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1. Black Rose (In the Garden (Paperback))
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2. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel
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1. Black Rose (In the Garden (Paperback))
by NoraRoberts
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-31)
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Number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel of her In the Garden trilogy (following Blue Dahlia), as three women must discover the secrets from the past contained within their historic home...

Three women meet at a crossroads in their lives,
each searching for new ways to grow-and find in each other
the courage to take chances and embrace the future.

Roz is a woman of independent means who thought love was behind her,
but when romance takes her by surprise;
she won't allow anything to keep her from her second chance at happiness.

A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night...

At forty-five, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking-and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. Through the years, In the Garden has become more than just a thriving business-it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with.Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together, the three of them are the future of In the Garden.

But now that future is under attack, and Roz knows they can't fight this battle alone.Hired to investigate Roz's Harper ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnagie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself. And as they begin to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride's identity, Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist.Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace...
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2. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel (Meredith Gentry Novels (Hardcover))
by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
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3. Oceans of Fire
by Christine Feehan
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4. Master of the Moon
by Angela Knight
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5. Sins of the Night (A Dark-Hunter Novel)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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6. You Slay Me
by Katie Macalister
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Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her. ... Read more


7. Dark Desire (Paranormal Romance)
by Christine Feehan
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Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Another absolute winner in the "Dark" series (the others being; Dark Prince, Dark Gold, and soon Dark Magic). The stories of these Carpathian males and their seach for their "lifemates" are captivating! In this story, Jacques is drugged, tortured and buried alive. His family has not been able to connect with him at all and think he is dead. Buried for seven years, he makes a mental connection with Shea. A brilliant american doctor and psychic, she can't get the images of Jacques out of her mind. So begins an journey to save a tormented soul.

Sheas desire to help Jacques as a patient but not as a man; and Jacques total belief that Shea is his lifemate, make these characters very driven and compelling. I am rereading all of these stories again just so I can stay connected to these characters until Gregoris story (Dark Magic) comes out in July. These books are simply amazing! See for yourself. KCS

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Series With Heroes to Die For
I picked up Dark Desire as soon as I finished Dark Prince thinking there was no way it could be as good. It surpassed Dark Prince and left me wanting more of the Carpathian men. Thank goodness I had bought all the books the day before and could continue reading this wonderful series.

Jacques Dubrinsky, brother to Michail from Dark Prince, falls into the hands of vampire hunters. Not satisfied with just killing him, they torture him and bury him alive with a stake in his chest. Jacques cries out for help and is heard by Shea O'Halloran, a surgeon in the United States. When she doesn't come to his rescue, he assumes she was a part of the group who hurt him so badly and is consumed by hatred for her. In the meantime, Shea thinks she is losing her mind. She doesn't understand the voice in her head and the pain that doubles her over when he mind links with her. When she is finally compelled to travel thousands of miles to the Carpathian Mountains, she encounters Jacques, who is on the brink of madness. Bewildered that he could still be alive after seven years, she is forced to believe in things her scientific mind can hardly comprehend. Having lived with her own blood disease and on the run from others who knew about it, she believes he is a fellow sufferer and a victim of these same people.

Christine Feehan has created a race of people who are fascinating and very sexy. The men are arrogant and bossy but falling in love with their life mates make them the perfect heroes. I think Christine Feehan must have reached into women's minds and created the men of their fantasies and then added her own special touch. I know she has exceeded any hero I ever created.

4-0 out of 5 stars maybe Feehan isn't so bad after all...
I've only read one of Feehan's books before, _Dark Magic_, and I didn't really like it. The hero, Gregori, was domineering to a fault, the heroine was a bit of an idiot, and the writing was repetitive. In spite of my feelings about that book, I decided to try Feehan's immensely popular series again. This time, I somehow managed to pick a book a little more to my tastes. In this book, Shea O'Halloran, a young doctor, has been having dreams about a man in terrible pain. She goes to the Carpathian Mountains, the land of her birth, in order to escape men who seem to believe that she is a vampire. While there, Shea finds the man from her dreams, who at first attacks her out of a mistaken belief that she is the cause of his pain. Shea tries to heal this man, Jacques, and, in spite of herself, she begins to fall in love with him. Jacques believes that she is his lifemate, the only one who can keep the madness within him at bay. He would stop at nothing to protect her from the men who want to hurt her and the vampire who wants to claim her as his own, the same vampire who betrayed him (Jacques). For those of you familiar with the series, this book also has Mikhail, Raven, Gregori, and Byron (who I'm including in this list, although I'm not sure if he's ever in another book).

Because of my previous experience with this series, I was a little wary about reading this book, but, for me, this book was a whole lot better than _Dark Magic_. Jacques is domineering, yes, but Shea can, for the most part, hold her own against him, since his will often seems to turn to putty around her. I really enjoyed the story itself, even though the human villain characters were once again like cardboard cutouts of Badness. The writing seemed less repetitive than in _Dark Magic_, where references to the main characters often involved the use of the same words, over and over again. Shea was in some serious denial, though - it seemed like it took her forever to realize that Jacques was not just a man with a serious blood disorder, even though he drank glasses of blood and survived for years with a stake through his chest. Still, this book was pretty enjoyable, and I think I'll try to find more books in this series that I can like as much, or more, than this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great read!
From the back of the book...

The stranger silently summoned her from 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 aloneless, 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 she trembled. For in his burning eyes, his icy heart, she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her. This 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?

4-0 out of 5 stars Carpathian lifemate and lover
This is the second installment in Chritine Feehan's Dark series. Jacques is a powerful, Carpathian, an immortal vampire like being. He's been buried alive by vampire hunters. From the Carpathian moutains he calls out with his mind across the oceans to Shea O'Halloran, an American surgeon and his lifemate. Shea has been having vivid dreams in the last few years which lead her to the Carpathian mountains in Eastern Europe where she uncovers Jacques who has been buried alive for the past 7 years. She tries to do her best to revive him, with her surgeon skills and finds herself wildly attracted to him but cannot accept such a strong feeling that she is Jacques lifemate. Jacques and Shea can communicate through their minds and Shea does not know whether she likes Jacques invading her every moment but she feels that she cannot feel when she is cut off from him. Lurking in the background are evil forces, a vampire ie a carpathian who has turned to the dark side, is hunting them and wishes to destroy them. Through all the danger will Shea be strong enough to accept Jacques love and to fight with him against the darker forces.

In this book we are also introduced to other characters such as Jacque's brother, Mikhail and his wife, Raven (their story is featured in Dark Prince the first in the series which I still have to read) and Gregori, the healer who is featured in a later book.

I enjoyed this book. It was very dark and intense. However, I did find there was a lot of repetitiveness when Jacque repeats over and over again about being lifemates with Shea. I'm not sure if I will read the whole series if the others turn out to be a rehash of the same story. Still this book stands well on its own without having read the first one.

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8. Dark Magic
by Christine Feehan
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-17)
Publisher: Love Spell
Sales Rank: 14195
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...WOULD SHE FIND MAGIC Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was oneGregori, the Dark One--who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine. With a dark magic all his own, Gregori--the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males--whispered in Savannah's mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time . . . and as inescapable as eternity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC - WELL WORTH THE WAIT!
I, like most of the previous reviewers, have been hooked on Christine Feehan since the first page of the first book (Dark Prince). I was also worried that Dark Magic could not live up to my expectations. NO NEED TO WORRY! This book is terrific! Gregori is more powerful, compelling, and dangerous than ever. Savannah is completely overwhelmed by him at first. She has lived a life of love and happiness with Carpathians and humans alike. She is terribly frightened of Gregori (as any sane being would be) but is more frightened by her own INTENSE feelings for him. Gregori, on the other hand, has always been alone. He has been waiting centuries for Savannah and literally CAN NOT wait any longer. They need to overcome her fear and his desperation, quickly! Savannah eventually realizes her own power and worth in the fact that Gregori absolutely NEEDS her to survive. Meanwhile, Savannah slowly draws him back into the world of, emotions, colors, humans, laughter, and life! Another fabulous book!

Isn't it extraordinary that an author can write four such outstanding books without losing any intensity! They are each incredible, and so is Christine Feehan. I sincerely hope the next book arrives soon, and that it's about Julian. I can't wait!

5-0 out of 5 stars Christine Feehan has done it again!
I must admit that it was with some apprehension that I purchased Dark Magic. Oh,I've enjoyed the three previous books, and consider myself both a fan of Christine Feehan and her Dark Saga, but having waited for Gregori's story for so long, I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. I'm happy to report that my fears were unfounded. Dark Magic was all that I expected and more. Dark, Erotic, Funny, and touching, this story grabs and holds ones attention until the end.

After years of darkness, Gregori, legendary healer and hunter/killer for the Carpathian race finally claims his life mate. Believing that his years of killing, and his tampering with nature (In Dark Prince and Dark Desire, Gregori, through knowledge attained over the centuries, manipulates events to ensure that Raven gives birth to his life mate) have stained his soul and made him unworthy and incapable of attaining the love of the heroine, Gregori refuses to believe and trust in the gem he has been given. It is up to Savannah to prove him wrong. Strong and with the blood of the ancients (Prince Mikhail, the leader of the Carpathians is her father) running through her veins, Savannah is more than a match for Gregori. She challenges him, gives him fits, and teaches him to laugh and trust.

A must read for paranormal romance fans. Bravo Christine! So happy to hear that more stories of the Dark Saga are planned.The Carpathian addict that I have become is doing back flips as I type. :-)

Also, recommend Dark Prince, Dark Desire and Dark Gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Empowering...
This is the 4th book in the Dark Series by Christine Feehan. Although many books in this particular series can stand on its own, Dark Magic, however, cannot. In order to fully understand Dark Magic, you must read the previous 3 books which are Dark Prince, Dark Desire, and Dark Gold, because Gregori is a very complex character that is extremely well developed which is one of the main reasons that makes this book so great.

This is an overwhelmingly romantic story between the Dark one-Gregori and his lifemate-Savannah-the daughter of the prince Mikhail and Raven. As most of us already know, the male loses their ability to feel after 200 years of living and inevitably become the walking undead-vampires who are ruthless creatures that prey on not only human, but also children and women, unless they are able to find their lifemate who is able to bring light to balance out the darkness within.

Dark Magic tells the tale of Gregori, the dark one-the most powerful one, his power beyond the prince-Mikhail, and Savannah who is born to be his lifemate. Many other dark books, unfortunately, are not romances to me for the relationship between the main characters are unnatural and not well developed. Dark Magic, however, does an excellent job on the love between Gregori and Savannah. I can see the drastic change in Gregori, as he becomes a person with emotion and most of all, love, not what he was for centuries-a stoic stone who has no feelings but only the need to kill. Savannah is truly the light that guides him out of his darkness. I know that many people are disturbed by the raping scene in the beginning, but it wasn't Gregori who did it, it was the beast within him, and even though, he was willing to let Savannah kill him, and gave her a chance to escape. She choose not to let him die, and willingly brings him back to life. As the story develops, so does their love. Their bond is strong, whether physically or emotionally, they are connected as soulmates.

This book is not for everyone, it has many sexual descriptions and violence. But for people who are over the age of 15 or those who are emotionally ready, it is something that should not be missed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Gross and offensive
I have read and enjoyed the Carpathian novels in the past, about 5 or 6 of them, but this one truly disgusted me.

Gregori the Dark one has engineered Savannah in the womb by making his blood part of hers when he helps his mother Raven. He has also tricked her into intimacy for years as a child by posing as her beloved pet wolf. Really pervy.

We are told that Carpathian cannot live without their lifemate and will go over to evil if they do not have her. He is so close to the edge he might as well be over it. He has waited twenty three years for her after all-though after a thousand of not turning bad we find this hard to believe.

Despite Savannah's continuous protests, he takes her as his lover and partner. But there is no tender lovemaking-he nearly rips her to pieces in every sense of the word in an appalling scene which goes on for over 50 pages!

I do get the blood, really, but the gratuitous violence and rape in this book is simply not what I expect from a romance.

Nor does his terrible behavior get mitigated in anyway when he uses his saliva with all of its Carpathian healing properties to 'heal' her and of course make the moves on her at the same time. Really graphic, take my word for it.

There is just too much nonconsensual sexual activity in this book for any sensible modern woman reader to be comfortable with. I gave up after 100 pages, the book was so crude, violent and graphic in its portrayal of his betrayals and rape of the heroine. I will not even go into the terrible repetitive writing, with the use of hunger, need and erotic used about 4 times on every page. The shocking violence should be enough to deter any ture seeker of a romance read.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a cool book!
This is the first Christine Feehan book I've read, and it is great! I don't want to repeat the story plotlines that were already described here, but if you like an intelligent writing style, really exciting scenes and an intriguing 'other world' to enter into, then get this book! Especially if you like the Lord of the Rings and even the Harry Potter books, this adds a whole new dimension (the romance side.) Borrow it, buy it, do whatever you need to do to read it. :) I'm not at all a romance novel reader, generally preferring the classics and even some of Oprah's picks, but I became a fan instantly. The characters are super, it kept me entertained and engrossed... Some reviewers griped about the whole 'old-fashioned' views held by the hero in the book, but for me, it only added to the sizzle. LOVED IT! Can't wait to read the rest of her books!!! PS: I'm so glad she changed the covers of the books... I have a tough time with those intolerable 'bare-chested Fabios with swooning women' covers that are so typical of romance novels. The current covers are so much cooler!!! ... Read more


9. Moon Shadows
by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, Marianne Willman
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 2264
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Romance and magic meet by the light of the moon in this all-new all-star collection of Celtic tales from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts and New York Times bestselling authors Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman. ... Read more


10. Dark Challenge
by Christine Feehan
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
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Sales Rank: 13919
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars WAS WORTH IT...
I have found "Dark Challenge" different from the other Dark series.The story was great,new characters were involved,i loved the idea of having found Gregori the dark one lost brother (Darius) and sister (Desari). The love between Julian and Desari was wonderful,after suffering for centuries being alone,isolated and carrying the dark shadow within him he finally sees the light,Desari was a good match with her enchanting voice and powers.What touched my heart was the "family unit" how they had survived all these centuries staying together under the protection of Darius.I hope there would be a story on Darius,he certainly got me curious. I couldn't help but wonder if there would be a story on Gabriel and Lucian i think it would be great.I loved the tension between the new introduced Carpathian male Barack and Syndil, they appear to be life mates but Barack is so hurt and angry from what happened to Syndil that he won't admit it or simply doesn't know. As always Christine Feehan's work is more than fantastic,i truly recommend this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to the rest of the series
If I were reviewing this book in isolation, I would have given it more than three stars. However, after comparing it to the four incredible novels that come before it, I have to agree with other reviewers who feel that "Dark Challenge" comes up short.

Christine Feehan is an extremely gifted writer who has invented a race and a world that are original and fascinating. Julian had been a minor, but intriguing presence throughout the Dark Series, and I was thrilled when he got his own story.

Unfortunately, anticipation quickly turned into exasperation. The main problem with "Dark Challenge" is that there are two heroes fighting for attention and, frankly, Julian loses. The problem is especially irritating when it interferes with the relationship between Julian and Desari. In previous novels, the developing relationships between hero and heroine are dark and intense, absolutely compulsive reading. In "Dark Challenge", so much attention is focused on other characters, it makes the relationship between Julian and Desari seem like an afterthought.

Although "Dark Challenge" is good when compared to other books in the genre, it just doesn't reach the level of perfection that Ms. Feehan achieved in her previous books.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great read!
From the back of the book...

Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect...

When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to posses her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him. And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him-with mysterious, unparalleled femine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness...or save his soul?

4-0 out of 5 stars better book in the series
an earlier book in the series, well worth the money, lots of tension and gruesome choices, good romance

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Christine Feehan's world of Carpathians enthralled me from the start, and Dark Challenge was no exception. While the story line takes on a far different tone than the other books, the wit and sarcasm of Julian adds a new dimension to the Carpathian men not previously seen. I will agree with other reviewers that the inclusion of other characters makes this a more intricate read, however I felt they only added to the lure of the series.

The building rivalry between Julian and Darius further informs the reader about the dominant/possessive tendencies of the Carpathian men. All in all I found this one of the most enjoyable books in the serious. Go ahead, delve into the world of Carpathians... You'll never look at vampires the same way again! ... Read more


11. Dark Secret
by Christine Feehan
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
Publisher: Jove Books
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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. ... Read more


12. Fantasy Lover
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Catlog: Book (2002-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world.She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace--the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon
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5-0 out of 5 stars But be warned, have a pair of oven mitts handy.
Grace Alexander is a modern day sex therapist who doesn't care about dating. A born again virgin, she has sworn off men forever. At least until her zany best friend unearths a book in an antique shop that contains one fab ancient general who was cursed to be a sex slave to whoever summons him out of the book. Julian of Macedon was an ancient general who lived to thwart Rome. But after a few thousand years, he has learned to want nothing except to experience what pleasures he can before he is forced into the book again (he has a month to please his summoner). Until he meets Grace. She doesn't treat him like a nameless sex object, she treats him like a man. She finds his wounded heartthat has suffered untold centuries of torment and sorrow and brings light back into it. Throw in a few Greek gods, some for Julian, some against, cast of memorable secondary characters and a love story larger than life, and you have a fun, fab mix that is guaranteed to win over every reader's heart. Words can't express just how much I enjoyed this story. Sherrilyn Kenyon's imagination should be considered a national treasure. Julian is one of the strongest
heroes I have read in a long time. It's been a week since I read this and I still can't get it out of my thoughts or heart. Fantasy Lover is sure to become the standard by which all paranormals will be measured and found wanting. Not since Dara Joy have we seen so powerful a voice, so imaginative a writer and so steamy a love scene. My only complaint about the book is that I wanted to see more of Kyrian. But just from the snippets I saw of him, I know his book will be every bit as great as this one and I can't wait to read it too. I give this book a resounding Pinerock salute and urge everyone to run out and buy it as soon as it comes out. But be warned, have a pair of oven mitts handy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A KEEPER!
Julian of Macedon had been trapped in a book since one forty-nine BC. as a love-slave to be used over and over again as a form of punishment from the Gods. Grace, a sex therapist, was nothing short of celibate. Sure, she had sexual fantasies just like any other living and breathing woman but she had no desire to act on them. After doing a chant with the book that her best friend, Selena, had given her for her twenty-ninth birthday, Julian appeared to her for her pleasure except that Grace didn't want to use him. This astounded him. Through love, caring, kindness, and every other good human emotion, Grace opened the world back up for Julian. Julian, with his God-like body, his soul, and his strength, pulled Grace back to reality and out of her precious dreams. Together, they fought Gods, Goddesses, and lunatic stalkers to be together.

***** I had waited a very long time for this book and the day I got it, I read it with great anticipation and I wasn't disappointed in the least bit. FANTASY LOVER was spectacular in all its glory. I anticipate more of the books. FANTASY LOVER definitely made my small, picky "keeper" shelf. Sherrilyn Kenyon has really done it this time. She made magic, love and hot sex with this one! Way to go Sherrilyn - keep it up! *****

Reviewed by Jessica Holmes

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot Zizzling Fun
They just don't make men like this anymore. This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book and I've been hooked ever since.
Fun, sexy, and oh so different from the norm..

5-0 out of 5 stars Wickedly sensual and funny
Julian of Macedon is half Greek God and half human, cursed by his brother Priapus to live in a book as a love slave to be conjured up by women to please their every sexual whim. Julian has been trapped in this book for 2000 years, when one day he is conjured up by Grace Alexander, a sex therapist who hasn't had a relationship in some time. Grace refuses to give into her body's desires and to use Julian as a sex slave because she is decent and has been hurt in the past. Together, Julian and Grace try to find a way to free Julian from the curse.

This book is hot and is very sensual but also very funny. The dialogue is very witty and will have you in fits of giggles every other page. Miss Kenyon sure knows how to turn up the heat. Reading this book is like going through hours of pleasurable foreplay and to arrive at a very satisfying climax. Julian is the most gorgeous hero you will ever meet in a romance novel and you too will be wishing that you can conjure him up from the book as a love slave. Although, there are plenty of sexual scenes, the love story is also gentle and sweet. A very highly recommended read.

Lealing

4-0 out of 5 stars A Unique Blend of Originality and Imagination
Sex therapist Grace Alexander is turning twenty-nine, and her track record in relationships with men has been less than stellar. Her closest friend Selena, a gypsy palm reader, is concerned that Grace lacks a love life and gives her a very special birthday gift. A two thousand year old book that, according to legend, contains a Greek God trapped inside its covers for all eternity, to be summoned by a woman as her own personal love slave. Grace is skeptical, but jokingly plays along with reciting the words to bring him forth. Nothing happens.

Well, initially nothing happens. But a little later she finds a huge, gorgeous, and very naked warrior in her house ready to fulfill her every fantasy. Now while most of us would nail shut all the windows and doors, take the phone off the hook, and never leave home again, Grace refuses to give in to her urges. In fact, she insists he wear clothes, takes him out in public, and treats him as a human.

A Greek general, and son of the goddess Aphrodite, Julian of Macedon was cursed by his jealous brother, and placed in the book to spend eternity alone. Except for when a woman summons him, and then he spends from one full moon to the next pleasuring her, and he knows everything about pleasuring a woman. Julian learned long ago to accept his fate, and no longer feels anything, but Grace changes all that. Now together they will work to figure out how to break the curse, but when they discover how, will they each be willing to follow through with what's required?

This remains one of, if not the most unique romance novel I've read to date. When I decided to read this book, it was with a mix of intrigue for the original storyline, and trepidation it would be too far-fetched, and might be to the point of ridiculous. But the fact this book is on the Romance Writers of America's Top Ten List, of the year it was published, prompted me to give it a try. And I have to say I wasn't disappointed. This story is very well written, and even though it stretches the limits of the imagination, it does not come off as ridiculous or silly as I had feared. The mix of myth, romance, tenderness, humor, intrigue, and yes, some really sizzling love scenes, makes for an intoxicating and memorable reading experience. I actually read this several months ago, and even though I've read many books since this, I still remember this one.

If I had to come up with something negative, it would probably be that I felt the climatic ending was stretched out a little too long. The number of events that occurred then went wrong, thus requiring Aphrodite's intervention, got a little frustrating for me. I'll leave it at that; so not too much of the ending is given away. In the grand scheme of things, that was only minor, and this book is definitely worth checking out for yourself. ... Read more


13. Dark Gold
by Christine Feehan
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They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light . . .

Alexandria Houton will sacrifice anything--even her life --to protect her orphaned little brother.But when both encounter an unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex can only cry to heaven for their deliverance . . . And out of the darkness swoops Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night.The ageless Carpathian male snatches them from a hideous fate.But is Aidan Alex's salvation . . . or her sin?If she surrenders to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction, and gives him the color, the light, the family he craves, will Alex truly save her brother?Or sacrifice more than her life? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable book in the series...
Dark Gold is a good book, and stands fairly well on its own (it is the third in a series), but does not quite reach up to the standards of the earlier books. Aidan is a carbon copy of Mikhail and Jacques in the previous books. I suppose all "Carpathian" males exhibit the same qualities and that is what makes them who they are (protective, arrogant, self assured, devoted and strong willed) but reading the same story for the third time can be a bit awkward. They are all good stories, but how many times can one read about a dominant male and his independent life-mate/wife?

I found Alexandria to be the most believable of the female leads. She resists the changes happening to her, not knowing how to handle everything. Her first encounter with a vampire is a traumatic one and she doesn't understand (or want to understand), the differences between a vampire and a Carpathian. Aidan tries his best to protect her, though I found that he did very little to explain her new powers (telepathic communication, shape shifting, etc...). Aidan lets her have her space to try and find her new self, (though he is never too far behind) and I found that to be a refreshing change.

One of my biggest disappointments in the story is the lack of interaction with the previous characters. We see Gregory (and have throughout the books) and I have to assume that the next story will be his. But we do not see anyone else, not even Aidan's brother. Since the Carpathians are to some extent telepathically connected, I would have thought Mikhail would have at least shown himself to welcome the newest female to the clan. I would have also liked to have heard some news about Jacques and Shea (since at least 18 years have past since the last book). Well maybe I'm getting too nit-picky. I did enjoy the book, and suggest reading it, though I suggest picking up Dark Prince and Dark Desire first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring and interesting!
This is the third in a series of spectacular books about the Carpathians (who become vampires if they succumb to evil)--the first two being "Dark Prince" and "Dark Desire". Like "Dark Desire", this book can stand alone without you having to read the previous ones.

In this book, Dark Gold, Alexandria who is human matches wits with one of the "golden twins" Aiden Savage. Aiden, unlike most of his species, has much more interaction with humans, trusting his secrets to his family (a family who has known his secrets down through the years, passing the tradition of protecting Aiden down through the generations). Aiden has his hands full with his lifemate, Alexandria, who is as independent as the wind and about as tamable. Like the other "Dark" books, the lifemates must learn the true art of compromise.

I think this one was the 'lighter' of the four books in the series that have been released so far, if you can consider it "light". I found this to be just as much a keeper as the previous ones and have reread it numerous times. I would highly recommend this book to all romance and paranormal readers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lackluster
So, going into this book I hadn't read a romance novel in several years. I've always found that romance novels are extremely hit or miss. I don't like the contemporary ones at all and the historical/fantasy ones range from tawdry fairy tales with little substance to masterful works that are only seperated from regular sci-fi/fantasy by an overabundance of sex and fewer fight scenes.

My co-worker was an avid fan of Christine Feehan's work, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Dark Gold is apparently the third in the "Dark" series, but my co-worker recommended it as her favorite. Though the setting links the various novels, they can be read independently of each other without confusion. Her latest installment in the series, Dark Symphony, just came out this week.

Each book tells the tale of a particular "Carpathian male" and his future "life-mate" as they find one another and overcome various obstacles on the way to spending the rest of eternity together. In essence, the Carpathians are a race of predatory, immortal humans. Over the centuries, the number of Carpathian women has dwindled and the males have been forced to wander for eons in search of a life-mate. A life-mate is the only thing that can assuage their savage nature and ensure they they do not succumb to the dark side and turn vampire.

Very few human women have the mental fortitude to survive the transformation into a Carpathian, so most of these guys must wait for a long time. Imagine all that pent up sexual frustration! Fortunately for them, they cannot feel strong emotion (or even see in color) until they meet that special someone. In this particular novel, we bear witness to the romance of Alexandria Houton and Aidan Savage.

I, personally, found much lacking in this book. There was a lot of sexual tension and very little plot. They spend most of the book in Aidan's house while Alexandra undergoes her transformation and then Aidan tries to convince her that she is not damned for all time. Very little actually happens in this book. I was bored to tears halfway through it and even the forthcoming steamy sex scenes couldn't completely overcome my apathy.

The characters were one-dimensional. They did not undergo any real growth during the course of events. This is particularly true of Alexandria, who spends most of the book being defiant and then suddenly changes her tune in time for the books climax. Apparently the sex really was that good! Unfortunately, the most interesting character, Aidan's mentor, doesn't appear until the end and is only present for a few scenes.

All in all, there was plenty of sex and much of it was suitably animalistic. Ms. Feehan has a firm grasp on the necessary romance novel terminology; the sexual tension and sexual encounters were well done. Unfortunately, I like a little more substance to my stories, even in the context of a romance novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars What Would Happen If She Surrendered...?
Alexandria Houton desperately needed the job that Thomas Ivan could give her. She was an excellent computer programmer and knew that she could design Ivan's games so that they were better than ever before. But, before she could close the deal in the restaurant, she heard a voice calling to her. She didn't want to follow it, but, when she saw the creature holding her beloved little brother captive, she knew that she had no choice. The vampire chained her in a cave where she could not escape, too weak with blood loss and the poison now flowing through her system from the vampire's tainted blood to even try to get free. When the vampire rose the next evening, she prepared to face her death, but found an avenging angel who came to save her...

Aidan Savage had volunteered to leave his beloved Carpathian mountains to hunt the vampires in San Francisco and its surrounding area. He had lived for so long without a life mate that he didn't believe his eyes when he started to see color and feel emotion in Alexandria's presence. He knew that Alexandria was afraid of him, but could never let her go. Aidan tried to ease Alexandria into her life as a Carpathian, but she defied him at every turn - demanding that they drop her brother off at school even though the sun was exquisitely painful, going out on a date with Thomas Ivan and continuing to work with him, refusing to take his blood until forced, in short, doing everything in her power to deny what she had become. How long would Aidan be able to be patient with his beloved Alexandria before she would finally accept who and what she truly was?

I really liked Aidan's character and thought that he made a nice change from Ms. Feehan's other heroes. For one thing, Aidan is blonde, where all the other Carpathians are dark, and he seems to have keep more light in his soul than the other men in the Dark series. He is very playful and patient with Alexandria. Aidan also has a human family who have cared for him for generations, a son or daughter always choosing to stay on and to take care of his house and other affairs while he is resting during the day. The only problem was that Aidan was such a strong personality that all of the other characters seemed to pale in comparison. I would have liked Alexandria to be a richer character, less superficial, but I did like her. This was a great addition to the Dark series and I enjoyed the new setting as well as the new kind of hero. Keep up the great work Ms. Feehan!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
...I am not a huge romance fan, but I love her books! This is another tour-de-force from Christine. Her characters are rich, deep and complex. There is passion, mystery and the fight over evil. Aidian and Alex make a terrific pair and the extended family is wonderful. I highly recomment all her books. I've not been disappointed yet! ... Read more


14. Paladin of Souls
by Lois McMaster Bujold
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One of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once more to a dark and troubled land and embroils us in a desperate struggle to preserve the endangered souls of a realm.

Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets -- for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road -- escape -- beckons. . . . A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of all Chalion.

Yet something else is free, too -- something beyond deadly. To the north lies the vital border fortress of Porifors. Memories linger there as well, of wars and invasions and the mighty Golden General of Jokona. And someone, something, watches from across that border -- humans, demons, gods.

Ista thinks her little party of pilgrims wanders at will. But whose? When Ista's retinue is unexpectedly set upon not long into its travels, a mysterious ally appears -- a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The temporary safety of her enigmatic champion's castle cannot ease Ista's mounting dread, however, when she finds his dark secrets are entangled with hers in a net of the gods' own weaving.

In her dreams the threads are already drawing her to unforeseen chances, fateful meetings, fearsome choices. What the inscrutable gods commanded of her in the past brought her land to the brink of devastation. Now, once again, they have chosen Ista as their instrument. And again, for good or for ill, she must comply.

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5-0 out of 5 stars another stellar story in the Bujold world [no spoilers]
As you might guess from the Editorial Reviews, this novel focuses on Ista Dy Baocia and not the cast of main characters from the first novel, The Curse of Chalion. I was apprehensive since I was intreged with the exploits of Cazaril and Royesse Iselle but after a short time I became fully engaged in the adventures surrounding Ista and the brothers Ferda and Foix and some other new characters. Ista was a drag in the first book but three years later she's pulled out of her curse induced funk for an interesting journey.

Once again, the writing is awesome. The plot is very interesting and has more not-so-common magical elements. The story pace is well timed and I found myself saying up later than planned to read more. Every chapter has a purpose.

If you enjoyed The Curse of Chalion, I think you'll definitely want to check this one. It has a different focal point but a lot of excitement and interesting developments.

Thank you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Another Day, Another Demon
The positively delicious "Curse of Chalion" deserved a sequel. What it got was a caboose.

In "Paladin of Souls", a character with a flaw in her history, an honorable heart, and a highly-developed sense of duty is placed in a nearly impossible situation. She rises to the occasion and saves the day. This device has worked well for Bujold in the past (see dy Cazaril and Miles), and it works again here. Throw in a demon infestation and a need for cosmic pest control, add a romantic subplot and some sainthood - oh, wait, we've read this book before.

Alas, there isn't enough new material to make the story shine. The fascinating theology of this world is not significantly advanced. Ista's love interest is one-dimensional (not Arhys, who grows to be rather complex; but Illvin, who doesn't display a single negative trait. Bleah.) Not even the political situation actually moves along. And a single great character, no matter how well-drawn, cannot carry an entire book.

"Curse of Chalion" was an outstanding book. It set the bar so high, not even its own author could reach it again. If you lower your expectations, you'll enjoy "Paladin of Souls". If you expect a treat like "Curse", all you'll get is the caboose, trundling sadly along after the great train roared by.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up!
Sigh...It's so *nice* to finally come across some decent single fantasy books, in these days when so many authors seem to be writing the Series that Does Not End. While set in the same world, this book is *not* in the strict sense a sequel to CURSE OF CHALION; it is a stand-alone work.

Bujold here expands and deepens her world, as well as expanding the theology of her Five Gods in a creative and interesting way. Like in the previous book, Bujold's characterization is fully-integrated and developed--it's so nice also to see a fantasy writer who is not concentrating on children or adolescents; Ista is a middle-aged woman, who has already experienced tragedy and loss, and in a way this book is a story of her healing as much as CURSE OF CHALION was of Cazaril's. Liss is wonderful and I would love to see more of her, as well as Ferda and Foix. Even the young and seemingly frivolous Lady Cattilara demonstrates unexpected depths, as she is shown to be hanging onto her dead husband solely by force of will. Keep up the good work, Bujold, I would not at all mind seeing another book written in this world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great Bujold book
From some of the early reviews mentioning that this diverted from most of the characters in "The Curse of Chalion" I was prepared to be a little disappointed since I enjoyed "The Curse of Chalion" so much... however, this has the same quality of writing, characters and plot twists as the other.

One thing I enjoy about her writing is that they're never predictable. You can't guess where the plot will be going next. (though it works - she doesn't go off in the weeds just to be unpredictable)

I really enjoyed it and I'd highly recommend it to others who enjoy Bujold books.

1-0 out of 5 stars Gets off to a slow start... too slow.
I adore Lois's Vorkosigan books and thought the first Chalion book was a good read, but I just couldn't get into this one. I'm sure there's a fine story in there for those tenacious fans willing to get past the opening chapters, but I don't have the time or patience for something that doesn't grab me early on. If your hero (heroine) is bored in the beginning, your reader will be, too. ... Read more


15. Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Book 1)
by Nora Roberts
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Catlog: Book (2004-10)
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A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night...

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable new place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing nursery. As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and with expectant mother Hayley. And she discovers a fierce attraction with ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge.

But someone isn't happy about the budding romance...the Harper Bride. As the woman dig into the history of Harper House, they discover that grief and rage have kept the Bride's spirit alive long past her death. And now, she will do anything to destroy the passion that Logan and Stella share...
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16. PHANTOM
by SUSAN KAY
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Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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A child is born... Hismother's only gift is a mask. Precocious andgifted, he will live friendless and alone. taunted andabused, he will flee, only to find himself cagedagain-as a freak in a Gypsy carnival. A brilliantoutcast... the world is his home. Filled withbitter rage, he will kill to escape, becoming astonemason's apprentice in Rome... a dark magician atthe treacherous Persian court... and finally, thegenius behind the construction of the Paris OperaHouse and the labyrinthine world below. Lackingone thing only: A woman's love. Cloaked in secrets,his power complete, he will see the exquisiteChristine and for the first time know what it means tolove. Obsessed, he will bring her into his eeriesubterranean world, driven to posses her heart andsoul. Phantom--A hauntingstory of power and darkness, of magic and murder, ofsensuality and betrayal, and ultimately, theunforgettable story of a man and a woman and the eternalquality of love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Heartrending, Magical Experience
This book is truly, truly astonishing (I'd give it 10 stars if I could)! I first read it about 11 years ago, and have kept reading it over and over, each time losing myself in this beautifully written tale. People tend to be skeptical of sequels or elaborations of well known legends. Kay's tale of the Phantom's life, however, exceeds Leroux's original Phantom in my opinion.

The writing is exquisite: at times powerful enough to suspend a heartbeat, at times so delicate and poignant it stirs deep and wrenching feelings for the characters that dance alive amongst the pages. Kay traces Erik's thoughts throughout his turbulent life and is able to bring out the beauty that permeates this tortured man's being. I am especially amazed at how Kay crafts her words; an adjective here and there, an isolated sentence -- such little things bring amazing impact. By dividing the story into several parts (written in different characters' perspectives), Kay creates a deep, enriched world where the reader is omniscient and enraptured...

5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking... amazing...heartbreaking!
I simply cannot imagine the story of the Phantom having happened any other way after reading this novel! Susan Kay is brilliant. Erik comes alive in her text, more human than ever before. The author's imagination is stunning; the re-creation of Erik's life prior to and through the main body of events at the Paris Opera is so believable you lose your heart to the Phantom at the first page. The portrayal of Erik's life in Persia is especially outstanding. Kay's imagery of the Persian makes him no longer a mystery. Given a name and life and true experiences that bond him as a friend to Erik, her Nadir is more than the shadowy sketch given by Leroux. Heartrending are the last two sections of the book, where Erik falls in love with Christine and their relationship is poignantly told-- and Raoul ends the narrations for good. Christine comes across beautifully, and Susan Kay shows the relationship between Erik and the young woman very intimately. Her ending is sure to leave the reader in tears; the twist she creates is perfection... what some of us wish could have been. Unforgettable; very literally read it and weep

5-0 out of 5 stars so wonderful and PHANTASTIC!!
Wow! I just finished the book for the second time in 4 days and it made me cry everytime. I checked out this book at the library and started crying in front of everone as I read a little of the first section! It takes alot for me to cry over a book in front of strangers, mind you. This book is now my favorite (more than lernox's PHANTOM or Les Miserables). I was on my way to appply for a job (im 14) and I was reading it in the car but when I was filling out a job applacation, I started crying!!! From his mother refusing him a single kiss to his morphine and opium addiction to his death, he (Erik) kept me under his spell and begged me to read onward. I know that sounds lame, but it felt like Erik was speaking through the pages and begging me to read onward. This is such a great PHANTASTIC book!!! Read it and cry, not for my review, but for our beloved Phantom, Erik.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the very best books I'v ever read!
No review can capture the essence of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Angels Can Here You...
Possibly one of the best rewrite's in the century, Kay picks up were Leroux leaves off, and talks about subjects that he never even mentioned in his novel.
First read Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera ( item number 0060809248, to really understand the story.)
Susan Kay's PHANTOM gives the story as much of a 'punch' that you could ever hope for.
Kay goes so far as to even giving the Persian a very interesting background, and of course Erik.
Her writing explains so much about his complexity and his distaste for humanity, and for himself.
Susan Kay even gives some more explanations to Christine's child like behavior, and Raoul''s antagonist obsession with her.
This could be called the "adult" version to a certain extent. Wonderfully written and the story never falls flat, or out of date. ... Read more


17. Derik's Bane (Berkley Sensation)
by Maryjanice Davidson
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Derik's a werewolf with alpha issues--and a body to die for.

Sara is the personification of unspeakable evil--and smells like roses.

Now if they could just stop drooling over each other long enough to save the world.
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18. Dark Destiny
by Christine Feehan
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5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I have read all of the "Dark" books and I love them all. The carpathian men are what every woman dreams of. I have read the reviews posted here for Dark Destiny and was shocked that anyone could consider Destiny whiny or Nicolae weak. I loved the book. I thought that it was very true to life that Destiny had problems with trust and being touched. Being converted by a vampire and used as she was should have destroyed her, also she was in daily agony from the lesions and toxins in her blood. Just surviving that trauma and giving Nicolae a chance showed how strong she was. Nicolae not only helped her through the degradation but lived it with her. He understood that more than anything she needed to feel in control of everything around her. However, he still gave her limits and protected her without her knowledge. I think that he must be one of the strongest of the carpathian males and I can't wait to read her next book and I hope it about his brother.

5-0 out of 5 stars Destiny's Dilemma
With Dark Destiny Ms Feehan has bought a new twist to the Carpathian series - a female Carpathian hunter.

Destiny has spent her life destroying vampires, after one destroyed her childhood and made her life one of pain and solitude. To her if they suck blood they're a vampire.

Nicolae was the only light during those long years. He taught Destiny everything she knew. Now the question is will Destiny use those lessons to destroy him.

Dark Destiny is a very emotional book. There is deep sorrow - but also great humor when the two Carpathians are forcibly adopted by a Seattle neighbourhood. It answers some questions, for example what happens when lifemates meet too late. At the same time more questions are raised and the tempo is building.

Ms Feehan consistantly provides strong stories with memorable characters. This is one of the best of the series and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome book
In this book, Mrs. Feehan has shown that even through the toughest adversity the goodness of a persons heart and soul shine through.
The Heroine of this book, Destiny, underwent physical, mental and emotional abuse throughout her childhood and was still able to show an inner strength and a will to survive. Once again Christine has given us a strong hero who knows that with true love all things can be conquered and a heroine who has to learn that being strong sometimes means needing someone to lean on.
This book has action, romance, suspense and even small amounts of comedy. For the first time in her Dark series Christine has given a woman the role of a hunter, and she has done so with a beautifully written story that takes you further into the shadow world she started in Dark Prince.
Destiny is a woman who thinks she is doomed to spend her life alone because of a horrible attack by a vampire when she was a child but Nicolae is determined to win her heart and prove to her that they belong together not just now but for eternity and he will do whatever it takes to make her understand that. The secondary characters in this story make it even better as you get caught up in their world and what happens to them and how Nicolae and Destiny will do anything to protect them from harm.
If you enjoy action, romance and suspense pick this book up and give it a try..you will not be disappointed. You might actually find yourself entering another world, full of shadows, night creatures and those who call that world home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmmm. What a great feeling.....
Another wonderful book by Christine Feehan. I loved her portrayal of Destiny as a victim of child abuse, it was dead on, compelling, and inspiring in how she handled Destiny's trust issues. Nicholae is the perfect male - putting her needs first, encouraging her, moving at her pace, allowing her to heal and to make up her own mind about their relationship. It was a story of healing and hope.

I for one, hope that Ms. Feehan continues in her quest to bring child and spousal abuse into the light of day. What a triumph for those who have been victimized to see a heroine in a book by a best selling author who mirrors their own fears and needs. If she has reached ONE woman or child who have been abused and given them hope for themselves through this book, she has done her job and done it admirably.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and feeling...and a heck of a rush!
As someone who has been abused as a child this book was both amazing and compelling in it's portrayal of true triumph over evil. Survivors of such terrible ordeals will feel an instant connection with the character Destiny.
This is by far my favorite Dark book. They are all good, but this one touched my heart more than any book I've ever read in my life.
The romance in this is heartfelt and goes right to your soul. The action and adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat. ... Read more


19. Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island Trilogy)
by Nora Roberts
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Asin: 051513287X
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 3194
Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing conclusion
Mia's character and hints about Sam were explored in the first two books of the trilogy leading to a delicious sense of anticipation for the romance between the two of them in third book. I found this story to be somewhat contrived and a disappointment. Mia and Sam are both strong characters and the book did not do justice to either of them. The reason why Sam left Mia was weak. The grudge Mia held for Sam throughout most of the book was even weaker. This conclusion to the trilogy betrayed both characters. I feel that Nora Roberts is one of the best romantic novelists around, but must admit I skipped thru about a third of the book, finding it boring, slow going and forced. Fortunately Ms. Roberts can be counted on to produce good writing more often than not!

5-0 out of 5 stars DISTINCTIVE READING OF THIS POPULAR TALE
Both a reader and director for Brilliance Audio, Sandra Burr offers a distinctive rendering of Nora Roberts's conclusion to her Three Sisters Island trilogy, "Face The Fire."

The setting once more is a New England island where Mia Devlin has rebuilt her life after Sam Logon deserted her. He was, Mia believed, her true love with whom she shared such depth and passion that nothing could separate them. But leave her he did.

Now, some years later Sam is the new owner of the only hotel on the island, and he returns to both twist the knife in Mia's heart and resurrect old feelings.

As in her previous two novels Roberts peppers her plot with paranormal events: Sam is a witch, spells are cast, and magic holds sway.

Fans of this author will relish the final book in her trilogy and wish for more.

- Gail Cooke

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as the other two (3 1/2 stars)
Okay, I'll preface this by saying that I found this book to be entertaining enough and the writing was good. But, when compared with Roberts' other work and the other two books in the series, it didn't hold up her normal level of quality.

My biggest problem is that Mia was the strongest and most compelling woman of the three from the series but her story was the least compelling of the trilogy. That was disappointing.

I liked that Mia and Sam were Fire and Water and had the complimentary and yet fire and ice sort of relationship. Thing is, I didn't find the whole idea of him leaving the way he did and yet coming back and expecting her to fall at his feet very enticing. The way he left was cruel and I couldn't understand why she should take him back or even why we're supposed to believe he had this deep love for her. The Sam of the present was not the Sam that left Mia, but you're supposed to think he is except for this glaring mistake. Yes, people change but I didn't buy it.

So much happens in the story that you don't understand or seems to come from nowhere, big and important parts of the story seem to have been added at the last minute. I thought the end was totally confusing and even though I read it a few times it still seemed to come out of left field. Usually Roberts does this sort of thing exceptionally well, and she did in the other two books, but this one left me feeling unsatisfied.

All in all, it was interesting enough to hold my attention and it was nice to see the character progression for Nell and Ripley but it left me feeling flat.

3-0 out of 5 stars If I could have understood half of it, it would have rated
much higher! I couldn't believe how Roberts dropped the ball on the last book. Mia in the previous books was shown to be strong, confident and fearless, but this book tore all that apart, and left me with a feeling of what happened? In many parts Roberts didn't write directly what Mia was thinking, or doing, which led to a disjointed feeling within the book. And the part about Sam coming back as the 4th element? That was so out of left field. I don't know what went wrong, as the other two were so strong. Ripley and Nell were both strong in this book as any other, and Ripley grew tremendously within the book from the previous ones. Buy this to finish up 3 sisters, but don't expect it to be your favorite book of all time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Leaving something to be desired
I absolutely loved Dance Upon the Air and Heaven and Earth. This book was fair, but when judged against its predecessors it falls short. Mia and Sam's relationship seemed unrealistic: Sam's sudden desire to return to Three Sisters and Mia's sudden epiphany at the end of the story (which I couldn't understand.) However, the characters and background from the last two books made this story enjoyable. I loved the suprises Nell and Ripley both had. So, in the end if you liked the first two books, you might as well read the third just to finish the story of 3 Sisters Island. ... Read more


20. Dark Legend
by Christine Feehan
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Asin: 084394952X
Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
Publisher: Leisure Books
Sales Rank: 16286
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Gabriel wakes deep within the ground, and the first sensation he feels is an overwhelming hunger for blood. But as he hunts the dark streets of Paris for prey, a voice calls to him, soothing, calming, giving him the strength to control his craving. Francesca Del Ponce is a healer, a woman who radiates goodness as powerfully as the sun does light. Though Garbriel knows she will be like hot silk in his arms, though he knows the taste of her will be addictive, he fears for her life and his soul if he takes her. Then with one mind-shattering vow she gives herself-- I offer freely, without reservation, I offer my life for yours as is my right--and with a firestorm of long-forgotten feelings, he glimpses salvation. Love Spell Book Club selection! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Darks Series entrances . . .
Well MS Feehan has done it again. She is continually writing stories that have you wanting more. I was caught from the first page and avidly read each word.
Dark Legend is the story of Gabriel, one of the earliest vampire hunters. The ancient hunter fears he is close to turning, becoming that which he hunts - a vampire.
Learn how Gabriel finds his lifemate, Francesca, a gifted healer. Read of the battles they endure to be together.
Each page in this entrancing story brings you closer to the final confrontation between Gabriel and his oldest enemy. I waited anxiously for the climatic battle with . . .
If you've read the other books in the Dark Series, you'll love this one. I couldn't put it down.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Legend! WoW
Dark Legend

This was a great book.

So far in Ms Feehan's previous books she would tease us with the Dark Warriors.

The legends go about two dark angels of death.
They protect humans and Carpathian's from the destruction of Vampires.

After so many hundreds of years many believe that this was just a legend.
Few knew of their existence and even they had thought that the Dark Twins were gone.
Gabriel and Lucian were as close as any man could be, closer as they loved each other.

However, Lucian could feel that Gabriel was closer to turning to the dark side with each kill of an evil vampire. Lucian figured that if he gave Gabriel something other than a kill to focus on that it would keep him from turning before he found his lifemate.
So, for hundreds of years the two would battle, until one such battle left them both drained. Going underground in the Carpathian way to heal was the only option Gabriel had. Having just awoken and confused Gabriel walked upon Francesca ready to fed, when..........

You will have to read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay Book
I gave Dark Legend 3 stars because the author, Christine Feehan, uses alot of phrases over repeatedly and it gets annoying. (Ex. Hot silk velvet.) Also, I kina found the whole 'mind-reading' thing between Gabriel and Francesca to be sort of cheesy. Everything about Gabriel was the sterotype vampire. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would because it is alot like other vampire books.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best in the Dark Series!
Gabriel has been hunting his twin brother, Lucien, for hundreds of years. He never dreamed that his brother, who was the strongest of all Carpathians, could turn vampire, but he was determined to keep his promise to destroy him before he can ruin more innocent lives. Gabriel knows that he is not Lucien's equal, but he did manage to trick him and imprison them both deep underground for over a hundred years. But something woke him suddenly and Gabriel knew that Lucien was free. All Gabriel felt, though, was a relentless hunger, an overwhelming desire for blood that demanded satisfaction. Before he could find suitable prey, he heard a voice calling to him, soothing, calming, and offering him strength to control his craving.

Francesca Del Ponce was a healer and had dedicated her life to good and helping those less fortunate. Unbeknownst to the humans who surrounded her, Francesca was Carpathian, one of the few females who escaped the bloodletting many years ago. Francesca had separated herself from all other Carpathians and resigned herself to living alone. She knew that she had a life mate out there because she had seen him, but he had turned away from her without saying a word. That man was Gabriel.

Gabriel had no idea that he had caused so much anguish to his lifemate and he was horrified when he found out the truth. Still, he could not be denied and claimed Francesca as his own. For the first time in centuries he could see colors and feel emotions - feel fear... Because he knew that by binding Francesca to him, he had made her a target for his twin, Lucien, who was always watching, waiting for the moment to strike...

I simply loved this book. It is a wonderful addition to the Dark series and I think that Christine Feehan keeps getting better with each book she writes in the series. Gabriel was a very strong Carpathian male, but so sweet and tender with Francesca and he had many soft spots that made him endearing. Francesca was a very untypical Carpathian female and had discovered many wonders and accomplished much in her medical research and study over the years. She is no wilting violet, but she doesn't defy Gabriel over every little thing either, which was a refreshing change. The characters were great, the love scenes were hot and Gabriel and Francesca are simply perfect for each other! If you haven't read any of the Dark Series you are seriously missing out and, if you have, this is definitely a book that you will want to own - it's a keeper!

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than some
I guess, being I am not a romance fan, I give four stars instead of five since this is not my favorite genre to read. I am a vampire fiction fan, so I enjoy Freehan's idea of the two separate races. It's a different and unique way of thinking about vampires. Most books I've read in this series, though, lie heavy on the steamy sex scenes and there is not much room for any actual plot (disappointing). In this contribution, finds his woman (who is surprising NOT human--a step from the norm that Freehan has been writing in the series) and he still needs to overcome his evil brother.

Normally, I would give Freehan's books three stars, but since this one actually contains a plot, even if it is an extrememly predictable one and has an obvious solution, and just doesn't revolve around sex, I decided to give it four stars. ... Read more


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