Dark Desire (Carpathian Series #2)

Dark Desire (Carpathian Series #2)

by Christine Feehan

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“The Queen of paranormal romance.”
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has enchanted legions of paranormal romance fans with her sensation series featuring sexy immortal Carpathian heroes—a remarkable breed of vampire. In this stunning new edition of Dark Desire, a beautiful doctor is perilously drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains by a mysterious stranger who needs her medical expertise. Despite the danger, she cannot deny her deep connection to this mystery man—or he, his raging need for her. Discover the breathtaking power of supernatural love in this darkly sensuous classic from Christine Feehan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062019431
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: Carpathian Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 73,283
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

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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Dark Desire (Dark Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 557 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have yet to read the entire 'Dark' series, but after reading 4 or 5 books from it, I have to say Dark Desire has to be one of the top two of the series!! I recommend anyone thinking of reading this book to first read Dark Prince. I don't believe I would have truly understood the character of Jacques had I not done so. Dark Prince gives the reader a slight glimpse of the innocent boy Jacques was before his torment and Dark Desire gives you the story of the man he became and what he overcome. From the first chapter of this book I was consumed until the very end. It was unlike any other in the series I have read. I was saddened by the torture and sorrow Jacques suffered and felt the hatred myself for the people that did that to him. The first chapter of the book is heartbreaking but seeing what Jacques endured help to understand his reactions and emotions in dealing with his lifemate and his family and friends. It is obvious the writer was dearly attached to this character. Out of all her characters in the 'Dark Series', I feel I knew the characters of Jacques and Shea more intimately than any other. The detail in which this book was written is astounding and at the same time heartwrenching. It is a great read for anyone searching for a great love story filled with hurdles and triumphs!
Fallbreeze More than 1 year ago
I began reading these books after a recommendation from a friend. After having read the Sookie novels and twilight, the Carpathian/Dark Series provided an "old school" vampire story. It was very remniscent of scenery in Stoker's Dracula. I found the first book dark prince enjoyable, but this book was VERY, VERY enjoyable. The story of Jacques is one I could read over and over again. You begin the book struggling to understand him, almost loathing him. But in the end you find yourself rooting for him. This book starts off fast and doesn't skip a beat. Love it! Love it! Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best description and summary of Dark Desire is found in its preface: 'Dark Desire was first titled Dark Madness. I think the original title described the way I felt when I wrote this particular book.' And it is madness. Jacques stops short of insane his mind is twisted and scarred, not by evil, but by mental and physical agony. For years he has been sealed within a tomb, prisoner, tortured upon each awakening by hunger and pain. He cries out for help, but no one answers his plea. All he can do is bide his time, planning his revenge against those that captured him and those that would not come to his rescue. By far, this is the best Carpathian novel Feehan has written to date. I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't want to be criticizing a writer since I myself do not even come close to professional writing. I hold great respect for writers. However, this particular book is way too repetitive. While reading I felt as if Christine Feehan were 'going in circles' (in terms of constantly repeating the same words, phrases, and even situations within this story). I was utterly bored reading this book. The story seems dull. In the first half of the book basically nothing happens. Although I realize it is a sort of a fictional and paranormal story, it seems way too fantastic and the characters are not very believable / credulous. I wish this author didn't have to repeat the same words and phrases over and over again. Such excessive repetition only makes the story look worse than it could have actually been. And as I have mentioned above - utterly boring. Very disappointed. P.S. Here are some examples of repetition: endless assertions of Jacques of how Shea is over and over his 'lifemate;' how small Shea's body is; Feehan had to repeat hundreds of times that Shea had red silky hair (as if once wasn't enough); the word 'clenched;' etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great follow-up to Dark Prince. Jacques has suffered greatly due to Carpathian hunters. We see the impact being harmed has had on Jacques, brother of Mikhail. Shea has come from afar only to be confused and disturbed by what she seems to be. Can these two wounded souls come together in order to heal themselves and each other? Obviously, it is a romance novel...but it has strong characters, emotions, and plot. The entire Dark series will captivate any reader and engage them to read more. It is also lovely to see previous and future characters from this wonderful, enthralling series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a great deal of the Carpathian novels, and this one is still my most highly remembered favorite. Jaques and Shea are a very likeable couple. Some parts seem rather overly sentimental and repetitious, but it is, all in all, a very sweetly-told romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jaques is the younger brother to Mikhail. When Shea a young doctor finds him she discovers he's been horribly totured worse he has no memory of who he is. Shea is determined to help him. But soon she gets caught up in his own world a world she doesn't know if she can handle.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why anyone would give this book more than 1 or 2 stars. I found it to be a very few pages of weak plot and undeveloped characters, buried in pages and pages of mind-numbingly repetitive over-dramatic drawn-out sex scenes. I bought both the first and second books in the series, hoping the author would find her sea legs, so to speak, with the second book, but no -- if you remove the excessive sex scenes and combine the two books, you might have enough pages for a passable short story. I won't be buying any more of Ms. Feehan' s books, as I suspect the third time would NOT be the charm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like to read a series in order. So when "Dark Prince" went on sale for .99 I bought it to check out the series. The prolific series and seemingly devoted fan base was misleading. Book 1 was boring dribble glorifying weak characters whom I found impossible to like. This Book, book 2 followed an extremely similar plot line to book 1. The 2 main characters were a bit easier to like though. They had real discernable reasons for being the way they were. I mistakenly thought that the series was going to start getting better since this book was marginally better than the first. I went and bought book 3, which I regret now that I've finished reading it. Giving the "Dark Series" a no thanks, third try was not a charm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hundreds of pages of inane blather with a small plot contained within. Tedious, you can read two or three lines per page for fifty pages and not miss a thing. Great for use as......nothing.
Nancy Riggs More than 1 year ago
A series that takes one out of the mundane world and allows one's immagination to wander. Christine Feehan is a wonderful author.
Atlanticia More than 1 year ago
Jacques and Shea's story is one of emotional and physical triumph and I loved every minute of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Dark series, so far this is still my favorite, though I've read all of them over and over. I will continue to await future installments and pray she re-writes the one her grand daughter accidentally deleted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was absolutely the worst fantasy novel I've ever had the misfortune of purchasing.It was so bad that I seriously wondered what the publishers could possibly thinking putting this in print. To say it was smarmy beyond belief is a gross understatement. The dialogue is so sophomoric and repetitive you'd swear some teenager penned this during study hall. The main characters repeat the same lines over ..and over and over again. The few supporting characters that held a glimmer of interest, ended up being a speed bump in this virtual smarm-fest. Save your money people, this isn't even a good trashy romance. If you enjoy reading page after page of - I NEED YOU NEAR ME, you can't be away from me, I must have you near me ...oh...my..god - then this is just your cup of tea. Not even Harlequinn can match this innane, vapid spectacle. I've honestly read better & vastly more talented fan fiction on the internet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second reading as good as the first time. Amazing world of humans and Carpathians and nasty vampires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait to read the next book in the series
Deserie.Comfort on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dark Desire is the 2nd book in Christine Feehan¿s Dark (Carpathian) series. It picks up roughly 20-25 years after the events of Dark Prince. And this installment centers on Mikhail¿s brother, Jacques.A quick review of the mythology of the series: There¿s an ancient race of people who hail from the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. They drink blood; they can shapeshift and speak telepathically; they can¿t go in the sun. And after about 200 years, their men lose their emotions and their ability to see in color. That is, until they find the other half of their souls¿ their lifemates. Over time, living without a lifemate leaves a Carpathian man with two choices: ending his life or turning into a vampire, an evil being who lives to torment and kills his victims.So, at the beginning of our story, poor Jacques has been kidnapped and tortured by some vampire hunters. Ironically, their strings are being pulled by a real vampire, and they are targeting the good Carpathians. Anyway, Jacques is tortured within an inch of his life, and is then buried alive in a coffin, where he suffers for seven years. During that time, his mind reaches out to Shea, the lifemate he has never met.By the time seven years are done, Jacques is just about crazy. He doesn¿t remember who he is. And Shea is the only thing he knows, beyond his hate and quest for vengeance. He lures Shea from the US to Romania to free him. In all the years he had been making contact with her, Shea didn¿t even believe he was real¿ until she found him.Once she comes to his gravesite, Shea frees Jacques and tries to heal him, as she is a doctor. He, not fully healed, ravages her and takes her blood. In fact, he goes on to perform the required three blood transfers required to turn a human into a Carpathian. Despite his brutality and his serious mental and physical problems, Shea feels connected with Jacques. She reveals that even before the conversion, she was different from most humans. It turns out her father, Rand, was Carpathian. She never knew him. In fact, he left her mother before she was ever born and the loss of him drove her mom crazy. Shea grew up basically alone and had to deal with her physical differences on her own.Jacques¿ madness is very sad, since we knew him as a sweet and easygoing guy in Dark Prince (Book #1). And it¿s wonderful to see Mikhail, Gregori, and others as they find the man they thought long dead.There¿s plenty of action as the vampire hunters search for Shea and the other Carpathians. The love scenes are hot, and fortunately, not quite as flowery as in the previous book. And it¿s high drama when the identity of the vampire is finally revealed.A great chapter in the Dark Carpathian series. 4 1/2 stars.
stacej918 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jacques was my favorite from Dark Prince so when I seen that Dark Desire was his book I was so happy. I loved him and Shea together. I have read this book more than once!
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first in the series. The language was a bit repetitive. All in all it was a good story though. After book one, the story I was most looking forward to was Gregori's story. Now after reading this one, I'm even more excited to find out what happens to him. Unfortunately, I will have to wait for book four. Jacques was a great hero - very tormented but inherently good. This is a really interesting series
MidnightTears on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is much different than I expected. To begin with our Life Mates, Jaques and Shea, aren't even on the same continent! Jaques is walled up in a coffin, and Shea is a doctor in the United States. Plus, she's only Half human, but she doesn't know that. Jaques is intent to just torment her. His mind has been shattered since the end of [The Dark Prince] and he has no idea who he is or who this woman is that he can talk to in his head. Shea has no idea that Jaques is real, or why she keeps seeing him and HEARING him in her head.A very interesting story that surprised me. I loved this book and have a feeling it will be my favorite of the series. Though I'm sure Feehan will continue to surprise me.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seven years of nightmares, the pain, the visions of a haunted and tormented man. Surgeon Shea O¿Halloran grew used to seeing this man, almost expected him. Jacques Dubrinsky saw a woman, he had lost his connection with his family, but he could see her, he could cause her pain. She was one of them, it was because of her that he was trapped and in so much pain, he wanted to cause her pain. Shea had no way of knowing that the man, the torment, the pain was all real until she went to the Carpathian Mountains to do research. Shea felt drawn to the old burned out house, to the cellar, to the man. Jacques madness and memory loss left him with only his anger, revenge and this strange desire to never leave Shea, she was his only connection to anything other than the pain. She could fix his body if he let her, she wanted to fix his head, his heart, and his soul. Jacques finally realized she was not to blame, but had he pushed her too far, would she ever forgive him for the harsh way he treated her?Book 2 - Such a harsh seven years for Jacques to endure, the madness could be expected, making him the typical tortured soul hero. He is a brute and Shea is ignorant of any of her connection to him and his race. Took me quite a while to figure out that this story takes place about 25 years after `Dark Prince¿. Still never explained why the only connection that Jacques made during his paralysis was with Shea, across the ocean, I suppose it was a lifemate thing but I was never really sure. This is another good story to add to the depth of the characters of Mikhail, Raven, Gregori, Byron and Aidan but the romance between Jacques and Shea was predictable. I really hope that Jacques mind can return enough to go back to a little of himself from `Dark Prince¿, can¿t wait to see what happens next.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better than the first in the series, and a decent read for he pure sake of entertainment.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meh, again. I don't mind dark books, but I do mind dark and humorless. The characters aren't compelling, and their relationship is 1950s and not in a fun way (well, he's 1950 and she's 1970). I feel like this story could have been told in about half the number of pages, it's samey and stagnant.
LadyIsis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Dark/Carpathian series. This is a very dark story that will have some feeling uncomfortable. What Jacques endures and lives through for seven years is truly terrible. I love how he finds his way back and is able to carve a new life from all the destruction. I also love the way the Mikhail and Gregori snipe at each other throughout the book. It is a nice touch of humor in such a dark story. Shea is also a very troubled character. There is so little love in her life and she is so afraid of commitment. She and Jacques are actually perfect for each other. Shea also has a smart mouth and a very sharp sense of humor that holds her in good stead. This is a good book if those that are reading it for the first time will remember when it was written. Story were so very different 11 years ago.