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Dark Possession (Dark #18)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  12,702 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
Christine Feehan returns to her uniquely sensual Carpathian world in a novel about the nature of true love and the unnatural forces that can destroy it...

Manolito De La Cruz knew he was dangerously close to turning into a vampire. The last thing he expected after being called back to his Carpathian homeland by Prince Mikhail was to catch the scent of his destined lifemate
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Berkley Hardcover
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Walking in two worlds Stars

First read August 2012 Reread February 15, 2016


"I'm not lifemate material, and please don't take this the wrong way, but especially not to one of the De La Cruz brothers. They're far too difficult."-MaryAnn

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"What do you think he did to me? You must have, a guess. And is it reversible? Because I'm human and my family is human and I like being human. This is what comes from having a skinny bloodsucking white girl as my best friend."-MaryAnn

Wow did I love
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I loved it, loved it, loved it. I just want to grab Christine Feehan and give her a big kiss! I don't know why some people complained about MaryAnn. I thought she was awesome. She cracked me up with her fashion addiction and her girly-girlness. She was adorable. It helped to give her real life as a character. And her heart was so huge and loving. I think Christine did a great job writing a Black heroine. You can tell she did her research, especially with the hair thing. I think a lot of love wen ...more
In Christine Feehan's Dark Possession (book 18 of the Dark series,) we are swept away from the Carpathian mountains, back to South America, to the home of the De La Cruz brothers. At the end of the last book (Dark Celebration,) Manolito De La Cruz was wounded saving Shea Dubrinsky and her unborn son from an assassin. His injuries were so grave that his soul actually left the world, and the healers along with his brothers, had to work miracles to anchor him to life. Completely unaware that Manoli ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Once in a while I go back to the Carpathian series to try to wrap my mind on its success. I've read quite a few books in this series, but my enjoyment has never been anything more than meh.

I've hated one or two, but mostly I found them mildly irritating, with cardboard, incoherent characters, and very thin stories. Dark Possession is all that, and less. I usually skim read these books, as they are utterly boring for me. And while reading DP I realised my main nit with this author: I really disli
BJ Rose
Sep 17, 2009 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
Manolito took a poisoned knife in the chest while protecting Shea Dubrinsky and her unborn child from certain death (in Dark Celebration). He was 'held to the earth' by other Carpathians to keep him from permanently dying, and they put him in the ground so he could recover and return completely from the spirit world, but he rose too early and now he's in both worlds. I don't know why I thought this was a step too far - after all, I'm reading a series about shapeshifters, vampires, predestined so ...more
Yz the Whyz
Aug 23, 2008 Yz the Whyz rated it liked it
Shelves: christine-feehan
I have a love/hate relationship with Christine Feehan's Dark series, but I always have a compulsion to read the books.

I sort of like this book because it seemed more sexy than the others. Furthermore, the wolf angle made it more interesting, and the mentioning of other species opens the idea of other future characters. However, there is too much mystical elements to it, that after a while it can get boring.

The reason I finished the book is because I listened to it, and I love the readers' voices
Mar 23, 2012 Zoe rated it did not like it
This is the first book in this series I ever read, and while I see it's number 18 in the series, most novels you pick up that are part of a series can be read as a stand alone. At the very minimum they explain some of the story world to allow unfamiliar readers some insight.

Not so with this one.

The story world is not shared at all, and you are thrown in to vampires, shape-shifters, and Carpathians - who I guess are sorta vampires and/but hunt "evil" vampires...what? Add to the fact the charact
While saving a pregnant Carpathian female, Manuel "Manolito" De La Cruz was stabbed and poisoned. He should be dead, but his brothers "held him to earth" and transported him back to South America in hope of saving him.

But something appears to have gone wrong...

MaryAnn Delaney, a counselor from Seattle, has agreed to go with the De La Cruz family into the jungle in hope of helping a brutalized young woman. But there is definitely something off with MaryAnn and is not just the fact Manolito's boun
Krystl Louwagie
May 17, 2011 Krystl Louwagie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uh...this book was pretty dumb. For the life of me, I can't see the appeal of romance books where the most important aspect are repetitive sex scenes that go on for way too long and waste a ton of my time. And I think you could play a drinking game for all the times this book mentioned "womb" having to do with arousal-lots of "womb tightening", that's her uterus, right? I'm sorry, the word womb sort of just applies to babies in my head, which are so not sexy. Speaking of babies, does anyone ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Winnie rated it really liked it
I love CF books, but I wanted to strangle Mary Ann... in Dark Destiny, Mary Ann wasn't this shallow...I loved her character and i wanted her to be someone's lifeboat/ mate! But now... ahh... i
OMG, poor Manilito, I'had rather be a vamp than being with her!
I don't have powers,
I might have powers,
I don't think I do???
Do I have powers???
I don't know if I have powers???
I love the De la Cruz brothers, but someone should Stake Mary Ann!!!!

I need a break from the Dark Series.... Mary Ann Rub
Jun 16, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
I honestly wasn't expecting this book. It is in my mind probably her best in this series.

The author gives us two main characters with flaws yet the desire to do whatever is necessary to overcome. The deisre to face down whatever is thrown at them. Yet she keeps humor and laughter under the surface as their relationship blossoms in the midst of unknowns.

I completely enjoyed this book and read it through in one sitting.
Feb 08, 2015 Tanya rated it really liked it
Shelves: sdcl, sdpl
Rating 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4)

This has a ton of reviews, so I'll skip the summary. What I will say is that stars were lowered for me for it being too much of the same, formal, dark language. The stories run together on that. I have given up and gone back to this series several times. The phrasing within a book and across books gets very repetitive, but I think this is the longest running series I have read so perhaps that is just plain inevitable in something this long.

What brought it up a
Alex is The Romance Fox
I loved this book, the 18th in Christine Feehan’s “uber” fabulous Dark Series – more about MaryAnn Delaney, the caring human counselor and Colby’s friend we first met in Dark Secret and fell in love with….YAYYY!!!

What a lovable character!! Love her love of fashion….the shoes, the clothes, the nail polish…besides her caring nature, wanting to give and help others. And seeing her going from the fast life in the city to the jungles of South America, where the males are domineering, possessive beyon
Feb 15, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
This is the first of her books that I read. I found it to be a Harlequin romance with vampires and werewolves and jaguar-people.

The storyline was fine. It was a glimpse into a single relationship and hinted at reading the other stories to know the whole of the book. I found the title character "Mary-Ann" to be great because she is stubborn and wants to come to her own decisions, but underneath she is passionate and wants the domination. It took me a while to finish it and I found myself distrac
I liked it. Like the heroine I have more bottles of nail polish than I can count and believe looking good = confidence/feeling good. A good pair of shoes that perfectly coordinate with your outfit and the right accessories can do wonders. She also cracked me up with her bottle of pepper spray.

The hero was likeable as well. Dominant/overbearing yet very caring and protective of Mary Ann.

I have a feeling my mediocre rating is a symptom of overload. Too many of these books in succession. really jus
Jun 06, 2015 Nadyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a passionate sizzling read

This is my favorite of all the Carpathian books by Christine Feehan. MaryAnne and Manilito's story was one filled with passion, intrigue,suspense and and quite sensual. I believe this is the strangest book that she has ever written from the Dark Series.

Ms Feehan also tastefully wrote a very well written interracial love affair. I was delighted that MaryAnne was an African American heroine. OMG Manolito De La Cruz would fight to the death to claim and protect his d
May 29, 2013 Karen rated it did not like it
Someone gave this to me because they thought I'd like it. I have since punched them in the face and broken off all ties.
Judith Parra
Aug 17, 2014 Judith Parra rated it really liked it
SPOILERS!!!! I probably should have stated this before, but this is the fourth or fifth time that I have read the Dark Series. The only difference this time is that I am typing my reviews...

Dark Possession is the story of Manuel "Manolito" De La Cruz and MaryAnn Delaney. The couple first encountered each other in Dark Celebration when Manolito made his mark on MaryAnn without anyone being the wiser. Manolito had planned to tell his brothers what he had done but was fatally injured saving Shea an
Pat Cromwell
Feb 12, 2009 Pat Cromwell rated it liked it
I love IR books. This one had its moments. The premise wasn't the best but new characters were introduced and the the series new direction which I think will lead to the end was cemented. I've read post where the heroine Maryann was either loved or hated. No in between. Well being the perpetual fence sitter, I am still unsure if I liked her or not.

There were times I could not stand her. She is definitely all girly like Raven and Savanna but not nearly as irritating because there was a down to e
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I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I am completely grateful for C.F. for having an AA heroine because we are absent in this genre. I went into this really pulling for MaryAnn because of all of the harsh reviews I had read about her being shallow. I was determined that I would love her. However, in the end, it did not matter to me whether she was black or white, she annoyed me. Seriously, as powerful as she was, her focus kept going back to fashion and clothes. REALLY!! In the ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
After being wounded at the Carpathian Christmas party, Manolito De La Cruz was taken back to his home in the South American forest. He had found his lifemate, the one person that could save his soul, but upon his rising the confusion he felt left him with wholes as to who she was and why she was not there with him. For some reason, MaryAnn Delaney felt the death of Manolito, she had never even been formally introduced to him, but she felt connected to him and could not shake the sorrow of his de ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Aug 07, 2012 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it it was amazing
I Like Christine Feehan because she doesn't use a cookie cutter mold for each book and the featured characters. Dark Possession is very different from the other book. We meet Mary Ann Delany in Dark Destiny and Dark Celebration. She is a counselor for Abused Women in Seattle, Wash. She has became friends with Destiny and has come with her to the Carpathian Mountains for a Christmas celebration, where Manolito De La Cruz see her and knows she is his lifemate. Manolito is mortally injured and his ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Gardavson rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. This is Manolito and Mary Ann's story. Mary Ann alternated between annoying and very likeable. I liked her excessively except for the fashionista bit. I also varied on liking the whole shadow world bit. I didn't like it at the beginning but it stopped being quite so psychomessedup after the first quarter. Again, I like the dominating males so th De La Cruz brothers are right up my alley. I don't want to add any spoilers here so I'll just say that I loved what Mary Ann introduced to ...more
May 01, 2016 Natalia815 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscura
Las pinceladas que nos dejo Christine en el libro anterior sobre los protagonistas prometían mucho, pero en eso se quedo, en promesas.

De todos los libros de la saga, este es el que más me ha costado terminar. No he llegado a conectar con los protagonistas, me parecía más interesantes las historias de los secundarios, que las de ellos. Una pena :(
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Nov 16, 2009 Bunnita (Worth Reading It?) rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of the series. Probably because the main characters are different than I expected. A Black woman and a Latin man as main characters certainly surprised me. I loved the werewolf angle. I did ask her if she would re-visit the characters. It would be interesting to see how the Carpathian and Werewolf merger worked out. But she said that she has so many characters she would like to write about that once she has written about a couple they will never be the main focus of a book ag ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
Manolito De La Cruz knew he was dangerously close to turning into a vampire. The last thing he expected after being called back to his Carpathian homeland by Prince Mikhail was to catch the scent of his destined lifemate in MaryAnn Delaney. MaryAnn is human, but she knows all too well the overwhelmingly aggressive instincts of Carpathian males. And they're not exactly the kind of men she'd prefer to be bound to for life.

A dedicated counselor for battered women,MaryAnn has a fulfilling life with
Lilian Bascuñan
Jan 16, 2016 Lilian Bascuñan rated it it was amazing
This is a very long series (around 28 rigth now) that tell us the history of a group of people called "Carpatians", this men's & women's have powers and qualities, very similar to the vampires, they feed on blood, sleep in the ground during the day, talk with animals, change into others forms (like wolfs, birds, mist, etc), but they are born from a woman, like the human babies, and grow like a human baby, during the first years of their lifes, then when they reach maturity (some point betwee ...more
May Mostly Romance
Sep 26, 2014 May Mostly Romance rated it did not like it
เลมทีสิบแปดในชุดคะ และเทคนิคการเลาเรืองของตัวละครในเลมถัดไปทิงทายไวในเลมกอนหนากใชไดผลนะคะ เพราะหลังจากเราอานเรือง Dark Celebration ไปแลว กอดหยิบเลมนีมาอานตอไมได เพราะไดเปิดประเดนเรืองราวของคูแมรี แอน เดลานีย และแมโนลิโต เดอลาครูซเอาไวไดอยางนาสนใจ

แมโนลิโตนองชายคนรองของตระกูลเดอลาครูซไดพบกับแมรี แอน เดลานีย ซึงเปนมนุษยผูมีพลังจิต และเปนเพือนของเดสตินี (นางเอกใน Dark Destiny) และรูในทันทีวา เธอคือคูแทของเขา หลังจากอยูอยางไรอารมณมาเปนเวลาหลายรอยไป ในทีสุดแมโนลิโตกไดเจอกับผูหญิงของเขา กระนันเขากรูวา
Dec 14, 2010 ~Megan~ rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying these newer books...the series went stale for me about midway through. It seems that maybe Feehan has softened up her Carpathians just a tad. I can see they are still extremely alpha, but they seem to have a little bit more fluff and understanding than those in the earlier books.

I really liked Manolito and Mary Ann, and the way their unique blend of wolf and vampire turned out in the end. I can't wait to find out what happens with Jasmine and her baby, Luiz, and even Solange.
May 29, 2015 Camita rated it it was amazing
Dark Possession picks up where Dark Celebration ends with Manolito De La Cruz’s body being taken by his brothers back to South America to rejuvenate. Problems start when he rises too early and straddles both the living and the spirit world. Mary Ann, who has accompanied the De La Cruzes to South America to counsel Juliette’s sister, Jasmine and cousin, Solange, is upset and depressed and doesn’t understand why. She consistently thinks about Manolito and moans him. She doesn’t understand why she ...more
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“The secret weapon is cucumber.'
Solange sat all the way up. 'Jasmine, cover your ears.'
MaryAnn, Juliette and Jasmine burst out laughing.
'Sheesh, Solange. Get your mind out of the gutter.'
'MY mind is just fine, thank you. It's MaryAnn's I'm concerned about.'
'You put them on your eyes,' MaryAnn said, laughing even harder.”
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