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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan delivers another deliciously dark paranormal romance in the DARK Series

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light . . . was he a man . . . or a miracle?

Alexandria Houton will sacrifice anything—even her life—to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encounter u...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 2000)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
What is it about these Carpathians? I can't seem to stay away from these books. This time I lasted three months. I started reading this book, and soon I was fully immersed in this world of dark sensuality and supernatural beauty, where the creatures of the night are a race of ancient immortals who live on blood. They fight against their own dark natures, and against their brethren who have succumbed to the darkness and became the evil vampires who pray on humans and destroy them. They walk throu...more
Cypher Lx
The third book in the series, the Carpathian male attitude is still disturbing. As the books progress, Feehan has learn to use different pet names that mean the same thing. In this one it is 'piccola' which is basically Italian for 'little one', a term of endearment that she used in the first book. Most of the action takes place in the first and last part of the book with the rest being filled with constant struggle for independence that never truly occurs. I have also found that Feehan's timeli...more
Tilly Slaton

Dark Gold is the Carpathian story of Aidan and Alexandria. This book si wonderfully amazing and I really enjoyed listening to Juanita Clark read it to me.

Aidan, a vampire hunter that has existed alone for many centuries. Sent to America to help protect the humans from the vampire predators, Aidan has known very few. Alienated from his people, he only exists with honor. Only exists to rid the world of his fallen brethren.

Alexandria is a talented graphics artist who is trying to land a job as the...more
Michelle O'flynn
Well I really like Ms. Feehan's stories (when she stops reiterating and going over old ground again and again), but it is a shame that the characters are all type-cast. The men (I can understand - it is a common trait for Carpathian males to be domineering, overly possessive and necessarily protective of their females), but I don't get why all the men go for the same type of woman. They are always fiercely independent women who seem to be loners whether they be Carpathian or human, yet they alwa...more
Epeeblade
I wanted to clarify my previous poor review.

I had too many problems with this book. First, the author immediately throws me out of the story by jumping between Point of Views in the same scene. Second, she never really engages me with any of the characters, because they are the same damn characters from every "Dark" novel -- overprotective "alpha" male and gentle, compassionate woman.

Plus, though the women are always portrayed as being independent, they are only independent as much as their male...more
Mara
Dec 05, 2013 Mara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: pnr
Third strike, Carpathians. I'm sorry but you are out.

Pro: none that I can find.

Cons:
- The lead men in these books are not alpha, they are slavers.
- This isn't a mate bond, it's slavery. There is no free will, no choice whatsoever.
- The women are never strong as we are told. On the contrary, to me they are weak and made weaker by the story. My definition of them would be "doormats". (well, they have no choice. They are forced in to an eternal marriage to save a man. (sigh)
- The man always know...more
Suz
I began this series reading the latest (Dark Slayer) which is far into the series and enjoyed it fairly well. I'll write a review for that another time. Then I went to the beginning and started the series from there. This third installment in the series is my fourth dark book and in many ways I found it insufferable.

First the two things I liked about the book. I like the character of Aiden. He's quite likable and, although he's what is turning out to be so typically alpha(to the idiot power) mal...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
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Tania
This is probably one of the few Carpathian books where you get a feel for their day to day lives. As Alex recovers from her attack and adjusts to her new life you can feel both Aidan's reluctance to push her further than he has to and his need for her to hurry up and get with the plan.

For all the vampire attacks and creepy bosses this is a very tender story of a really nice couple. (that almost sounds insulting but I don't mean it that way). If he wasn't so Carpathian, I'd almost say Aiden's a b...more
Carolyn F.
Re-read 2nd time by audiobook

These women are too stupid to live, literally. Yes, they're rescued from the bad guys. Yes, things were done to make sure she lived. But does she appreciate it, no, she fights and hurts everyone and would rather die than live with a man who has been kind to her and has been wonderful to her brother. I feel so sorry for these Carpathian men!

Jessica Hatfield
I love this story I think it is so funny. Love how Aidan uses alex's lil brother its so cute the daddy son like way they interact. This book is cute and funny I only thing I had a problem with is Alex got on my nerves the way she fought against what she was and how she was feeling pulling stupid stunts but over all good book
Selin
Orjinal post için
Bloguma bakabilirsiniz :)) Feehan ve onun mıymıntı kızları ve onun peygamber sabırlı erkekleri...
Yok kardeşim ne zor karakterler gördümde ben bu kız gibisini görmedim! O nasıl bir inattırı geçtim çoktan hangi insan gider kendini zorla tiksindiği babası yaşında bir adama aşık etmeye çalışır ki? Hele de say say bitmez tonla özelliği olan katalogdan fırlamış gibi Aidan dururken?
Yani tamam Aidan'ı istemiyorsun gıcığın var ama Thomas'la olmak sana ne kazandıracak? diye bütün kitap ka...more
Debbie
An important job interview for Alexandria Houton ended in a nightmare. Witnessing a vampires destruction and then being taken by him along with her younger brother Joshua, Alex had no idea what this monster wanted with her. The appearance of Aidan Savage did not make her feel any better. He seemed to be the same kind of monster and his treatment of her wasn’t much better. They had both done awful things to her that made her feel pain, but Aidan had taken her and her brother to his house and seem...more
Lisa
So far, this is my favorite of the Carpathians Series. It seems that Alexandria and Aidan get to know each other before they have sex (what a concept); she doesn't seem as whiny, and he doesn't seem as demanding. I also enjoyed the relationship Aidan has with his human family and Alex's brother Joshua, a cute little boy wanting to be a man who definitely looks up to Aidan as his role model. The only complaint I have about the book is that the author never finishes Alex's story line with Thomas I...more
Beth F.
Creamy heat. Moist heat. Slick heat.

NO! NO! NO! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

"Heat" as a synonym for "vag" just joined "scrotum" on my list of no-no words.

Gross.

And as if that wasn't bad enough, I still can't stand Feehan's namby-pamby heroines. I lost count of how many times I wished I could lay a violent hand on Alexandria.
Veronica
This is the 3rd instalment of the Dark Series books. Here we are told the story of Aidan and Alexandria. What I liked about this book was that Aidan had a male rival which was a first! In the other books the female had only the Carpathian males around them but in this book there was someone called Ivan who was trying to give Aidan a run for his money (and loosing he did not stand a chance!) There were some laugh out moments in this book like when Maria, the housekeeper,gave the flowers that Ivan...more
Carrie Olguin
I loved the first book in the series so much that I was seriously disappointed in this story, most of the problems was a heroine who was TSTD.

The heroine is supposed to be an independant American Woman, career minded, dedicated to her family (of one six-year-old brother). But independance is not another another word for stupid.

The heroine and her brother are living in poverty. At the opening, the heroine has to attend a job interview at a resturaunt -- at night?-- and the babysitter is too drun...more
HÜLYA
Kara Altin harikaydi su ana kadar serideki bence en güzel kitapti. Aidan ve Alexandria'nin macerasini soluksuz okudum.
Alex'in tipik günümüz kadinlarina özgü özgürlük inadi,dik kafaliligi Aidan'i zaman zaman yorsada engin sabri ile gerilimli anlarini risksiz en az zarar görerek kapatmalarina sevindim dogrusu.
Serinin en kadim üyesi Grogori'nin yardimi ile zor günlerini hasarsiz ve dahada güçlenerek atlatmalari cok özeldi.Gelecek maceramizin kahramaninin hikayesini bir an önce okumak istiyorum.
Y...more
Connie
I loved this one about Aidan Savage. In the beginning there was a lot of badness and I was worried this might be a real dark one, but Aidan was definitely a bright light. Alexandria was also a very strong woman and I liked that she wanted to remain "normal". There was definitely good versus evil in this one and Ms. Feehan kept you wanting to read the next page. To find out how the ending was going to be.

This one didn't have a lot about the Carpathian Family, but only the ways of the Carpathians...more
Stephanie
Jan 06, 2010 Stephanie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Aidan Savage and Alexandria Houton

Aidan is one of the strongest Carpathians along with his twin brother Julian savage. Julian savage's story is in Book 5: Dark Challenge.

This book is about a rescue that infuriates strong independent Alexandria. The characters come together wonderfully that gives you hope and faith in real life situations. Others say that Christine feehan's books are alike and they are correct. They revolve around different people finding their life-mates but each book is differ...more
Sirenprincess
I really hated this book. I absolutely love books 1 and 2 in this series. This one was not only disappointing, but almost unreadable. The male domination theme was always there in the previous books, but it was tempered with strong female characters and very heavy male angst. Without those elements, this book just seems like overbearing male and that's all. This really disappointed me because I really liked Aidan in the previous books. I know he has angst that he could show us, but it just wasn'...more
Jean Tatro
After the first two this one was something of a disappointment. I liked the side characters, and really liked the heroine, but the hero annoyed me. Mostly his constant manipulations of a child's mind really didn't sit well with me, and we're told how hard his life has been without seeing it like in the first two.

The plot is so-so, and pretty much non-existent for most of the book. That the initial plot is never resolved also annoys me, because I wanted to see a resolution. The prose is as good...more
Heidi
Just reread a little bit of this. The whole premise of this series is a lot of controlling men, but this is a bit too much.

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Forced conversion, kidnapping, brainwashing, using a younger sibling/child as a hostage, 'man of the house' stylings on the part of a 6 year old.... it just went way too far with the weak woman stylings. I had to set it aside, and I don't know if I'll be able to pick up another book of this series ever again. Some of her series have some pretty strong, kick-ass hero...more
TJ
This one really should be a 3.5/5.0. I liked it better than a 3 but just didn't love it enough for a 4.

I loved Aiden's character in this story. He was all Carpathian but with the patience and kindness one would want in such a dominant driven race. He put up with SO much from Alex with losing his control. Alex, on the other hand is the reason I couldn't give this 4 stars. Understandably, her situation would be horrible to try and figure out but it seems instead of trying, she consciously chose to...more
Beate
Review 2008:
A rather dull storyline. Everything was kinda given from chapter 3. No real big surprises. The previous books were a lot better. I devoured the other books, I had a hard time getting through this one.

Review 2010:
A little better on 2nd read than originally. Still not the best of the Carpathian books. I was put off by how everyone practically worshipped the kid from the second they met him. It just didn't read true. I know, I know - this is fantasy fiction, not really real. It's just o...more
C.J. Corbin
This is book number 3 in her Carpathian series. More of the same, only the names were changed. Alpha male captures his lifemate. Lifemate doesn't want anything to do with him. Finally they have earth shattering sex and she suddenly decides that he is her whole world. What?? This time a human man was introduced as a possible foil ... but alas, he simply disappears from the book. Gone. Poof. No explanation. Did Feehan forget about the character? I don't know. Meh. The story lines aren't interestin...more
Lynetta
A change of plans

I wanted to begin this 24 book series in the listed order but things happen and plans change so I began with what's available to me. Dark Gold is book number three in this Dark Carpathians series and the second book I've read in the series. Gratefully each book is captivating enough that a cliff hanger ending is not necessary to get you to the next book. What I like most in this series is the fearlessness and devotedness of the male Carpathians to their life mate. Carpathians ar...more
Angela
Although I did enjoy this story, I agree with CandyDarling and Auglaise (I read this as a bookring on Bookcrossing) with the feeling I have read it all before. The same characters over and over. I do like Feehan's writing style, but I am getting annoyed with the "beautiful independent virgins" and the "chavaunistic Carpathian males" -- they say there aren't many female Carpathians around, but doesn't say there are none. So, how bout a "Hunky Male Virgin" and the "independent Female Carpathian"??...more
Jessica
This book is probably one of my favorites in the series. The wordplay between the 2 characters is hilarious and lightens up the series a little to balance out the darkness of the general story line. The characters in this story are all very likable, especially the heroine's little brother who is adorable. This series is relatively predictable and alot of people have issues with that but hey they work and why mess with a good formula is my opinion. Excellent book from an excellent author
Diann
I read a few of the short stories in this series a couple of years ago and enjoyed them. My mom had read the entire series and it was back when paranormal romance was just taking off. She said if I can get through the very heavy redundant formula romance part and just read the series to get to know the history of the characters, she said it's worth reading. The first book was so difficult to read because nothing really was new page after page. It really felt like it could have been reduced to a...more
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“You're in love, my old friend, and that is the downfall of all good men.” 5 likes
“I’m used to doing things my way, and Aidan is set in his medieval ways.”
“What’s medieval?” Joshua wanted to know.
“Ask Aidan. He’s good with answers,” she replied resentfully.
“Medieval refers to the days of knight and ladies, Joshua. Alexandria thinks I would have made a great knight. They were men who served their homeland with honor and always recued and took care of their fair maidens.” Aidan drained the contents of a third glass of ruby liquid. “A fitting description, and quite a compliment. Thank you, Alexandria.”
Stefan coughed behind his hand, and Marie hastily turned to look out the window.
Alexandria found a reluctant smile curving her soft mouth. “That’s not all I could call you, but for now, we’ll leave it at medieval.
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