"This latest in the Dark saga by Christine Feehan opens new doors that will intrigue and entice"
This latest in the Dark saga by Christine Feehan opens new
doors on her world that will intrigue and entice.
Colby Jansen loved her step father, Armando Chevez, dearly.
When he died she was crushed, but swore to keep their ranch
going strong for her brother and sister as it was to be
their legacy. Strange accidents keep happening at the ranch
that have her worried since she is already struggling to
keep it alive. The final straw comes though, in the form of
a visit from the Chevez brothers, Paul and Ginny's uncles,
saying they want custody of the children to take them back
Rafael De La Cruz is of an ancient race, sent to South
America centuries ago with his four brothers, to protect
their Carpathian people, and their prince, safe from the
evil vampire. He is extremely close to turning vampire
himself, when he journeys to the US with Juan and Julio
Chevez, loyal human servants of his family, to aid them in
bringing back their niece and nephew. He never expected to
find his lifemate, the one woman who can prevent him from
turning vampire on this journey.
Colby and Rafael are attracted immediately, though she
despises him for his role in trying to take away her
beloved siblings. He realizes she is his lifemate
immediately and can do nothing but protect her by trying to
help her get to the bottom of the strange happenings at her
ranch. Sparks fly and mutual respect grows, but when a very
powerful vampire turns up and tries to claim Colby for
himself, can the two of them come together in time to
protect Colby's family and their ranch?
This reviewer feels this story is back up to par with Ms.
Feehan's other books in the saga, after having been
disappointed in the previous full-length book in the
series. The action is intense and never ending, sucking
readers under its spell, keeping them reading long into the
night, eager to see what will happen next. There are also
some new plot threads woven into the world of the
Carpathians, which sound fascinating and are sure to come
into play in later books in the series. The romance between
Colby and Rafael is extremely hot and passionate, luring
readers into seduction right along with Colby.
Colby is quite the heroine, strong willed, with a fiery
temper to match her red hair. Her life is her family and
she will stand for no one stepping in and trying to take
them away from her, or telling her how to run her ranch and
her own life. She is stubborn and determined... more then
an equal match for the domineering Rafael. He has lived
centuries, defending his family, his people, his prince
from evil and he knows nothing of tenderness and patience.
Finding his lifemate when he is on the brink of turning
evil himself, makes him darker and more dangerous then
previous heroes in the Dark saga. He has no time to cater
to Colby's need for space to come to terms with what will
be her new life, yet he holds out converting her as long as
he can, knowing that each day he does not bind her brings
him one step closer to eternal damnation as a vampire.
There are numerous characters in this story, possibly more
secondary players then most preceding books. Paul and
Ginny, Colby's half-siblings are loveable and kind, showing
a more tender kind of love... that of one for family. They
are key to understanding Colby's personality as her entire
life revolves around them. The vampire is malicious and
cruel, extremely powerful... possibly the strongest readers
have yet met. Juan and Julio, the Chevez brothers start out
mysterious and suspicious, but readers come to trust them
along with Colby and company. A few characters from
previous books return once more adding more depth to this
story, and preparing readers for their own which are surely
soon to come. Also, some new people are introduced that are
deeply mysterious and guaranteed to make one wonder just
what their story is.
Readers are bound to be captivated by Dark Secret by
Christine Feehan. This story will please fans of the
series, be they old or new, and leave them hungry for more.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, January 2005. All
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted January 25, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 3, 2006
A Carpathian Novel
Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers, and with each passing year his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker until finally there's barely been a memory left-until only sheer willpower keeps him from turning into the very abomination he hunts. But it'll take more than will to keep him away from the woman who is meant to be his and his alone…
For five years, rancher Colby Jansen has been the sole protector of her younger half-siblings, and with fierce determination and work she has kept her family together and the ranch operational. Now, the De La Cruz brothers are threatening that stability. They claim that her siblings belong with their father's family, not with her. Colby vows to fight them-especially the cold and arrogant Rafael De La Cruz. But Rafael is after more than her family-he wants Colby and will not let anything stand between them. After ages of loneliness, the raw desire to possess her overwhelms his very soul, driving him to claim her as his lifemate….
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Shapeshifter