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Sombres désirs (Dark #2)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  23,755 Ratings  ·  701 Reviews
La chirurgienne Shea O’Halloran est étrangement attirée jusqu’aux confins des Carpates, appelée par une voix profonde et masculine, qui semble faire partie d’elle-même. Arrivée au royaume, Shea découvre un homme ravagé et enragé. Par quels sombres désirs est habité ce bel étranger et pourquoi l’avoir fait venir auprès de lui ? Fera-t-il d’elle sa bienfaitrice, sa proie ? O ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 4th 2012 by J'ai Lu (first published December 1st 1999)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Wild Man Stars

First read June 2012 Reread January 10, 2016
Reread January 22, 2017
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"You aren't getting ready to bite me again, are you? I've got to tell you, there isn't a place on my body that isn't sore." She flashed him a wan smile. "Just out of curiosity, your rabies shots are up to date, aren't they?" -Shea

Dark Desire the 2nd book in the Dark Series was better then the first book. This book was darker, but I loved Jacques and Shea more than I did Raven and Mikhail which is say
Beth F.
Will someone please explain to me how a couple can have sex when he’s on top and she’s on the bottom and her jeans are pushed down but still around her ankles? Because frankly, I really don’t think that is humanly possible. If she was bent over, alright. Or if they were really stretchy pants with an elastic waistband, maybe. Or if the jeans are only around one ankle but have completely slipped off the other, definitely. But if they’re hiding out in a secret Carpathian cave and they are immediate ...more
Why did I read the second one when I thought the first one was meh? Sometimes I don't understand myself. I need some psychiatric care. Much like the heroes in this book. Total nutjobs. And, while I admit that nutjobs can be entertaining sometimes, I just found this tedious.

First of all, the caveman attitude of these not-vampires is annoying. So, you will die if she leaves you. Blah, blah, blah. Poor you! Maybe she has better things to do than to help you hold on to your tenuous grip on your sani
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Dark Prince but this book is just more of the same thing. I am Carpathian hierarchy and not a Vampire and still they are having problems getting a life-mate just wanted more drama more action, i was expecting more and i think this is where i do not go any further in the series. There are so many good books to read at the moment.
Man what an emotional book....his constant predatory watching eyes..heroine had nowhere to escape... She was glued to him and he made sure of that! What a Hero! Loyal, faithful, fiercely protective, possessive and attentive to every heroines needs...
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Some of the scenes were very graphic in nature and they made me a bit uncomfortable, especially the Heroes capture and the god what he had to go through and all that was done to him whilst he was alive! Poor Hero, the loneliness, the
Apr 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
Shelves: vampires, romance, fiction
I like the ideas behind this series, but the writing style puts me off a little. Too much of the focus is on the romance, and not enough on the events or the plot. It was very repetitive at times; again and again, we have to listen to beautiful Jacques thinks Shea is and how people are feeling toward one another. Normally I love that sort of thing, but it was too much for me. I also found the dialogue somewhat lacking. Still, I'm moderately into the series still. I'm most interested in reading G ...more
I loved this book! So well written! Jacques was an awesome hero and I loved everything about him! Shea was a great heroine as well, but I did get a little tired of her wanting to leave Jacques. So far this series is wonderful!
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
★Book Basics★

Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - Book 2 in the Series. Jacques is the brother of Mikhail from Dark Prince
Writing - Third person, Dual POV.
Main Characters :Shea O'Halloran - a surgeon who is on the run, from "vampire" hunters. Is doing research into a blood disorder she thinks she has.
Jacques Dubrinsky - Carpathian Male, tortured and trapped. He has a mental connection to Shea during his imprisonment. Tortured to the point of madness, he has no memories of his life befo
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
There is something about the way that Christine Feehan writes. I think she really pours her heart into her stories. There is so much intensity there. This was a really interesting, enjoyable read. I can't say it's my favorite Feehan because I am so in love with the Ghostwalkers. But I must say that Feehan's take on vampires really captivated me and sucked me in. I find that I am becoming a big fan of vampire romance, and this book probably helped to push me over the edge.

Jacques is one tortured
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
*****4.5 Stars*****
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe-for-me, pnr, series
Re read via audible

Prior comments:

3.5 stars. I am giving this less than 4 stars because I liked the first book better and it was 4 stars for me. But it is still worth rounding up.

I loved the continuation of the story, although I was a little lost until I figured out how long it had been since the end of book 1, Dark Prince. I was surprised by the length of time between books. I mean times were desperate and Mikail and Raven still had not tried to have a child? What was up with that? Anyway, onc

Originally read Fall 2014

RE-READ June 16 2015:

Still loved this and could see myself reading it again in the future (after a long break). Why do I love it so? I am not sure I will be able to put it into words but something about Jacques, the very tortured hero, just captured me and held tight until the end. He was a truly tormented character; his psychic/emotional/physical need for Shea was palpable. Shea was just amazingly forgiving, giving, unselfish, caring and a bunch of other positive quali
Chitra *CJ*
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safety-first, v-card
"Dark Desire" is the story of Shea and Jacques.

Years ago, Jacques was captured trying to save Raven, stabbed, tortured mercilessly and buried alive, blindfolded. As the trauma makes him lose his memory and sense of time, he reaches out to the unknown for help.. and finds ears in a female far away.

7 years ago, medicine resident Shea woke up with the most excruciating pain of been "stabbed in the chest" and since then while she's become a surgeon, she hears and dreams of a male who unbending-ly ke
Kind of liked it. This was super intense and gory with an unusual amount of violence for a novel that's primarily a romance. In fact, it was a little distracting and I couldn't really get into the love story of the two leads as much as I would've liked. Also, some chapters were a little boring/tedious to read with too much of an emphasis on the 'Carpathian' way of life. The H Jacques and the h Shea were ok and made a decent couple.

Three stars.
I liked this one better than the first (which I enjoyed). This is PNR, so you have to be able to suspend disbelief. Also, these are quite violent PNRs. I love horror, so it's a great combo for me. However, the violence could be a little much for someone who's not a fan.

This has been mentioned over and over in reviews and I'll just briefly re-iterate here. These novels are fairly repetitive. They seem to follow this pattern, so far.

Modern-minded, yet virginal heroine meets ancient, controlling po
Tilly Slaton
Dark Desire is the Carpathian story of Jacques and Shea.

Jacques story is extremely intense and incredibly brutal. Captured by vampire hunting fanatics, he is held prisoner for over 7 years. Tortured. Complete agony. After so many years, the physical wounds can heal but the mental ones have made him deadly dangerous and unpredictable.

Sensing the presence of a female, he believes her as his betrayer. He sees in color. He knows she is his lifemate. The rage festering his insides lashes out at her,
Varied Books
4.25 Beautiful love story stars

I read this book years ago but never reviewed it.

One of my favorite books by CF. One of her early books so the sex was meh. The writing was awesome. I felt connected to the story. I loved the H. The h was ok she annoyed me because she didn't want the assholes to suffer or die.

The h was everything to the H. You could feel his love for her.
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I don't understand what all the fuss is about over this series.
The women are pathetic, the men are ridiculously needy, and the plotline is weak. Having said that, I did at least finish it, so it must have something about it. What I'm not sure of.

The character of Shea really bothers me. She digs Carpathian Jacques out of the wall and even though he attacks her she still feels the need to help him out. As you do. Seriously, the women need to be much stronger than they are. If I had an overbearing
While this installment of the Carpathians is engaging, it didn't live up to the first. It is darker, Jacques (who is the charming younger brother in book one) has been held and tortured for sevens years and left for dead. He comes out of the experience barely hanging on to his sanity and with a vicious streak a mile wide. The story still has it's twists and turns along with an interesting (if rather dysfunctional) love story, which keeps it moving and would earn it a 3.5 star rating.
I luv the Carpathians.

I almost never read a series of books in order! I read this bk#2 in the Dark series after I read Dark Magic (in my undisciplined haste to get to Gregori's bk).

The thing is, when meeting Jacques, in Dark Prince, I didn't pay him any attention. He was just important b/c he was a Dubrinsky. No telling idiosyncrasies, no apparent Wooh-ha factor.

Yet, this book, Jacques' story, started very well. Jacques dueled w/ betrayal, loss, psychosis and obsession, and I still didn't get ho
Soooooo disappointed in this book. All the reviews I've read go on and on about how this is such a great vampire series. Frankly, the same complaints I had about Twilight could be applied to this book. The main character keeps telling everyone what a strong, independent person she is, but the whole book is about her doing whatever this guy wants, and usually against her will. And it's *creepy*. Not in the good way. In the weird Appalachian Deliverance kinda way.

Overall, this book left me with a
3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. Shae and Jacques made a good couple and their story was enjoyable.

Shea is a very skilled doctor and she's focused her talents on finding the cure to a rare blood disease she inherited from her father. Shea has never met her father as he disappeared before she was born. This led to an unfortunate childhood for Shea because her mother lost touch with reality without her love and barely took care of Shea. Because of this, Shea swore to never to become involv
Jacques and Shea

Better than book 1, 4.5 stars
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscura
Mucho mejor que el primero. Con este ya estas metida en el mundo de los carpatianos. Hay un montón de drama. Shea, ha sufrido por no entender lo que es, pero lo que sufre Jacques durante tantos años no está escrito.

Me gusta ver como les va a los protagonistas del libro anterior. Te deja con muchas ganas de conocer más a Gregori. Me sorprende que tenga tanta seguridad sobre quién en su alma gemela y no lo dude en ningún momento. Pero para tener respuestas a estas cosas, todavía me queda en libro
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Audiobook - DNF

I only got about 30% in. It was just drawn out and didn't hold my attention. I know some people really loved this, some hated it. Oh well. To each his own.
Maybe if I had started with the first book instead I would have liked it better, but this was the earliest one available for audio at my library.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the plot of this book and was so glad to see Raven and the other characters from the first book. Great 2nd book in a series. The only thing I didn't like is the many type errors I found throughout the book. I'm starting on the third this week.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

Dark Desire bk2 in Christine Feehans Dark Series. This about my 7th re read or maybe more. This is Jacques Dubrinsky's story brother to Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky and leader of the Carpathian Immortal people. Carpathians don't consider themselves as Vampires but an Immortal race of being with extraordinary powers. They can shape shift into any animal or bird. They can turn into mist, rain and even the wind. They do survive on blood and hunt Vampires what they
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“What we need, Mikhail, is Raven’s calming influence. You look about as reassuring as a Bengal tiger."

"Oh, and you look like a bunny rabbit," Mikhail scoffed.

This is based off a re-read.

The Carpathian series is a little silly and repetitive, but they are guilty pleasure type books that get me in the mood to re-read sometimes. Following Dark Prince, where Mikhail, the prince of the Carpathians found his lifemate in Raven, now it's Jacques's turn. Instead of finally finding "the one", he's been t
Shana (ReadingVixen)
I almost didn't finish this one. I slogged on through, because I know there are a ba-zillion more in this series, and I want to get to the 3rd one, since most of the time, the 3rd book is the "charm."

But, man..."Dark Desire" was really pissing me off. How can a man -- I don't care if he's Carpathian or not -- how can a man tell a woman he only wants her happiness, puts her above all others, is looking out for her, etc., and then FORCE her to accept HIS way of thinking, HIS way of doing things, H
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“We could get kinky and see how bats and rats make love, he suggested in a whisper, warm breath against her neck.
You are a sick man, Jacques. Very, very sick.”
“I love you.” He grinned unexpectedly, traced he lower lip with the tip of a finger. “What is more, I know you love me. You hide it from yourself, but I found it in a little corner, tucked away in your mind.”
Shea stared up at the teasing smile on his face, then pushed at the solid wall of his chest. “You’re making that up.”
Jacques moved off her, then reached down to pull her to her feet. His clothes were scattered everywhere, and he made no move to retrieve them. Shea’s shirt was still hanging open, and her jeans were down around her ankles. Blushing, she pulled them up. His hand stayed hers, preventing her from fastening them. “Do not bother, Shea. The pools are just ahead.” He walked a few feet, then looked back over his shoulder. “I did not make it up, and I know you are staring at my backside.”
Shea tossed her mane of red hair so that it flew in all directions. “Any woman in her right mind would stare at your particular backside, so you don’t need to add that to your arrogant list of virtues. And stay out of my mind unless you’re invited.” She was staring, but she couldn’t help it. He was so beautifully masculine.
Jacques reached behind him and captured her hand, lacing their fingers together. “But I find the most interesting things in your mind, my love. Things you do not have any intention of telling me.”
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