Was She More Than His Mate?
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 possess 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 feminine 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?
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Release Date: November 2000
Number of Pages: 390 pages
Publisher: Love Spell
Julian has been asked to warn a young singer that she has been put on the hit list of a group of vampire hunters. She has a beautiful, haunting voice and her eccentric ways have attracted the wrong kind of attention. She travels with a band, the Dark Troubadours, consisting of three men and another woman and a couple of not very tame leopards. Much to his shock, Julian discovers a group of missing Carpathians. Desari is an ancient, with the full powers of an ancient female. He is the first Carpathian male who lays claim to a woman of equal power. This is a story of love and discovery. Two strong very territorial males find themselves in close quarters protecting the woman they love. Desari and her unique gifts are a true challenge for a powerful Carpathian male.
This is the first of the trilogy I wrote within the Dark Series. I wanted to include stories for each of the band members. Dark Challenge starts the trilogy, it is continued with Dark Fire
and ends with Dark Melody
, which contains the reunion of all band members and their families. Due to word count I could not do justice to the stories and include the reunion so I decided on a continuation of three books. I hope you enjoy them!
~DARK CHALLENGE FAQ's~
FAQ: Who is the male cover model on the original cover of Dark Challenge?
cover model on original cover of Dark Challenge is John DeSalvo.
We would like to give credit to the female cover model
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FAQs: Is that Dark Challenge I saw in Kate and Leopold?
Yes, if you look closely you can spot Meg's assistant reading Dark Challenge!
~DARK CHALLENGE AWARDS & HONORS~
Honorable Mention for the 2000 PEARL Award
for Best Shapeshifter
Finalist for 2000 PEARL Award
for Best Overall Paranormal
Finalist for 2000 Francis Award
for Other Paranormal
Finalist for 2000 All About Romance Award
for Favorite Other Romance
Winner for 2000 RBL Romantic Hughie Award
for Best Paranormal
Recommended by Barnes & Noble
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~DARK CHALLENGE REVIEWS~
Reviewed by Jill M. Smith
and multifaceted world that impressive author Christine Feehan
has created continues to improve with age. By introducing this
new band of Carpathians, she is setting the stage for more exhilarating
adventures to come.
Faves and Raves
Reviewed by Kathy Boswell
Member of Reviewers International Organization (RIO)
5 thumbs up.
in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series is absolutely the best
yet, in my humble opinion. I totally fell in love with Julian
and Desari was the most wonderful heroine yet! She is wholly
ancient Carpathian and won't let Julian get away with one ounce
of his male arrogance and dominance!
This book not only tells us about the Carpathian race but it
also gives us even more background about the ancients and gives
us a peek at what is yet to come from the marvelous creator
of this fabulous series! Christine Feehan cannot write these
books fast enough for me!
Reviewed by Gloria Kruenegel
again the Queen of Carpathian's reigns supreme! This book just
blew me away with the awesome love story Ms. Feehan is so, so
good at creating! She took me out of my world and transported
me to the wonderful world she alone created with her Carpathian
Romances. If you somehow missed her first books in this series,
you OWE it to yourself to find them, and read them as you will
want to be ready for this book when it appears on Bookstore
shelves. The intense romance and the exciting paranormal plot
with all its twists and turns will keep the reader enthralled
in this one, from cover to cover. I have no clue how this author
keeps getting better and better, but
I thank her very much
and look forward to each new book with much impatience. Thanks
Reviewd by Carol Castellanos
The only word that came to mind when describing DARK
CHALLENGE is enthralling. I found myself unable to stop reading once I
started. It's definitely a one sitting book. This book had everything.
A sexy male in the form of Julian Savage, an ancient Carpathian
and vampire hunter, a strong female in the form of Desari, an
ancient female Carpathian at full power, and once they meet
the sparks fly. With Desari, Julian may just find, not only
his lifemate and a match for his strong will, but things he
didn't know were missing, like love, friends, and sense of belonging
Reviewed by Darlene Kendall
just read Ms. Feehan's Carpathian series, I devour them and
then I reread one again just to savor a phenomenal book that
whets my appetite for the next delicious tale. Each book consistently
gifts readers with a unique plot, eminently satisfying and sexy
heroes who are true to their race and an inferno of steamy sensuality.
Connoisseurs of paranormal romances will find this series THE
BOMB! Triple Kudos to Ms. Feehan for her stupendous imagination
by Venetia Groom, UK
has yet to disappoint, though at the rate her fan club is growing,
I doubt this lady is capable of disappointing anyone! Dark Challenge
is an enthralling read, beautifully written and best of all,
it reveals a little more of Carpathian history and yet more
intriguing characters. For those fans out there mourning the
loss to Gregori (to Savannah) fear not, as another has arrived!
He is just as deadly, just as gorgeous and just as dangerous
and furthermore he is still available! I shall not give any
more away, go and get the book.
by Harriet Klausner
Christine's Feehan's "Dark" tale, DARK CHALLENGE, continues
one of the best vampiric romance series on the market today.
The story line retains the freshness and excitement of the previous
novels. As with those books, this tale continues to focus on
the Carpathian race through the eyes of deep enchanting characters.
Readers will empathize with Julian's plight, marvel at Darius'
leadership abilities, and relish Desari's song. Ms. Feehan has
cast another love spell on her adoring audience who will want
book six released rather quickly.