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Dark Secret [Mass Market Paperback]

Christine Feehan
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Feb. 1 2005 Carpathian (Book 15)

Christine Feehan has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive, sensual Carpathian tales. Now, she presents the enthralling story of Rafael, a savage hunter from the darkest jungles, and the beautiful prey he would never let escape.


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In what may be the most horrific of Feehan's Dark series, featuring the vampire-hunting Carpathians and the lifemates who save them from doom, a rancher fights to retain custody of her young siblings. Colby Jansen has been raising Ginny and Paul since her beloved stepfather, Armando Chevez, died, while running the ranch he left them. Disaster after disaster strikes; then, members of the Brazilian -Chevez family, along with two of the powerful De La Cruz brothers, for whom their family has worked for centuries, arrive to take the children and dispose of the ranch. Colby finds the handsome Rafael De La Cruz threatening but irresistibly attractive, and when an ancient and powerful vampire appears, Colby and Rafael combine forces. The erotic heat between Colby and Rafael turns scorching; Colby's unusual telekinetic and telepathic abilities open doors for future Carpathian adventures, and readers who love the horror aspects of the Dark series will revel in the scary demons and toothy serpents. Diana Tixier Herald
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Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels... (Publishers Weekly) satisfying action adventure romance ... Love and danger are a winning combination in Feehan's latest (Booklist) The exciting and multifaceted world that impressive author Christine Feehan has created continues to improve with age (Romantic Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure and Love story Aug. 18 2005
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I just could not leave the book alone for long because once I get going in reading and if I happend to stop any where it getting good. I just can't leave it alone to do anything eles. It hold my interest for quiet some time. It is well written, there nothing I cant complain anything about. I like this book very well. I may get a copy to keep to reread again when I have more time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Secret Nov. 21 2013
By Jane
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I gave this book a five star rating because I have yet to read a Christine Feehan book that I don't like. They are all page turners. I do not read the Carpathian Novel's in sequence but I always look at the Carpathian family tree to see who is related to whom. I have still to read Dark Hunger which I have in my Kindle, I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Right now I'm reading Dark Demon which ,surprise ,surprise I had it on my Kindle and somehow it almost fell through the cracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 3 2013
By Misbee
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I am a huge fan of Christine Feehan. I have all her books( and share with my daughter) who is also a big fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mel Nov. 29 2010
By Mel
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This series is quite interesting! Chrisine Feehan's books are some of the best that I have read! Each individual story within this series has an interesting twist, and the plot for the series continues to develop. I enjoyed this book more than some in the series, but I would definitely recommend all of the books in this series, I would actually recommend all of her series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOT, SEXY & WILD Jan. 21 2005
By Denise Kobylarz - Published on Amazon.com
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Christine Feehan seems to be getting better and better (if that's at all possible). After her mother and father die, Colby Jansen raises her brother and sister while trying desparately to hold onto their legacy, a ranch that's being beseiged by accidents and thefts. Her father's relatives, the Chavez family, want to take her brother and sister away to live in Brazil. Colby has a steel backbone and is stubborn to the bone. She adamantly refuses to give her siblings up and wants nothing to do with the Chavez family. Realizing they need assistance, the Chavez family have enlisted the aid of Nicholas and Rafael De La Cruz to help them. When meeting Nicholas De La Cuz, Colby senses she's way over her head with him, since she senses he is dark, dominant and dangerous. She decides to steer clear of Nicholas, only to meet up with his brother, Rafael, who is more dominant and dangerous than his brother. Unknown to Colby, Rafael is an ancient Carpathian hunter. Both Nicholas and Rafael are very close to loosing their battle against the darkness and have not experienced any type of emotions for over two thousand years. As soon as Rafael sees Colby, he realizes he has finally met his lifemate. Now the problem is - he has to claim her, but with his dominant nature and Colby's stubborness, it's not going to be an easy task.

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.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I hated Rafael July 6 2005
By E. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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Sorry, but this is the first of the Dark series where I wanted the male (Rafael) to bite the dust. Literally. Even at the end, I was still so major miffed with his behavior during the book that I wanted to slap him silly...and her too for 'loving' him at the end.

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...

And VOILA! Colby loves him. Yeah, right. I was still smoking and pretty annoyed that she just went 'OK, I love you now!'. Too trite, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. OK, so I guess I wanted a few chapters of groveling from him. Like for every chapter of him being ultra-a@@, a paragraph of her dragging him through the wringer. Sorry, but even his 'sacrifice' at the end wasn't enough to appease my anger...now ain't I a stinker ;)

Lastly, and I can NOT believe I'm writing this, but there is almost too much sex in the book. It was to the point that I was flipping through the pages to get to the dialogue, (that is SO unlike me!) Mostly because Colby didn't feel love for him and was disturbed by being out of control of her body, the sex scenes were extremely creepy and almost sickening instead of steamy. So you'd have hot sex scenes and then her upset, conflicted and angry at his controlling her (how Rosemary Rogers! for those who remember ;) ) It's disturbing for the reader, because you want to enjoy this part of the book, but instead, you feel like you're witnessing something tainted and ugly.

Understand, I love uber-alpha males, I enjoy rescue stories, I love good love scenes but most of all, I really, really enjoy reading about love that starts small and grows. The thing I love most about the fictional Carpathian males is their ability to love deeply and unconditionally, and to express it. Sadly, you won't find this until the very end of the book. And then, for me, it was just too dang late.
117 of 142 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I've at least liked every other Feehan book, not this one Feb. 6 2005
By L. J. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of Christine Feehan's, so maybe I'm rating this one too low because my expectations were too high - I loathed this book, and had to force myself to reread it to see if I missed something before writing this review.

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.

[...] What I couldn't believe or accept was that he was in her mind after this and felt her shame, her feelings that her body betrayed her, her feeling that she had been violated and that he had violated her - and his response to her despair was that he wasn't a filthy rapist, that he had thought it was an act of mutual love. Maybe I'm judging him too harshly, since he was feeling her feelings the whole time, maybe he's just a lot dumber that your average Carpathian? But no, he doesn't feel remorse that he caused her to feel so bad, he doesn't try to comfort her or acknowledge her feelings, he doesn't even try to reassure her that her body's reaction to his was natural and beyond her control, that he's not the playboy she thinks he is and that she's the only woman in his life, that she has a right to feel how she does and that it's his fault - no, he's frantic to make her acknowledge that he's not a rapist. Yes, it's all about him. Gregori showed a lot more class.

For me, a romance novel has to end with two people in love, and I couldn't believe that he really loved her. They never laughed together or enjoyed each other's company in any non-sexual way, so when she "realized" that she loved him, I figured it was either Stockholm syndrome or some Carpathian survival instinct - eternity with this be intolerajerk would ble without some hormonal whammy to soften the brain cells.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly Disappointing Feb. 21 2005
By D. Rumbold - Published on Amazon.com
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Christine Feehan has been my life line. In 2003, I was diagnosed and treated for end first stage colon cancer. What that means is I was miserable, cranky and tired for 9 months while they pumped who knows what in me.

I love to read, and nothing could keep me focused until I found the Dark Series and all her other wonderful books. I've worn out three copies of Dark Desire and two of Dark Magic.

Gregori, Jacques and Lucien are my favorite heroes from her Carpathian world. I looking at them I can see exactly why I was let down.

Rafeal is the requsite vampire hunting Carpathian trapped in a world of shades of grey and no emotions. Colby, a spunky red head (as a spunky red-head can we please get rid of this stereo-type? Just one grumpy in the morning red head would be nice) is his life mate. He must claim her to regain his hold onhis soul.

Colby is fighting to keep her ranch and custody of her brother and sister from mystery relatives associated with Rafeal.

That said, Rafeal doesn't seem to have thedeep suffering and passion that Gregori, Jaqcues, Byron or any of the other Carpathian men.

I honestly wanted him to go away and let Colby live on her own.

Yeah the sex was good, but 8 times out 10 it felt like some version of date rape.

Something was missing.

Try the other books in the series rather than lose faith here.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! Oct. 12 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Dark Secret was a great book from a great author. All the characters in this book are actually real and I love the fact that the main heroine and hero had to learn to accept their faults and differences and that what they wanted wasn't always what they were going to get and that in itself is real love loving someone with faults and all.

Unlike Feehans prevous novels where the Carpathian males "conforted" their lifemates, the major premise the author conveys throughout the entire book is that Carpathian males are not human, that they have are a different race with a different set of moral societal standards therefore it is impossible to judge them by human standards because they are not human.

In this novel the Carpathia males portrayed were very dark, very dangerous, and very scandalous. Feehan exhibits more closely the torture carpathian males suffer were they are close to converting to vampire. She does a great job conveying their desperate anguish and dilemma and you actually for this first time see why finding a lifemate is so important to the male speicies of the Carpathian race.

Although there some reviews on this book who felt that the hero was a "rapist" I strongly disagree with that assumption. At no time did the hero ever actually force the heroine into forceful sexual relations he does however betray the heroine with a choice that almost shatters the complete trust of his lifemate, which causes him almost to lose her love and faith in him however the hero wins the trust of his lifemate by understanding her cultural differences and appreciating her choices and most importantly bending his domineering ways so that there can find a middle ground a necessary trait in a male and female relationship.

In conclusion, Dark Secret revealed the secret of Carpathian history not really discussed in the other prevous books and we actually go somewhere with the mysterous woman who the vampires are trying to find. In addition the author communicates to the reader that no male is perfect even a Carpathian male, yet with understanding and patience you will encounter the greatest gift of all: A powerful love.
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