Dark Guardian Mass Market Paperback – Sep 3 2002
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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.--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Love this book. In fact love all Christine Feehan's Dark books. This was by far my personal favorite. Highly recommend this series.Published on March 3 2013 by Misbee
This novel was another humdinger from Christine Feehan. I love everone of her carpathians and have managed to mow through eight of them already. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2012 by Elaine
I like this one better than some of her other dark series. The story seems to flow very well and the characters seem more real to me than some others. Read morePublished on March 31 2011 by bookaholic
I'm writing this so late in the game because I wanted to see how long it would take for this author to realize the magic is gone out of this series. Read morePublished on June 29 2004
From the back of the book...
He was the dark guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of a bleak, soulless existence, had he, Lucian Daratrazanoff, suddenly come to... Read more
I want you all to know this is not the only vampire romance series i have read but by far it has been the best. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
This to me was one of her best books ever and I hope she writes more just like it,because it was steaming and all that.Published on Oct. 21 2003
Dark Guardian is a great entry in Feehan's unique, sensual and highly compelling Dark series.
Jaxon (Jaxx) Montgomery, a tough young police officer, has already endured a life... Read more