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Scent of Darkness (Thorndike Core) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Christina Dodd
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786299207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786299201
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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In 2014, Christina is publishing the Lost Hearts series in e-book, all enhanced with extra material:
-- JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
-- ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE
-- CLOSE TO YOU
And Christina's all-new series, Virtue Falls, starts with:
-- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls e-Short Story (July 1)
-- VIRTUE FALLS: A Full-Length Suspense (Sept 9)

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they know they've found a story "For the wild at heart!"

Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Good! 29 Aug 2009
By Ronkira
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book follows the story of Jasha Wilder and Ann Smith and their search for an icon that will break a pact that was made with the devil.

I have only ever read 3 shape shifter books and those were by Christine Feehan (Leopard series) and although it is not on par with CF it was a good read.
It started off a little slow but I persisted and have to say I enjoyed it.

The series has 4 books to it (well so far) 1)Scent of Darkness, 2)Touch of Darkness, 3) Into the Shadow and 4) Into the Flame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good 19 Aug 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought this was a pretty good first book to the darkness chosen series. Its about a shapeshifter called Jasha Wilder and the pact his ancestors made with the devil. The series follows the Wilder family's journey to freeing themselves from this pact with the help of russian Icons found by their loves.

I bought this book because I love Christina Dodd's other series "the chosen ones." This book didn't grab me immediately like those did but i liked the concept of darkness chosen and im glad I kept reading. I would recommend scent of darkness purely because as you read on, the series is really good. All 3 books which follow this one are brilliant so its definately a series worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing 9 May 2010
By Helper
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what I wanted to get from my first read of a Christina Dodd, but whatever it was I didn't find it in the pages of Scent of Darkness.

The storyline lacks depth and try as I might I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to the characters. Ann Smith starts out the capable yet shy secretary and doesn't really develop, if anything she takes a step backwards. Jasha Wilder is an okay hero but fails to achieving the commanding sense of power he is built up to have.

Overall I have to say this is not a writer whose work I will continue to follow. While she strives to be a JR Ward or Christine Feehan i'm afraid Christine Dodd falls painfully short with a rudimentary, dull and clumsy tone to her narrative.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea ; Not So Great Development 8 July 2007
By 30 Book A Month Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
1,000 years ago a truly evil man made a pact with the devil. The man would get about 150 year lifespan, the ability to heal almost instantaneously, and would be able to shapeshift. The devil in return got lots and lots of evil brought into the world, the dude's soul and the souls of all of his Russian descendants. Everyone was quite happy with the whole arrangement until a modern-day descendant, Konstantine Wilder, fell in love & married a gypsy, reformed and had 4 children with her. As the children grew up, the devil decided the pact was not being upheld (just no evil being done) and commanded this branch of the family to be wiped out.

Enter our hero, Jasha Wilder, who is able to shapeshift into a wolf. Jasha is in charge of his own little piece of the world. He has a hugely successful business, wealth, good looks and an administrative assistant, Ann Smith, who is nuts about him. Ann brings a contract to be signed out to the Wilder estate and accidentally catches Jasha in the midst of his change from wolf to man. She also unknowingly brings his enemies, who know she will lead them to Jasha. The rest of the book is Jasha and Ann's attempt to break the curse, as well as the romance that develops between them.

The character of Jasha was a twit. He was smug, arrogant and worse, patronizing to Ann throughout the entire book. You know the plotline - When the hero KNOWS he is better and smarter than the poor misguided little girl? If Ann wasn't a doormat, she was at the least, expensive carpet. She was madly in love with the man from the moment she set eyes on him (read infatuated), but felt unworthy because she was an orphan with a huge secret (which really fell so completely flat that I wish the entire book could be rewritten without it.) She constantly was giving into the guy, and downplaying herself. She was often caught up in things that repulsed her and horrified her, but it was okay, because She Loved Him! Oh, yuck. You had a hard time seeing the love between Jasha and Ann, wondered when the love actually happened and at the end of the story, was still wondering if they really WERE in love.

I enjoyed some parts of this book - enough that I will definitely buy the next in the series. (I imagine as there are 4 children, 4 books). I loved the old Konstantine Wilder and his wife, Zorana. I think the romance between these two would have been a better book than Jasha and Ann. Now THAT would have been a romance! However, Jasha and Ann just didn't work for me, and here's hoping the next book will begin to flesh out the family background, fill in the plot holes and make the romance work better between the hero and heroine.
144 of 179 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scent of Darkness 27 Feb 2014
By GMA Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hated this book because it is all about sex, sex, sex. The story gets lost in the descriptive sex pages which are numerous.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh addition to the genre... 23 Sep 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I've read the lukewarm reviews and I'll concede the point that at times it was hard to believe the hero had really fallen in love, and at times the plot moved almost too fast. That being said, I...could...not...put...the...book...down.

In a genre that's become full of whining vampires and werewolves "I'm evil but I have so much sexual charisma you must love me & save me from myself because of course I'm redeemable and not really all that evil" this is a refreshing change.

Ms. Dodd has managed to create an original story line that weaves the usual werewolf with the "epic battle of evil vs good" mythology, throws in a curse for good measure, old Russia, and wallah! You've got a fictional story that easily allows the willing suspension of disbelief. Yes it contains elements of those other paranormals but there's realistic dialogue, the love scenes are dominant but seductive, and the characters know who they are. The hero is not wallowing in self-pity; he's capable, enjoys the positives of his abilities while acknowleding the negatives. The heroine believes herself a coward, but when the chips are down she doesn't back down, & gives as good as she gets without compromising herself.

The action is at times intense, and the plot moves quickly, perhaps too quickly. I would have liked more detail and history, plus some time for the characters to relax more into each other, but realistically...how would you react if you suddenly ended up on the run from killers? Plus these two have been coworkers for years so they do know each other's character, if not secrets.

I hope as the series evolves we'll get to know Ann & Jasha more, even as we meet the other characters. For those things missing, often these things are revealed over the course of a series, if the author is good enough to weave a continuous story rather than a collection of stand alone books. I'm willing to bet this'll be the case for "Darkness Chosen." I mean really, do you want to know everything now???

To sum up, it's good!
35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good series premise... poor execution. 7 July 2007
By Romance, Romance, & nothing but Romance! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very excited that Dodd was going to try her hand at paranormal. I enjoy her books (except for her recent historicals which leave something to be desired). The premise for this series is extremely interesting but the actual telling fell way short of being good.

There is so much wrong with this book that I'll just keep it down to 4 basic points:
1. The characters were were not engaging, or even likeable, so it was very hard to care what happened to them.
2. There was no discernable emotional connection between the hero/heroine. No attraction. No spark. No love. Nothing.
3. The plot was poorly done - it felt disorganized, choppy, and the suspense was lacking.
4. It had a lot of unsanswered questions. Things that should have been expounded upon to make the world and plot more concrete were addressed only in a vague fashion that left me wondering.

Paranormal may just not be the genre for Ms. Dodd. Not all romance writers can successfully write for every sub-genre, and I'm afraid that this might be the case for her. This is her first attempt (that I know of) at paranormal, however, so perhaps she will get better.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this review contains spoilers - proceed at your own risk! 9 Sep 2007
By duchess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This review will contain spoilers! Proceed at your own risk!

Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd is the first book in her erotic fantasy series called Darkness Chosen. A warlord in the Ukraine, 1000 years ago, made a deal with the devil. He and all of his male descendents could change their shapes into those of predators at will, and in return the devil can have all of their souls. Flip to the current day in the USA. A man has escaped from that family - the first in all of those centuries to marry and to sire a daughter (along with three sons). The deal with the devil is breaking down because this man has rejected his birth family and established his own family and filled it with love. The extended family, still based in the Ukraine, decide to reseal the hell pact, by tracking down and killing this new branch of the family tree.

So far so good - great sounding premise on which to base a fantasy series!

And then it all falls apart in the execution of the story...

Ann Smith loves her boss, Jasha Wilder, and follows him (uninvited and unannounced) to his coastal retreat in the Pacific Northwest. She is shocked when he changes shape in front of her (he can be human or wolf), and is even more shocked when the two of them have to run for their lives from shape changing assassins. Running through the wilderness with periodic pauses for sex (which seemed pretty ridiculous to me under those circumstances), they eventually recover a holy artifact that once belonged to the family and is key to breaking the curse, kill the assassins, have a lot of sex, and eventually make it back to his family.

I really did not like this book very much. I do not mind sex scenes as such, but want them to be a realistic part of the story - and these were not. I also hate stories where a woman has a make over of some sort (loses weight, new clothes, new hair style - whatever) and suddenly has the man who has ignored her all along fall head over heels in love with her. Men like that would be so shallow in real life who would ever want them? And while the whole deal with the devil stuff was really sort of interesting, the way the holy object suddenly turns up under their noses with no effort on their parts was just dumb and cheap.

So, as another reviewer said - great premise, bad book.
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