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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SIGNET; First Printing edition (27 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451218663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451218667
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tense multifaceted thriller...superb...Fans of Lori Handeland's 'Moon' novels will want to read Lynn Viehl's delightful tale."

Lynn Viehl...treats the vampire universe to a sharp new set of fangs. (Holly Lisle)

About the Author

Under her own name and pseudonyms, Lynn Viehl has published over twenty-five novels with ROC and NAL since her debut novel was published in January 2000. She and her family currently live in Florida.

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In Dark Need we catch up with Lucan the Darkyn assassin who we first met in If Angels Burn. Homicide detective Samantha Brown crosses paths with Lucan during the course of her investigation into a bizarre drowning. As the number of killings increases Samantha becomes even more deeply drawn into the world of the Darkyn and their enemies - the Brethren. But she also has enemies of her own.

Lucan has a darkly wicked sense of humour and is perhaps the most overtly sexual of the Darkyn we have encountered so far. His relationship with Samantha is complicated, in that as much as he wants her, he tries to push her away. The reason for this becomes clear at the end of the book, but it makes for a strange courtship. I'm aware from reading other reviews that some readers found this unsatisfying, but I think it's a case of having to look at the reasons for a characters actions, rather than just the actions themselves.

One thing I did find confusing was how Alex knew about the bad guy. At the climax of the story she calls out his name but I'm not clear on how she knew who he was.

There is a continuation of several plot threads from the two previous books including Michael and Alex, Alex's research and John Keller's quest. Indeed the more John tries to escape from the Darkyn/Brethren conflict the further he seems to entrench himself in it. I think this is more of a standalone story than Private Demon (book 2), though you will get more out of it if you're familiar with the backstory.

Some new plotlines are started here - we learn more about Tremayne's condition, the changelings are introduced, and some new characters are mentioned.
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Lucan (a very mean vampire) finds his match in Samantha (a fighter if ever there was one). A journey that takes then through the trials of life and trust.
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love it sizzles hotmen strong women and a great exciting read love it hot vampires you did it again thank you
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9e9c90) out of 5 stars Frustrating! 11 Jun. 2006
By Anna Hope - Published on
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Dark Need, the third installment in Viehl's Darkyn series, finally stars the evilly delicious Lucan, former Templar knight and assasin of the vampires. He can kill with his touch, is trained in fighting with nearly every weapon, and when he gets grumpy glass shatters.Plus he's the king of Florida's vampires. Oh, yeah, he loves women, too. They are like a sultry smorgasbord for him, which he enjoys to the fullest. Then some freak kills his former mistress and Detective Samantha Brown enters his life to solve the case.

Sam is a no fuss homicide detective with a strange gift, She can read the blood of the dead with her hand. A neat trick to gain after nearly dying herself. With her attacker attempting to come back into her life, a freaky killer on the loose, and Lucan the strange new nightclub owner all vying for her attention she needs every gift she can use.

Sam and Lucan are fantastic together. Watching their stormy relationship play out is entrancing. BUT, the problem is we don't get to see enough of it! Their story gets no more time in this book than the machinations of Michael Cyprian and head boss Richard and possibly less time than John Keller and his trials with the Brethren. If you haven't read the other books in the series, If Angels Burn and Private Demon, you will be completely lost in the vampire world and its counterpoint of the creepy priests. The book gets very creepy at times with the doings of a mass murder out after Lucan.

Everything is unmasked at the end, but comes to a jarring cliffhanger that won't be resolved till atleast the next book is released in April '07. Sam and Lucan don't even get an epilogue and only end up together on the last page. I want more of this couple. It is a romance afterall!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1cedf8) out of 5 stars Woven stories, complex characters and a great new world... 24 July 2006
By ChefCheyanne - Published on
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...encompass this stand alone novel from the Darkyn series. At first I was a little put off by the Franco/Slavic language combo used to describe the various players, but I finally got it--so don't give up. The language is heavy going for the first few chapters. The richness of the world created by the author uses the archaic language to advantage and to add the sauce of the Knights Templar to a vamp series is brilliant. The sensuality is just lovely--inspired slightly by Laurel K's use of ardeur--here is called l'attrait and is noted by a lovely smell--wild rose, jasmine, lavender--of the vamp who is attracted. The plot is complex, the setting is lush So Beach, Fla and the romance between the male & female leads sensual, healing and involved.

A pleasant surprise and a fabulous new author to add to our list.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6737ec) out of 5 stars Needing Something More 24 Jun. 2006
By Leah Lane - Published on
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The third book in the Darkyn series, Dark Need, starts out promising enough. Tough cop Samantha meets nasty vampire Lucan. However, the author has so many interesting characters and apparently not enough page allowances from her publisher to adequately tell everything. I think this book should have been marketed as dark fantasy or horror, not romance. There is sex but very little romance between Samantha and Lucan. Samantha starts out strong but she quickly dissolves into a weak-willed puddle under Lucan's influence. Lucan is not a sympathetic character in any way, shape or form. He hardly redeemed himself at the end of the story, either, which wasn't really the end, but a cliffhanger for Alexandra and Michael from the first Darkyn book "If Angels Burn". In Viehl's world, there is no such thing as happily ever after, especially for Alexandra and Michael. Lucan's motives were questionable and the so-called resolution at the end of the book was confusing to say the least. Viehl's gritty, grim Darkyn world is definitely not for everyone. I'm not ready to give up on this series yet, but I think Viehl really needs to focus on fewer characters and have a more cohesive, consistent plot the next time around.
108 of 142 people found the following review helpful
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I was rendered speechless by the awfulness of this book for a good two hours after reading it. It actually gave me trouble going to sleep, and not because it was scary, but because it was so morally lifeless and it left me with the most sour taste in my mouth.

My list of issues: our "heroine" is ugly, dresses in ugly clothes, yet is somehow constantly approached by men and lesbians alike? She doesn't appear to be a very good cop and it's not even really a main thread of the plotline. In 2006, as a cop, she doesn't know what "goth" is?

Our "hero" is a heartless jerk - really - who up until basically the last two or three pages, doesn't want to have anything to do with Sam other than toss her on a desk here and there. He has mindless sex with anything that moves and continues his little obsession with his rival's wife, marveling at her beauty, even while involved with Sam, if you can call having emotionless sex with her being "involved." He has sex with her, he sends her away, he has sex with her, he has his servant call her and tell her he wants nothing to do with her, he has sex with her, he basically threatens to kill her with falling glass. Charming guy.

Really, all of these Darkyn books (I can't believe I actually bought them now) are awful, but this is the absolute worst of the three. As with the others, the point about the Darkyn fighting some whacko branch of the church is mindnumbingly boring and confusing. I have no idea why the former Father John Keller (brother to the heroine in the first book) keeps showing up because frankly, by this last book, when I saw his name, I skipped ahead.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae8d780) out of 5 stars Different kind of Paranormal Romance 26 July 2006
By Jen - Published on
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I have read all 3 books in this series. I had a hard time getting into the first one. Once I got into it, I loved it.

I have had the same feeling with the other two.

This is my favorite so far.

I find that it's hard to get into each book, but right around the middle of the book, I can't put it down.

She is unlike any paranormal romance author that I have read before.

Anyone could read these book.

I think that people who enjoy Laurell K. Hamilton, would like these books also.
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