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Dark Guardian Mass Market Paperback – Sep 3 2002

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Leisure; Reissue edition (Sept. 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843949945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843949940
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #943,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

The eighth entry in Feehan's popular vampire series (Dark Legend; Dark Fire) follows the same formula as her previous books a Carpathian (an immortal vampire hunter) meets his "lifemate," binds himself to her through an ancient ritual involving blood-letting and hot sex, and together they battle the undead. This time around, Feehan spices up her stale story line with her smart and spunky heroine, police officer Jaxon Montgomery. Former Navy SEAL Tyler Drake, Jaxon's maniacal stepfather, has made it his mission to kill anyone she befriends, which has made her equally determined not to form any close ties. Nevertheless, she can't help feeling intimately connected to Carpathian Lucian Daratrazanoff, who takes her into his care when she is shot while searching a warehouse. Convinced that Jaxon is his life mate, Lucian binds himself to her and brings her "over to the Carpathian race." Together, Jaxx and Lucian destroy vampires, battle Drake and read each other's minds. Their romance is heartfelt and convincingly portrayed. Less believable, however, is the fact that Jaxx doesn't object to her Carpathian transformation, especially considering her independent nature. Nevertheless, Feehan's newest is a skillful blend of supernatural thrills and romance that is sure to entice readers who can stomach the occasional gory scene.
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About the Author

Christine Feehan has had more than forty novels published, including four series which have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is pleased to have made it onto numerous other bestseller lists as well, including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Washington Post, BookScan, B. Dalton, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, Ingram, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club, and Walmart. In addition to being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award, she has received many honors throughout her career, including a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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By A Customer on June 18 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read every single book in the Dark series and have liked most of them, especially the later ones. The one thing that bothers me the most about each female is that they have a tendency to dwell on the actions of their Carpathian lifemates and retain anger about them, thereby extending needless conflict. I prefer Jaxon's character because, once converted, she accepts Lucian's action. She can't reverse the process, and there is no point in railing at him because she loves him and knows the reasons behind what he did. More to the point, I love the fact that she learns to control her new powers and not fear being a Carpathian (extremely unlike Raven from Dark Prince, whose constant irrational fear sets my teeth on edge). She is strong in her own right and fights by Lucian's side, which in itself sets this book apart from the rest of the series. Perhaps her best characteristic is her sense of humor, which is only shared by one other female character, Tempest Trine from Dark Fire. Levity is important in any book, and Ms. Feehan acheives it here in moments that should be serious but end up being delightfully captivating because of the interaction between Lucian and Jaxon. I prefer Jaxon as a female character because she has what most other romance heroines lack: common sense.
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Like many readers, I was sorely disappointed with the heroine. Jaxon Montgomery started this journey as a warrior. She finished as a whimpering, fainting damsel in distress.
Her character is established early on as a firery, seasoned soldier turned supercop. Why then, was she so willing to surrender her fate to a man who thought little of her 20 years of training (she was a military brat trained from early childhood by her father and stepfather)? Where was her rage when the pain started and she woke up no longer human, but a full-blooded Carpathian who has to drink blood to survive? Lucian never even asked what she thought about conversion. She should have made good on her threat and shot him--just once. It would have been more believable than what we were given.
To make things worse, when the moment of truth comes and she has to face off with her nemesis...she faints. Lucian delivered the smack down Jaxon had been holding in all her life. "Oh, save me mighty man; I'm just a girl trained to kill by the US government. I can't possibly defend myself with the many guns and knives I own. They're mostly for decoration."
Add the fact that the formula has grown stale and boring, and I don't see any reason to read on. Just one time, I would love to see the heroine rebel openly and agressively against this situation. I want her to refuse becoming a lifemate and stand her ground. Why shouldn't he have to work for it?
The steamy love scenes just weren't enough to hold my interest this time around.
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"Dark Guardian" is the story of twin Julian and his desire to find his lifemate before he succumbs to the dark in his soul that he has been keeping at bay for his brother's sake.
Still filled with steamy scenes; this book left me unfulfilled. The ending was anti-climatic. What is supposed to be a major setup for justice was fizzled out. The issue could have been addressed much earlier; instead of stringing along the reader. As the reader I anticipated much more to the face-off between Julian and Jaxx's stepfather and was bitterly disappointed.
My biggest irk was the domineering ways of Julian in "converting" Jaxx. For an incredibly independent and strong (both physically and mentally) woman, she capitulated rather easily. No major histronics or displays of anger. The character of Jaxx could have been done so much better. Instead it left me wanting more.
It must be tough for an author to continue to make the storylines fresh and interesting for the reader. How many ways can a Carpathian meet his lifemate and bond her? With this book it seems she has run out of the ways. Since I have gone this far in the series I have purchased the next one and hope it redeems it self. On the bright side it can't be much worse than this one.
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I read very good reviews about this book, so I decided to buy it. I have read numerous other vampire-related romances, therefore I am familiar with the genre.
Unfortunately this book was a disappointment. The story in itself isn't bad, but the language used is "wooden" and without feeling, although eloquent. In other books, when I read the description of the hero I get butterflies in my stomach. With this book, I got nothing. The words are there, but the passion was not. Hard to explain, but it was as if the language was so controlled that it defeated it's purpose.
Moreover, I think that the story with Jaxxon's maniacal stepfather is rather overdone. The part describing her family's murder in the beginning of the story only managed to make me feel miserable and unhappy for the rest of the evening. I suppose it was meant to give a tragic side to the heroine, but I think it's all a little too much for a book of this genre. When choosing romance novels I am looking for an entertaining, pleasurable even, adventure that will help me escape my everyday problems. A dark side is welcome, within measure, but in this case all those murders were just too morbid and glum for my taste! In the end I wasn't able to finish the book and simply gave it to a friend. I much preferred the Dark Hunter series of Ms Sherrilyn Kenyon. The stories are "hot" and dark, but there is also humour and things are not taken so seriously, which I find refreshing.
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