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….
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Release Date: February 2005
Number of Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Jove Books
Raphael is one of five brothers sent out by Prince Vladimer, Mikhail's father, to keep the South American continent safe from the depraved vampire. Forced to travel to the United States to recover two children belonging to the family that has been loyal to him throughout the centuries, he finds a young woman unlike anyone he has ever known. Shrouded in mystery, murder and plagued by accidents, she holds on to what is dearest to her despite all the odds against her. This book is the second in a five-book series within the Dark Books about the South American brothers. (The first is Dark Hunger in the Hot-Blooded anthology.)
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~DARK SECRET REVIEWS~
Reviewed by Jill M. Smith
each new chapter in this utterly compelling series, new hints
about the vampire¹s master plans are revealed.Without a doubt,
Feehan is a high priestess in the world of vampire fiction.
Reviewed by Kari
reviewer is a long time fan of Ms. Feehan’s and eagerly looks
forward to every new book. This latest “Dark” book is a bit
different from the previous books as Rafael is a darker hero,
closer to turning than any other hero has been. The “darkness”
within Rafael looms too close to the surface, and he doesn’t
have it in him to be patient with Colby.
hero like that, with his alpha-male attitude, his roughness
and relentless, deep hunger, would not be a favorite with
readers. But Ms. Feehan brings Rafael to vivid life and readers
will see far beyond the surface of his demeanor. He’s a dark
hero that will definitely be long remembered by readers. And
Colby will be a surprise too. Her secret heritage will hint
at a new saga for the “Dark” series. This reviewer loved her
strength of will, and her incredibly unselfish love for her
brother and sister. She’s the type of heroine that love stories
are made of. She and Rafael are perfectly matched, and readers
are left with the knowledge that their love will be beyond
all expectations for either of them.
A definite “Don’t miss” on this book!
Reviewer Kathy Samuels
great book in Christine Feehan's Dark series. DARK
SECRET is longer and darker than the previous tales. Colby
has stood on her own for years, taking on the responsibility
of raising her brother and sister when she was little more
than a child herself. She sees no reason to allow the Chavez
family into their lives now, years after she requested their
help. And meeting the de la Cruz brothers does nothing to
endear them to her. For some reason, though, she can't seem
to shake Rafael. She's not sure why, but something in him
calls to her, even though his high-handed attitude grates
on her nerves. Rafael is a much darker hero than the Carpathians
in the previous novels. Close to turning into a vampire, he
has lost any feeling at all and considers himself and his
brothers superior to humans. Rafael's arrogance matched against
Colby's pugnacious attitude create a cauldron of emotion that
makes for a complex and often conflicted relationship. Ms.
Feehan's introduction of a new family line, the Dragonseekers,
and hints of a sorcerer will wet the readers whistle for the
next story in this highly successful series.
SECRET is a fabulous tale of a dangerous and charismatic hero
and the woman who loves him.
Feehan gives us more Carpathian history when we find out who
the vampire is in DARK SECRET and we move the next small step
down the road she has been leading us to find who is setting
up the vampire conspiracy for control of their species. She
adds a cameo appearance from Vikirnoff from DARK
DESTINY that will tantalize you and make you crave DARK
DEMON which won’t be coming out for a too long a time.
love Ms. Feehan’s Carpathians and DARK SECRET is no exception
to the great series she has created. It took me a bit longer
to warm up to Rafael but you will come to appreciate his code
of honor as he struggles to do the right thing for his extended
family, and his lifemate. Colby’s feminism keeps stopping
her from realizing the truth about her feelings for Rafael
until it is almost too late. However, you will find out in
a surprise twist that she comes by her stubbornness honestly.
An unstoppable force meets an immovable object is a good description
of Ms. Feehan's newest addition to the Dark Series, DARK SECRET.
You will love the friction that results from the meeting of
Rafael and Colby; it is hotter than the rainforests that Rafael
Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell
is quite the heroine, strong willed, with a fiery temper to
match her red hair. Her life is her family and she will stand
for no one stepping in and trying to take them away from her,
or telling her how to run her ranch and her own life. She
is stubborn and determined… more then an equal match for the
domineering Rafael. He has lived centuries, defending his
family, his people, his prince from evil and he knows nothing
of tenderness and patience. Finding his lifemate when he is
on the brink of turning evil himself, makes him darker and
more dangerous then previous heroes in the Dark saga. He has
no time to cater to Colby’s need for space to come to terms
with what will be her new life, yet he holds out converting
her as long as he can, knowing that each day he does not bind
her brings him one step closer to eternal damnation as a vampire. There
are numerous characters in this story, possibly more secondary
players then most preceding books. Paul and Ginny, Colby’s
half-siblings are loveable and kind, showing a more tender
kind of love... that of one for family. They are key to understanding
Colby’s personality as her entire life revolves around them.
The vampire is malicious and cruel, extremely powerful… possibly
the strongest readers have yet met. Juan and Julio, the Chevez
brothers start out mysterious and suspicious, but readers
come to trust them along with Colby and company. A few characters
from previous books return once more adding more depth to
this story, and preparing readers for their own which are
surely soon to come. Also, some new people are introduced
that are deeply mysterious and guaranteed to make one wonder
just what their story is.
are bound to be captivated by Dark Secret by Christine Feehan.
This story will please fans of the series, be they old or
new, and leave them hungry for more.