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Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd
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Nov 08, 10

Read from November 05 to 06, 2010 — I own a copy

This book starts out giving background on the Varinski family. Long ago, Konstantine Varinski made a deal with the devil that if he would help him defeat his enemies, he would give the devil his soul. He was given powers and abilities that helped him crush his rivals. The pact didn't just affect Konstantine, it affected all of the sons born into the family as well. Until one of those sons finally broke from "tradition"; he married, moved to America (where he changed their surname to Wilder) and had kids. Jasha Wilder is one of his sons, very successful in the wine industry. His father wants him to marry and give him grandchildren, but Jasha hasn't found the right woman yet. Ann Smith is Jasha's administrative assistant. She has been in love with Jasha for years but she is meek and timid, having been raised by nuns. Finally she decides it's now or never and goes to his vacation house to try and seduce him. When she gets there, she runs into a large wolf...and sees it transform into Jasha! She trys to run away but he stops her and she is overcome by desire even she can't explain. No sooner do they meet but they're on the run together from people who would love nothing more than to exterminate the Wilders, other descendants of Konstantine who resent the way the family is living. Ann plays a bigger part of the puzzle than she ever would have guessed after she finds a priceless relic, one very important to the Wilder family. Jasha knows he must keep her safe, but are his feelings for her just a product of needing to ensure the survival of his family, or because he is falling in love with her?

My opinion: When I first started reading, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get into this book. This mouse of a woman just up and decides to do something WAY out of character for her and go to her boss's house uninvited and try and seduce him? When he has no idea of her feelings for him (or so she thinks)? I thought it was crazy, but I guess she figured she had nothing to lose...oh except her job! Anyway, kudos to her for having the guts to do something like that. She had a lot of chemistry with Jasha right away and although they had a lot of ups and downs, he really helped bring her out of her shell. Her parents had given her away when she was born and she was raised by nuns, so she didn't know much outside what she had been taught. She was virgin until she met Jasha! She is shocked by the fact that Jasha can shapeshift into a wolf, but she also has a secret of her own that she takes great strides to hide. I liked how this book set the scene for the books to follow, and I look forward to reading all of them to see what happens to the Wilder family.

My rating: 5/5 stars
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