Desiderio (Dark #2)
First read June 2012 Reread January 10, 2016
"You aren't getting ready to bite me again, are you? I've got to tell you, there isn't a place on my body that isn't sore." She flashed him a wan smile. "Just out of curiosity, your rabies shots are up to date, aren't they?" -Shea
Dark Desire the 2nd book in the Dark Series was better then the first book. This book was darker, but I loved Jacques and Shea more than I did Raven and Mikhail which is saying a lot. I connected ...more
First of all, the caveman attitude of these not-vampires is annoying. So, you will die if she leaves you. Blah, blah, blah. Poor you! Maybe she has better things to do than to help you hold on to your tenuous grip on your sani ...more
“What we need, Mikhail, is Raven’s calming influence. You look about as reassuring as a Bengal tiger."
"Oh, and you look like a bunny rabbit," Mikhail scoffed.
This is based off a re-read.
The Carpathian series is a little silly and repetitive, but they are guilty pleasure type books that get me in the mood to re-read sometimes. Following Dark Prince, where Mikhail, the prince of the Carpathians found his lifemate in Raven, now it's Jacques's turn. Instead of finally finding "the one", he's been t ...more
Some of the scenes were very graphic in nature and they made me a bit uncomfortable, especially the Heroes capture and the aftermath...my god what he had to go through and all that was done to him whilst he was alive! Poor Hero, the loneliness, the ...more
Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - Book 2 in the Series. Jacques is the brother of Mikhail from Dark Prince
Writing - Third person, Dual POV.
Main Characters :Shea O'Halloran - a surgeon who is on the run, from "vampire" hunters. Is doing research into a blood disorder she thinks she has.
Jacques Dubrinsky - Carpathian Male, tortured and trapped. He has a mental connection to Shea during his imprisonment. Tortured to the point of madness, he has no memories of his life before ...more
Jacques is one tortured ...more
Originally read Fall 2014
RE-READ June 16 2015:
Still loved this and could see myself reading it again in the future (after a long break). Why do I love it so? I am not sure I will be able to put it into words but something about Jacques, the very tortured hero, just captured me and held tight until the end. He was a truly tormented character; his psychic/emotional/physical need for Shea was palpable. Shea was just amazingly forgiving, giving, unselfish, caring and a bunch of other positive quali ...more
3.5 stars. I am giving this less than 4 stars because I liked the first book better and it was 4 stars for me. But it is still worth rounding up.
I loved the continuation of the story, although I was a little lost until I figured out how long it had been since the end of book 1, Dark Prince. I was surprised by the length of time between books. I mean times were desperate and Mikail and Raven still had not tried to have a child? What was up with that? Anyway, onc ...more
This has been mentioned over and over in reviews and I'll just briefly re-iterate here. These novels are fairly repetitive. They seem to follow this pattern, so far.
Modern-minded, yet virginal heroine meets ancient, controlling po ...more
Jacques story is extremely intense and incredibly brutal. Captured by vampire hunting fanatics, he is held prisoner for over 7 years. Tortured. Complete agony. After so many years, the physical wounds can heal but the mental ones have made him deadly dangerous and unpredictable.
Sensing the presence of a female, he believes her as his betrayer. He sees in color. He knows she is his lifemate. The rage festering his insides lashes out at her, ...more
The women are pathetic, the men are ridiculously needy, and the plotline is weak. Having said that, I did at least finish it, so it must have something about it. What I'm not sure of.
The character of Shea really bothers me. She digs Carpathian Jacques out of the wall and even though he attacks her she still feels the need to help him out. As you do. Seriously, the women need to be much stronger than they are. If I had an overbearing ...more
I almost never read a series of books in order! I read this bk#2 in the Dark series after I read Dark Magic (in my undisciplined haste to get to Gregori's bk).
The thing is, when meeting Jacques, in Dark Prince, I didn't pay him any attention. He was just important b/c he was a Dubrinsky. No telling idiosyncrasies, no apparent Wooh-ha factor.
Yet, this book, Jacques' story, started very well. Jacques dueled w/ betrayal, loss, psychosis and obsession, and I still didn't get ho ...more
Overall, this book left me with a ...more
Me gusta ver como les va a los protagonistas del libro anterior. Te deja con muchas ganas de conocer más a Gregori. Me sorprende que tenga tanta seguridad sobre quién en su alma gemela y no lo dude en ningún momento. Pero para tener respuestas a estas cosas, todavía me queda en libro ...more
This was a pretty good story. Shae and Jacques made a good couple and their story was enjoyable.
Shea is a very skilled doctor and she's focused her talents on finding the cure to a rare blood disease she inherited from her father. Shea has never met her father as he disappeared before she was born. This led to an unfortunate childhood for Shea because her mother lost touch with reality without her love and barely took care of Shea. Because of this, Shea swore to never to become involv ...more
I only got about 30% in. It was just drawn out and didn't hold my attention. I know some people really loved this, some hated it. Oh well. To each his own.
Maybe if I had started with the first book instead I would have liked it better, but this was the earliest one available for audio at my library.
I don't know what to say about this. I started reading it, not realising that I'd read Dark Prince and given it 2 stars...
This gets a lot of love, but the book spends too much time literally repeating the same feelings, thoughts and emotions on a loop; the story just doesn't move anywhere - I think I made it to chapter 7 before I threw in the towel, although I did skim ahead a bit.
Shea's character, for being some kind of super smart genius, is dumb as mud sometimes. I completely understand thi...more
But, man..."Dark Desire" was really pissing me off. How can a man -- I don't care if he's Carpathian or not -- how can a man tell a woman he only wants her happiness, puts her above all others, is looking out for her, etc., and then FORCE her to accept HIS way of thinking, HIS way of doing things, H ...more
The hero, Jacques, has been tortured and buried alive for seven years and he has slowly been converted to a monster without speech, thriving on hatred and revenge.
He lives to find and kill the humans and the vampire responsible for his confinement but also to find and hurt the woman he sees in his visions. The beautiful read head that dosent answer his call for help.
After seven years of trials a ...more
It's only book 2 in the series and I'm tired of the term "lifemate" that the Carpathians use. It's more annoying than old world to me. I don't really care for the way the Carpathians talk, either. They never say don't or can't...it's always do not or cannot...let us ...more
Jacques, who we first meet in Dark Prince, is Mikhail Dubrinsky’s brother and he was tortured by a vampire and buried alive. Slowly going insane after a few years he connects telepathically with his life mate. Shea, a doctor starts having nightmares about Jacques and feels drawn to travel to the Carpathian mountains where she discovers him and begins healing him.
She doesn’t know that she is part Carpathi ...more
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You are a sick man, Jacques. Very, very sick.”
Shea stared up at the teasing smile on his face, then pushed at the solid wall of his chest. “You’re making that up.”
Jacques moved off her, then reached down to pull her to her feet. His clothes were scattered everywhere, and he made no move to retrieve them. Shea’s shirt was still hanging open, and her jeans were down around her ankles. Blushing, she pulled them up. His hand stayed hers, preventing her from fastening them. “Do not bother, Shea. The pools are just ahead.” He walked a few feet, then looked back over his shoulder. “I did not make it up, and I know you are staring at my backside.”
Shea tossed her mane of red hair so that it flew in all directions. “Any woman in her right mind would stare at your particular backside, so you don’t need to add that to your arrogant list of virtues. And stay out of my mind unless you’re invited.” She was staring, but she couldn’t help it. He was so beautifully masculine.
Jacques reached behind him and captured her hand, lacing their fingers together. “But I find the most interesting things in your mind, my love. Things you do not have any intention of telling me.”