Sunday, July 05, 2009

Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

Dark Series # 2 Copyright: 1999 Pages: 369 Genre: Paranormal Romance Dark Desire is book 2 in the Carpathian, Dark Series & this is Jacques and Shea's story. Jacques Dubrinsky was betrayed to a group of human vampire hunters by a vampire referred to as The Vulture. He has been cruelly tortured and buried in the Carpathian Mountains. After seven years of suffering, Jacques is teetering on the brink of insanity but he has formed a mind link with his lifemate Shea, a psychic human and surgeon in San Francisco. This book is very dark and emotionally intense, the torture descriptions are quite graphic and reminded me a lot of Kyrian's story in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Night Pleasures. But I admit to being a bit of a ghoul, I do like the whole 'tortured' hero theme but at the same time the 'sensitive' side of me finds it distressing (but not enough to stop reading lol.) So, gotta love it, another dominating but severely damaged Carpathian male and an equally engaging heroine. Shea is no weak, simpering female. She's strong, independent, a gifted surgeon and healer, and she's spent years researching the rare blood disorder she believes she suffers from. This leads to some fascinating reading about Shea's complicated past. Mikhail, Raven, and Gregori from Dark Prince, return in this book and are an integral part of the continuing Carpathian tale and the battle to save their race. My only complaint; the language does become a little repetitive but Carpathian males are extremely compelling so I'm looking forward to Dark Gold & Aidan's story.

Christine Feehan's website has an excellent Carpathian Guide section where you can get some cool info on the Carpathian Family Tree, and the Carpathian language & chants.

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9 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try Feehan, but haven't yet. Which one should I start with?

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  2. LOL! Love your Teddy Bear. :)

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  3. Her males are always compelling aren't they!! I love that your tortured side won over the sensitive side!! That made me smile!! Great review !!! Cool header!

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  4. Thanks J.Kaye & Staci

    Staci ~ yeah my tortured side usually wins, I just cry, while I read the dark, disturbing stuff haha.

    Stacybuckeye ~ I'm a bit of a stickler with starting at the beginning of a series in most cases. I think Dark Prince sets up the world of the Carpathians so I'd start with that.

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  5. Thanks to you & Alaine Feehan is on my tbr list. You are so naughty. lol.

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  6. Jacques is my favorite of them all! I haven't read all the books, but those I do, I think of Jacques the most. I was caught up with him book from the very beginning. Yeah I think with the ritual its going to be part of that in every book with some of the same things. And I guess too if anyone picks up just one of her books they can pretty much jump into them. Some you can't do that. Wow now I want to re-read this one when I got others of hers to read, LOL. Great reading your review. I love the cover you got of the books.

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  7. These are really great books, and they only get better. Have fun reading!!!

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