Monday, June 17, 2013

Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd

A thousand years ago, a brutal warrior roamed the Russian steppes and struck a sinister bargain. In return for the ability to change at will info a coldhearted predator, Konstantine promised his soul—and the soul of his descendents—to the devil.

Then one day a dangerous prophecy reveals the truth: One family has been chosen to battle the darkness—or face damnation.

Ann Smith loves her 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 that she can't escape her destiny, for Jasha is Konstantine's descendant, and Ann is the woman fated to break the curse that binds his soul.

I really had some trouble with this one friends. I've never been the biggest fan of Christina Dodd, though admittedly I've only read one book by her before and that was many years ago, but forced seduction is just never my jam. And this time forced seduction was really really rape-y and I was super uncomfortable. Plus it took me longer than normal to warm up to both of the main characters. Jasha is a lot of alpha male and as I mentioned before a little rape-y (not so much in the heroine's eyes) and Ann is more constrained, internal; she has secrets that she won't share even in the face of some amazing coincidences (how many battles between good and evil does a person encounter in their lives?!).

Still, in spite of these problems, the book does pick up. The Wilder family is boisterous and interesting, and the fact that each sibling is going to get a book appeals to me. Family patriarch Konstantine even calls Jasha on his rape and 'punishes' him for it (that sounds horrible but essentially Konstantine confronts Jasha, calls him on his sh*t, and slaps him a couple times. Things stop when Ann claims him as her mate and says he never raped her, but I was just glad someone faced the obvious). Their romance ultimately ends on a high note with Ann demonstrating some new skills and belief in the love that Jasha feels for her. 

So....yeah. Interesting book, but I'll probably read the next one.

Overall Feeling - B-

Series - 1) Scent of Darkness 2) Touch of Darkness 3) Into the Shadow 4) Into the Flame