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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Dec 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062021346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062021342
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the 12th installment in Feehan's paranormal Dark series (Dark Symphony, etc.), she again creates a richly evocative fantasy world in which immortal Carpathian males search for their "lifemates" and battle soulless vampires. When young telepathic widow Corinne Wentworth walks into the bar where Carpathian Dayan, of the legendary band the Dark Troubadours, is playing, he immediately recognizes her as his lifemate ("He heard the soft murmur of her voice, and at once his world changed"). Difficulties lie ahead for the couple, not the least of which is that the men who murdered her husband are hunting her and her sister-in-law, Lisa. Corinne's weak heart is also a major source of conflict. The question of whether it will be strong enough to withstand her transformation from human to Carpathian may leave readers with real doubts as to whether a happy ending is in store for this well-matched pair. Though Corinne's delicate condition forces Dayan to treat her with extreme care, their love scenes still sizzle. Feehan's prose is occasionally melodramatic and her descriptions cliched ("Dayan resembled a sculpture of a Greek god"), but this may be her most emotionally engaging installment to date.
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The twelfth in the Dark series featuring Carpathians, a blood-sucking superior race that battles both vampires and a fanatical antivampire organization, will be welcomed by Feehan's fans, who have superior abilities to suspend disbelief. Dayan, guitar player and singer in the band Dark Troubadours, finds the life mate who will keep him from dying or turning into a vampire in Corinne Wentworth, a pregnant widow with telekinetic powers. She has a heart condition that could end her life at any time, and she is also a target of the people who killed her husband. Dayan cannot turn her into a Carpathian until her daughter is born, but it turns into an epic struggle to keep her alive, with several Carpathians converging to save her. Diana Tixier Herald
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane E. Griffith on Dec 13 2003
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With grace and tenderness Ms Feehan writes a moving love story of two people desperate for answers and running out of time. In her most compassionate and moving story Ms Feehan takes readers into a world where incurable illness can be cured, where life and love are eternal,where family stands together and the bond of blood is the bond of life, the world of the CARPATHIANS. Begin with Dark Prince and read through the series savoring each story and learning the way of the Carpathians. As you do you see the true gift Ms Feehan has for writing and how her talent has grown and blossomed. They just keep getting better and better. Way to go Christine. We LOVE YOU and we love those sexy Carpathian guys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Taylor Murray on Nov. 7 2003
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#12 in Christine Feehan's "DARK" series...a series that is highly entertaining, featuring Carpathians, a blood-sucking superior race who battles vampires and a fanatical antivampire organization. "DARK MELODY," by talented writer Christine Feehan, by far, is my favorite book in this fun series--Dayan finds his lifemate with a young pregant woman (Corinne Wentworth) but cannot turn her into a Carpathian until after the birth of her child. The question is will he able to keep her alive until then? (Fun Series...Fun Writer!) Check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mindy on Jan. 10 2004
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I found this book to be my favorite of all of Ms. Feehan's Dark Series. It had a thicker plot and a twist... the lead female has a failing heart. Also, unlike the others, this female has been married before, and isn't some quivering virgin. The romance between the main couple is both hot, and very sweet. This book is a great book for anyone who loves a romance novel with a twist.
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By C. DeMario on March 10 2004
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In comparison the Feehan's previous novel, "Dark Melody" is a vast improvement. My biggest point of concern over this series is the eventuality that the author will run out of ways to bring the counterparts together. "Dark Melody" provides a new twist. Rather than concentrating on the evil menace of those who have embraced vampirism, the focus is on the couple themselves and how to overcome the physical ailments that Corinne has. Corinne, while psychic, has a very weak heart. It's tough enough to support her own system, but throw in a pregnancy and you have yourself a heady mix. It is heartwarming to see Dayan try to overcome his need to bond Corinne to him as his lifemate and still hold her best interests. In this case the bonding itself could destroy Corinne.
The one major weakness in this novel was a secondary character, Lisa. She is Corinne's best friend and sister-in-law. She is ultimately a weak, needy character that I had a hard time understanding. Her own selfishness causes pain to others and she doesn't appear to have learned her lesson by the end of the story. Instead her needy codependence is enabled by a marriage to Cullen. I can't even begin to imagine how she would deal with Corinne's change and inability to be with Lisa 24/7.
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Feehan found a formula that works (Dark Prince was absolutely scorching!!!) and hasn't really tried to improve on it... but she does try something a little different with Dark Melody. Meet Dayan, Feehan's typical tall, dark, drop-dead sexy Carpathian male hero who has searched the world and waited centuries for his lifemate - the one woman who can restore emotions, his ability to see in color, and save him from turning into one of the "undead", the vampire who kills mortals & immortals alike.
Dayan is a musician w/ the band Dark Troubadoures, led by Darius (of Dark Fire). Dayan stops into a club for an impromptu jam session and finally crosses paths with Corinne - his lifemate. With his supernaturally acute sense of hearing, he picks up her heartbeat and is instantly concerned: What was wrong with her heart? Not only does Corinne have advanced heart disease which will most certainly result in her premature death, but she carries another man's child. Both conditions prevent Dayan from consummating their union - her heart is so weak, she could not withstand the intensity of their lovemaking. Nor can Dayan risk "binding" her to him in the Carpathian way because he has no idea what will happen to the unborn child if they should
complete the ritual of 3 blood exchanges. This story has restored my interest in Feehan's Dark storyline. External threats are brushed over in this story - there is hardly any serious threat from the society that seeks to destroy Carpathians or from the undead. And the union is not consumated at all while Corinne remains "mortal". As a fan, you know you will need to suspend quite a bit of disbelief (how could a woman so near heart failure be walking around living a normal life and pregnant no less - a condition neither she nor the fetus will survive?) but it has been a long time since i had a day to settle down w/ a good steamy romantic fantasy suspense. Feehan delivers.
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I enjoyed this book, it was entertaining and Dayan was way less annoying and overbearing than some of the other Carpathian males have been. I like the storyline about the super secret organization that is hunting the Carpathians and the psychics because there can only be so many battles with vampires hunting the mates.
I like how Feehan is branching out and creating other things to hang books on like the research into why babies have such a hard time surviving the first year, etc. I'd hate to think that each successive book would just be strong Carpathian male finds his mate who loves him but resists him and then relents formula.
I would have given the book more stars were it not for the most annoying character I've ever read who you were supposed to like. Lisa should have been left on a hillside with her memory wiped! Better yet, I wish my memory of her character could have been wiped. Every time she came onto the page I rolled my eyes, worse yet, Corinne was made a thousand times more annoying by simply liking and trying to accede to the woman's ridiculous demands. Each time Lisa demanded something utterly stupid and reckless and Corinne ran to her "sure, whatever you want!" I began to loathe her too. I wanted Lisa to get kidnapped or killed or removed somehow and all of the wishy washy "oh she had such a hard life that she can't be expected to grasp reality" garbage just rubbed me the wrong way. I pray she doesn't show up in later books as Cullen's girlfriend.
In any case, I did enjoy Dayan as I enjoy the whole branch of the Carpathians he comes from. It would be nice though, to have more female characters who are really strong and not so stupid. It's hard, as a strong intelligent woman, not to run screaming into the night when we are supposed to actually believe some of the women in these books are strong (like Joie, who only got a short story in The Only One, but who was truly a strong woman.)
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