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Dark Secret (Dark #15)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  10,537 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Colby has been raising her step-siblings single-handedly since her beloved stepfather Armando Chevez, died. But now she's got a fight on her hands. Members of the Chevez family, along with two of the powerful De La Cruz brothers, for whom Colby's family has worked for centuries, arrive at her door, intending to take custody of the children.
Published November 1st 2007 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Beth F.
I didn’t especially like either of the characters in this book. However, the fact that most of the story takes place on a ranch means the proverbial dead horse metaphor literally applies here.

Him: You are my lifemate. I will have you.
Her: Ex-CUSE ME? No. You forced me to have sex with you and didn’t give me a choice and my feathers are feeling ruffled so I’ll take care of myself, my ranch and my juvenile siblings myself, tyvm.
Him: You burn for me.
Her: Back off, bucko! OMG I’M BURNING FOR YOU EV
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This cover makes me laugh.

This is actually one of the better books in this series. All the usual suspects are there, all nice and predictable, but the Carpathian in question is different - and convincing - enough to add a new layer of spice, and the plot is, for Feehan, more complex. Actually, reading the blurb, it made no sense to me at all.

Colby (why do Feehan's heroines always have such dreadful names?) has been running her stepfather's ranch for her two young half-siblings, Paul and Ginny, s
This one would have been stuck on three stars if not for the awesome climax, probably the best so far in this series!

In this installment, Feehan finally addresses what we have all been wondering about... what if the strong, domineering, alpha male didn't care if the woman wanted to be his lifemate? Rafael De La Cruz, answers that question in spades. He is an ancient, super powerful and used to getting his way - always and without complaint. If there is any question, he just takes what he wants.
It's been a long time since I've read any of Christine Feehan's books. Reading this reminded me why.

In my defense, I was sick. I wanted something light to read for brain-dead me. Even ill, though, I could barely make my way through the book. I was ready to scream, despite my lack of voice, if I read the word "dominant" or the variation "dominate", again.

He has to "own" her? Seriously? The book is a throw back to the bad 60s and 70s Harlequin romances (brooding, dominant male intent on having his
Apr 02, 2008 Ally rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008, ebook
Colby Jansen has been raising her step-siblings, Ginny and Paul, single-handedly since her beloved stepfather, Armando Chevez, died. She's also been working herself into the ground to keep the family ranch running, but now she's got a real fight on her hands. Members of the Chevez family, along with two of the powerful De La Cruz brothers, for whom Colby's family has worked for centuries, arrive at her door, intending to take custody of the children and dispose of the ranch. For ancient Carpathi ...more
Jahlia ((thing 10 Evil 1))
This book. Is disturbing.

Not in a good way lovelies, NOT IN A GOOD WAY.

I really didn't think I could find a more sexual assault friendly book than hush hush, but Ms. Feehan proved me wrong. Meet, RAPIST FRIENDLY! DUN DUN DUUUUUN!!

Allow me to explain this more thoroughly. First, let me introduce you to our fuckbags cast members:

Rafael El violador de la cruz: Hello, I'm tall dark and handsome. I believe that a woman should stick to a woman's work, and do things that are womanly like pet butt
Dec 24, 2007 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
#15 in Carpathian series and the De La Cruz books were boring to me. This was Rafael as a modern day western and it just didn't fly for This Reader. Didn't like him--at all.

In Dark Secret, we meet Raphael and Colby. Raphael is an Ancient, sent by his prince thousands of years ago (along with his four brothers)away from their beloved homeland to fight the vampires in what is now Brazil. Through all of those long years without color or emotion, the brothers have done their duty, the only thing stopping them from becoming what they hunt was their relationship with each other and a fierce sense of honor. But when Raphael meets rancher Colby, all of that changes.

Most p
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Rafael is something else. He's definitely a 'I want, I take' kind of hero. This book plays out like a tug of war. He sees Colby and knows he has to have her as his lifemate, and then proceeds and taking control of her life. But Colby isn't down with that. She's attracted to him, quite fiercely in fact. That makes the physical part easy for Rafael, but there is not a more stubborn woman on earth, at least in this book. Colby has had to be stubborn to survive her life, and keep a roof over the hea ...more
The wealthy, high and mighty De La Cruz brothers (Nicolas and Rafael) had come to the Cascade Mountains to take her brother and sister (Paul and Ginny) away from her (Colby Jansen ) and into the hands of the Chevez family. Even if they were their fathers family, she didn’t want to relinquish control and allow them to be taken to Brazil and away form the only life any of them had ever know. After Nicolas’ failed attempt to persuade Colby, Rafael was determined to gain her cooperation, as soon as ...more
Dark Secret by Christine Feehan is book 15 in the Dark Carpathians series. High in the Cascade mountains, Colby Jansen fights with everything she has, to hold on to custody of her two young siblings Paul and Ginny, and to save the ranch their father left in her care upon his death. Day after day she works herself to the bone, just so that she can cling to the only way of life she's ever known. Misfortune seems to be darkening Colby's ever step, when Juan and Julio Chevez arrive to take their bro ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Great to read about the Carpathians in another world…..the jungles of Brazil where the four De La Cruz brothers, powerful ancient Carpathians had been sent by their Prince, centuries ago to fight the spread of the evil vampires and to protect the Carpathian people. It’s the 15th book of the Dark Series.
This is the story of one of those brothers. Rafael De La Cruz a seductive, passionate, dominant, sexy and dark vampire killer agrees to accompany the two Chevez brothers, who the faithful human se
Sandra Dagg
So I just finished this one, and have to say the intensity has gone up a notch! I think this one was even heavier than the 2nd book, and I have now decided to totally ignore the other reviewers of this series, because their woman's lib comments drive me crazy. If you don't like books where the men are seriously over protective, and yes, even try to be dominating (notice I said try, because they DON'T totally succeed), then why the hell don't you find some books to read that WILL please your wome ...more
Judith Parra
I give this book four stars. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

This is the story of Rafael De La Cruz and Colby Jansen (she is niece to Gary Jansen which she is not aware of at the moment). The book begins with Colby and Ben the sheriff arguing over the welfare of Colby's half siblings Paul and Ginny Chevez. The wealthy Chevez family from Brazil have come to gain custody of the children and the ranch. As Colby approaches the house, Nicolas, brother to Rafael attempts to compel Colby to hand over the children wi
Pat Cromwell
Pins and needles slap me silly 'cause Raphael is the best thing since wheat bread and the Daratrazanoff. Can I get an amen! Even that obnoxious Colby could not ruin this book! The cover glitters and so does Mr. Raphael De La Cruz. Alleuia!
Jessica Hatfield
This one is my lest favorite Didn't like Rafael til the very end he was way to over the top controlling it just didn't work for me
Spoilers Alert!

Colby is a self-acclaimed rancher and horse trainer who has single handedly taken care of her stepfather and siblings after her parents accident. She has been running the ranch with the help of Pete, a friend and her siblings and living a simple life until her father’s family from Brazil comes back after all these years to take her siblings away to Brazil. To keep her siblings with her and ensure they receive the ranch at their due age, she had decided to fight anyone, however pow
Jenny Delandro
A woman who asks questions about this Carpathian male's right to take her to his homeland without her consent.
No swooning female here...

She might respond to him physically but she rebels about his attitude that she now belongs to him

This is a delightful departure from the usual route taken by CF...
(don't misunderstand me .. I enjoy her books) - adding to the character base of the Carpathians - but sometimes I felt like the storyline was a little repetitive..

Here there is tension because
I wish the ratings at Goodreads allow for half-stars because this book couldn't quite make it as a an excellent read nor is it just a good read.

this is my second time reading a paranormal by Christine Feehan and so far, I find that she has a gift in creating very interesting and dark characters. Her knack for creating good suspenseful plot is great as well. One thing for sure, like the first novel I've read by her, I just couldn't put this one down!

I love Rafael. Period. He's one dark hero and
Rafael is disgusting .. not one redeeming quality about him , he threatens and manipulates to get his way .. that man wouldn't know what "courting" means even if it hits him ten thousand times in the face .. and an honorable man ?? pffft could have fooled me .. there's a scene between him and Colby that makes you question whether it was rape or not and what's even worse is that Colby accuses him of just that and he is deeply offended Yeah Go Figure and seconds later Literally in the same scene ...more
Dark Secret with Raphael and Colby was a hard read for me. Raphael's actions were not someone in love. He used his mind control on Colby to basically force her to have sex with him. It was wrong. Then he made things even worse by ignoring the fact that she had a brother and sister to take care of. He was a very selfish hero. I didn't like him at all.

I don't feel like Raphael had an excuse either. At least with Gregori I hated the rape scene but I believed the plot that he was overcome by the da
Well that's a couple of hours of my life I'm never getting back!
The main female character, Colby starts out well. She's likeable and interesting but very soon becomes more whiny and stupid than average for one of these books.
The male character Rafael is the most repulsive male character yet. His personality horrible and the redeeming actions that Freehan wrote for him are completely at odds with everything about him. I was rooting for the vampire after a couple of his chapters!
As usual with the
Night Goddess
Dark Secrets was quite different from Feehan's usual Carpathian novels. In this one we meet Raphael De La Cruz, he unlike the males in the previous novels demands his lifemate's cooperation and total submission, regardless of how she feels. Usually the males work at earning their lifemate's trust and they try to ease the women into their world. Well, not Raphael.... He is use to getting what he wants and no one tells him no. So, when Colby his lifemate resists and tries to reject him. She is in ...more
Kirsty Bassett

The hero bloody rapes the heroine!

He literally knocks out everyone in the area, holds her down and uses his vampire mind control to make him want her.


Ugh people need to get their priotries straight, rape is not something to be idolised, it is disgusting and this book should never have been published without some huge edits.

I think the hero even acknowledges at one point that he did in fact rape the heroine. This is a seriously disturbing book!
Read reviews before reading and I thought surely the heroine can't be that bad. Nope it was worse. I expected resistance and to probably find her annoying, but at first I didn't. It just kept dragging out though. I get she had trust issues and obviously there were good reasons to be paranoid and all wtf for a while. Eventually though I was just wanting her to get over herself. She didn't bother to fully read the paperwork they sent her OR seem care that they wanted her to go with everyone. She d ...more
Becky Damoth
Okay, even though I will finish the book, I just hate the Hero in this book. Many of the Carpathians are kind of macho jerks, but they seem to come around and are caring. Raphael is just simply too demanding and I really don't like him. I have about 1.5 cds to finish, so maybe Colby will have good reason to like him, but I can't imagine it at this point. Also, really too much sex (hard to believe that I would say that huh).
This is a tearjerker, I was tearing up in the first few pages and couldn’t stop. The reason is that I was hurting and angry for Colby.

I don’t think I like most Carpathian men, they’re selfish and think themselves better than the humans they’re supposed to protect. There’s a few good ones, but the farther away they live from civilization the worst they are.


The youngest, Riodan wasn’t bad. As we know, the older Carpathian men get the less control they have and less caring about anyo
I liked Rafael for the most part. Colby not so much. I like the whole unraveling of one of the recovered races aspect. Liked the personal connection between Rafael and his nemesis. I think I would have had more issues in the cave than she does... he can make clothes appear but he can't seem to conjure up a bed? lol. No one likes it on a rock. Anyways, looking forward to see what kind of mates the brothers get to see what this big fat funky family looks like in Brazil. But as the mysterious lady ...more
Dorothea Müller
Jahrhundertelang durchstreifte Rafael de la Cruz mit seinen Brüdern die Wälder Südamerikas und jagte Vampire. Nun läuft er selbst Gefahr, zu dem Bösen zu werden, das er so lange bekämpft hat. In Colby erkennt er seine Seelengefährtin, die ihn vor dem Sturz in die Dunkelheit bewahren kann. Es gibt nur ein Problem: Rafael versucht, sich in Angelegenheiten von Colbys Familie einzumischen. Colby wehrt sich mit allen Mitteln dagegen und schleudert ihm ihre ganze Verachtung entgegen. Doch sie spürt au ...more
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