember anything about his past, but exhibits the very Carpathianesque tendency of demanding outrageous loyalty from his lifemate (which she is) even though she has no f%cking clue where he’s coming from or what he’s going on about. When she questions his claims, he says he doesn’t know why he thinks the things he does but he assures her that they are gospel truth and that she must go along with whatever he says. And as is always the case when Carpathian males and human women are destined to become lifemates, they lock horns and Feehan is able to fill page after page after page with senseless arguments.Even still, they manage to have lots of sex. Jacques and Shea get involved with his Carpathian family and begin working together to kill the bad vampire. And they live happily ever after. Despite the fact that these books annoy me, I keep adding the next title and the next to my queue on booksfree.com. Carpathian males are extremely compelling. Maybe I’ll figure out what it is that keeps me coming back after I finish the next one!

  • Jilly
    2019-04-05 08:08

    Why did I read the second one when I thought the first one was meh? Sometimes I don't understand myself. I need some psychiatric care. Much like the heroes in this book. Total nutjobs. And, while I admit that nutjobs can be entertaining sometimes, I just found this tedious.First of all, the caveman attitude of these not-vampires is annoying. So, you will die if she leaves you. Blah, blah, blah. Poor you! Maybe she has better things to do than to help you hold on to your tenuous grip on your sanity. Telling a woman you met minutes ago that she has to stay with you forever and that you will listen to every thought in her head for the rest of her life is slightly needy. Dude, modern women don't like clingy, needy men. If we want a parasite, we will drink the water in Mexico. But, we don't. We ask for bottled water when we visit, or we get our water in the form of alcohol because it will kill the parasite. Yeah, that's why.The second issue with this book is the repetitiveness. I swear that they told us that it was hard for their race to have female children at least 5,000 times. Really, 5,000. Okay, actually that's impressive for a book of around 300 pages. They really mentioned it a lot. And, that's not the only thing. Life-bondmate's stuff was also mentioned 5,000 times.but, not in this case...And, my biggest issue was the same as in the first book. Too much "velvet". Get a dirty thesaurus and give me a break!

  • Lou
    2019-03-29 11:18

    I enjoyed Dark Prince but this book is just more of the same thing. I am Carpathian hierarchy and not a Vampire and still they are having problems getting a life-mate just wanted more drama more action, i was expecting more and i think this is where i do not go any further in the series. There are so many good books to read at the moment.

  • Roksana
    2019-04-06 10:06

    Man what an emotional book....his constant predatory watching eyes..heroine had nowhere to escape... She was glued to him and he made sure of that! What a Hero! Loyal, faithful, fiercely protective, possessive and attentive to every heroines needs...Some of the scenes were very graphic in nature and they made me a bit uncomfortable, especially the Heroes capture and the aftermath...my god what he had to go through and all that was done to him whilst he was alive! Poor Hero, the loneliness, the pain, the desperation was so real and depressing at times..I so wanted him to find his destined mate so much to ease the pain he was enduring on a daily basis for such a long time....The heroine was equally awesome and they supported each other day and light. This a completely safe book.

  • Rhapsody
    2019-04-10 09:02

    I like the ideas behind this series, but the writing style puts me off a little. Too much of the focus is on the romance, and not enough on the events or the plot. It was very repetitive at times; again and again, we have to listen to beautiful Jacques thinks Shea is and how people are feeling toward one another. Normally I love that sort of thing, but it was too much for me. I also found the dialogue somewhat lacking. Still, I'm moderately into the series still. I'm most interested in reading Gregori's book.

  • Lučka
    2019-03-30 13:19

    I'm not sure why I'm compelled to read this series. It's all talk and no action!Yes, this book is kinda uniqe in a world of vampires, written pretty well in an old-fashioned way, with a fiercely protective and possessive alpha hero and stubborn heroine. True mates trope with no OM/OW drama.But for the love of God, nothing happens. To summarize this book and the heroine:Mommy issues...Daddy issues...Carpathian lifestyle issues...Commitment issues....I will continue with this series in the future, I'm intrigued about the other Carpathians finding their lifemates.

  • Cyndi
    2019-04-19 08:19

    I loved this book! So well written! Jacques was an awesome hero and I loved everything about him! Shea was a great heroine as well, but I did get a little tired of her wanting to leave Jacques. So far this series is wonderful!

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    2019-03-29 14:55

    ★Book Basics★ Genre: - Paranormal Romance Series: - Book 2 in the Series. Jacques is the brother of Mikhail from Dark PrinceWriting - Third person, Dual POV.Main Characters:Shea O'Halloran - a surgeon who is on the run, from "vampire" hunters. Is doing research into a blood disorder she thinks she has. Jacques Dubrinsky - Carpathian Male, tortured and trapped. He has a mental connection to Shea during his imprisonment. Tortured to the point of madness, he has no memories of his life before.Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Would I read more by this author? - Yes, and have done so★Review★There was only pain. Terrible endless pain. He could not make a sound, even when his mind shattered into a million fragments and he could no longer remember what, or whom, he was struggling to protect.This is the story of Jacques and Shea.It is often brutal - Jacques has been tortured and buried alive for seven years, with no memory of who he is. His only connection in this madness is his mental link to Shea - a woman he believes at the time, to be part of his torture.The first half of the book, is pretty much just Jacques and Shea. From when they make the mental connection, to years later, when Shea comes across his battered and tortured body, and saves him.Jacques walks the edge of madness and often does not know what he is doing. Shea is resigned to death, thinking her illness will kill her.They both have a hard path to walk, coming to terms with what they are to each other, and what they have become. Both damaged and wounded souls.Again, as book 1, not a huge set of characters, indeed even less so than in book 1, but we do see Mikhail, Raven, Gregori and Byron again.Having read the series before, these first few books are very much setting up the history of the "vampire" huntings starting again, and setting the basis for the "wars" beginning again for the Carpathian people!Book 1 is set 25 years before this one, and book 3 is another 25 years after book 2. So as I say, these first few books are very much about outlining the players and setting up for how the "vampire" huntings are going to get worse, and how the "Society" hunting them grown from what is to what it will become. As they go on, the world building gets more involved and hidden foes are brought out into the open. Friends and enemies alike, both thought long dead begin to make a reappearance and the series gets better and better. If you want a new PNR series to start, you cannot go wrong with this.My Review["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-04-12 14:23

    There is something about the way that Christine Feehan writes. I think she really pours her heart into her stories. There is so much intensity there. This was a really interesting, enjoyable read. I can't say it's my favorite Feehan because I am so in love with the Ghostwalkers. But I must say that Feehan's take on vampires really captivated me and sucked me in. I find that I am becoming a big fan of vampire romance, and this book probably helped to push me over the edge. Jacques is one tortured character. Gosh, what he suffered. Shea is probably just slightly less tortured, and she really gives herself and sacrifices herself for Jacques. This book has some dark, violent moments, and you probably shouldn't read this if you are squeamish about violence. But it absolutely fits and is in no way gratuituous. The Carpathians lead very dark hopeless lives until their lifemates come to save them. Definitely a book for the fan of fated to be mated pairs (which I am). Let me just say that I am hooked on these Carpathian books, even though I can't say this was my favorite book. Again, something about the way Feehan spins a yarn. Do read this book if you like tortured heroes and determined, fiercely intelligent, good-hearted heroines.

  • Jan
    2019-03-31 15:02

    *****4.5 Stars*****

  • CC
    2019-04-06 13:03

    Re read via audiblePrior comments:3.5 stars. I am giving this less than 4 stars because I liked the first book better and it was 4 stars for me. But it is still worth rounding up. I loved the continuation of the story, although I was a little lost until I figured out how long it had been since the end of book 1, Dark Prince. I was surprised by the length of time between books. I mean times were desperate and Mikail and Raven still had not tried to have a child? What was up with that? Anyway, once I got a firm grasp of the timeline, I had to again suspend my beliefs. How is it possible that Jacques, beloved brother to Mikail, could remain alive but undetected - practically in their back yard - for all these years? It did not track to what I learned in the first book. After getting past all of that, there was the harder story about Jacques trying to fight insanity. Shea was, at most times, truly heroic. Jacques was, at times, horrifying to her in his madness (view spoiler)[ he almost killed her a few times ripping her throat open to take blood - it was harsh(hide spoiler)] But she helped him survive and reunite with his family on multiple levels. I enjoyed their bond. Jacques overcame more than anyone can imagine and I admire him for it. But he is not going to top my BBF list. Not much sexy about being on the edge of insanity. Shea, however, is pretty awesome. But I don't read romance for the ladies ;-) I am glad I read the book and I think it is important to the progression of the overall storyline. Very important things happen in the 2nd half of the book that I would not have wanted to miss. While I am dying to read Grigori's story (book 4) I do not want to miss the progression that the next book is sure to bring so I am going to resist skipping and move onto book 3.I know this may not sound like a great review, but it is a really good book. I highly recommend to anyone willing to read PNR and I believe it is critical if you are reading the Dark series.This is a totally safe read. No OW, cheating, etc. These guys wait hundred of years for their lifemate. While they may be conceited and domineering, they are faithful and committed!

  • Erika
    2019-04-18 10:05

    Originally read Fall 2014RE-READ June 16 2015:Still loved this and could see myself reading itagain in the future (after a long break). Why do I love it so? I am not sure I will be able to put it into words but something about Jacques, the very tortured hero, just captured me and held tight until the end. He was a truly tormented character; his psychic/emotional/physical need for Shea was palpable. Shea was just amazingly forgiving, giving, unselfish, caring and a bunch of other positive qualities. I got a little frustrated with her around 60-70% when she got pretty overwhelmed with all that was happening, but realistically, I understood.Normally, I would not be okay with a book in which the hero actually hurts the heroine, but in Dark Desire, it was not as if Jacques was in his right mind when he hurt Shea. First of all, by nature, he is not human. Male Carpathians are very dominant, possessive and capable of a predatory animal-like violence. Second of all (and most importantly), Jacques had no idea who he was, who Shea was, or what was really happening when he first met her. His body recognizes her as his lifemate, but his mind doesn't know what is up or down!! He slowly regains his sanity and his tenderness for Shea comes to the surface as each moment passes.Great book but I would caution anyone who can't take darker romances or can't handle non-human heroes.

  • Delta
    2019-04-08 08:13

    3.5 stars

  • Chitra *CJ*
    2019-04-04 13:55

    "Dark Desire" is the story of Shea and Jacques.Years ago, Jacques was captured trying to save Raven, stabbed, tortured mercilessly and buried alive, blindfolded. As the trauma makes him lose his memory and sense of time, he reaches out to the unknown for help.. and finds ears in a female far away.7 years ago, medicine resident Shea woke up with the most excruciating pain of been "stabbed in the chest" and since then while she's become a surgeon, she hears and dreams of a male who unbending-ly keeps calling her to Carpathian mountain, while she's pursued by Hunters. She thinks she has a rare blood disorder, that requires her frequent transfusion, her parentage is unknown, but one day she finds her mother's diary- and to find further clue about her father, decides to go to the mountain.Drawn to a remote house with a coffin, she meets a extremely fragile Jacques, and despite him initally attacking her, decides to help him.I really enjoyed this story. The couple's "need" for each other is strong, and their telepathic communication reveal how much they really depend on one another. Their lovemaking is sweet yet fierce, and I really enjoyed their overwhelming connection. I'm getting used to these OTT males and merging of souls stuff.Midway, Jacques does get his memory and we meet familiar characters like Mikhail, Raven, Gregori et al and fight hunters and evil vampires who keep attacking Carpathians and their mated with help of our main couple.Overall, I enjoyed this more than book 1.Safe4/5

  • Romance_reader
    2019-03-26 14:58

    Kind of liked it. This was super intense and gory with an unusual amount of violence for a novel that's primarily a romance. In fact, it was a little distracting and I couldn't really get into the love story of the two leads as much as I would've liked. Also, some chapters were a little boring/tedious to read with too much of an emphasis on the 'Carpathian' way of life. The H Jacques and the h Shea were ok and made a decent couple. Three stars.

  • KatieV
    2019-03-27 11:55

    I liked this one better than the first (which I enjoyed). This is PNR, so you have to be able to suspend disbelief. Also, these are quite violent PNRs. I love horror, so it's a great combo for me. However, the violence could be a little much for someone who's not a fan.This has been mentioned over and over in reviews and I'll just briefly re-iterate here. These novels are fairly repetitive. They seem to follow this pattern, so far.Modern-minded, yet virginal heroine meets ancient, controlling powerful hero with very old fashioned ideas on a woman's place. He needs her to be his one and only life mate to keep him from going evil and becoming a vampire. She's bi-polar between "I need time" and "I can't stand to be away from you". He's always EXTREMELY pushy and has to learn compromise. The heroines tend to be, IMHO, a little too determined to run into danger when they have no idea what they're getting themselves into. Discretion truly can be the better part of valor, just saying.Also, they are repetitive in word choice and epithets. It drives some people crazy. However, I've enjoyed the series so far. It's one of those things that you know is flawed but you enjoy it anyway. It really depends on your taste. I do think, however, that I may take a break for a while after I finish my next one - just so I don't burn myself out on the similarities. Note/ Sorta Warning: I'm always torn on the type of books where the hero is such a controlling and dangerous individual who "needs" the heroine to save him. In the context of a PNR, I'm willing to ascribe different rules to the hero than I would in something more reality based. However, I suppose there is always a part of me that worries about the impressionable teen who might read one of these and apply that sort of logic to real-life relationships. Because, "you're the only one who can save me from myself" is NOT a healthy basis for a relationship. As a very devoted aunt to two nieces, it always niggles at me when I read something that I know requires a mature understanding of what a healthy relationship entails and what is just ok in fantasy. I know I snuck and read novels that were probably far too mature at 13-14. Therefore, I did fairly recently give my oldest niece and her BFF a little talk about what they need to take into consideration if they do happen to sneak and read something like 50 Shades, which is not out of the realm of possibility with how hyped that is been and how curious teens are about the "forbidden".However, if you can understand the difference between what is healthy in real life vs. fantasy, and go in with the mindset that this is a different species with different rules, it is harmless, adult fun as far as I'm concerned.

  • Tilly Slaton
    2019-04-23 11:22

    Dark Desire is the Carpathian story of Jacques and Shea.Jacques story is extremely intense and incredibly brutal. Captured by vampire hunting fanatics, he is held prisoner for over 7 years. Tortured. Complete agony. After so many years, the physical wounds can heal but the mental ones have made him deadly dangerous and unpredictable.Sensing the presence of a female, he believes her as his betrayer. He sees in color. He knows she is his lifemate. The rage festering his insides lashes out at her, forcing her body to endure the torture he experiences.Shea, a brilliant surgeon, has a rare blood disease that she has been researching for a cure. Her mother lived a shell of a life before committing suicide on Shea’s 18th birthday. Fleeing from everything she has known, Shea succumbs to Jacque’s compulsion. She visits the Carpathian mountains to continue her research and learn more about her father whom she has never met.Finding Jacques and saving him from the tomb he lived in, the battle of wills begins as she attempts to heal him. He attacked her, yet she couldn’t leave him. She had to save him.This book is long and repetitious. 75% of this book is based on the struggles between Shea and Jacques and his mental state. I can appreciate fighting inner demons. But this book was a bit much. Enough already.I recommend this book to mature adults reading this series. Extreme violence and sexual content.~Happy reading!

  • Varied Books
    2019-04-04 12:13

    4.25 Beautiful love story starsI read this book years ago but never reviewed it.One of my favorite books by CF. One of her early books so the sex was meh. The writing was awesome. I felt connected to the story. I loved the H. The h was ok she annoyed me because she didn't want the assholes to suffer or die.The h was everything to the H. You could feel his love for her..(view spoiler)[ the H when he was out of his mind he did physically harm the h. He had no idea he was hurting her. It pissed me off because he & the h didn't discuss it.(hide spoiler)]

  • TJ
    2019-04-20 14:56

    While this installment of the Carpathians is engaging, it didn't live up to the first. It is darker, Jacques (who is the charming younger brother in book one) has been held and tortured for sevens years and left for dead. He comes out of the experience barely hanging on to his sanity and with a vicious streak a mile wide. The story still has it's twists and turns along with an interesting (if rather dysfunctional) love story, which keeps it moving and would earn it a 3.5 star rating.

  • Vallsykes
    2019-03-30 13:02

    I luv the Carpathians.I almost never read a series of books in order! I read this bk#2 in the Dark series after I read Dark Magic (in my undisciplined haste to get to Gregori's bk).The thing is, when meeting Jacques, in Dark Prince, I didn't pay him any attention. He was just important b/c he was a Dubrinsky. No telling idiosyncrasies, no apparent Wooh-ha factor.Yet, this book, Jacques' story, started very well. Jacques dueled w/ betrayal, loss, psychosis and obsession, and I still didn't get hot for Jacque, but I started to care for him.So, now I am rereading to clarify what exactly made this Dark book work 4 me. I suspect, I was pulled by the heroine Shea O'Hallaran (her unique genetics), the growing human-vampire threat to the Carpathians, and the Carpathian world suffering myth-busters and complexities.At times, in this series(23 books & counting), some stories get tediously bogged down with lifemate chants(which are cool!!)--and spells-- and slow-building suspense. Though some awesome fights are highlighted, I'd waited almost all series for the evil mage to appear resonantly. Thankfully, there are more enjoyed books than tolerated ones. Thank goodness. I re-read the Dark books all the time(given much needed breaks , of course).Happy Reading!

  • Lisa
    2019-04-09 14:04

    I don't understand what all the fuss is about over this series. The women are pathetic, the men are ridiculously needy, and the plotline is weak. Having said that, I did at least finish it, so it must have something about it. What I'm not sure of.The character of Shea really bothers me. She digs Carpathian Jacques out of the wall and even though he attacks her she still feels the need to help him out. As you do. Seriously, the women need to be much stronger than they are. If I had an overbearing ridiculous male spouting orders at me after I had rescued him, I know what I would do. I also can't get my head around the idea that the choice is pretty much out of their hands once they have been claimed. Jacques pretty much binds her to him without her consent and from then on its just tough if she doesn't like it. Not to mention the fact that he totally abuses her throughout the first half of the novel. But its fine, because he was in a wall for 7 years. Well no, actually. As a reader, none of this comes across well. Least of all the characters, which for the most part seem to be a watered down Raven and Mikhail.Unless somebody does a decent job of convincing me that this series improves and I should continue reading, I am not sure I doubt i will attempt the next installments.

  • Malinda
    2019-04-23 13:14

    3.5-4 starsThis was a pretty good story. Shae and Jacques made a good couple and their story was enjoyable.Shea is a very skilled doctor and she's focused her talents on finding the cure to a rare blood disease she inherited from her father. Shea has never met her father as he disappeared before she was born. This led to an unfortunate childhood for Shea because her mother lost touch with reality without her love and barely took care of Shea. Because of this, Shea swore to never to become involved with a man to the point where she loses herself.Jacques is a Carpathian male who is the brother to the Carpathian leader, Mikhail (from book #1, Dark Prince). Carpathians are born vampires with other abilities like shape shifting (to any form, even mist), magic spells and psychic powers. The males of the Carpathians have a darkness in them and if they don't find their lifemates, they can lose their souls and become evil. Jacques was captured by vampire hunters 7 years ago and was tortured and then buried alive. Unfortunately, this left him a bit mad with vengeance being his only focus.Shea was a child prodigy and was a very skilled surgeon but she had to flee her life when vampire hunters started hunting her. Shea is convinced that she just has a rare blood condition that she inherited from her father and she's determined to find the cure to save herself and others like her. She ends up in the Carpathian mountains because her mother's diary indicated that Shea's father was from the area. Around 7 years ago, Shea was touched by the mind of another but never thought it was real. When she moved to the Carpathian mountains, the contact became stronger and one night, she found herself wandering through the woods until she finds a ruins. Shea finds Jacques in the ruins and thinks he's dead at first but soon realizes she's wrong. Jacques is drained of blood and half mad so he attacks her, thinking she's one of his tormentors. Shea is freaked out by Jacques but she feels a deep seated need to help him. Because of her own blood disease, she doesn't think she'll live long so she's not too worried about dying at Jacques's hands. TBH, the early relationship between Jacques and Shea isn't exactly pretty...it takes a while for Jacques to gain sanity and Shea has it rough while he gets better. She doesn't leave him though...at least until he's better and she's starting to feel the pull to him. Shea quickly realizes that she could lose herself to Jacques the way her mother was lost to her father. Because of this, Shea tries to hold back from Jacques (which obviously doesn't work). They meet up with some of the characters from the previous book and Jacques begins to gain back his memories as well as his sanity but there are issues to overcome, mainly the vampire hunters and a real vampire that is helping the hunters. Thankfully, everyone comes through the drama and danger alright and Jacques and Shea end the story starting a HEA together.This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Shea but she did have her issues...nothing too terrible but just enough for me to wonder why she has to cling to the past as if it's a fact that her future will be the same. Jacques...well he was kind of crazy at first and I wasn't too thrilled about his treatment of Shea. After his head started doing better I liked him much more and thought he was a pretty good hero. The story was good and had plenty of stuff going on to keep things interesting so overall, I liked it well enough that I'd recommend this book.* note - I listened to the audio version of this book that is done by Books In Motion and the narrator was Juanita Parker. Parker did a good job but the audio files weren't the greatest quality. I'm not sure if the quality issue is because the audio files were degraded and it took down the quality or if it was due to something else.

  • Jen
    2019-04-19 07:09

    Jacques and Shea Better than book 1, 4.5 stars

  • Natalia815
    2019-03-27 13:08

    Mucho mejor que el primero. Con este ya estas metida en el mundo de los carpatianos. Hay un montón de drama. Shea, ha sufrido por no entender lo que es, pero lo que sufre Jacques durante tantos años no está escrito. Me gusta ver como les va a los protagonistas del libro anterior. Te deja con muchas ganas de conocer más a Gregori. Me sorprende que tenga tanta seguridad sobre quién en su alma gemela y no lo dude en ningún momento. Pero para tener respuestas a estas cosas, todavía me queda en libro de Aidan. Otro personaje que parece ser interesante. Seguiremos informando ;)

  • Amy
    2019-04-24 07:15

    Soooooo disappointed in this book. All the reviews I've read go on and on about how this is such a great vampire series. Frankly, the same complaints I had about Twilight could be applied to this book. The main character keeps telling everyone what a strong, independent person she is, but the whole book is about her doing whatever this guy wants, and usually against her will. And it's *creepy*. Not in the good way. In the weird Appalachian Deliverance kinda way.Overall, this book left me with a really icky feeling.

  • Marissa
    2019-04-01 06:59

    Audiobook - DNFI only got about 30% in. It was just drawn out and didn't hold my attention. I know some people really loved this, some hated it. Oh well. To each his own. Maybe if I had started with the first book instead I would have liked it better, but this was the earliest one available for audio at my library.

  • Kissa
    2019-04-21 08:11

    I loved the plot of this book and was so glad to see Raven and the other characters from the first book. Great 2nd book in a series. The only thing I didn't like is the many type errors I found throughout the book. I'm starting on the third this week.

  • Edwina
    2019-04-16 13:10

    LOVED LOVED JACQUES AND SHEA'S STORY!!Dark Desire bk2 in Christine Feehans Dark Series. This about my 7th re read or maybe more. This is Jacques Dubrinsky's story brother to Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky and leader of the Carpathian Immortal people. Carpathians don't consider themselves as Vampires but an Immortal race of being with extraordinary powers. They can shape shift into any animal or bird. They can turn into mist, rain and even the wind. They do survive on blood and hunt Vampires what they call the undead. Jacques is a very powerful ancient Carpathian. He was captured by human hunters and brutally tortured until the humans tired of his torture and staked him just missing his heart they buried Jacques standing up in a coffin, but not realizing they didn't kill him. Jacques has been in this horrible torturous state for 7 years. Shea O' Halloran is an Irish born doctor of surgery working in America. She has had vision and what she believes are nightmares of Jacques calling to her threatening her to come to him in the Carpathian Mountains. Shea has also, been running away from the human vampire hunters who want to capture and study her and dissect her. They think she is one of the Vampires they seek to study first and then destroy. Shea Escapes them one more time and this time she goes to the Carpathian Mountains. She discovers Jacques buried alive mutilated body. Shea frees Jacques, but his mind has splinter living without blood for 7 years. He immediately attacks Shea taking her blood thinking to punish her for not coming to him sooner. Doesn't she realize she is his Lifemate? Dark Desire is a very intense story. Very well written with heartbreaking and happy moments between Jacques and Shea. I especially love when Baron, Jacques best friend runs into Shea an tells Mikhail that his brother is still alive. At first Baron believes Shea is holding Jacques captive. Why else would he be missing for 7 years without a trace? Baron tells Mikhail an Gregori and they go to rescue Jacques. Off course Raven, Mikhail's lifemate follows. The big question of the story is who betrayed Jacques and turned him over to the human hunters? He is to strong and powerful to have be caught by humans. Who and what is Shea O'Halloran? Dark Desire is another very interesting, fast paced. romantic and sensual look into the Carpathian Race. If you love Immortal PR and want a different take on Vampire this is it. You will love Dark Desire and the entire Dark series by Christine Feehan. I Highly Recommend this book an series.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-03-31 11:08

    “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.