Dark Secret (Dark Series #15)

Dark Secret (Dark Series #15)

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by Christine Feehan
     
 

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Christine Feehan has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive, sensual Carpathian tales. Now, she presents the enthralling story of Rafael, a savage hunter from the darkest jungles, and the beautiful prey he would never let escape.  See more details below

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Christine Feehan has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive, sensual Carpathian tales. Now, she presents the enthralling story of Rafael, a savage hunter from the darkest jungles, and the beautiful prey he would never let escape.

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Alpha males don't come more alpha than Christine Feehan's Carpathian hero, Rafael De La Cruz. Everything about this elegant vampire hunter screams sin and sex, but he meets his match in proud and independent cowgirl Colby Jensen. Colby is struggling to keep her family farm afloat and take care of her younger stepsiblings when two long-lost relatives, the De La Cruz brothers, turn up looking to take the children back to their family in Brazil. Rafael quickly recognizes Colby as his soulmate, but despite their powerful mutual attraction, getting Colby to talk to him, dance with him, and trust him will take a lot more effort than he has ever encountered. Meantime, there's the matter of discovering who is trying to sabotage the ranch and harm Colby and her family. Feehan delivers her potent trademark blend of passion and adventure in this suspenseful, sensual paranormal thriller. Ginger Curwen
Library Journal
When the wealthy Brazilian Chevez family enlists the aid of the powerful Carpathian De La Cruz brothers to reclaim the children of a brother who had been cruelly disowned years earlier, Colby Jansen, the children's stepsister, is determined to prevent this action. But having recognized the fiery Colby as his lifemate, Rafael De La Cruze is not about to let anything keep them apart. A truly dangerous hero and an intrepid heroine who is more powerful than she knows are drawn together in the latest installment of Feehan's Carpathian vampire tales. Lush prose, stunning sensuality, and an emotional intensity that nearly sends the pages up in flames are classic features of Feehan's works and are here in full measure. Feehan (Hot Blooded) lives in Cobb, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101146729
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
Dark Series , #15
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
16,103
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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There was an edge to Rafael tonight, a distinct warning in the very way he held her. His body was as hard as a rock, his skin hot. There was raw possession in the depths of his eyes, in the enormous strength of his arms. Colby was used to men who were ranchers, strong men who thought nothing of tossing hay bales around. Rafael De La Cruz was deceptive in his looks. Long and lean, steel ran through his blood and bones. As soon as Colby felt the heat of his chest through the thin silk of his shirt where her cheek brushed his body, she knew dancing with him was a big mistake. Her heart gave a crazy lurch and she stiffened, tried to hold herself away from him.

Rafael simply pulled her that much closer, so close she could feel the warmth of his breath against her temple. Felt the hard thick thrust of his arousal pressed against her. Honestly. Casually. As if it didn't matter in the least that she knew the urgency of his body's demand for hers. His fingers curled around her wrist, held her hand tight against his heart. "Sssh," he cautioned, his accent very deep, his voice so husky her entire body trembled with need. "You would not want these men to rush to your rescue."

"They would, too." She forced the words out of her mouth. For one terrible moment she thought her vocal cords were paralyzed. He was too potent up close like this. She had never seen such a sensual man. But it was more than good looks. More than his raw sex appeal. There was a dangerous untamed aura clinging to him. She smelled it on him, felt it up close to him. Like an animal, a wild marauder. He was very dangerous, not only to her, but also to others. The knowledge was deep inside her, elemental, certain. She didn't know where it came from, but she trusted her instincts.

He leaned his dark head toward hers while the music beat through their bodies and rushed through their bloodstream. "What if I told you I could read your mind?" He whispered the words, his lips against the pulse beating so frantically in her neck. Little flames began licking along her neck and shoulder.

Colby closed her eyes. The music surrounded them, encasing them like satin sheets so that she burned with need. They burned together, she felt it in his body. Dancing with him was a kind of sexual torment. She could hear her blood pounding in her ears and her body felt molten with liquid fire. "I would have to call you a liar, Mr. De La Cruz. If there is one thing I know for certain, you can't read my mind." And for that she was eternally grateful. Because she wanted him with every cell in her body. She wanted to feel that perfectly sculpted mouth crushing hers, his hands moving over her, needing her, possessing her.

Rafael held her close, his body painful in its new demands. This woman was the one who belonged to him. He would have her. He had never denied himself a single thing he wanted in centuries of living. Nothing, no one, had aroused his interest in well over a thousand years, longer even. Now his every waking moment was occupied with thoughts of her. Torment. Pure and simply she was torment. Colby Jansen was his and no one would take her from him. Not now, not ever.

Copyright © 2005 by Christine Feehan.

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Meet the Author

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 Secret (Dark Series #15) 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 204 reviews.
MauiGurl More than 1 year ago
Rafael De La Cruz is introduced as a savage Carpathian male wanting nothing more but to strap his lifemate to his side and bend his will on her. Colby is a strong minded woman and she is the first to be introduced as a Dragonseeker. Bearing the mark of her rare race, she meets this savage male and all hell breaks loose. She is thrusted into his world so quickly as not only humans try to break apart her world, but also vampires as they learn of her bloodline and powers. Colby tries hard to shield her siblings from the chaos and other worldly beings that are coming into their lives, but it seems like they cannot be saved so easily. Rafael will protect his lifemate and her siblings with everything he has and his brothers are willing to help as well. I love this book. Rafael is the most demanding and ruthless of all the De La Cruz brothers, maybe not more than Manolito, but that's for another story. Rafael is sexy and demanding, thinking his will is law and law is unto himself. Colby will show him what a female with her own mind will give a Carpathian male who believes his word is law.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was hard for me to rate. In general, I'm a fan of the Carpathian novels, but this is the first one I'm reviewing. In a series of events almost typical to the Carpathian world, a human woman with psychic abilities turns out to be the lifemate of an ancient warrior. This Carpathian, Rafael, sees color for the first time in centuries and strives to secure his lifemate to him for eternity. The domineering attitude doesn't fly with Colby, the woman of interest, especially when she sees him as a threat to everything she worked for. In a series that has threatened to become quite stale, Feehan punched this novel up with interesting plot twists, such as the De La Cruz brothers' permanent posting in Brazil, Colby's family and ranch situation, and an ultra-dangerous vampire. What kept me from allowing more than three stars were two major issues. The first was writing technique. I found the constant and sudden point of view changes and certain elements of her writing technique distracting, and, at times, confusing. My other issue was Rafael. As a Carpathian, I expected him to be domineering and somewhat disdainful of women's capabilities. However, I was constantly disturbed by his rough treatment of Colby, both physically and emotionally. Yes, these heroes tend to be rough, but in this situation, Colby was frightened of him, felt raped/intruded upon at some point(s), and Rafael treated it as her problem until the very end. I was NOT satisfied when she suddenly 'realized' that all her emotional distress was because she was fighting the fact she really loved him the whole time, and that he realized how awful he treated and disrespected her only at the very end. Despite her great strength of character, she was very manipulated by him. He was a constant danger to everyone around, including Colby. Rafael's character was overdone. The tender moments that gave me hope he was changing throughout the book were jarred by very selfish actions in the name of 'love.' So he was close to turning vampire. That is the only possible excuse, but I've read other Carpathians close to turning who, while domineering, treated their lifemates much better without giving them the feeling, ever, of being raped. The only reason I gave this a 3-star rating instead of a 2-star rating is because Feehan provided a rich, detailed setting with moving subplots (the younger half-siblings, mysterious happenings on the the ranch, an impossible mortgage to meet). I was very disturbed by sections of this novel. But the entirety of the story drew me in so much I ended up finishing it in a very short period of time. -C.W.
Cupcake_02 More than 1 year ago
A side from Dark Prince, this is one of my favorites of the series. If you are looking for a novel with a sexy, witty, romantic, prower ego males and all-around fun story this is it.
DelightedNovela More than 1 year ago
This book is no.13 in the Dark Series and the introduction to the Dragon Seeker lineage. This book introduced the De La Cruz brothers. I enjoyed this story because even though its a part of the Carpathtian series, it branches off to a different family tree. The story is a lot more serious in contrast to some of the others in the series but as usual with Christine Feehans books you will be hooked in the first chapter. I love this series and I loved this book. Romantic and thrilling until the very end.
Janine McGarvey More than 1 year ago
repetive, use a glossary for explinations of Carpathian background Reading it over and over in each book gets tiresome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dark Series books by Christine Feehan are really good. The sex scenes are a bit much and sometimes go on and on and on... But, other than that, the story-line is awesome!
librachic More than 1 year ago
Another awesome Dark Carpathian novel from Christine Feehan,Colby Jansen is stubborn and wild but has worked herself to the bone to sustain her step-father Armando's ranch while taking care of her siblings Ginny and Paul at the same time,she is struggling to get everything done but is determined to keep the ranch up and running as that is her father's last wish,The Chevez brothers and De La Cruz brothers Nicolas and Rafael arrive to take Paul and Ginny back to Brazil.Colby is adamant that her siblings stay with her but when she meets seductive Rafael,she does not know what to feel,Rafael sees color for the first time in the form of Colby's flaming red hair and knows she is his life mate,Rafael is the type of person who does what he wants and gets everything he wants,Colby is attracted to Rafael even when she knows she absolutely should not be,A string of accidents occur and the most serious is that the stable had been set on fire But Colby manages to save the horses with Rafael's help,Paul is captured by master vampire Kirja,Rafael old friend from the Carpathian mountains and Ginny goes missing,the lengths Rafael goes for Colby are amazing,coming out into the day to help her find Ginny even when his skin with burns,you can see the pain Colby sees in Rafael through her eyes and she is touched by that,she keeps on rebelling against Rafael as he tries to control her but realizes that he shouldn't,the final battle with Kirja is brutal and Rafael is joined by Vikirnoff to defeat Kirja,Rafael is badly hurt,his heart is ripped to shreds but Colby being of the Dragon seeker line is able to help him,she had plenty of help from healers Shea,Gregori,Francesca and the De La Cruz brothers as well,Colby realizes that she loves Rafael and she has been fighting that realization from the beginning.She pushes him away but cannot resist him,Rafael asks Colby to come live with him in Brazil and that if she does not like it there she can return here,he had already sent Paul and Ginny there to protect him,she did not like it but she understood.This is by far my favorite Dark novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!
vickieann More than 1 year ago
Christine does it again with another hit! I love how prior characters are brought back into the story line. As an owner of each of the Dark Series books, I love to be able to catch up with them. This Author always impresses me with each story and the characters she creates. She has a great writing style. I captivated by every book she writes from the first page to the last. Christine Feehan weaves her spellbinding magic into a plot that has it all, action, romance, sensuality and intrigue sporting a story line that is unique and different from the rest. A fast paced adventure that never gets boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True to the series, Dark Secret delivers a romantic and exciting escape for romance novel readers. Definitely worth picking up as are the rest of the books in the series. This was one of my favorites of all the books. Loved the characters and storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my second book in the series after dark demon. I thought dark demon was great but this was wow!!! However, the reason it got a 3 star and not 5 is because Feehan has shown the heroine to be so strong willed at the beginning but like all Feehans heroines Colby turns out weak. Although Colby did put up a longer fight than the others. The same over used repetitive words are used such as 'heart slammed' etc. Okay so the hero is an alpha male n yes he is spoilt and loves to get his own way but we wouldnt have it any other way now would we? Especially since hes had the same manner for over 1700 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great. this is the second one I've read. i'm going to get the whole series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first in the Carpathian series and now I am hooked. I want to read all of them. Christine Feehan is my new favorite author. This book was exciting, erotic, scary, thrilling, romantic, all of the above. I look forward to reading more of her books. DJH
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a different feel from the other Carpathian novels, but I still enjoyed it very much. I thought the scenes were pretty hot and steamy and I can't wait to read the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought at first that this book would not be good at all to read......but when i got in depth witht he book.....I fell in love with the way the author writes this particular novell...it is an amazing passionate novel that i would definately call one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Christine Feehan, and I must say Dark Secret is in her top 5 of the Carpathian book series
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Feehan book to read. I love romance novels, but have never read her writing or any writings with vampires. I was hooked on this book from the very beginning and it took me only a day to finish it. I can't wait to read her other books!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every book that Christine Feehan wrote and yet this book seemed like a joke. It was as if she were forced to write it and didn't take the time to sit down and think things over before putting them to paper. i could hardly read the book and found it horid the the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I WAS NEVER INTO READING BEFORE. BUT HAVING A MAJOR SURGERY CHANGED THAT FOR ME. ANTICIPATING BOREDOM I WENT TO THE BOOK STORE TO FIND SOMETHING TO READ WHILE I WAS RECOVERING. I PICKED UP 'DARK CHALLENGE' AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. I HAD TO HAVE THE FIRST IN THE SERIES SO I HAD MY BOYFRIEND GO ON THE HUNT. HE FOUND THEM UPTO DARK CHALLENGE I HAVE PATIENTLY WAITED FOR ALL THE ONES TO FOLLOW IN THE SERIES. I WANT TO VISIT THE CARPATHIANS NOW .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read her books and have enjoyed them all, I don't see anything forced in this love story of finding your soul mate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have to say i was very happy when this book came out and once i read it i loved it...i loved the fact that feehan put in a new facter to the story it just makes me want her next 'dark' book more...this is a must buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little does Colby Jansen realize that as she has fought to keep her family together for the last few years, she's been warring with what the ignorant might call vampires. However, the De La Cruz family are not vampires, at least not yet, though every day brings Rafael and his twin closer to that doom. When Rafael meets Colby his world turns right side up, changing everything about their conflict. His soul knows her as his lifemate, the woman who can save a Carpathian male from becoming a vampire. Yet, the vampires want him on their side, and are willing to destroy innocents to win him over to darkness. Colby's reluctance to accpet her destiny only makes things worse. When she does accept it and joins herself to Rafael, the power of love is unleashed. ............................................ **** The Carpathian world is becoming ever wider. One expects vampires in gothic settings, even in the modern world. Finding them to be cowboys is a definite novelty, one that breaks stereotypes in a welcome way. ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Christine Feehan's books and was very let down by this one. The heroine Colby was repeatedly compelled to engage in sexual relations with Rafael to the point where I was very offended. The author has gone too far with the male Carpathians 'taking' their lifemates. I intend to write to the publisher. Rafael was not an attractive love interest, just an animal following his hormones and forcing a woman into doing things she didn't want to do. This is not the kind of book I could ever recommend to a woman to read. The mystery twist at the end was interesting, but not worth the violence in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I did enjoy this book, this one is my least favorite of the Carpathian novels. The story lacks the spiritualilty and mystique of her other novels. The characters weren't as well developed as I would have liked. But it is still worth the read.