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Dark Desire

(Dark #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  30,419 ratings  ·  891 reviews
They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...

The stranger silently summons her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispers of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran can feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she aches to heal him,
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Leisure Books (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
reread oct 27, 2020
Some Spoilers

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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 an
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
Sep 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Sophia Triad
Jacques Dubrinsky and Shea O'Halloran

He was a creature of the night. The dark was his home. Yet now, in his agony, it was his enemy. There was only pain and silence. Always before, he was the one who chose whether to stay in the darkness, in the healing soil. Now he was a prisoner, locked away, with the soil just out of reach. Comfort should have been his, was near, yet always the wood of the coffin prevented his body from touching what would eventually have healed his wounds.

Love, love, lov
"Sometimes, wild man, you break my heart" -Shea to Jacques

There is something so darn alluring about Christine Feehan`s way of writing stories.It is so obvious that she loves to write and that passion of writing shows in every page."Dark Desire" is the second instalment in the paranormal romance "Dark"-series about the vampire breed Carpathians that turns into cold blooded and heartless vampires if they don`t meet their lifemates.Carpathians are being hunted and killed all around the world,and th
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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, t

I'm not sure why I'm compelled to read this series.

It's all talk and no action!

Yes, this book is kinda uniqe in a world of vampires, written pretty well in an old-fashioned way, with a fiercely protective and possessive alpha hero and stubborn heroine. True mates trope with no OM/OW drama.

But for the love of God, nothing happens.

To summarize this book and the heroine:

Mommy issues...

Daddy issues...

Carpathian lifestyle issues...

Commitment issues....

I will continue with this series in the fut
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok

Dark Prince didn’t exactly win me over. But I was so intrigued by Gregori that I continued on.

This book was more of the same. I know it has a lot of amazing reviews. And again maybe if I’d read this 20 years ago mine might have been one of them. Instead I found it boring. Loads of repetition.

This seems to be a thing with this author. Her books are long but I end up skimming at least a third.

I’m hoping the next one is better.
Apr 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
Shelves: romance, vampires, 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
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 l
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!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Shelves: paranormal
*****4.5 Stars*****
Chitra *CJ*
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Jacqueline's Reads
3 This series isn’t for me Stars

I wasn’t going to give this series another go, but I thought maybe it would be better in audio format.

First off, the narrator Abby Carden was pretty good. Her voice is mature and she does really great voice transitions. She kind of has a breathy voice so you do get the emotional part of her reading. She can read at a slow pace, but since she acts out everything it didn’t hinder my reading experience.

The first half of the book was fine. I was listening to it in on
Luana ☆
May 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Hmmmm I didn't like the main couple. Simple as that. Based on the first book I thought I would love the hero but he was like someone else completely, I know he was tortured and everything, but... And the heroine was so hysterical, for someone with a scientist mind and already living the truth of her not being a normal human, I would have expected her to be better.

It just started to be nice when the people from the first book appeared and I loved seen more in depth the healing process of their s
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jacques is betrayed by someone he knows, and then tortured by human butchers. Shea O'Halloran is a surgeon who is on the run from dangerous fanatics, who want to take her for scientific experimentation. She flees to the Carpathian mountains, where she continues her research into her blood disorder. She feels drawn to the woods and a burnt-down dwelling. Beneath the dirt she finds a trap door. It leads to a cellar where she digs into the dirt and finds a coffin. Inside the coffin is Jacques, her ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series has so much potential. The Carpathian race is so interesting and the premise is intriguing.
What I can’t get past in these books is the physical and emotional manipulation of the female protagonists through sexual pleasure.
The Carpathian race is predominately male. Since females in this race are very rare and the males have an instinct to protect these females from harm. Awww, cute, right? Wrong. The males force their will onto the females, through a mental connection, when they are
I read this years ago. Revisiting the series in audio.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3 Stars
This book was much more enjoyable than the first, and the hero was not a complete moron like the one in the first book, but I still had a problem with the way he lured Shea into sleeping with him the first time. It felt like a rape to me, especially after what she faced the night before, it was like he used her even though she said no. I'm beginning to dislike the author way of thinking when it comes to bending the women will. I don't care if this was a Paranormal read and the hero is su
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
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 80 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series, Shadow Riders and Torpedo Ink. All of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark ...more

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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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