Review // Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

January 15, 2022

Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

Sex. A good-looking intense man with black, hungry eyes, and she fell like a lovesick calf. Sex. It ruined many otherwise sane women.

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Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

Standalone - Dark #2
Release - July 31, 2012
Genre - Paranormal Romance / vamps, carpathians, fated mates
Primarily Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat Level - 3 out of 5 / a few scenes
Format/Source - ebook borrowed from the library
Length - 416 pages
Publisher - Harper Collins

The stranger silently summoned her across the continents, across the seas. He whispered of eternal torment, of endless hunger . . . of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she ached to heal him, to heal herself.

Drawn to the far Carpathian mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And her soul trembled. For in his burning eyes, his icy heart, she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her. The imperious Carpathian male had compelled Shea to his side. But was she to be his healer. . . or his prey? His victim . . . or his mate? Was he luring her into madness . . . or would his dark desire make her whole?

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My Two Cents

2.5 "What did I just read?" stars

I'm going to be brutally honest here. I've never rated a CF book this low. However, this had to be my least favorite of all the books I've read from her, and I've read a lot.

I loved the author's letter to her readers. It made this book seem more personal. I adored how she couldn't let go of Jacques (and seriously, who could blame her). And the very beginning of this story, when Jacques was injured, on the brink of death, and slowly losing his mind... brilliant. It was everything else that made it all go sour.

Shea was absolutely horrible. It's just my opinion, but she ruined this story for me. Raven wasn't far behind. It also didn't help that there were so many voices fighting to be heard that it all got confusing sometimes. Who was speaking???

Once again, I enjoyed the story of the Carpathians. I loved the richness of their history, the fluidity of their movements, the invincibility of their bond. It was how ridiculous the women were that gave me trouble suspending belief. Every time I got sucked into the story, the supposedly cool and logical doctor was freaking out like a child. That's it! She was childish and I couldn't take her seriously.

Ah well, this story in no way deters me from continuing to read from this author. She writes such beautiful stories and has appeared in many of my "must have" and "best of" lists. I'll continue to work my way through her backlist and marvel over how much she has grown in her writing.

Jacques owned my heart in this novel and I can only hope he gets better. I miss the fun and carefree male I met in Dark Prince.

Shea! The call was loud, a flood of fear and confusion, an impression of strangling, of darkness and pain.
I’m here, Jacques.
Come back to me. I need you.
She smiled at the demand in his voice; her heart somersaulted at the raw truth in his voice. He never tried to hide anything from her, not even his elemental fear of her leaving him to face the darkness alone. Spoiled brat. She sent it tenderly. There’s no need to sound like the lord of the manor. I’ll be right in.
Just come to me. He was more relaxed now, beating back his fear of isolation. I do not want to wake alone.

I haven't looked ahead, but I hope to get Grigori's story soon. Knowing that Mikhail's child is his fated mate... I can't begin to imagine how all of that will turn out!


About the Author

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 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

IN HER WORDS: I've been a writer all of my life -- it is who I am. I write for myself and always have. The ability to create pictures and emotions with words is such a miracle to me. I read everything; I mean everything! All kinds of books, even encyclopedias. I am fascinated by the written word and I love storytellers. It is a great privilege to be counted one myself.

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  1. oh man my heart is breaking to hear that this one just didn't work for you. I loved it haha but I also did the older narration of the audio which helped probably? I can see why some aspects were a struggle for you though.

    Lovely review

    1. Thank you! xo
      I've loved most of her books, but this one was a huge miss for me. I'm hoping the next book in the series is better. I know book 5 was a winner :)

  2. Oh, boy. Sorry, this was such a disappointment. I hate when that happens to me with a beloved author.

    1. And yet it happens :) I'm ok with it because I know that her later writing is incredible. So if there are a few bad eggs in the bunch, I can handle it!


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