Dark Possession (Dark Series #18)

Dark Possession (Dark Series #18)

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by Christine Feehan, Phil Gigante, Jane Brown
     
 

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Manolito De La Cruz knew he was dangerously close to turning into a vampire. The last thing he expected after being called back to his Carpathian homeland by Prince Mikhail was to catch the scent of his destined lifemate in MaryAnn Delaney. MaryAnn is human, but she knows all too well the overwhelmingly aggressive instincts of Carpathian males. And they’re

Overview

Manolito De La Cruz knew he was dangerously close to turning into a vampire. The last thing he expected after being called back to his Carpathian homeland by Prince Mikhail was to catch the scent of his destined lifemate in MaryAnn Delaney. MaryAnn is human, but she knows all too well the overwhelmingly aggressive instincts of Carpathian males. And they’re not exactly the kind of men she’d prefer to be bound to for life.

A dedicated counselor for battered women, MaryAnn has a fulfilling life with no room for someone like Manolito, born and bred in the Carpathian Mountains, a law unto himself. But when MaryAnn agrees to go to South America to offer guidance to a brutalized young woman, she has no idea of the trap that awaits her in the sweltering thick of the jungle. She has been lured there by Manolito himself, who has seductive plans for the unaware, irresistibly human female.

Once there, she will be his. Once his, she will never be released. He is her lover, her predator, her lifemate. She is his dark possession.…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Feehan's steamy and dreamy 18th Carpathian novel (after 2006's Dark Celebration) explores the erotic allure of ancient shape-shifters, Brazilian rain forests and vampires. Manuel "Manolito" De La Cruz, one of those dark, irresistible Carpathian hunks who can only thrive with one woman by his side, has found his life mate in MaryAnn Delaney, a Seattle counselor for battered women who flies to his Brazilian family compound to help a pregnant rape victim. It takes a while for MaryAnn to accept Manolito's love, as Feehan, with her usual expertise, draws out the foreplay between the two. Feverish jungle encounters with Jaguar-men and MaryAnn's shocking discovery of her inner werewolf add spice, while growing tensions in the Carpathian world create other problems. Feehan's combo platter of danger, fantasy and wild, uninhibited romance continues to sizzle. (Aug.)

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Fighting for his life in a South American jungle and struggling against the vampires who would claim him, Carpathian Manolito De La Cruz knows one thing: he has a life mate and only she can save him. Empathetic counselor MaryAnn Delaney is that woman, but even when she realizes they are linked, and she touches Manolito's mind, she's not about to tie herself to someone that difficult and dangerous. But Manolito has other ideas, and when MaryAnn is drawn to him in South America, he is determined to possess her completely. This dark, chilling read continues Feehan's Carpathian series about the De La Cruz brothers. Fans will be delighted. Feehan (Safe Harbor) writes in a variety of paranormal subgenres from her home in Lake County, CA.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469234441
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Dark Series, #18
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Christine Feehan - I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years - I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance.

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Dark Possession (Dark Series #18) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 231 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book renewed my interest in the series but is not a good starter book for someone new to the Carpathian world. I'm definitely looking forward to the continuation of "the plan" and I hope Ms. Feehan injects some more fresh blood into the series like Maryanne. She was great. Feehan changes things up in this installment, giving us a new species and an unusual danger to Manolito and Mary Ann. We are also introduced to characters that we've heard about through out the entire Dark series but never met. All in all a great story, with lots of twists and turns, steamy sex and danger, plus we have some suprises with the jaguar race and Mary Ann's conversion as well. Although this book is slightly different from Feehan's usual format, it was a nice change, just different enough to spice things up a bit and keep me interested. I love Christine Feehan's Carpathian world. The series is fabulous, the characters are wonderfully amusing. I can't wait for more of the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I have to say.. it is my favorite out of the whole series. I wasn't sure going into it knowing what Manolito did to MaryAnn in Dark Celebrations. I figured it would be kind of like what Rafael had done to Colby but it was nothing like that. Manolito is a kind, if not troubled man, who has more honor and strength than I imagined. New bloodlines are revealed and past Lifemates. Hints at future lifemates and a whole new ballgame for our couple. Things happen in this book that I had hoped and guessed and talked about with others. Wonderful things and scary things. The De La Cruz family is starting to quickly win favor in my eyes. Strong, noble and oh so yummy and there are still two of them left without lifemates. There is suspense, romance and love blended together with courage and instinct. Fantastic read and I couldn't put it down. I hope we don't have to wait another year for her next book, but this one was WELL worth the wait! Fantastic job Christine Feehan... your best work yet!
MauiGurl More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is the only book in the series that I found hard to read. I mean, don't get me wrong, I did read it and I did finish it, but I found myself putting the book down. Manolito De La Cruz has problems of his own as he awakens deep within the soil after nearly being killed in the last book. Now he is haunted by the other world as he walks a thin line between two worlds. But his lifemate, Mary Ann, who knows nothing of him and the bond he made between the two, is what keeps him linked to this world. Mary Ann is a very strong minded female. She is a city girl and finds that the De La Cruz brothers, who live in the jungle of South America, is totally out of her league and the life that she knew. But there is a reason why she ran to the busy city. Christine introduces another new race known as the werewolves, and Mary Ann begins a search for her true self while bringing Manolito back into this world. I don't know what it was about this book, whether it was the characters themselves or the plot, but I just didn't like this one. It was a bummer when Christine had written such a beautiful one before this one. However, it is a part of the series and I did read it, so now I am more interested on what she will write for the next one.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
How does the author do it? I thought this would be 'more of the same.' I couldn't be more wrong! This story picks up where #17 left off. MaryAnn goes to Brazil to help counsel Solange and Jasmine who have been living primarily in their cat forms. There is a twist with Manolito who is in a state of flux in what appears to be another kind of realm. And, just like that, I was hooked. I absolutely loved this book. There are so many fascinating things going on here including appearances from Vlad (Mikail's father, the former Carpathian ruler) and his life mate. But, you'll have to read it to see what I'm referring to. If you follow this series, I'm betting you'll love this one as much as I do. Enjoy!
CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
I've read the entire series and this book fell flat. There were exciting possiblities to explore with the introduction of werewolves, a jaguar male turned Carpathian, and experiencing the emotional turmoil of a lifemate when they think they've lost their other half. None of that was delved into here. Will this be explored in other books? Well two more books have been published and it has not been explored yet. I thought this was an exciting opportunity to bring in some fresh ideas to this series and that opportunity was completely overlooked. I loved that a black woman, was a lifemate, but her story seemed to be writtin as something to get out of the way rather than truly savored and enjoyed for all of its differences from the other books in the series. This could have been the opportunity to revitalize the series, but instead was a stepping stone on a spiraling downward path for the series as a whole. Not the worst in the series by far, but only because the next couple of books are so awful. If you're a fan of the series don't waste anymore of your time and stop with this book.
booboo36ff More than 1 year ago
I love this series and anxiously await each new story. I was really looking forward to this one because I fell hard for the De La Cruz family in Dark Secret. I was a little disappointed though in the flow of this story. I was also disappointed in Mary Anne's charachter here compaired to her character in Dark Destiny. It didn't seem like the same woman. As usual though, I found the males to be sexy & compelling, loved how Ms. Feehan brings new & intrigueing ideas to her stories, & continues to keep us updated on the members of the Carpathian "family" both new & old. This is a good book and a must read of the series. I just don't recommend this particular book be a newcomers introduction to Chrisitne Feehan or the Dark Series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, I love the Dark Series, but this book and Dark Celebration are just both disappointing. I will not buy another Dark book in hardcover, it just wasn't worth it. What happened to MaryAnn,,,she was such a wonderful person in Dark Destiny, grounded, caring, compassionate, strong and forceful when she needed to be, but in this book she became a joke who was more concerned with her clothes than anything else, I mean come on, what happened? And you just couldn't connecet with the story here, it was flat, and the book was way too short. I haven't given up on my favorite author, but in the future I will wait for the paperback edition to come out before I purchase any more of the Dark Series. I just hope Christine goes back to her previous style of writing, with the characters rounded out and relating to one another on a visceral level and not a supreficial one.
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This was a re-read. Enjoyed it just as much. Unfortunately I won't purchase any current books because there's too much chanting, I love the chatacters but all the chanting is distracting and takes away from the story.
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I started the Dark series with this book not knowing of the previous books. Hard to follow and read. Suggest you start from the beginning of the series....MYS MAC
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CTPEARL More than 1 year ago
I loved this story of Mary Ann and Manolito. She is so out of her element in the rain forest. Love the introduction of the elusive Lycans.
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I skimmed this book the first time, and did myself an injustice. I have read every Carpathian novel, and I loved the intro to the Lycans through MaryAnn! She is so real, and different from the other heroines, my other favs are Natalya and Ivory. I love how MaryAnn can use her powers to lay the smack down on her all powerful, oh so macho mate. I loved this novel, and the fact that she was not the traditional heroine racially makes me hopeful there will be more interracial love stories by Feehan!
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sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Great series...
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