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Dark Secret (Dark Carpathians #15)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  13,113 Ratings  ·  234 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 February 1st 2005)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Change of heart Stars

First read August 2012 Rated 2.5 Stars Reread February 9, 2016

*Some Spoilers*

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"You think to escape me, pequena, but there is no chance for you. You may as well accept it as you accept the air you breathe into your lungs. And I don't like you saying no to me. No one says no to me, least of all you."-Rafael

So the first time I read this book way back in 2012 I hated Rafael. I remember thinking what a jerk he was and how I wanted to punch him in the throat. I have reread this
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
Nov 11, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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
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
Apr 02, 2008 Ally rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2008
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
Dec 24, 2007 Kathrynn rated it really liked it  ·  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.

Sep 07, 2013 Kyra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra Dagg
Oct 17, 2013 Sandra Dagg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kirsty Bassett
Sep 17, 2013 Kirsty Bassett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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!
Pat Cromwell
Feb 12, 2009 Pat Cromwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Judith Parra
Aug 07, 2014 Judith Parra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
2.5-3 stars

This was an alright story but I had some issues with the MCs. This caused me to have problems connecting to the couple and made the story lack something for me.

Colby is a 22 year old that's running her family's ranch and raising her younger brother and sister. Her mother and stepfather were in a plane accident and it killed her mother and paralyzed her stepfather (who she took care of until he died a while after the wreck). Unfortunately, the medical bills put the ranch in debt and Co
Jan 13, 2014 soriya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Josey Schaub
Jan 06, 2016 Josey Schaub rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel very disloyal to the author but feel it must be said: I am SO OVER the male main characters complete lack of romance in this series. Also I can't stand to read another forced joining being sold to us as though it were soul-deep love. This book goes so far as to have the "hero" rape the virgin heroine. Colby says flat out NO to Rafael repeatedly making it absolutely clear she does not want to be physical with him to no avail.

I'm sorry, but this just isn't romantic and I, as an avid reader
Jenny Delandro
Jun 30, 2012 Jenny Delandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I don't quite understand the negative reviews about this book! Carpathians are suppose to be domineering and powerful. I Love Rafael's character!!!Tell me who wouldn't want a handsome tall Latin Lover!!!!With that said the story was very exciting fast paced very very sensual with great character development. The Story has a lot of depth and it also sets up the next couple of books in the series. I will say I did not like Colby as much as I liked Rafael, sometimes she came off whinny and childish ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Farah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2013 DemetraP rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2012 Tessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2014 Night Goddess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexiest-warriors
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
Becky Damoth
Oct 15, 2012 Becky Damoth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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).
2.5 I suppose. Colby's stubborness got a bit old at times and, honestly, this series is growing a bit hold with me. YMMV
May 05, 2012 Valarie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the WORST out of the series! it pissed me off to no end!!!!1
Nov 10, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This is the 2nd story in Darkest at Dawn, which has Dark Hunger (14) and Dark Secret (15). (Find all of my reviews here

We meet another of the De la Cruz brothers, actually we meet 2, but Nicolas is only around for a few pages. The main brother is Rafael, and he is the first Carpathian I really don't like. All Carpathian men are arrogant and domineering to an extent, but Rafael? He's just an ass. Riordan mentions in Dark Hunger that the brothers have always been more Carpathian than other Carpath
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