Dark Possession (Dark, #18)
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Dark Possession (Dark #18)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  9,530 ratings  ·  223 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...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Berkley Hardcover (first published August 28th 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
BJ Rose
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
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...more
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...more
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.
This was another winner from Christine Feehan. There were a couple of books in the middle of the Dark series that I found a bit lack-luster, but the last half a dozen that I have read have been great. In Dark Possession, Manolito, the second youngest of the five De La Cruz brothers, finds himself trapped in the lands between life and death. In the previous book, Dark Celebration, Manolito had saved Shea and her unborn child, giving his life to keep them from being poisoned. Gregori and Manolito'...more
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...more
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...more
Krystl Louwagie
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"...so, 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
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...more
Pat Cromwell
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...more
Elise-banned from infomercials and ebay
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
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
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...more
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
Bunnita (Worth Reading 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
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.
Marita Hansen
The first of Christine Feehan's Carpathian books that I read. I really liked this one, which is why I gave it 5 stars. I also started reading all of the series because of it. Unfortunately, as I read through the other books I lost interest at a certain point because she was using the same old formula. They were all too similar. Not a way for an author to keep their readership. Plus, she used some cringe worthy descriptions over and over again, like "molten lava."
I'm usually a HUGE fan of all Feehan's books. For some reason I just didn't enjoy this one. At all. Maybe b/c I listened to it instead of reading it. I don't know, I just felt it was missing her usual... creativeness. It seemed kind of boring to me! Which is hard for me to say about a Christine Feehan book! She has written some of may all time favorites... very let down.
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I felt like Feehan was all over the place with this book. I felt like some things were not explored fully, and felt like the werewolf aspect came out of left field. It wasn't really worth the price of a hardback.
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.
Night Goddess
I just love the De La Cruz brothers. They are the epitome of dominant males and with each novel the brothers get sexier and more dominant. In Dark Possession we meet Manolito De La Cruz lifemate to MaryAnn Delaney and their story is one of my favorites. Every novel in the Dark Series is always full of adventure, sex, love and the intimacy between lifemates but this one takes a completely different route. One that I enjoyed tremendously and I can't wait to see what's in store for remaining De La...more
Dec 15, 2008 Jacqueline rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one- the plot was pathetically lacking
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Sadly, myself- once more found while browsing books.
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Aisha Oaktree
Originally Posted on Bythebroomstick.blogspot.com

Manuel/Monlito is an awesome Carpathian, on who knows true honor and what it is to be a hero.warrior. we first meet him in Dark Celebration and this is where his true story begins, unlike ther est of the series is you missed this book first then you missed the real beginning of this story, so when you started Dark Possession you were already behind. I realy loved mauel because he constantly stood behind his word, he placed himself in danger consta...more
I've been hooked on Feehan's Carpathians series since its beginning. I understand authors and their books evolve over time and I've witnessed a lot of growth in this series. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes not. The Carpathian world-building and spiritualism has gotten a bit beyond the pale to me, reaching a point where the newer books don't always mesh well with the older ones.

I liked "Dark Possession" a lot. It's a multicultural romance, kind of unusual in Feehan's work. I found myself eas...more
Brynna Schiller
Aug 20, 2008 Brynna Schiller rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes jungles, vampires, mages, and jaguar people
Shelves: romance
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So, at the end of Dark Celebration, Manolito is mortally wounded saving Shea and her baby. We know he survived but that's about it. (See the Celebration review, and others, on my blog.)

We also know that he found his lifemate, MaryAnn, took her blood, but didn't tell anyone.

We start this one with him waking up before he's supposed to. See, we know Carpathians use the earth to heal and rejuvenate them. When one is so badly injured, the healer will command you to sleep, which the patient shouldn't...more
With "Dark Possession," Feehan continues the storyline of the DeLaCruz brothers, this time focusing on Manuel (Manolito). Back in Brazil, after a near fatal attack, Manuel knows he has a lifemate but cannot remember what happened or where she might be. MaryAnn Delany, the counselor for battered women that we have seen in previous books, has agreed to accompany the DeLaCruz family to their home to try and help a brutalized young jaquar girl, but she is totally confused at her overwhelming grief o...more
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7...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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