Tuesday 21 February 2012

Book Review: Dark Secret

Book Title: Dark Secret
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 383
Cost; $ 7.99
How I Got it: from personal library
Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers, and with each passing year his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker until finally there's barely been a memory left-until only sheer willpower keeps him from turning into the very abomination he hunts. But it'll take more than will to keep him away from the woman who is meant to be his and his alone…
For five years, rancher Colby Jansen has been the sole protector of her younger half-siblings, and with fierce determination and work she has kept her family together and the ranch operational. Now, the De La Cruz brothers are threatening that stability. They claim that her siblings belong with their father's family, not with her. Colby vows to fight them-especially the cold and arrogant Rafael De La Cruz. But Rafael is after more than her family-he wants Colby and will not let anything stand between them. After ages of loneliness, the raw desire to possess her overwhelms his very soul, driving him to claim her as his lifemate…. (from Christine's site)
My take on the book:
I'm beginning to sense a theme in these books...centuries old Carpathian men who think they can get away with anything; young women yanked into a world they weren't aware of, & vampires hell bent on running amok. Throw in some smoking hot sex scenes, lots of magic, some adventure = pretty good story.

Colby?? Vacilitates between knowing her own mind & being childish, Rafeal?? Is just a Carpathian male. Together? they manage to bring out the best & the worst in each other. Rafael is doing his best when he discovers his mate is bossy know it all human who doesn't listen or do anything he tells her; Colby is an independent, stubborn young woman struggling to keep her head above water; she is however trying to do her best for her siblings & that means she's not exactly looking for someone to settle down with. She is about the business of doing what needs to be done.

Unlike so many of the other stories I both liked & disliked this story, there were moments where I wished to shake Rafael for the things he would do, he didn't really listen to her & was really only thinking of how the lifemate thing worked out for him, not so much about how it affected his lifemate.  I love the fact that they have to work to build their relationship, & that Rafael learns that eternity just may mean sleeping in the dog house for centuries, because Dragonseeker's can hold grudges for that long.  The realism within the story makes it even more amazing, seeing that Colby isn't just a random needs to be rescued young woman but a woman in charge made me like her. Although sometimes she did things that made me want to shake her as well.

I particularly like the villains in this story, before they were just there not really enhancing the story but just as a way to highlight the superiority of the Carpathian males who had found lifemates, now we are beginning to see some of what they were before they became vampires, I mean they are supposed to be once great Carpathians why all of a sudden they can't do anything except become cannon fodder??.

This book took you on a bit of a role coaster ride, but a good one, one you look back fondly on and may repeat in the future.This is a really good repeat read, & I find myself fast becoming obsessed with the Carpathian world. I really want to read Nicolas's story as well as Vikirnoff. I totally love that as the story goes on Mrs. Feehan enhances it by adding on more elements, more history, more families, while still mentioning the other stories, & the other great Carpathian hunters & their mates.

Overall 5/5 for the story
5/5 for the love scenes

Enjoy & Happy Reading my loves


  1. Yep her men (And some of her women) need a good shake once in awhile. But isn't that true of everyone? Glad you enjoyed them.

    1. Thanks, OMGosh I just want to shake the heck out of some them so badly. LOL


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