Only as part of the series.
Least favorite of the series.
Irritating, repetitive, inconsistent.
The heroine is extremely irritating in this book. Don't judge the series by this book!
Christine Feehans books are remarkable. They combine imagery, emotion, complexity, and darkness in such a loving way. There is no other for me that can write a paranormal book this way all her books including this one are intriguing. Rafael de la Cruz and Colby Jansen are compeling characters who do not let adversity stand in their way and are both extremely stubborn which makes for an interesting read. The ancient language and the code of natural healing along with the idea of a community coming together almost seems like something we should emmulate today. I only wish that men were as caring and concerned as Feehan's character are but not as bossy and controlling. Yet Feehan is not stingy in the sexual erotic area. These couples are highly sexual! They might even make you quiet hot under the collar. The stories all generally follow the same plot with some variations but it's always nice to see what new setting or situation is going on. Each book links them in some way to the previous ones but Feehan does not dwell too much on the previous characters unless it is in some way an integral part of the story. Her books are always good reads.
It is amazing to think that Christine Feehan has created an entire world filled with both vampires and the race of beings that can become vampires. The fact that the male Carpathians are so in tune with their feelings, once they have them, makes the stories compelling. Be ready for some seriously erotic scenes. Not a frightening series. It is wonderful the way the series builds upon the characters book after book.
i have purchased about 10 of these books. I was drawn in, mostly by the new twist on vamps. the concept of the "carpathian" is pretty good. the intimate stuff was hotttt...(the first time) honestly it gets old...but i come back for the rest of the story. I get in to the individual storylines of each of the members of the race.
this time, however, I dont care. De La Cruz is an ass. for awhile there i thought this would be the first tragedy ending for a carpathian. I can not be convinced. in the other books, the slow coming around of the woman can be imagined and as much i want to slap these chicks sometimes, it still seems to work. not this time. the rest of the story is good but the relationship between colby and de la cruz should end with a nice walk in the sun.
Dark Secret was my first Christine Feehan book and first "dark series" I read. I can not get enough and eagerly await her next book. If you like the paranormal and vampire type books with lots of romance, you will love this book. I can not wait to have all her books on audio. I love the Ghostwalker and Drake Sisters series also.
I personally love this series. Christine Feehan manages to balance intrique, love, romance, humor, and magic in just the proper proportions to keep her reader enthralled!
I feel that this book although it does involve several dark hunters, does not have the intensity of most of the others. It is OK, but not one of Ms. Feehan's best.
Dark secret is stage for not only a vampire romance, but also for a formidable battle-ground between the master-vampire and a great hunter of justice. Dark Fire is my favourite but, I must say this book has greater substance. No doubt the author’s writing talents have grown with her continuing dark series. I read the Dark Secret book in 2005, but listening to the book has made it even more enjoyable and captured the scenes in its essence. I can’t wait for the other three brothers’ stories to unfold, especially Nicholas’s. Great listening!