Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Series #1)

Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen Series #1)

by Christina Dodd

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451221735
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Series: Darkness Chosen Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 247,644
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 4.24(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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. 145 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
The_Book_Queen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love paranormal books that combine fantasy, sexy scenes, and romance together and leave you wanting more. So it was no surprise to me when I found myself in love with Scent of Darkness from the very first chapter-- actually, the prolouge was what hooked me and the first chapters reeled me in. The perfect start to a promising new series!Ann wanted a normal life, a perfect life. She wanted a nice house, a great job *which she already had*, maybe some childre, and, oh yeah, Jasha, her boss. Doesn't sound to bad, right? Nothing abnormal there. Of course, Ann doesn't know that her boss, her beloved Jasha, is really a demon, whose family has been 'cursed' and bound to the devil for thousands of years, becoming a preditor at will, in his case, wolf. Ann is horrified, scared... and yet strongly aroused, unable to stop herself from reacting to his coarse passions, demanding and yet somehow still gentle, if only slightly so.When Ann finds an ancient icon of the Madonna, she finds herself to be part of a Prophecy told by Jasha's mother only a short time ago. If the true loves of 'their four sons' do not find the various icons before their father dies, he will be sent to hell and he will not be redeemed of his evils. Every day, Ann finds herself being pulled in farther and farther into a world that she never knew existed, and certainly never wanted to be part of. But now, she finds that world becoming a part of her...especially Jasha, who is steadily becoming a part of her heart- again. But can he love her back? Or is she simply a pretty woman whom he has great sex with and who will be able to help his father to be redeemed before dying? You will be sitting on the edge of your seat from page one until the end, submerged in a world filled with fantasy and demons, curses and legends, love and hate, erotic moments and passionately- lovingly- possesive moments. You want to know what will happen next, what does Ann's unique birthmark mean, and who is watching them-- or, more importantly, how many. Christina Dodd has proven that she can write both tender historical romances and sexy paranormals. Right now, I already have the next two books waiting to be read, and in a bit I will start on the second in her Darkness Chosen series, Touch of Darkness which tells Rourik's story. I can't wait until Firebird's story, the fourth one, due out in August, I believe. She sounds like such an interesting character.. and it seems like she has more secrets hidden from her family than they thought. 5/5 STARS! Scent of Darkness is the perfect start to an amazing new paranormal series. Sexy alpha males, passionate but sturdy heroines, a dangerous legend, deadly secrets.... How can you possibly resist? You can't, believe me! This is a must read for anyone who likes things that go bump in the night...
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann Smith was raised in a convent and grew to be a serious, straight-laced woman. However, when it comes to her boss and winery owner Jasha Wilder, Ann tends to get a little wild. Determined to make Jasha see her as more than just an ace administrative assistant Ann follows him to his wilderness home and gets more than she bargained for when she discovers her boss' secret, one almost as terrifying as her own.This is certainly a book meant for the beginning of the series. I never really got the feeling I was reading anything more in depth than a series set-up and when the characters finally got on the same page (so to speak) at the end it almost felt a bit rushed. The writing was well executed and I didn't have any problems with that, it was more all the set up. The mythology built here wasn't a traditional werewolf tale so it didn't feel stale or redundant. I think part of my problem was that for some reason I didn't really connect with the characters here.I can certainly see why the story would appeal to lovers of supernatural thriller type romances and certainly think that if you like the genre, this would be a worthwhile read.
phyllisd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first paranormal romance. I found it very suspenseful. It hit the ground running from the very beginning and didn't stop. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted more from this book. More relationship building between Ann and Jasha, more interaction with the bad guys, more urgency from the good guys when they're supposedly under attack but decide to lie around taking a nap anyway. Just more. I do think the concept is interesting, however, and the characters are mostly likable, so I would recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal romance.
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book! The story line had such promise and I was so anticipating a great book... I thought Ann (the heroine) was a bubble headed idiot. Like I said, the beginning held sooooo much promise! But Ann evolved from a MILDLY likable character to a chick that I could barely stand to listen to!
JamesterCK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book starts out giving background on the Varinski family. Long ago, Konstantine Varinski made a deal with the devil that if he would help him defeat his enemies, he would give the devil his soul. He was given powers and abilities that helped him crush his rivals. The pact didn't just affect Konstantine, it affected all of the sons born into the family as well. Until one of those sons finally broke from "tradition"; he married, moved to America (where he changed their surname to Wilder) and had kids. Jasha Wilder is one of his sons, very successful in the wine industry. His father wants him to marry and give him grandchildren, but Jasha hasn't found the right woman yet. Ann Smith is Jasha's administrative assistant. She has been in love with Jasha for years but she is meek and timid, having been raised by nuns. Finally she decides it's now or never and goes to his vacation house to try and seduce him. When she gets there, she runs into a large wolf...and sees it transform into Jasha! She trys to run away but he stops her and she is overcome by desire even she can't explain. No sooner do they meet but they're on the run together from people who would love nothing more than to exterminate the Wilders, other descendants of Konstantine who resent the way the family is living. Ann plays a bigger part of the puzzle than she ever would have guessed after she finds a priceless relic, one very important to the Wilder family. Jasha knows he must keep her safe, but are his feelings for her just a product of needing to ensure the survival of his family, or because he is falling in love with her? My opinion: When I first started reading, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get into this book. This mouse of a woman just up and decides to do something WAY out of character for her and go to her boss's house uninvited and try and seduce him? When he has no idea of her feelings for him (or so she thinks)? I thought it was crazy, but I guess she figured she had nothing to lose...oh except her job! Anyway, kudos to her for having the guts to do something like that. She had a lot of chemistry with Jasha right away and although they had a lot of ups and downs, he really helped bring her out of her shell. Her parents had given her away when she was born and she was raised by nuns, so she didn't know much outside what she had been taught. She was virgin until she met Jasha! She is shocked by the fact that Jasha can shapeshift into a wolf, but she also has a secret of her own that she takes great strides to hide. I liked how this book set the scene for the books to follow, and I look forward to reading all of them to see what happens to the Wilder family. My rating: 5/5 stars
mthomas1975 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The concept of the book was really good. A very interesting good versus evil book going back 1,000 years. I am curious to see how the story unfolds so I will finish the series. That being said, there was something that irritated me about the book. I just couldn't buy Jasha having feelings for Ann after her being a complete stalker. I mean who packs their bags, goes to their "loves" house, walks right in the front door and hangs their clothes in the closet? Had I come home to that I would've been beyond pissed and called the cops. I could see her going to his house to seduce him but just making herself at home was wrong like she never thought for a second that he would reject her. Had she been that confident why didn't she approach him about her feelings earlier? Ann seriously irritated me in the beginning. In the beginning of the book, I kept shaking my head and thinking what the hell is wrong with this girl. Is she deficient? I did grow to somewhat like her. On to the good things. Seeing Jasha's battle within was intriguing. He is a demon after all and to see him struggle to keep his emotions under control in order to protect Ann was good. I loved the interaction between Jasha's family. They are the reason that I will continue this series. That and the fact that Ann will not be the focus point in the other books. Seeing his birthright and what Konstantine fought for and left behind for love was beautiful. I want to see if they are able to save his soul and if we will ever meet the mysterious bad brother.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann Smith has always loved her boss, Jasha Wilder, from afar but now she has a chance to beard him in his lair she decides to take it. Little does she know that he's a werewolf and she is destined to help him save his soul.It's pretty predicable but I enjoyed the ride. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
NicoleReising on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I searched this book out because I¿d read an excerpt of her most recently published book in this series¿I want to read it. :-) When I discovered it was part of a series I decided to start at the beginning and am so glad I did. I loved this story! I stayed up last night to finish reading it. Now to get the next one as soon as possible. :-)This is my first book I¿ve read of Christina Dodd¿s. I loved the paranormal elements to it, mixed with the action. Definitely going to have to try other books/series by her. :-)
Justy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of the Darkness Chosen series and it sucked me right in. In this book we meet the Wilder family for the first time and learn about their past. Ann Smith is infatuated with her boss Jasha Wilder, after working for him for years she felt she knew him. The day she surprises him at his castle proves to her that he is more special and different than she had expected. Join this couple as they work together to survive and try to break the curse.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad. Once I got into it, it was somewhat gripping. But I didn't particularly the hero. Overly an alpha male type. I do want to read the sequels so I did get into the family characters and the plot but the romance didn't seem real because I couldn't see what the pretty decent heroine would want with a bullying boss.
blingtastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suprisingly an enjoyable read; very fast-paced and sensual. Also involved family relationships, which also was a precursor to future books in the series; looking forward to the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book a few times and it gets better every time I read it. Now I'm going to buy it on digital format to read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series ! The book was very exciting! Great read !
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