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Into the Shadow (Darkness Chosen #3)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  6,968 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
Blessed-or cursed-with the ability to change into a sleek panther, and driven by a dark soul he's accepted as his fate, Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness. He excels at every vice, including kidnapping Karen Sonnet to use for his selfish purposes. But Karen's spirit and passion make him question the force of his family's curse. An ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Signet Book
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I’ve had this one sitting on my TBR shelf for a couple years now and in saying that I wish I’d found the time to read it back then because my tastes have changed and this just didn't do it for me now. Granted I read it as a standalone, but I don’t feel like I missed too much there. The hero is the ultimate bad boy; cursed, violent and seducing woman at will and the love scenes are pretty hot, in a bodice ripper (un PC)sort of way.

I really did enjoy the first half of the book, which takes place
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
What I learned from this book: Great sex = love. A "passionate" man is one who is willing to do whatever it takes to show you just how much he wants you. Like having sex with you while you sleep. And kidnapping you. And tying you up.. And having more sex with you. Against your will. Because even though you say "NO" he knows better. And hell, eventually you go with it because damn, the sex is just that good. Then when luck decides to help you out and free you of him, you decide to take t
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Fabulous read. It's been almost a year since book two in the "Darkness Chosen" paranormal series by Christina Dodd, but wow, "Into The Shadow" was definitely worth the wait. This series follows a family whose forebear made a deal with the devil--the ability to change into a predator in exchange for the souls of he and his descendants. After one thousand years, one family is working to break this covenant and the rest of the clan will do whatever necessary to keep that from happening. A very diff ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
If you like romance novel heroes that are...well...evil, you'll love Adrik aka Warlord Varinski. He is Karen's demon lover who comes into her tent in the in the middle of the night and makes passionate love to her. She doesn't see his face during the day until all hades breaks loose. At this point, he's decided that kidnapping her fits into his very flawed moral compass.

Okay, it sounds really wicked and depraved to like Warlord. But I did. That was the interesting thing about this story. You ha
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Unfortunately I can't do negative stars.

This book started out pretty good, much better than the previous two books. I had hope for it! But it turned out to be oh so much worse than the previous two books in the series (I didn't think it was possible!).

The rough beginning is that Karen is in the Himalayan Mountains working on building a hotel for her father. It just so happens that every few nights she has a mysterious visitor who comes to her tent and they have sex. She doesn't know his face or
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, almost 5! almost.

Good. Now I can be happy. LOL. With the previous book I was so frustrated that I even thought I would stop with the series. Last book lacked everything which was good about the series IMO.

But we get it back with book 3. I loved sexy, mysterious and powerful worldlord,lol. I loved his ruthless and savage personality. But I loved him even more once he got to be Adrik again. Much more when he got back to the family.

I enjoy so many things about this series that it's hard
At day Karen Sonnet is building another hotel for her father's hotel chain deep in the Himalayas, at the foot of the "Evil Mountain", at night she's visited in her tent by a mysterious lover. When the enraged mountain one day enacts her revenge on the construction site, nearly taking Karen's life in a rock slide, it is her lover that rescues her...Then promptly kidnaps her, whisking her off as his little wife-slave.

He is Warlord, leader of a band of mercenaries, a thorn in the side of the Chines
Incredible and Unputdownable!

And I mean, unputdownable! I read this on Saturday, started right before lunch and finishing right after dinner, in between loads of laundry and my kids.

The action is great, especially the last action scene. The romance is hotter than hot.

In this novel, we finally meet Adrik. He’d been mentioned before but mostly in passing, as he was the son/brother who up and left. At first, we learn that he is the ‘ghost lover’ of Karen, who slips into her tent in the dead of nigh
Lynda Warnock
I was anxiously awaiting these last two books in the Darkness Chosen series by Christina Dodd and Into the Shadow was definitely worth waiting for. The prophecy has been playing out in this series but the third brother was thought to be dead so it was a huge surprise to his family to find out that he was alive and with his mate running for their lives.

Karen Sonnet was a daughter never wanted, struggling to earn her father’s love and respect she has worked the family business from the bottom up.
Mariana Bezerra
My Thoughts:
This is Adrik book and we don’t have much information about him, because he escaped from home with only 18 and everyone though he was dead but in reality he was in the Himalayan Mountains leading a mercenaries group, much like Robin Wood.

And that’s how he met Karen, when she was send to the mountains to help on the construction of a new hotel, but every night she got the visit from this strange man and they had amazing sex, one day when an avalanche happened Adrik saved Karen and kid
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: darkness chosen series readers
I wasn't a great fan of the first two books in this series. The characters are interesting but the writing is just not very good. The paranormal aspects were not well-written either.

I really enjoyed this book. The hero was very interesting and quite harsh for the first part of the book. There was a lot that didn't make sense about their relationship especially after they meet again after two years, but the story was still very interesting and action filled. I would have liked to see more of thei
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love curses to break and stories with shapeshifters
This was my absolute favorite out of the series! Adrick, a dangerous shapeshifting panther, runs from his family curse and leaves home at a young age. He becomes known as Warlod, and he is just that over a tribe of outlaws in the hymalayan mountains. He is wicked and takes all that he wants.

Karen is overseeing a resort development, not far from the Warlord and his tribe. Warlord kidnaps her, binds her, puts slave bracelets on her as a sign of his ownership, and uses her for his selfish purposes.
Angela Corbett
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Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Yes, Warlord isn't a good guy, but he redeemed himself.
Angela Wade
What? The? Hell? I just...*what*? Ridiculous plot, annoying heroine, no chemistry between the main characters, TSTL moments like whoa, and rapey sex. Why are people rating this crap so high?
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one day. Adrick is powerful sexy as sin, who knows what he wants, gets it and is okay with the consequences. This book was well worth waiting for, lots of action and a fantastic plot. The sex scenes were somehow to the point of forced sex, but Karen seemed to enjoy every minute with him. Together with his brothers, Karen and Karen's father, a ruthless and dangerous shifter, Innokenti Valinski is defeated. Karen finds the relic that will help the Wilder fami ...more
Non so se sia per merito dell'amicizia con la Kleypas, ma finalmente questa storia decolla e mi è piaciuta, anche per il mio amore per i felini.
Karen e Adrik, i protagonisti di questo libro,sono riusciti a farmi provare delle emozioni e a incuriosirmi per l'intera durata della lettura.
Anche gli scontri con i temibili Varinski cattivi hanno più senso che nei precedenti libri.
Ora si sono riunite tre icone sacre e il colpo di scena sul finale mi fa proprio venire voglia di leggere l'ultimo libro.

Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After scent of darkness I had to read the others but could not find the second book. this one was great but now I really have to get the 2nd book to find out how some of this stuff came about.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Super rapey sex scenes. Plot would have been cool without it.
Candy Lyons
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book. Read it in one day. Dodd is a master of tension and suspense. Writing stories that keep the reader in the edge of their seat and turning pages. A few different things about this book even though it’s number three in a series.

The hero is evil at the beginning of the book. His journey is one of redemption throughout the book. The way Dodd gets away with this is she has him sneaking into the heroine’s tent in the very first scene to make love to her—he’s been her secr
Out of this whole series this novel has to be my absolute favorite. It was both the characters and story plot that did it for me. I mean, honestly, it had me hooked from the very first page. And from then on I was committed. It's just not very often that I get to read a novel that I like so much. So the fact that I read this novel in just today says it all. It's still one of my favorites, even though I first read it years ago. And it's one that I'm very proud to own as well.

Karen is damn good at
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen years ago, Adrik turned his back on his family and embraced his wild side. He found himself in Asia where he started making a name for himself as Warlord.

Two years ago, Karen Sonnet was on site as the construction manager for her father Adventure Hotels on the side of the Anaya Mountain, where people go to climb natures wildest but never return the same or whole. All her life she has wanted to make her father proud and strived to be the best, but this job might just be the deat
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"L'aveva riportato a galla dal baratro in cui era sprofondato.Lui l'aveva strappata alla morte.Adrik credeva che fossero destinati a stare insieme.Erano uniti nella battaglia contro il Diavolo.Erano uniti per l'eternità.Era la sua pantera.Il suo amore."

Fin dal primo volume, Adrik è stato senza dubbio il fratello più intrigante, seppur non fisicamente presente, ma non immaginavo che la sua storia mi avrebbe coinvolta e commossa così tanto spiccando su tutti gli altri Wilder (e non credo che Fireb
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrik Wilder gilt als tot. Vor vielen Jahren hat er die Familie verlassen und ist seither verschollen. Doch er lebt - in der Bergwelt zwischen Tibet und Nepal ist er Warlord, der Anführer einer Bande Outlaws und durch seine blutrünstigen Taten ist der längst der dunklen Seite verfallen. Bis er eines Tages die Amerikanerin Karen Sonnet sieht, die in den Bergen ein Luxushotel für Abenteurer bauen will. Nacht für Nacht schleicht er zu ihr und nach einem Unfall auf der Baustelle verschleppt er sie i ...more
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Sonnet is overseeing the construction of one of her father’s adventure resorts in the Himalayan Mountains. The mountain she is working on is legendary. The local people swear it is Evil and no one who has tried to conquer it has ever succeeded. Early on in the construction process while trying to clear the site they discover the body of a child. While Karen investigates the body there is an avalanche. Warlord has been watching Karen ever since she arrived on the mountain. He can’t seem to ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2010
This is the third in a four part series.
Adrik Wilder is the third brother of the Wilder family. He left the family when he was a teen and they haven’t heard or seen from him since. He embraced the darkness in his panther form and has been living with his dark soul since. Karen Sonnet is used to roughing it while building her father’s hotels, what she’s not used to is the dark stranger who slips into her tent at night to make love to her. Then something unusual happens and Adrik is forced to kidn
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terzo volume della serie Darkness Chosen . Per ora il migliore dei tre. Racconta di Adrik Wilder(mutaforma pantera) guidato da un’anima oscura, che ha ormai imparato ad accettare e alla quale si è abbandonato. Lasciata la famiglia, conduce una vita malvagia e immorale. Karen Sonnet, mossa da uno spirito e una passione che fanno dubitare Adrik della maledizione che grava da secoli sulla sua famiglia è forse la chiave per la sopravvivenza dei Wilder. E quando un nuovo diavolo lo minaccia, Adrik d ...more
C Joy
It's better to have read this one first than Firebird's story, because this is my least liked book in the series. My favorites are Rurik's and Firebird's stories because I really felt the connection of the characters. While Adrik was believed by his family dead for years, he is in fact a mercenary whose known as "Warlord", and though there was the complete package of sexiness, character backgrounds, and developments, I wasn't that thrilled with this book. I didn't like the part where Adrik maste ...more
E.M. Bryant
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All things I expected from Christina Dodd--chiseled and dangerous male, independent yet vulnerable female, and the steamy chemistry between them. While this did graze S&M territory, I thought it worked well with Adrik's history (and eventual return to humanity).

Karen's quest as this no-nonsense construction broad is wonderfully mixed with her ongoing nightmares about falling from a cliff, as her mother did, and dying slowly. It's sentiment is all the more intense given that Adrik
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
Karen Sonnet is building a hotel for her father in the mountains of Nepal. Where she has a secret nighttime lover that comes to her tent. When danger comes to the mountainside and the rocks start sliding and many man die, the site is lost. Karen is recused by her lover who calls himself Warlord.
Warlord excites Karen but also frightens her with his black eyes. He takes her to a high mountain top refuge where he keeps captive. He plans to use lots of sex to make her his. He doesn't plan on letting
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