Dark Desire

Dark, Book #2

By Christine Feehan

ISBN# 9780843956535

Author’s Website:  https://www.christinefeehan.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Shea O’Halloran has been living life on the run, always trying to stay one step ahead of the men that think she’s a vampire.  They want to torture her like they did to the men they showed her pictures of.  They even showed her a picture of the tortured man from her dreams!

Something draws Shea to the Carpathian Mountains where she hopes to get some rest before she has to run again.  While there, she finds the man from her dreams, Jacques, who was buried alive!  She thought he was dead, when she found him, but once he opened his eyes the doctor in her kicked in.  She took him back to the cabin she’s been staying at and tended his many wounds.

However, when she is forced to leave him to get supplies, she is discovered by someone who recognized Jacques’s scent on her.  His people quickly locate the cabin, but Jacques’s memory is shattered and he doesn’t remember them! 

Jacques insists that Shea is his lifemate, but she is worried about what he is and wants to leave him now that his family is there.  Not to mention, she is afraid to be as obsessed with a man as her mother was. It left Shea to live a lonely childhood and her mom to eventually commit suicide.

But as Jacques heals and they grow closer she knows that she can never live without him.

I found that I actually really enjoyed this story.  It’s been so long since I read the first book, Dark Prince, that I forgot that I had read it, so I had a bit of catching up to do!

I really enjoyed Jacques and his amazing will to survive!  I liked watching the transformation from the paranoid torture victim with no memory to him being his happy joking self!

“I am not certain I liked you referring to my brother as a monster.” There was a trace of humor in Mikhail’s voice.

“You should hear what I call you behind your back,” Gregori said, even as his arms spread to accommodate the wings forming.”

Shea was strong in her own right, staying ahead of the assassins for the last couple of years and doing what she had to for her own survival and Jacques’s as well! 

We also got to see the couple from Dark Prince, Mikhail and Raven, who played a big part in this book as well.  It makes sense considering Mikhail is the leader of the Carpathian race and is Jacques’s brother.  I’m not sure what I think about Gregori though.  I understand his need for a lifemate, so I get why he’s doing all that he is to assure his future match.  However, I think it’s a bit creepy how Mikhail is pimping out his unborn child …

“The men bring about their own destruction.”

I liked this book, but I feel that Feehan (based on these first two books of this series) has a tendency to make her books a bit longer than they need to be.  It was still an enjoyable read that I devoured!  I found the Carpathian race to be quite intriguing and I can’t wait to have time to continue the series!