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Dark Need (Darkyn #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,579 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Homicide detective Samantha Brown is a tough, highly decorated cop. But twelve lonely years after she nearly died of a gunshot wound, she aches with a deep inner longing. In pursuit of a deranged killer, her only clue is a medieval cross inscribed "Lucan"-the name of the owner of a new nightclub near the murder scene. Drawn into a seamy underworld, Samantha falls for Lucan...more
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Published June 1st 2006 by Signet Book
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Jess the Romanceaholic
We met our hero in the previous book (Private Demon), where he was introduced as a really, really nasty guy.

One thing I like about Lynn Viehl is that there's not a single characters of hers that is two dimensional -- even the bad guys have their redeeming qualities..

Lucan reminds me a lot of Lestat from Anne Rice's novels.. He's selfish, powerful, and has a bad temper, but is also tired of all the bullsh.... Yeah.

Samantha, our heroine, is a homicide detective with a really disgusting cool "po...more
Good read and I'll forgive them for the cliff hanger ending since I have book 4 on my desk. After finishing 3 of these very intense books containing multiple incidences [both current and historical:] of mayhem, torture, murder and other assorted atrocities committed by various cast members - I really wonder how there are any Kyn left? Medieval villages weren't all that large and they've been unable to make more [until now:] for 500 years - and there have been mentions of jardin wars, multiple as...more
Because of Lucan's gift, he has become known as the executioner for the King of the Darkyn when it's time for a life- or a walking dead- to be exterminated. But more people than those who are to be brought to justice seem to end up dead around Lucan. When the deaths cross over into the world of the humans', Det. Samantha Brown is called in.

With a cool exterior, Samantha is often misunderstood. But for all her strong-will, she can't seem to keep her buried passionate nature in check when around t...more
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I have a weird "relationship" with this series. There's much to love: the UF setting, pace and plot, the darker world, the heroine. And yet. And yet I can't really warm to it. As a UF it's good enough, but with too many unexplained points (why doesn't she freak out? why is Raphael playing cop? her past is only hinted at, but could be used more), as a PNR you wonder where the love came from.

The overall arch makes also a strange bedfellow. Stories are left hanging, including the main couple's. I k...more
this book just confused me. i have no idea how or when Sam and Lucan suddenly fell in love. come to think of it i cant possibly understand why either. well, other than the fact that he sounds to be thrilling in bed. after Sam's look into his past and having a good idea he isn't after her but chasing the ghost of love past, i can't see where this love affair comes from.

Alex and Michael make healthy sized appearances and saved me from getting bored with the book. Again i am not so sure why Alex i...more
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Ok I seriously didn't think this was going to be a series of books where I would cry , let alone full out bawl my eyes out for more then half the book! HOLY COW!

I have to say I am in love with Lucan :) When we first met Lucan , we came to hate him, even before we knew who he was - he was the evil guy who without any provoction at all decided to break into Michael's house and check out his new sygkenis - he ended up taking blood from Alex's nurse and having his way with her, twice, almost killin...more
Danielle G
2 stars

This book was ok. I liked Samantha I thought she was a great and intriguing character. I found many parts of this book dull (especially when the preist was involved) and felt like a lot of them could have been excluded. There was not enough scenes of Samantha or Chris who were the characters I really enjoyed reading about. I also feel that Lucan using his mind powers to make Sam dream about him and want him kind of creepy and un-endearing. He did redeem himself in my eyes in the end but o...more
I enjoyed this one much more than Private Demon It got me further hooked onto the series.

These are really strange books for me, because although I enjoy them, there are certain parts which make me distinctly uncomfortable. The l'attrait thing for me is very close to mind control and to use it to (almost) have sex is just a bit to near to the bone for me. But still I feel compelled to read them (no pun intended).
Samantha and Lucan

I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

Lucan... well, yum. e. :) I genuinely enjoyed this story in the series and I'm certain you will too.

This was my kind of book!

Samantha was ehh. I mean she was okay, but now that Alex had finally grown on me I really didn't think a whole lot of Sam.
Sam's been through a lot of stuff, so I didn't think she'd be so... trusting.
She was alright, but it wasn't her personality that made me turn the pages -that was Lucan's job!

Lucan is hateful, selfish, belittling, uncompromising, and dare I say a little bit of a sadist when it comes to sex...
He just flat out doesn't give a sh*t.
There are things he s...more
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Heather Dalgarno
This is the third book in Viehl's "Darkyn" series and the one in which the Darkyn's chief assassin and all-round bad boy Lucan is given centre stage. Lucan is being framed for a series of murders, and this brings him into contact with homicide detective Samantha Brown who just happens to be the living likeness of his long lost love.

In addition to the obvious plot line between Samantha and Lucan we are drawn further into the battle between the Darkyn and their enemies - The Bretheren (a brotherho...more
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Lynn Viehl is, of course, only one of many writers that has dipped her toes in the vampire genre. Her take is that vampires (here called Darkyn) are former Knights Templar that contracted a sort of viral infection that forced them to drink blood, grow fangs, have supernatural gifts and be sensitive to the sun. Oh, yes, and live very long lives. In the first book, we meet the head of the American vampires, Michael, and his lifemate, Alexan...more
I'm only giving this one 4 stars instead of 5 because it took me so long to get into it. There is so much involvement and information to absorb and try understand. And then I realised why. It is the 3rd book in the series. Dahhh Angela. LOL.

Well, once I understood all the terms and connections between the many characters of this story I found myself intrigued to see what would happen in the end. Most stories I have read only follow one of two main characters. This one I believe ended up with may...more
Cid Tyer
Yes, I am averaging about one and a half of these books a day. I’m eating them like candy. I love them like a fat kid loves cake; like a vegan loves carrots. …. You get the idea.

So Private Demon leaves off with a fairly wrapped up ending – which was nice because If Angels Burn just sort of – stopped. That didn’t mean I wasn’t salivating for the 24 hours I had to wait until I could get my hands on Dark Need; I’ll resist making self-depricating puns. I was especially interested in this because whi...more
Ana T.
Another book I've read during my vacation was Dark Need. I've been enjoying Viehl's Darkyn world and this book 3 in the series was no exception.

Homicide detective Samantha Brown is a tough, highly decorated cop. But twelve lonely years after she nearly died of a gunshot wound, she aches with a deep inner longing. In pursuit of a deranged killer, her only clue is a medieval cross inscribed "Lucan"-the name of the owner of a new nightclub near the murder scene. Drawn into a seamy underworld, Saman...more
This is the third book of the Darkyn Series.

Lucan, the pet assassin of the Darkyn King, has settled in Florida and has been given his own Jardin to rule. He is no longer at Richard's beck and call and is still nursing a deep hatred of Michael Cyprien. He has opened a nightclub with a Goth theme that is his playground where he uses the women who frequent the club indiscriminately for sex and food. He is one of the few Darkyn whose powers work on Darkyn and human alike. He can kill just by touch.

Pros: The Characters are fantastic
Cons: None I can think of

This is book 3 in a series that continues to be GREAT! If you havent read the first two books I would start with them and read up to this one but this book is good enough to be a stand alone. The first book in the series is my personal favorite but all the others are equally good.

I love this author because each book in the series follows the life of a seperate vampire (whose characters are completely different) while at the same time con...more
The book was pretty good. I really enjoyed reading it.

I'm a fan of Alexandra's and her relationship with Michael. I so love her attitude! So I didn't really mind that they appeared a lot in the book.

It's just that Lucan and Sam's relationship wasn't elaborated as much. But after reading the 1st & 2nd book...I kind of expected it to be that way. It's like the romance was just an afterthought.

Also, the end part was disappointing for me. It all seemed rushed. I got so pumped with excitement a...more
I enjoyed the story but i feel that there were parts that the author rushed and i got a bit confused with all the names in the climax. I loved how she did with the end but to be honest i am getting alittle annoyed with Richard. Anyhow, loved Lucan and Sam and i will be moving on. Really want to see how this ends.
I was very disappointed in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books. Overall, I give this book a 2 and a half. It was very well written and I liked the continuing story arc. I liked the different character points and how they all tied into the overall story. However, like the last book, it concentrated way to much on Alexandra and Michael. They have already had their book. I wanted to shout let this heroine and hero have theirs. I liked the no nonsense tough character of Samantha but...more
Gypsie Holley
Jul 02, 2008 Gypsie Holley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all vampire series lovers!
Excellent read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and fell in love with Lucan. I really enjoy the fact with this series it maintains previous storylines and keeps you up to date with all characters presented from the beginning. Switching characters stories and intersecting them as well. Like a soap opera that you have to read instead of watch. The remote control held only in your eyesight. I have most definitely fallen for the series.

Best Quotes from the book:

"What do you say for dinner? 'Blessed...more
This book was as enthralling than the previous ones in the series, however although the main character Samantha is very interesting, I had trouble understanding her shift from "I resist him" to "I love him". I mean, I was expecting it, obviously, this is a romance, but the way she decided to let her guard down felt a bit weird to me. Who knows, I probably just don't understand how love works. In any case, all the subplots within the book are fantastic, we get to know more interesting stuff about...more
Mar 28, 2009 Christel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the Purvettes and any paranormal romance readers
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The 3rd in the Darkyn series.

Lucan was the chief assasin of Lord Richard Tremayne, King of the Darkyn empire. Lucan is tired of going out and taking care of all the Darkyn dirty business. so he resigns and comes to America and settles in Florida, Miami at that.

Samantha is a detective with the Miami police force. 12 years ago she was seriously shot while on a stakeout that went wrong.

Now a women has been murdered and all leads point to Lucan as the killer, buthe is innocent of the crime or crimes...more
This is #3 in the Darkyn series. Though, this is the 2nd book I read in the series.I know totally out of order but, that is sometimes how the wind blows.

I give it 4.5 stars.There where many parts in the story that made me want to weep and I did cry when reading this book.The feelings the female character expressed resonated with me.Based on her hard life the feelings made perfect sense at least to me.This was a dark book which I enjoyed.Ms. Viehl has created a pretty complex world of the vampire...more
This was a decent read right until the climax at the end which was just rife with way too many convenient incidences happening at once in dramatic fashion. It's a common theme throughout this series so far that the author makes the plot overly complex and doesn't quite manage all the threads perfectly. John's story is a perfect example of that. Without some divine hand guiding his life, his repeated run ins with the vamps and the brethren are just ridiculously convenient and unnecessarily so. Th...more
Ok, I love a good alpha male as much as the next girl, but come on! Sam is a cop and has already suffered at the hands of a creepy stalker. I have no respect for the dumbass girl who is all "I don't know why I allow him to treat me this way, I just love him so." Screw that! Can ANYONE give me a heroine who does not take kindly to being raped, either literally or mentally? Grrr, I am so sick of reading books where a woman is mind-f#cked, and then really f#cked and having it all glossed over like...more
DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
I enjoyed the premise of this book, but it all seemed really rushed and disappointing at the end. I liked Lucan and Samantha, but their relationship seemed forced too quickly. The mystery of the murders was initially quite engaging, but seemed more of an afterthought at the end of the book. I think it could have been a lot better but was left feeling like Viehl must have been on a deadline and had to quickly wrap everything up rather than taking the time to develop relationships and provide a sa...more
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Darkyn Group 1 3 Oct 26, 2012 10:32PM  
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Also see S.L. Viehl, Gena Hale, Jessica Hall. Rebecca Kelly.

She writes mostly novels in a variety of genres and under several pseudonyms. Among them are science fiction (as S. L. Viehl), romantic fiction (as Lynn Viehl, Gena Hale, and Jessica Hall), and Christian fiction (as Rebecca Kelly). She has described herself as primarily a writer of romance: no matter what genre she is working in, an eleme...more
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