Friday, September 16, 2011

Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd

Title:  Scent of Darkness
Author: Christina Dodd
My Rating: B-

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Darkness Chosen #1
Main Characters: Ann & Jasha
Release Date: July 2007

Publisher: Signet
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story 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.

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.


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Interesting review---I was going to read this as I am going to do y'all chick lit read starting next month but was going to practice on this one LOL

Christi Snow said... practice necessary!! OMG, we are such an easy-going group! We just love pressure! smiles...

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Hmmm...I'm not sure I'll pick this one up. I think the two things that bothered you would really bother me to and I don't really want to read about forcing someone who is your soulmate to have sex. It's just too wrong. And I also agree, soulmates love eachother for who they are, they don't need to change themselves to please the other person. If you decide to continue I hope that you enjoy the rest of the books.