Dark Possession (Carpathian Series #18)

Dark Possession (Carpathian Series #18)

by Christine Feehan

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to her uniquely sensual Carpathian world in a novel about the nature of true love and the unnatural forces that could destroy it...

Manolito De La Cruz knew he was dangerously close to turning into a vampire. The last thing he expected after being called back to his Carpathian homeland by Prince Mikhail was to catch the scent of his destined lifemate in MaryAnn Delaney. MaryAnn is human, but she knows all too well the overwhelmingly aggressive instincts of Carpathian males. And they’re not exactly the kind of men she’d prefer to be bound to for life.

A dedicated counselor for battered women, MaryAnn has a fulfilling life with no room for someone like Manolito, born and bred in the Carpathian mountains, a law unto himself. But when MaryAnn agrees to go to South America to offer guidance to a brutalized young woman, she has no idea of the trap that awaits her in the sweltering thick of the jungle. She has been lured there by Manolito himself, who has seductive plans for the unaware, irresistibly human female...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515145359
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Carpathian Series , #18
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 50,103
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

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Dark Possession (Dark Series #18) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 239 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book renewed my interest in the series but is not a good starter book for someone new to the Carpathian world. I'm definitely looking forward to the continuation of "the plan" and I hope Ms. Feehan injects some more fresh blood into the series like Maryanne. She was great. Feehan changes things up in this installment, giving us a new species and an unusual danger to Manolito and Mary Ann. We are also introduced to characters that we've heard about through out the entire Dark series but never met. All in all a great story, with lots of twists and turns, steamy sex and danger, plus we have some suprises with the jaguar race and Mary Ann's conversion as well. Although this book is slightly different from Feehan's usual format, it was a nice change, just different enough to spice things up a bit and keep me interested. I love Christine Feehan's Carpathian world. The series is fabulous, the characters are wonderfully amusing. I can't wait for more of the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I have to say.. it is my favorite out of the whole series. I wasn't sure going into it knowing what Manolito did to MaryAnn in Dark Celebrations. I figured it would be kind of like what Rafael had done to Colby but it was nothing like that. Manolito is a kind, if not troubled man, who has more honor and strength than I imagined. New bloodlines are revealed and past Lifemates. Hints at future lifemates and a whole new ballgame for our couple. Things happen in this book that I had hoped and guessed and talked about with others. Wonderful things and scary things. The De La Cruz family is starting to quickly win favor in my eyes. Strong, noble and oh so yummy and there are still two of them left without lifemates. There is suspense, romance and love blended together with courage and instinct. Fantastic read and I couldn't put it down. I hope we don't have to wait another year for her next book, but this one was WELL worth the wait! Fantastic job Christine Feehan... your best work yet!
MauiGurl More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is the only book in the series that I found hard to read. I mean, don't get me wrong, I did read it and I did finish it, but I found myself putting the book down. Manolito De La Cruz has problems of his own as he awakens deep within the soil after nearly being killed in the last book. Now he is haunted by the other world as he walks a thin line between two worlds. But his lifemate, Mary Ann, who knows nothing of him and the bond he made between the two, is what keeps him linked to this world. Mary Ann is a very strong minded female. She is a city girl and finds that the De La Cruz brothers, who live in the jungle of South America, is totally out of her league and the life that she knew. But there is a reason why she ran to the busy city. Christine introduces another new race known as the werewolves, and Mary Ann begins a search for her true self while bringing Manolito back into this world. I don't know what it was about this book, whether it was the characters themselves or the plot, but I just didn't like this one. It was a bummer when Christine had written such a beautiful one before this one. However, it is a part of the series and I did read it, so now I am more interested on what she will write for the next one.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
How does the author do it? I thought this would be 'more of the same.' I couldn't be more wrong! This story picks up where #17 left off. MaryAnn goes to Brazil to help counsel Solange and Jasmine who have been living primarily in their cat forms. There is a twist with Manolito who is in a state of flux in what appears to be another kind of realm. And, just like that, I was hooked. I absolutely loved this book. There are so many fascinating things going on here including appearances from Vlad (Mikail's father, the former Carpathian ruler) and his life mate. But, you'll have to read it to see what I'm referring to. If you follow this series, I'm betting you'll love this one as much as I do. Enjoy!
CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
I've read the entire series and this book fell flat. There were exciting possiblities to explore with the introduction of werewolves, a jaguar male turned Carpathian, and experiencing the emotional turmoil of a lifemate when they think they've lost their other half. None of that was delved into here. Will this be explored in other books? Well two more books have been published and it has not been explored yet. I thought this was an exciting opportunity to bring in some fresh ideas to this series and that opportunity was completely overlooked. I loved that a black woman, was a lifemate, but her story seemed to be writtin as something to get out of the way rather than truly savored and enjoyed for all of its differences from the other books in the series. This could have been the opportunity to revitalize the series, but instead was a stepping stone on a spiraling downward path for the series as a whole. Not the worst in the series by far, but only because the next couple of books are so awful. If you're a fan of the series don't waste anymore of your time and stop with this book.
booboo36ff More than 1 year ago
I love this series and anxiously await each new story. I was really looking forward to this one because I fell hard for the De La Cruz family in Dark Secret. I was a little disappointed though in the flow of this story. I was also disappointed in Mary Anne's charachter here compaired to her character in Dark Destiny. It didn't seem like the same woman. As usual though, I found the males to be sexy & compelling, loved how Ms. Feehan brings new & intrigueing ideas to her stories, & continues to keep us updated on the members of the Carpathian "family" both new & old. This is a good book and a must read of the series. I just don't recommend this particular book be a newcomers introduction to Chrisitne Feehan or the Dark Series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, I love the Dark Series, but this book and Dark Celebration are just both disappointing. I will not buy another Dark book in hardcover, it just wasn't worth it. What happened to MaryAnn,,,she was such a wonderful person in Dark Destiny, grounded, caring, compassionate, strong and forceful when she needed to be, but in this book she became a joke who was more concerned with her clothes than anything else, I mean come on, what happened? And you just couldn't connecet with the story here, it was flat, and the book was way too short. I haven't given up on my favorite author, but in the future I will wait for the paperback edition to come out before I purchase any more of the Dark Series. I just hope Christine goes back to her previous style of writing, with the characters rounded out and relating to one another on a visceral level and not a supreficial one.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After being wounded at the Carpathian Christmas party, Manolito De La Cruz was taken back to his home in the South American forest. He had found his lifemate, the one person that could save his soul, but upon his rising the confusion he felt left him with wholes as to who she was and why she was not there with him. For some reason, MaryAnn Delaney felt the death of Manolito, she had never even been formally introduced to him, but she felt connected to him and could not shake the sorrow of his death until she felt him rise and in need of her. The strange confusion had Manolito not being able to trust even his own brothers, only his lifemate could help him, MaryAnn was drawn to find and help him even when that meant entering into the unknown for a man she didn¿t know.Book 18 ¿.. This one is different, leaving Manolito confused allowed a different kind of strength to show through. The addition of `the land of mists and ghosts¿ with everything and everyone that is included there was so much of a different look at the dead and where they go, what a great way to add certain characters to help Manolito. Great getting better acquainted with Solange and Jasmine, along with Luiz. I really enjoyed this twist and the addition of another species, kind of predictable but a fun reveal and a completely engrossing story, couldn`t put it down. Bonus: deleted scenes included, I think the plain ride one should have been a prologue. This book is great, ranked right up there with Dark Prince as my favorites.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MaryAnn Delaney is on a small island off the coast of South America supposedly to council a sexually abused teen - it's what she does. Only problem is, she's begun to think she's losing her mind. The teen hasn't been located, and all MaryAnn wants to do is curl up in a ball and bawl with grief over the death of a man she barely knew.Manolito De La Cruz wakes up from a not-so-refreshing dirt nap to screaming hallucinations and the knowledge that something is terribly wrong - after all, he should be dead. And the fact that he's seeing the world in almost living color means his lifemate is alive. But she's missing.Lots of twists and turns, dominating males, loose ends wrapped and more to be wound together in subsequent books. This may not be Feehan's strongest, but it's far from her worst. Caveat: if you're new to the series, there's a LOT that's not going to make the slightest bit of sense.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Christine Feehan's Dark Possession (book 18 of the Dark series,) we are swept away from the Carpathian mountains, back to South America, to the home of the De La Cruz brothers. At the end of the last book (Dark Celebration,) Manolito De La Cruz was wounded saving Shea Dubrinsky and her unborn son from an assassin. His injuries were so grave that his soul actually left the world, and the healers along with his brothers, had to work miracles to anchor him to life. Completely unaware that Manolito has located his lifemate, and already bound her to him, his brothers take him home to the South American rainforest, to complete his healing underground.Mary Ann Delaney has never in her life felt so lost and alone. She's positive that she's exhibiting the signs of clinical depression, but has no idea why. When she saw Manolito De La Cruz step in front of Shea Dubrinsky at the Carpathian Christmas celebration, taking a lethal dose of poison into his system, something seemed to rip her heart out, leaving her bereft and devastated. But why did he have such an effect on her? She'd never even officially met the man, yet something overwhelming seemed to crush her spirit when she thought he was dead. Despite her feelings of desperation, Mary Ann decided to take up Juliette and Rirodan De La Cruz on their offer, and fly to South America with them to try to help Juliette's sister Jasmine and her cousin Solange, both victims of brutality at the hands of the jaguar men. When she discovers that Manolito is actually alive and in need of her help, she braves the intimidating rainforest to find him.After reading the story of Rafael and Colby De La Cruz in Dark Secret (and not really liking it,) I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Dark Possession. Manolito was a much better hero than his brother! He was so affectionate, and appreciative of his lifemate's power - he was in love with her from the very beginning, and it was fantastic.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dark Possession - Christine Feehan (5/10)Paranormal romance; book "some big number" in the Carpathian series.Okay, it is actually book 18 if you count the short stories, which I do. This series has been failing on me for a long while now, but it is like a terrible addiction that I just can't shake and I keep buying the next one. This was a hardcover, which saved me, as I borrowed it from the library instead. I'm glad I did, as it didn't work for me at all. Ironically, Feehan fixed some of the things that were annoying about earlier books, but then added a whole lot of new stuff to her worldbuilding that I felt were a sign of lack of imagination rather than the addition of something new that fitted with what had gone before. At last, I think I'm cured.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Counselor MaryAnne agreed to travel to the jungles of South America for the conscious purpose of aiding young woman who had been brutalized and raped. But subconsciously she has to question her motivations. Accompanying them to South America is the body of Manolito de la Cruz, a man she had never met who was murdered in the heroic act of saving another¿s life. For reasons she cannot fathom MaryAnne is driven by the need to stay by the body of the fallen warrior while she unaccountably mourns his violent death.Manolito de la Cruz has always been an honorable warrior, but waking up confused and disoriented he finds himself in a world which is at once both his home and not his home. The only thing he knows is his desire to be with his lifemate, who is no where to be found.With this 15th novel in her Carpathian series it would be expected that the author might re-hash a bit of storyline. However, I found this tale to be novel, fresh and totally enchanting. Up to this point I haven't been impressed by the de la Cruz brothers as they seem to be even more aggressive and dominating than their Carpathian counterparts. Surprisingly to me I really enjoyed Manolito and his relationship with MaryAnne, they seem to be on much more equal footing than many of the past Carpathian pairings. I thought this was a great story involving totally new ideas and characters outside of the usual vampire/Carpathian storyline and would certainly recommend it to other vampire romance fanatics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and entertaining
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LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
MaryAnn Delaney came to the Carpathian Mountains to help a young girl who had been kidnapped and raped. Now she finds herself grieving over the casket of Manolito De La Cruz. She was attracted to the handsome man and has had fantastic dreams about him but does not know him and can’t understand why she is so upset. She is told Manolito is not dead but she saw him being killed and the poisoned knife going into his body. The plane lands and she finds herself deposited at a mansion in the rain forest while Manolito is taken to recuperate in the rich soil of the forest. Besides the crying, she is unable to eat and notices a strange mark on her breast which she thought was a bug bite but now realizes was a bite from Manolito. She doesn't understand what is happening and just wants to go home to Seattle!
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This was a re-read. Enjoyed it just as much. Unfortunately I won't purchase any current books because there's too much chanting, I love the chatacters but all the chanting is distracting and takes away from the story.
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I started the Dark series with this book not knowing of the previous books. Hard to follow and read. Suggest you start from the beginning of the series....MYS MAC
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CTPEARL More than 1 year ago
I loved this story of Mary Ann and Manolito. She is so out of her element in the rain forest. Love the introduction of the elusive Lycans.