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Dark Guardian

(Dark #8)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  20,305 ratings  ·  427 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2002 by Leisure Books
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Dark Angel Stars

First read July 2012 Reread January 26, 2016
Reread Feb 3, 2017


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"I am your lifemate, young one. You have no idea what that means, and you are not Carpathian, so I expect a certain amount of resistance from you." Lucian rubbed his chin over the top of her head. "I promise you I will be as gentle and as patient as I can, but I cannot wait long for you. The emotions I am feeling do not tame the wild beast within me."-Lucian

Dark Guardian is the 9th book in the Dark series
Sophia Triad
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucian Daratrazanoff and Jaxx 

Your mind knows me. Your heart and soul recognize me." His thumb caressed the perfect line of her cheekbone tenderly just because he loved the feel of her skin beneath his. "I must bind us together, Jaxon, I have no other choice. It would be dangerous to wait. I am sorry that I cannot give you more time.

Lucian is one of the legendary Daratrazanoff twins, the darkest one. When his brother Gabriel found his lifemate, Lucian was finally ready to face the dawn and

I didn't like it. After 70% of the audiobook I couldn't keep listening.
So boring, uninteresting and repetitive. The whole time, the story went around in circles with barely any evolution.
The main characters are brainless and very simple minded. It was painful to me how Jaxx couldn't make a logical or rational decision.

I have read several books of this series by now, and although I enjoyed the first ones back when I started reading romance, right now I have more experience and thus I have
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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 ...more
Caution there will be mild spoilers...and cursing - A LOT more than normal!

Sweet baby Jesus I finally finished this fucking story! (I really wish I knew how to add pictures because I could express my feelings better!)

Anyway, now I will explain my ridiculous statement above.

This book was cruising along at a 3 star because the heroine was so annoying and I was bored silly with her antics. She never admitted to feelings for Lucian until the last 5-10%. She pushed him away and even went so far as
Dec 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
May 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
<< Lucian Daratrazanoff, France, Present Day
Lucian threatens Francesca, Gabriel's lifemate. Gabriel strikes a deadly injury. At the time of the attack, he realizes Lucian is not a vampire. When Lucian's powers weaken, Gabriel rushes to close the wound he inflicted on his brother. Francesca tells Lucian he has a lifemate. She tells him he must find his lifemate and remove her from danger.

<< Jaxon Montgomery, Present Day
Jaxon and her partner, Barry Radcliff, are police officers.
Chitra *CJ*
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Dark Guardian" is the story of Lucian and Jackson.
Lucian is the twin of Gabriel, who we learned from the last book is not yet a vampire and is actively looking for his lifemate, his redemption.
He finds it in Jaxon, the police officer with a tragic past and a psychotic step father, who puts everyone near her in danger.
From there it follows the regular Carpathian path of mating, conflicts, bad guys, realizations, love and HFNs.
I was quite excited to get a kickass strong heroine,fearing it will go
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
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Dark Guardian is my least favorite of the Dark series, which overall is quite good. Most of my GR friends rated this as 4 or 5 stars, so keep that in mind. I just did not feel a lot of chemistry between Jaxon and Lucian. The plot was tremendously slow getting off the ground. The first time that I attempted the book (>1 year ago) I stopped at about 50%, a point at which Jaxon was still denying that Lucian could possibly have supernatural abilities or that she could be his lifemateeven though ...more
Carinae L'etoile
Aug 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Loved Lucian's story! He deserved some happiness. This was a great read!!
4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I liked both Jaxon and Lucian very much and enjoyed seeing them become a couple as well as partners.

Jaxon was born to a father that was special forces and he taught her those skills from a very young (almost as soon as she could walk) age. She took to it naturally and liked training better than anything else. Jaxon's father was killed early in her life and she lost the rest of her family and then her foster family. All this was
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
T.J. Shaw
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
Ahhhh, this was such a great read! Lucian is a fantastic hero and virtually unstoppable. Hes 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 couldnt wait to read Lucians story in DARK GUARDIAN. Lucian is probably one of my favorite Carpathians, ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audios-read
Book 9. Online library MP3 download to my cellphone. This book is Part 2 (after Book 8) and involves the other twin, Lucian Daratrazanoff (brother of Gabriel). I really liked this one! Of course that means a more complicated plot, character development and of course, moral dilemmas! Lucian and Jaxon Montgomery are the main characters. Jaxon is haunted by a sick and abusive stepfather who has killed everyone close to Jaxon. Lucian has had to convince his twin that he had 'turned.' It was all a ...more
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 portrayed 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?". ...more
Oct 20, 2013 added it
Love Carpathians :)amazing how they can shape shift & almost seem invincible at times.
I love Lucian and Jaxon!

Badass hunter finds his lifemate, who turns out to be a badass cop. A perfect match.

I loved how he helped her through the challenges she faced. I loved that she was so sweet and didnt let that monster make her hard and cold.

This is my favorite book so far. But Im pretty sure Ive said that quite a few times already. :D

I am so loving this series and question my sanity in waiting so long to read it!
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books
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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Pat Cromwell
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I last re-read this, but this re-read has proved to me this is still one of my favourites in Feehan's Dark Series.

Here we get Lucian Daratrazanoff and Jaxon Montgomery, who are seriously a perfect fit and team. Jaxon's strength and character meant she's a strong leading female, and I loved that Lucian found her to be an unexpected delight as a lifemate, and didn't try and alter her. Lucian is seriously hot, seductive, and bad-ass, but also thoughtful, giving Jaxon
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked Lucian a lot more than I have liked most of the other males from this series. Yes he was all caveman and forced his will but thats just what they do. It's a story not real life. And he seemed to feel guilty when he did it and the only times I remember him doing it was when he wanted Jax to drink from him. Is that right? maybe thats wrong. But if thats the case then he's better than the rest of them. Plus he was kinda funny and I liked that about ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is the story of the legendary ancient Carpathian Lucian, twin brother to Gabriel (whose story was book 8) who had given up ever finding his lifemate. Last minute hope given by his brothers wife Francesca, who tells him that his lifemate exists and he will find her, he goes to America where he meets herJaxon Montgomery, a hard working, tough cop with a traumatic child and is now being stalked by an evil serial killer
Lucian, gorgeous and seductive begins helping her overcome her trauma and
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Lyndi W.
Oct 06, 2016 marked it as d-n-f
This was a torturous 29%, man. Jaxx is an idiot. A total, complete, TSTL idiot. She refuses to listen to the answers to the questions she asks. She refuses to believe what she's seeing with her very own eyes. She refuses to accept logic.

Oh but wait, she does accept responsibility for all the awful things that happen to other people, things she had zero control over. And she does accept the fact that Lucian is a two thousand year old non-human vampire hunter. But she refuses to believe he could
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 70 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series 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 Prince received ...more

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