Into the Flame [Darkness Chosen #4] by Christina Dodd

Synopsis: Meet Doug Black—the Wilder brother who’s been missing for centuries. With no idea of where he’s from, he’s become an angry young cop with the ability to transform into a cougar. in search of others like him, he comes across a beautiful woman who may hold the secret to his destiny…

This was the most disappointing book in the series. The highlight was the final battle between good and evil. The rest of the time I wanted to throw the book across the room. 

I’m not a hard to please the reader. I’m not a sensitive reader. I’m fortunate that I don’t have triggers. This final installment had so much potential. This story could have been the best of the whole series. In my opinion, Christina dropped the ball. 

Firebird has been in every installment of this series. There’s no reason why I as a reader shouldn’t have an attachment to her character. I don’t and it’s not my fault. Her plight is sad asf. Yet Christina once again focused so much on the male protagonist there wasn’t enough story left for Firebird. 

I didn’t understand her train of thought when it came to Doug. I kept asking myself why after every interaction. The sex scenes were lukewarm. 

Doug as a character made me side eye this whole book. I just couldn’t get with his personality. His way of thinking was childish. He was vindictive and angry for absolutely no reason. He should have been angry that Firebird didn’t tell him about his kid. It made zero sense to me. 

In the end even the final battle was more comical than scary.

Overall my opinion of Christina Dodd’s novels is that their okay. I’ve read a lot worse but I’ve also read a lot better. If. you want to read something for pure enjoyment, can take things as they are, and isn’t triggered by nonconsensual consensual sex than this series is for you. I did go on and read another series by her which is a spin off of this one called Chosen Ones. I liked that series better. I feel like she had a better grasp of the stories and where she wanted them to go. In no way is my opinion the only one or the one you should ultimately use in deciding if you’re going to read her books or not. She has a lot of other books that aren’t paranormal romance that could be a lot better than this series. Maybe paranormal romance isn’t her niche and that’s okay.