Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen, Bk 1)
Scent of Darkness - Darkness Chosen, Bk 1 Author:Christina Dodd The Darkness Chosen Series — A thousand years ago, a brutal warrior roamed the Russian steppes and struck a sinister bargain. In return for the ability to change at will into a cold-hearted predator, Konstantine promised his soul -- and the souls of his descendants -- to the devil. — Scent of Darkness — Anna Smith loves her dynamic boss, Jasha Wild... more »er, but her daring plan to seduce him goes awry when she encounters a powerful wolf who, before her horrified eyes, changes into the man she adores. She soon discovers that she can't escape her destiny, for Jasha is Konstantine's descendant, and Ann is the woman fated to break the curse that binds his soul.« less
To me the mark of a good book in a series is if you want to read the next one - I do! A thousand years ago, a brutal warrior roamed the Russian steppes and struck a sinister bargain. In return for the ability to change at will into a coldhearted predator, Konstantine promised his soul - and the souls of his descendants - to the devil. In the first of the series Jasha Wilder and Ann Smith confront the results of that pact in modern day America.
Wow, Ms. Dodd has quite a nack for the paranormal romance. Interesting start to this series. A deal struck w/the devil over 1000 years ago has a family trying to break the curse. This is Jasha (the oldest son) and Ann's story. There is a great story with terrific characters. These 2 people have worked together & she has loved him from the beginning but they both have secrets (he can turn into a wolf & she has a tattoo that comes to life & brings evil to her). Also a great love story. Looking forward to the next book with Jasha's brother Rurik.
R L. reviewed Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 10
This is a tightly woven, fast paced story with unusual twists and turns. Move over Kenyon, more beasts are on the prowl. The wait for the rest of the series will be painful.
Ann Smith loves her handsome, dynamic boss, Jasha Wilder, but her daring plan to seduce him goes awry when she encounters a powerful wolf who-before her horrified eyes-changes into the man she adores. She soon discovers she can't escape her destiny, for she is the woman fated to break the curse that binds his soul.
This series was so good I read all four books in 4 days. I'd finish one and immediately pick up the next in line. The heroes were interesting and complex and sometimes bad beyond belief, but you still couldn't help rooting for them. The heroines were likeable. The mythology was rich, a nice twist on the same old shapeshifter story. The Chicago Tribune called this series "devilishly clever" and I couldn't agree more.
Demons,Murders, Wolfs. This book has it all for the Ultimate Good vs. Evil show down. I really liked this book. However, some minor points. I feel that the I love you moment that happens in all great novels happened a little too fast. The character's need a little more emotional growth, and the reader just did not get it when the moment happened. The timing felt a little. Overall this book will be getting a B+ from me. Great concept, and ended strongly. Looking forward to the second story, Touch of Darkness
I read the second in this series and was intrigued by the storyline. She introduces the characters in a way that you get to know them and remember who each one is without getting confused. I would have liked to have more information about the main female character; the story behind the tattoo. But that may be addressed in a later story. This is paranormal without being dark. There is mystery, romance and the characters get to do things that sound like they would be really fun. In this instance, turn into a wolf and run with a pack. I like my stories to end with good winning over evil. I have the other two in this series and look forward to reading them. Christina Dodd never disapoints.
This book was HOT right from the start. It didn't feel like pandering or chick-porn even though the first love scene takes place pretty early on in the book. It made sense for the story and the characters. The situation was interesting, a unique mythology for lycanthropes and good setup for future books. I read all four in the series and fell in love with two of the books as real keepers.