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Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Series #1)

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Great new series

Sent of Darkness by Christina Dodd
Ann smith was absolutely in love with her boss; she had worked for him for years and he never seemed to notice her in anything other than a professional capacity. She desperately wanted to show him her feminine side. So after receivin...
Sent of Darkness by Christina Dodd
Ann smith was absolutely in love with her boss; she had worked for him for years and he never seemed to notice her in anything other than a professional capacity. She desperately wanted to show him her feminine side. So after receiving an important fax regarding his business she took that as a perfect excuse to dive up to his home in Washington and seduce him.
Once she got to his home she found he was not home and proceeded to make her self at home and get ready to seduce him. Once she heard something down stairs she was excited it may be him, rushing to find out she found more than she bargained for. All she wanted was this perfect man and instead what was standing before her was a perfect wolf now shifting into what was that perfect man. As soon as she gathered her strength she ran for it and he followed chase.
Ann soon learn that not only was she now a part of this man's world but she was also destined to save his soul and his family. This was a lot to learn in one day. She knew she loved Jasha but could he ever truly love her for her or because she is his family's only salvation?
Jasha Wilder was a formidable man he had a great family a growing business and all the women he wanted. But he held secretes that were coming back for him and his brothers with a vengeance. Now that his distance relatives were back and seem to be out for blood he will do anything to protect his family and Ann. He had known her the whole time she worked for him, he trusted her above all else but now he found he wanted to know even more of her, every inch of her. This woman did not sooth his beast she brought it closer to the surface but he wanted her even more. If they can just survive the war that has been brought to them he will have and keep this woman if it is the last thing he does. But can he convince her that his love for her is genuine?
I thought this was a good book. I was a very quick and easy read. At first it was a bit slow and dry but as soon as it picked up, man did it pick up. It flowed smoothly though each chapter keeping you waiting for more. It was just so easy to read. Jasha was the perfect alpha male takes what he wants and damn the conciseness. He knows how to protect and wants to do everything right for Ann; messing things up a few times, but he never quits trying. Ann was very sweet and since she had hid her own secretes that have made her a bit weary she is a little shy and timid but it is to be expected from what she has gone through. I think this was a good series and I will be reading the rest of the series I would like to see how the rest of the brothers fair.

posted by Athenna on August 26, 2010

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But I didn't feel any type of pull between Ann and Jasha. The idea is superb... a family cursed for a thousand years, but the execution just seemed a little off to me, and I was really looking forward to the series. Jasha's character didn't seem as developed as I would ...
But I didn't feel any type of pull between Ann and Jasha. The idea is superb... a family cursed for a thousand years, but the execution just seemed a little off to me, and I was really looking forward to the series. Jasha's character didn't seem as developed as I would have expected and Ann's had too many twists that just got to be too much. I mean, I know the idea of the book is about as fictional as it can get but I found myself rolling my eyes alot, as far as her character goes. And also- I'm all for pop culture references but by the 400th one, I was bored.

posted by Anonymous on July 8, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Just okay

    The idea was original the writing not so much. Scent of Darkness was okay as a filler book (until I can get my hands on the next J.R. Ward or Karen Moning) but I don't see myself going out of my way to purchase any other books in this series. The characters were too wishy-washy, going from one emotion to the next so quickly I wasn't entirely sure they weren't in need of some bipolar medication and what they were feeling for each other didn't come off as real. I'm still not sure Jasha really loved Ann. And, while Dodd did have a few moments of good writing she had a lot more of just okay writing with a lot of cliche descriptions. A lot of it just felt awkward.I'll probably read the next one, if the library has it, just to see if Dodd improves. For the plot's sake I hope she does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

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    But I didn't feel any type of pull between Ann and Jasha. The idea is superb... a family cursed for a thousand years, but the execution just seemed a little off to me, and I was really looking forward to the series. Jasha's character didn't seem as developed as I would have expected and Ann's had too many twists that just got to be too much. I mean, I know the idea of the book is about as fictional as it can get but I found myself rolling my eyes alot, as far as her character goes. And also- I'm all for pop culture references but by the 400th one, I was bored.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

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    Some issues but still a good read...

    My Review:
    This is a tough book for me to review and rate, because generally, my ratings are based purely on how much I enjoyed the experience of reading the book.
    This is a book that I enjoyed reading. I read it pretty much in one sitting and did not want to put it down, but there were certain aspects of the story that bothered me and simply did not sit right with me.

    But instead of focusing on the negative first, let's talk about what I did like about this book.

    *I like the demon/shapeshifter aspect of this book. I like that the shapeshifters are the way that they are because of a pact made with the devil 1000 years ago. I thought that this was a really creative twist on a paranormal story. That pact has come at the price of love, and I liked that the Wilder's have cheated this curse of the pact.

    *I liked the scene where Ann realized that Jasha was a shapeshifter and what a shock that was to her, although I had issues with the scene immediately following that (I talk about that below.)

    *I liked that Christina showed Jasha relating with the local wolf-pack, who are really wolves. They know that he is different, but they still accept and protect him. It was interesting to see the interactions between him and Leader...two alphas in their own right.

    *I liked that Jasha owns a winery and how their vine-growing abilities come from their mother's gypsy blood and her gift with plants.

    *I liked the relationship between the siblings and want to know more about what happened with Adrik. The three siblings that are left, though, have a good relationship and I always like reading stories with good sibling relationships.

    The things that bothered me about the book were issues with the main characters:

    *Jasha is too alpha. He basically forces Ann several times in the book and ultimately, she does get pleasure from that, but it was always prefaced by pain. This was just too close to rape for my liking and Jasha admits and apologizes for "forcing" her several times. It just seemed wrong somehow in the way that it was written someway...

    *Jasha and Ann have worked together for 3+ years. 6 months ago, she decided that she was going to change so that she could be the type to attract him. He admits that he never really saw her as anything more than his really efficient assistant. I have a hard time accepting soulmates when it requires her to change to get his attention.

    Like I said, I enjoyed the book. There were just those little things that niggled and didn't sit well as I was reading it, and for me, those little things are big when it comes to the ability for a relationship to last forever...even in a romance novel.

    I am still debating about whether I will read the other three books in the series. I am curious about where the story goes from here because there were a lot of unanswered questions left after this one.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    O.K but...

    I'm a little disappointed because though I liked the story, the writing skill lacked. The character's feeling were explained but yet not where you can "Be in the characters", many times I had to read the lines again to understand because of either grammar or typing problems. The story didn't "flow". There were bumps here and there for me!!
    And that's too bad, it could have been really good.

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