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Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers. With each passing year, his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker, until finally there's barely a memory of one left - 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.

©2005 Christine Feehan (P)2006 Recorded Books

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  • Jeanine
  • Columbia, SC, USA
  • 06-19-07

OK but not Great

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.

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The best of the Dark Series

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!

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  • Clydene
  • San Diego, California
  • 04-03-07

Can't Believe that someone wrote this

It is impossible for me to say that this is the worst book I have ever heard, but it has to be the worst book that has ever been written. The language used to tell this story is horrible, every scene and dialog between the main characters is sophomoric. The exchange between characters is predictable and full of cliches. In fact it is such a steady stream of cliches it is impossible to think that someone actually approved this book for publication. This book is like some nightmare version of a Harlequin Romance, but that would be an insult to Harlequin Romance novels.

Pass on this one. It is not worth the monthly book credit. I will give her other book a chance, but I cannot recommend this book. It makes me want to retch just listening to the exchange between characters.

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  • Bettie
  • Temple Terrace, FL, USA
  • 03-27-07

Pretty disappointing!

I had only read one other Feehan book (from the Drake series) and found it to be fairly entertaining. However, I found the whole arrogant male domination thing too much in this book. I did not like the idea of taking someone's right to choose away from them, it made the main female character look weak and stupid. Ok, the Carpathians are different and live by their own rules, but I have read other books in the paranormal romance genre where there is still a strong female lead character. I found both the sex scenes and much of the plot way over the top. Finally, I found the narrator both irritating and annoying. I kept thinking it might get better - but it didn't.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 03-20-07

Hot Undead Action XXX

Fans of Paranormal Romance and excess in general will find plenty to like about this wild fantasy. Spunky heroine softens the heart of an otherwise rock hard guy who does his best to convince her to join the undead and become his lifemate. Needless to say - he has some very persuasive arguments. I found the romance of unquestioning devotion and fierce protectiveness absolutely irresistable.

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  • Rowdy
  • Canton, GA, USA
  • 02-19-07

Excellent!

Christine Feehan does it again! This book is exciting and you won't be able to stop listening. I recommend it to those who like a thrilling love story edged with danger. After listening to this book - you will have to find all the others available by Christine Feehan. She is the best!! You will not view vampire romance the same ever again. =)

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  • Amy
  • Woodland, CA, USA
  • 02-12-07

Love this book

I love this book, but the narrator for this story reads it too slow for me. I love the characters though, and I enjoyed learning more about the Carpathian characters Feehan writes about.

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Enjoyable

This is the first book I read by this author and I loved it. I thought it was a wonderful love story as well as a little bit of danger. I found the narrator to be wonderfully exhilarating. His deep voice was very romantic. I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one Dark Demon and even Mind Game though I know its on a different subject. I hope the author will tell us more stories about the Carpathians.

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A Pleasant Surprise

This was a great book! I picked this book because I was going on a long car trip and wanted something to keep my mind occupied. My husband even got into it. This was the first book that I have read from this author and I found myself looking for another. Dark Demon is available and I suggest you get that one also.

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Reader did what he could with it

OK, so I know that this author has a big following, and I'm a fan of vampire fiction and of romance, so I thought why not? What a disappointment. The reader was doing his best to make a tired and trite story interesting, but there wasn't much there to work with. Christine Feehan's prose was far too purple for my taste, and I'm not talking about the sex. She kept going over the same territory again and again, with only slight variations in vocabulary. I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing aloud--and not in a good way! Add to that the "unwilling attraction" cliche taken to the extreme, and it was, overall, distasteful. This may be some readers' bag, but it wasn't mine.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful