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They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...

The stranger silently summons her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispers of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran can feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she aches to heal him,
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Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published December 22nd 2005 by Leisure Books (first published December 1st 1999)
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Jessica Hatfield
5 Wild Man Stars

First read June 2012 Reread January 10, 2016

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"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
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Beth F.
Oct 31, 2008 Beth F. rated it liked it
Will someone please explain to me how a couple can have sex when he’s on top and she’s on the bottom and her jeans are pushed down but still around her ankles? Because frankly, I really don’t think that is humanly possible. If she was bent over, alright. Or if they were really stretchy pants with an elastic waistband, maybe. Or if the jeans are only around one ankle but have completely slipped off the other, definitely. But if they’re hiding out in a secret Carpathian cave and they are immediate ...more
Lou
Feb 03, 2012 Lou rated it it was ok
I enjoyed Dark Prince but this book is just more of the same thing. I am Carpathian hierarchy and not a Vampire and still they are having problems getting a life-mate just wanted more drama more action, i was expecting more and i think this is where i do not go any further in the series. There are so many good books to read at the moment.
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Rhapsody
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
Shelves: vampires, romance, fiction
I like the ideas behind this series, but the writing style puts me off a little. Too much of the focus is on the romance, and not enough on the events or the plot. It was very repetitive at times; again and again, we have to listen to beautiful Jacques thinks Shea is and how people are feeling toward one another. Normally I love that sort of thing, but it was too much for me. I also found the dialogue somewhat lacking. Still, I'm moderately into the series still. I'm most interested in reading G ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
There is something about the way that Christine Feehan writes. I think she really pours her heart into her stories. There is so much intensity there. This was a really interesting, enjoyable read. I can't say it's my favorite Feehan because I am so in love with the Ghostwalkers. But I must say that Feehan's take on vampires really captivated me and sucked me in. I find that I am becoming a big fan of vampire romance, and this book probably helped to push me over the edge.

Jacques is one tortured
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SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
Book Basics

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
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CC
Oct 10, 2015 CC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe, pnr, series
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, once I got a firm grasp of the timeli
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Tilly Slaton
Nov 23, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it liked it
Dark Desire is the Carpathian story of Jacques and Shea.

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,
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Jan
Jan 31, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
*****4.5 Stars*****
Erika


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
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KatieV
I liked this one better than the first (which I enjoyed). This is PNR, so you have to be able to suspend disbelief. Also, these are quite violent PNRs. I love horror, so it's a great combo for me. However, the violence could be a little much for someone who's not a fan.

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
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Vallsykes
I luv the Carpathians.

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
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TJ
While this installment of the Carpathians is engaging, it didn't live up to the first. It is darker, Jacques (who is the charming younger brother in book one) has been held and tortured for sevens years and left for dead. He comes out of the experience barely hanging on to his sanity and with a vicious streak a mile wide. The story still has it's twists and turns along with an interesting (if rather dysfunctional) love story, which keeps it moving and would earn it a 3.5 star rating.
Natalia815
Dec 13, 2015 Natalia815 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscura
Mucho mejor que el primero. Con este ya estas metida en el mundo de los carpatianos. Hay un montón de drama. Shea, ha sufrido por no entender lo que es, pero lo que sufre Jacques durante tantos años no está escrito.

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
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Lisa Marie
Jan 17, 2012 Lisa Marie rated it did not like it
I don't understand what all the fuss is about over this series.
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
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Kissa
Feb 22, 2009 Kissa rated it it was amazing
I loved the plot of this book and was so glad to see Raven and the other characters from the first book. Great 2nd book in a series. The only thing I didn't like is the many type errors I found throughout the book. I'm starting on the third this week.
Maria
Sep 18, 2009 Maria rated it liked it
When I read the first Carpathian novel I thought that was dark. I must say that this is even darker.
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
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Nona
I read this a few months ago but recently stumbled across it again when looking for a PNR to read. If I remember correctly Shae is a Doctor in America and drawn or compelled to the Carpthian mountians by Jacques a Carpthian male who's been tortured and restrained for a while. Shae finds him and Jacques blames her for taking her sweet time and makes her pay but ultimately he realizes she is his lifemate and they have their HEA.

I have a love hate with this series, I love the whole idea of the stor
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Amy
Apr 30, 2009 Amy rated it did not like it
Soooooo disappointed in this book. All the reviews I've read go on and on about how this is such a great vampire series. Frankly, the same complaints I had about Twilight could be applied to this book. The main character keeps telling everyone what a strong, independent person she is, but the whole book is about her doing whatever this guy wants, and usually against her will. And it's *creepy*. Not in the good way. In the weird Appalachian Deliverance kinda way.

Overall, this book left me with a
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valee
Jan 20, 2016 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like a fool for not having started the Dark series before, as I'm completely in love with it now. I've read other series from this author, but I was never as taken or excited as I am now. I can truly appreciate the author skills on every page, specially while describing everything in such detail and with an expertise and variety with words like no other. I swear she does magic with the english vocabulary and the final work is a great achievement to the genre. It's been a while since I've ...more
Marissa
Sep 20, 2013 Marissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Audiobook - DNF

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.
Megan
Sep 17, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
Surprisingly i loved this book. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book. I thought it was too long and just a little too... I don't know the right word.. just too much I guess. I don't know.

I kinda love that Jacque is crazy and that Shea is the only one that can calm him. I love the whole life mate thing. I hate shifter books where there isn't a life mate. What's the point right. I love the way Christine Feehan has written the mates in this book. Where they call to each other over thousands of mi
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Annie

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

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Netanella
Well, I made the mistake of reading a few reviews before I started typing my own, and now I feel like a Carpathian lifemate..."I loved it, I loved it not, I loved it, but not if it tells me what to do and I'm starving and pregnant." :)

The second was much better than the first book, and my preference here lies in the slightly insane character of Jacques, who's been tortured and buried alive for seven years, forced to live off bugs and other little crawlies in the night. Shea O'Hallorhan is the br
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Nov 11, 2014 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deb-s-favorites
LOVED LOVED JACQUES AND SHEA'S STORY!!

Dark Desire bk2 in Christine Feehans Dark Series. This about my 7th re read or maybe more. This is Jacques Dubrinsky's story brother to Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky and leader of the Carpathian Immortal people. Carpathians don't consider themselves as Vampires but an Immortal race of being with extraordinary powers. They can shape shift into any animal or bird. They can turn into mist, rain and even the wind. They do survive on blood and hunt Vampires what they
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Gardavson
Jul 10, 2009 Gardavson rated it liked it
Ah, how to review this book. I like the premise, the Carpathians, their world, issues, etc. My problem with this book was that I liked Jaques from the first book. He seemed original to the others and I wish the author would have run with his potential to be different in the way in which she projected him in the first book. What I mean is, he seemed to be the only one to find amusement in things, stay light hearted, despite the fact that he had lost his ability to feel emotions centuries before. ...more
Carolyn F.
Re-read, this time by audiobook.

I don't know what's going on with me but this used to be my favorite of the series and now I'm wondering why. The hell these poor Carpathian men have to go through with their lifemates. Do the women (even the pregnant ones) stay inside when others like them are being killed? No, and then question why are the men trying to tell them what do to. Do they feed before they're extremely weak even after years (Raven) of being a Carpathian? No, and the men are accused of
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Bron
Sep 10, 2011 Bron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carpathian
This is the story of Julian and Shea. Julian is the brother of Mikhael, Prince to the Carpathians, who featured in the first book, Dark Prince.

Julian disappeared at a time when some human vampire hunters were in the mountains and no-one had been able to find him, he had been tortured, staked and left to rot in a box. Somehow Julian had lost his ability to telepathically communicate with his people, however, perhaps because of this loss, he was able to find a girl a long way away. Due to his los
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Shana (ReadingVixen)
Oct 30, 2012 Shana (ReadingVixen) rated it it was ok
I almost didn't finish this one. I slogged on through, because I know there are a ba-zillion more in this series, and I want to get to the 3rd one, since most of the time, the 3rd book is the "charm."

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
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“We could get kinky and see how bats and rats make love, he suggested in a whisper, warm breath against her neck.
You are a sick man, Jacques. Very, very sick.”
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“I love you.” He grinned unexpectedly, traced he lower lip with the tip of a finger. “What is more, I know you love me. You hide it from yourself, but I found it in a little corner, tucked away in your mind.”
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.”
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