Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Series #1)

Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Series #1)

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by Christina Dodd
     
 

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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.

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

This satisfying series kickoff finds Ann Smith, an inexperienced, plain-Jane office assistant, dropping off some paperwork at the home of her handsome, successful boss, Jasha Wilder-and hoping to use the opportunity to confess her mad crush on him-when she catches him transforming from wolf to man. It's just the beginning for the dumbstruck secretary, whose discovery draws her into Jasha's cursed world-his family's ancient pact with the devil, the search for their clan relics, a gang of boisterous, unpredictable relatives who share his shape-shifting ability-and onward to her extraordinary destiny. Dodd's latest is a fast-paced, well-written paranormal, with a full, engaging mythology and a handful of memorable characters. In Ann, she creates the quintessential all-American girl, counterpointing nicely the rich tapestry of Jasha's family history; the mix shows great promise for future volumes. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451221735
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Series:
Darkness Chosen Series, #1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
505,355
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 4.24(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Christina Dodd is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Washington with her husband and two dogs.

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Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Athenna More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since this is Ms. Dodd's first attempt at the paranormal genre I shouldn't critize it to much. Ms. Dodd is an awesome writer. However, her characters lacked imagination and depth. This book has a wonderful storyline. The quest to break a thousand year old curse is pretty cool. But I found myself wanting to hear more about Jasha's(main character) parents then watching his relationship unfold with his assistant. She left so much untold. Or, maybe she told it but there wasn't a real connection with the characters. Even Ann (Jasha's love interest) didn't believe Jasha truly loved her. Just when I thought it was going to get really interesting it burned out and was boring. No build up and No battle. This book didn't leave me aching to read the next. It did however leave me curious to see if gets better as she continues the quest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Smith is a quiet, organized woman who has moved up the company she works for to become the owner¿s office administrator. She heads to his country home, having to drop off important paperwork, and hoping to seduce her handsome boss. All is going well until she hears a noise in the house and witnesses a wolf change into a man, only it isn¿t just any man, it is her boss, Jasha. She runs to get away, and one thing a wolf loves to do is to give chase. Jasha is shocked to find Ann in his house. He chases Ann and some very steamy scenes progress from there. During the run, Ann comes across a beautiful find. The painting of Madonna is a family icon for Jasha, which was thrown into four corners of the earth when a pack was made with the devil, and it could mean the redemption of his family if and when all four pieces of the icon are found. Ann¿s destiny slowly unfolds and the truth that she has kept hidden also comes to light. Jasha and Ann must make it to safety there are enemies who are out to kill them both. Mystical creatures in Ann¿s mind, however, they are members of Jasha¿s family. Over 1000 years ago, Konstantine made a deal with the devil and in return for reeking terror the family was gifted with the ability to change shape and have extended life spans. Konstantine Wilder broke away from the pack to marry the woman he loves and has had many gifts in life while in hiding from his family. He is also very ill so his children must find all of the icons to redeem the family. I found Scent of Darkness a well-written, quick paced book. I had a hard time connecting to Jasha, however, the rest of the characters were a pleasure to meet. I look forward to reading more of the series from Ms. Dodd. Deidre Sine of Night Owl Romance © Night Owl Romance 2005-2006
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Office assistant Ann Smith knows she loves her boss, Jasha Wilder, although he only behaves professionally with her. She assumes her feelings will remain unrequited as a handsome hunk would never look twice at a plain Jane. Still one evening when Ann drops off papers at Jasha¿s home, she decides to tell him the truth. However, her confession is short circuited when she observes her employer change into a werewolf. --- One millennium ago, Jasha¿s ancestor Konstantine Varinski made a Faustian deal with the devil, which his descendants suffer from ever since. Jasha's parents ignored the devilish contract to marry and raise children. However, their act of defiance has left the Wilder family in jeopardy of eternity as permanent guests of the devil if they fail to restore the missing pieces of a religious icon. Shockingly Ann has become part of the solution or perhaps more likely a resident of the hell. --- The opening gamut in Christina Dodd¿s Darkness Chosen paranormal romantic suspense story line is a fantastic thriller due to a strong fully developed cast. The contrast between the lead couple is wonderfully interwoven into the fast-paced story line so that the reader compares her Americanism to his millennium shift shaping heritage. SCENT OF DARKNESS is must reading for sub-genre fans as Ms. Dodd serves up a fabulous first entry and if this is any indication of the quality of the future entries, the audience will receive immense pleasure with this saga. --- Harriet Klausner
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I don't normally read this genre, but this book held me from the beginning. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
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This was my first experience with this author, and definitely my last. This book was poorly written, characters had no depth, and the story was so terribad, I could not even make it to the end. Just pass this one by folks, and grab up some Nalini Singh, Briggs, or someone of that nature. I know this genre doesn't get a whole lot of serious attention, but let's not degrade so low as to let authors like this get away with putting out such garbage.
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
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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