Scent of Darkness [Darkness Chosen #1] by Christina Dodd

Synopsis: 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 into 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’m going to make a list of everything I loved about this story.

  1. Hot Russians
  2. Romanian goddess
  3. A deal with the devil
  4. Ann

Basically I love everything about the main plot that spans throughout the whole series. I didn’t nesscarily love the plot that centers around Jasha and Ann. I think it had a lot to do with the fact I didn’t really like Jasha. He had no character growth. Sure he admitted his feelings for Ann but that was literally it. He stayed an asshole the whole time. Not even is good looks could make me look past his less than admirable qualities.

What kept me going besides the big plot was Ann. Ann is relatable. Her inner dialogue speaks to my soul. She brought so much life and humor to this novel. I feel like when you read a paranormal book you always get the same two reactions. Fear and fainting or unusual acceptance. Not Ann. Ann did all the things we yell at the actors in a scary movie to do. Not just the first time either. She just kept giving me life. And then you have Jasha in all his glory. Hot, rich, Russian, and a complete ass. 

Overall I enjoyed this novel but I would have liked a little more of Ann’s back story. The pieces we got were super interesting and honestly could have had its own prologue. I do though understand with this being the first of a series why the author needed to focus more on the Wilder family and their history. 

Author’s Note: This is a repost. The original review was published in September 2020 under a different title. That post is no longer accessible please enjoy this one instead.

With Love,