Dark Guardian (Dark, #9)
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They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....

He ran with the wolves...materialized from the mists...hijacked the very heavens to his whims.

He was the dark guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of a bleak, soulless existence had he, Lucian Daratrazanoff, suddenly come to crave petite, curvy, colorful lady cop Jaxon M...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 31st 2002 by Leisure Books (first published May 1st 2002)
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Janeen
Did not care for this one. I didn't like the way the pov switched around. I didn't like that the millenia old European hero called the heroine "honey" even though he was European and really old.

There was too much telling for my taste. I also didn't like that the tough as nails heroine almost cries because the hero is kind to a wolf. And I didn't like the parts that read along the lines of "The wedding really was like a fairy tale" or "She realized she trusted him completely because he loved her...more
Susan
Dark Guardian is the story of legendary Carpathian hunter Lucian and his lifemate Jaxon.

I really liked this story. Jaxon (Jax for short) is a tough-as-nails, driven cop, and Lucian is the twin brother of Gabriel from book 8.

I really enjoyed the human element in this book. The human predator that has stalked Jax her entire life long is a former Navy SEAL. He is well-trained and fixated on Jax, and has dispatched everyone close to her. His threat is very real and continues throughout the the entir...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
One thing I love about these Carpathian books is they prove the adage: There is someone for everyone. Feehan sets the stage by showing Lucian as a young fledgling, seeing the devastation that his people face, and realizing his duty to his people. Then she shows Jaxon growing up and the beginning of a horrible obsession that her father's friend develops for her. Those parts were really shocking and I was surprised that Feehan didn't hesitate to show how truly crazy Drake was. My heart bled for po...more
Andrea Hussey
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
It's important to read Dark Legend before reading this book, as this one is about Lucian and follows on more or less directly from the previous book.

Lucian's only reason for staying alive is Francesca's assurance that his lifemate exists in the world and needs him. He spends the next couple of years looking for her and finds her in America (surprise surprise), a police officer called Jaxson with a tragic past: her family was all murdered by her father's best friend, Tyler Drake, a fellow SEAL wh...more
Carinae L'etoile
Old world? Yet kept calling her honey on every other page?!

I shouldn't have re-read this book. It pissed me off. The heroine's name alone was jarring and irritating - almost like she was deliberately given a masculine name to offset the ridiculously stupid abuse Feehan subjected her to.

I don't know where to begin with Lucian. It is almost like she wiped the slate clean with his character from Book 8. She completely made him modern but wanted to feel old fashioned by merely using the words "old w...more
Pat Cromwell
What I loved most about this book and what makes it the best so far for the emotional impact. This is the book with the emotional tug to your heart. Both Lucian and especially Jaxon had such sad beginnings. Knowing their toubled history made their coming together so much more exciting and heart warming. Yes, I am a whimp and I cried because of Jaxon's troubles as a young girl and the sacrifice that that Lucian made for what he remembered to be LOVE for his brother ... OMG I love Lucian and Jaxon...more
Kaleigha
This was a great entry into the Dark series by Christine Feehan. This is the story of Lucian, and his police-officer lifemate, Jaxon. Tormented by a psychotic man from her childhood, Jaxon is afraid to let anyone close to her. Lucian, fighting his dark nature for 2000 years, cannot stay away. When Jaxon is mortally wounded, only Lucian can save her and stop her pain.

Dark Guardian was for me much better than the previous entry, Dark Legend with Lucian's twin Gabriel and his lifemate Francesca. Wh...more
Nymphsin
Jan 17, 2009 Nymphsin rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of the series...
Recommended to Nymphsin by: I've been a long time fan.
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Angie
STOCKHOLM SYNDROME IS NOT ROMANTIC OR SEXY.

So, when I read Under the Blood Red Moon I mentioned that the plot seemed familiar: Manly Carpathian needs his soulmate. I couldn't for the life of me remember the author or books, but knew I'd read multiple of them earlier in life. I ran into this book at a humane society thrift store and thought, why not? I'll spend a buck for the animals and re-read this book and make sure it really is one of the ones I was thinking of before.

And it's terrible. It's...more
Carolyn F.
2nd time reading, this time by audiobook. I also have the paperback of this book.

As noted in the previous book, this one is narrated by Juanita Parker who has the "gift" of making every single heroine she narrates sound so irritating if they were in front of you, you'd slap them and then run away because their lifemate would be on your ass. I'm hoping this is the last book she narrates in this series. Please, Christine Feehan, please go back to Rebecca Cook!!!!!!! Amen!

Jaxx is saved by Lucien an...more
Debbie
The power that Lucian Daratrazanoff could wield was immense, but the power he came by naturally did not help him find the one thing that could make is existence more tolerable. Finding a lifemate was not the difficult part of his newest challenge, it was to convince a human women to become a part of a new existence. Running most of her life from a monster, Jaxon Montgomery was not prepared to find out just what kind of evil creatures really were a part of her world, she had the street smart and...more
Michelle
I get my cop!!!

Remember way back in Dark Prince I gave some things I wanted to see? I think I listed 4 separate things, but they were kind of a conglomerate. I wanted a Carpathian woman, and I've gotten that in Francesca - though I had more intended a woman converting a male.

Another thing I wanted was a cop. I had imagined it as part of this really vivacious woman, and Jaxon is definitely all that. She's spunky and driven, and mother fucking cop!!

Not at all the wait at home kinda gal that puts C...more
Rae
I'm simply glad that my neighbor lent this series to me--because I had such a difficult time connecting to the author's writing style when I read "Dark Prince". Thusfar, I've read 13 of the 15 Dark books...I can honestly say I enjoyed 4 of them. Next time someone that lives very close to me gives me books that come highly recommended, I'm going to remember this experience and just say "no thanks".

I find Mrs. Feehan's writing style difficult to embrace and extremely inconsistant. It's almost as t...more
Farah
Feb 28, 2014 Farah rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Will the real Lucian please stand up

It was a somewhat disappointing read , Lucian's character in the last book was much more compelling and had an air of menace and darkness not to mention he was incredibly smart , in this book he completely changed 180 degrees to something much more tame and different , he didn't seem like the same character that was in Dark Legend , yes I realize that in Dark legend there was a lot of pretense from his part but that doesn't mean he'd be completely different...more
Beate
Review 2008:
Honestly, I'm having a bit of a had time getting through this book. Feehan has tried in this book to be different to the previous books in this series. But I feel she's trying to hard, and it's not quite working out. What really bugs, is that she's taken a suppsedly strong heroine, and turned her to a weakling. Why? To what end?? This book really blows, unless it picks up for 2nd half, I'm going to stick with my 1/5 star review.

This was a very hard book to get through. Thank goodness...more
Oleta Blaylock
Lucian has always been one of my favorite Carpathians. He is the first that lets his lifemate take on a vampire which is a huge jump for this bunch of very protective, alpha males. He has also hung on for so long and worked so hard to save his brother that I was really hoping that he would find someone that would respect him and love him as much as he deserved. Jaxon is that woman. She has had so much death, misery and betrayal in her life I am surprised that she has stayed sane. While she hides...more
T.J. Shaw
Ahhhh, this was such a great read! Lucian is a fantastic hero and virtually unstoppable. He’s an ancient protector of his race who sacrificed the latter part of his existence to save his brother, Gabriel. I also read, DARK LEGEND, the previous book in the Carpathian series, which is mainly about Gabriel. But Ms. Feehan devoted so much attention to Lucian that by the time I finished it, I couldn’t wait to read Lucian’s story in DARK GUARDIAN. Lucian is probably one of my favorite Carpathians, alt...more
Rebecca Osborne
Like all the other Christine Feehan "Carpathian" novels this book is entertaining without having a lot of depth to it. The Carpathian novels are cookie cutter books that are loaded with a lot of sex. Not on the scale of Anita Blake as there are only two individuals involved. The Male character (who's name is Lucian) is extremely jealous, domineering individual who forces the compliance of his lifemate (Jaxxon) to keep her safe. What always (and I do mean always) infuriates me when reading these...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Jaxon’s father, mother and younger brother were murdered by her father’s, supposedly, best friend, Tyler Drake. Tyler Drake also murdered every man Jaxon showed interest in and any man who showed interest in her because Tyler Drake had been fixated on Jaxon since she was three years old. Lucian found his life-mate in Jaxon and though Jaxon was in love with Lucian, she feared for his life and was dedicated to protecting him since Lucian refused to leave her.

Author Christine Feehan is a pro at bl...more
Sara
Okay. I am now officially stating my intent to stop reading the Carpathians series. By declaring it like this, I hope to finally give up all hope on the series.

I believe I enjoyed the first book, but the rest, not so much. I get so tired of the "he could do no other" phrase. It is in every book on just about every 10 pages.

Those Carpathians have so much power and few limitations. It makes it hard for them to find any enemies that can best them which is kinda boring. The struggle in each book is...more
Shannon
For the first time in a Carpathian book the heroine got on my nerves. I'm not sure it is actually the character or the way the narrator protracted her but she is so WHINY!!!! Yes she could be brave when it came to fighting but the rest of the time whine, whine whine. I understand she had a lot of changes to make and they are by no means easy but she really was getting on my nerves when coming to grips with it. Oh and I did not care for the outcome with Drake, I agree with Jaxon, "That's it?". Al...more
Wendy Crisp
I was firmly against the idea of a woman cop. I still am. I read almost the entire series, 23/25 before this one for that reason. Lucian deserved better. The idea that a 20 something mortal woman thinks she can be as tough as the most powerful 2000+ year old carpathian hunter is stupid. End of story. However, the author did a fair job of covering this, as follows. Lucian is such a badass that he can fight, have her as a ridiculous distraction, and use her through telepathy to kill. Ok fine. This...more
Taralinda
I haven't written a review in a long time, but I felt compelled to write one for this book. I really wanted to love this book, but I find myself very disappointed.
Pros
Jaxon was pretty cool and a refreshing change from all of the previous female characters. I've found most of the other women in the series to be pretty meek and ultimately helpless because they're just too "compassionate," which has never made sense to me and seems outdated. She was totally game to fight with Lucian against vampir...more
Kathrynn
#9 in Carpathian series and one of my favorites! HOT! I really liked Lucian's character. Lucian is the twin brother to Gabriel (book #8) and this series should be read in order!!!!Jax was a very likeable character, too. Both learned how to give and take in the budding relationship.


KarenB
13.51 :I am on page 200.... soooo slow and a weakling whining annoying heroine.I don't know if I want to finish it.
Karen
Oct 20, 2013 Karen added it
Love Carpathians :)amazing how they can shape shift & almost seem invincible at times.
Meghann
I used to like Christine Feehan. I must have grown up since I last read her. I read this one and felt it was kind of creepy. A weird guy comes and kidnaps a woman and then tells her that she has to stay with him forever because he would die without her. Then she is like sure, my family has been killed off by one crazy lunatic and you seem creepy too, lets roll with it. So she just accepts him taking over her life without much of a fight. I don't know if it is because I have been through a lot si...more
Robin
If you like strong characters that belong together then this is the book to read. I totally loved Jaxon and hope to see her in future books. She is the first female we meet that actually helps Lucian fight vampires and she did a great job at it. I totally fell in love with Lucian and boy is he HOT! He was so accepting of what Jaxon was and how she wanted to help him hunt. These two made me laugh a lot. They had great a great sense of humor and yet they felt real to me and the problems that a new...more
Donna
Another one of my favourites. I especially enjoyed it for the different elements it contained compared to others in this series. The major villain in this book is a dangerous, highly skilled human rather than a vile ancient vampire. A well written, suspenseful introduction sets the stage for the conflict between Jaxon and the villain. The human heroine, Jaxon, is the equivalent of a modern day warrior. A highly trained and very skilled police officer, she does, unfortunately, fall prey to the fe...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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“Wolves? I should have known. Of course you have wolves. Doesn’t everybody?” She snapped her fingers. “The gun, Lucian. Hand it over. I’ve decided I have to shoot you after all. It’s the only way to preserve my sanity.” 80 likes
“I’m quite capable of walking,” she pointed out.
It is faster this way. Your legs are short.”
They are not!”
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