Into the Flame (Darkness Chosen Series #4)

Into the Flame (Darkness Chosen Series #4)

by Christina Dodd

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Overview

In this “devilishly clever, scintillatingly sexy paranormal series,”(Chicago Tribune) New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd introduces the Wilder brothers—and the evil that’s haunted their family for centuries. Finally, here is the missing link that could redeem them... 

Brutally handsome cop Doug Black is determined to find the birth family who left him with nothing but a terrifying inheritance: the ability to change into a savage golden cougar. His search leads him to a woman as dauntless and exotic as her name. Firebird Wilder is bitterly familiar with supernatural gifts, and flees on discovering his secret, leaving Doug alone once more. But no one can escape a wild cougar on the hunt. When he finds her, they both must decide which is more powerful—the love that binds them together...or the secrets that threaten to tear them apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440632600
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Series: A Darkness Chosen Novel , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 63,761
File size: 763 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christina Dodd is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels—from suspense to paranormal to historical—have been translated into twenty-five languages, won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal.

Read an Excerpt

Test your paranormal knowledge and take a quiz based on Christina Dodd's New York Times bestselling Darkness Chosen series!

  1. If you were going to make a deal with the devil, what would you want?
  2. A castle on the coast
  3. A trip to Scotland
  4. A nice set of razor-sharp knives
  5. Five minutes to yourself

  • When you and your mate get it on, you prefer:
  • Doggie style
  • A fly-by
  • To be pounced on
  • Missionary with perfunctory cuddling

  • You're making a pact with the devil. What do you offer as collateral?
  • A lovely wine-making empire
  • A snazzy set of archeologist tools (fedora and whip not included)
  • Slave bracelets
  • Your minivan

  • If you were choosing a name for your murderous, shapeshifting family, you'd go with:
  • The Pack
  • The Flock
  • The Loners
  • The Darkness

  • You prefer to be wooed by:
  • A glass of wine and a nice chase through a thunderstorm
  • A private cabin on the Orient Express
  • Plain, simple bondage
  • A bucket of fried chicken

  • You know you've met the man of your dreams when:
  • Your camping trips are punctuated by romps in the sleeping bag
  • Your trips to Scotland are punctuated by romps in a mossy cave
  • Your trips to Asia are punctuated by romps in a Himalayan meadow
  • Your trips to the grocery store are about as much excitement as you can stand

  • You're having a party and your dream man's college friends show up. You:
  • Answer the door and tell the cops the howling is a fraternity ritual.
  • Tell everyone that in order to eat, they must find their food in a scavenger hunt
  • Get trapped sympathizing with the guy who got caught by animal control... and neutered.
  • Refill the chips every 30 minutes and run to the store for more beer

  • The outfit your dream man prefers you in is:
  • A little black dress
  • A khaki outfit complete with work boots
  • A Catwoman suit
  • Sweats

  • You're married to your dream man, and the phrase you say most is:
  • Shall we drink wine and have our incredibly rare steaks on the deck of your castle or go for a picnic in the woods?
  • Please stop flying around, and come back to bed.
  • I love you, honey, but please stop sweeping all of my expensive china onto the floor with your tail.
  • Pick up your socks.

  • When you order something to surprise your man with, you usually stick with:
  • Black lace
  • Feather boas
  • Animal prints
  • Latex



  • If you answered mostly A's, you want a man like Jasha.
    Jasha shape shifts into a wolf, enjoys long jogs in the woods, and savors a fine Merlot. For more information on your dream man, check out Scent of Darkness, on shelves now!

    If you answered mostly B's, you want a man like Rurik.
    He transforms into a hawk and has that Indiana Jones flair for fun archeology. For more information on this dreamy bird of prey, get a copy of Touch of Darkness, on shelves now!

    If you answered mostly C's, you want a man like Adrik.
    Merciless and sinful, he becomes a black panther when the mood suits him. For tips on how to attract your wild and wicked man, check out Into the Shadow, arriving in stores in July!

    If you answered mostly D's, you want your typical guy who drinks beer, watches football, and scratches himself.
    May I suggest that you read the entire Darkness Chosen series to spice up your ideals (and possibly your love life)! The final novel, Into the Flame, will be released in August!

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    Into the Flame (Darkness Chosen Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I can say I really enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that Doug and Firebird's relationship is not the focus of this book as much as the larger war against the Varinskis and the conclusion of the prophecy, I thought the action was paced to move quickly, and I ended up devouring this book. I thought Doug was a unique, interesting character (I'm pretty sure I've never seen a campus cop in romance before) and his motivations were sound. This book was different because we meet Doug after he and Firebird have been an item and broken up and their struggle is an issue of trust in that aftermath, and that is, again, a subplot. Dodd, however, gives us enough glimpses of their time together that their feelings and internal conflict are believable. I particularly liked Doug's stalking scenes (eerie), and seeing the prophecy played out. My only qualm was probably that I would have liked to see Doug apologize clearly for his dastardliness but I guess they were preoccupied with the life and death issues, lol. And after all, he did redeem himself by the end. All in all, it was a satisfying end to the story (that's what it was, more than a romance) and tied up all loose ends. Dodd did have more snappy, back and forth banter in this one, often with the women complaining of the men and vice versa, but I thought it was well done, clever and amusing, and it fit in well with the close-knit Wilder family we've come to know. A keeper on my fave shelf.
    Anonymous 9 months ago
    Great+end+to+the+series+
    Justy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    In this last book of the Darkness Chosen series we meet Doug Black, the Wilder brother who¿s been missing for years. With no idea of where he¿s from, he¿s become an angry young cop with the ability to transform into a cougar. In search of others like him, he finds cousins from the Old Country and arranges to use them to rescue Firebird from her family not knowing her real situation.This is also the story of single mother Firebird Wilder as she finds out the truth of her birth and reconnects with the father of her child.As their stories converge Doug must choose between his cousins and Firebird. The choice he makes will have lasting repercussions for the Wilder family and their chances of finally breaking the curse which has been on the family for 1000 years.This was a great ending to the story, it wrapped up all the loose ends and came to a good closure. Like any good story I still wanted to know more about what happens to the family. Perhaps Christina Dodd will write about the children of the Wilders one day.
    The_Book_Queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    In this stunning conclusion to Ms. Dodd's paranormal series, we finally get to hear Firebird and Douglas' story-- and believe me, it was well worth the wait. As we found out at the end of the last book, Adrik's story, Firebird is not actually a Wilder. Now the story picks up where the last one left off, and Zorena admits to the family that she strongly suspected all along that Firebird was not the child that she gave birth to that stormy night twenty plus years ago. Of course, any of us that have been reading the clues along the way *well, okay, it's more like reading the clues in the first chapter or so of this book* knows that this means the long lost fourth Wilder boy is actually Douglas, the father of Firebird's two year old boy.Though this book does not add a whole lot of new information to the overall plot, it is anything but boring. If you've followed the story from book one, you've known all along where they're headed-- all four brothers must find their true loves, who will in turn bring one of the four pieces of the broken religious icon, without which their father will continue to sicken and die, burning in hell for all eternity. This does happen, of course, so it's a happy ending for everyone.. except for the evil Varinskis, but that's okay. But between point A, the beginning, and point B, the happy ending, the story is filled with suspense and action, humor and love, hot sex and even a couple of almost teary moments. A perfect combination, as I have said many times before.From page one of the first book, you're hooked, dragged willingly into the story, experiencing it all from the hero and heroine's point of view *with a few areas where the villians are talking*. We've heard the story of all four sexy, alpha Wilder brothers, got a good look at the loving and passionate relationship of Zerona and Konstantine, and watched as the family bands together and defeats the devil himself. But finally, it's over, there is nothing more to tell, and even though you'll find yourself wanting to know more about what will happen to the five couples, Dodd does wrap the series up nicely, giving you a taste of what's to come in their futures but still gently severing the tie between you and the story. As amazing as the books are, all good things must come to an end eventually. But no worries-- you can always go back and revisit each and every one of the brothers and their mates whenever you get the urge. And believe me whenI say you will want to reread these books again and again and again. 5/5 stars! A spectacular ending to a sexy and delightful series! Really, there is nothing more to say than "Go read all four books--NOW!"
    littlegypsy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is a fantastic book especially if you have read the three proceeding ones. However I must say that it should have been a longer book, not all the questions were answered and I felt that it was rushed to be finished within a certain number of pages. Christina Dodd is a fantastic story teller and this is another prime example of her fantastic work - well done! I can't wait until you come up with your next paranormal series.
    phyllisd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    A strong conclusion to a great series: this book was suspenseful and action-packed, more of a myster/thriller than a romance. But that is in there also. I look forward to more paranormal stories from Christina Dodd.
    jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Disappointing. I give "Into the Flame" by Christina Dodd 3 stars because it's the end of her 4 book series about the Wilder/Varinski family. But I was really disappointed. I'm always willing to suspend reality, but to me this book just felt...cheesy.Firebird is the only daughter born to the fierce Wilder family. They've always considered her their miracle, even when she returned home broken in spirit and pregnant, they stood by their daughter/sister. At the end of the last book, we found out that Firebird is NOT really a Wilder. This last book is the story of Firebird and the missing Wilder son, who turns out to be her child's father.Doug is a cop who has always searched for his family. Falling in love with Firebird wasn't in his plans. When she disappears without a word, he searches for her frantically. His searches bring him into contact with the Varinskis who convince him to join their search for the Wilders. The battle between the Wilders and Varinskis will either bring about eternal damnation, or break a pact with Satan that's lasted for 1000 years.I really loved the first book in this series, "Scent of Darkness". I even liked, "Touch of Darkness". I thought "Into the Shadow" was kinda cool and the sex was way hot. But with "Into the Flame", I felt like alot of the story was rather choppy...as if large sections were edited out and those missing pieces left me confused at times. And I never really 'felt' the connection and love between Firebird and Doug.So read the book if you've read the rest of em. If you haven't read the rest of 'em, don't read this one or you'll just be massively confused.
    NicoleReising on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is the last book in the series. On one hand I was disappointed by this story¿the actual story between the two individuals didn¿t draw me in, in a believable manner, or enticing manner I guess. On the flip side, the side of the series being brought to a closure¿I loved it. there was action and drama and things really worked out well.I do have one complaint for the series as a whole that is totally a personal choice¿and I¿m warning you right here, don¿t read further as one might consider this a spoiler: the fact that they all lose their abilities makes total sense in the whole picture of how things are set up. But personally, I think that changes who these heros are and I would have liked her(Christina) to have found a way to make it so they kept their abilities without the curse. But that¿s just me.As a whole I totally recommend the series. My favorite was book 2. The first two books I¿d actually borrowed from the library but loved book 2 in particular so much, went out and bought it.
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