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REVIEW: Scent of Darkness – A Darkness Chosen series novel # 1 by Christine Dodd

Christine Dodd is a new author for me, and I admit that the only reason I purchased the books in this series was due to the shapeshifting paranormal romance bits.

I’m such a sucker for cheap thrills.  I’ve been working on my thesis (Done by the way!) so I have desperately needed something to fill in the *staring at my monitor and mindless tapping at my keys* moments…So, I filled it with books that are written in 7th grade reading level.  Over 300 pages in less than a day, my thesis is finished and now I find myself writing this review so that I may continue on with the next book in the Darkness Chosen series, Touch of Darkness.

Scent of Darkness is a paranormal romance (yay for repetition!) story that has an interesting historical sign your soul and your descendants soul to the devil fog.  A family whom raids, rapes and conquers, one feared by all, hired by some, and served by others.

Although I found this book interesting (A word choice I will often use to soften a negative tone), I felt as though I was flung into a world of survival, rape and intrigue.

Ann, an orphan left for dumpster and rat bait, lived her life in fear of the bad ones that always came.  Efficient and drowning in her infatuation and lust for her boss, Jasha … she decides to visit him at his home to seduce him, to make him see her for more than just an administrative assistant.

Jasha is a powerful man, a successful owner of a winery who is profoundly loyal to his family of cursed shape-shifters, those damned for their gifts as they run and hide from the family they betrayed … survived .. escaped from.

This book is a quick read for those in need of an airplane book or something simple to fall asleep to.  Perhaps I am having a bad day and did not give this book the open-minded chance that I am well-known for .. Screw it.

I liked this book… barely.  As I tend to obsess and do the whole OCD bit .. I must continue with the series until the end .. yay me.  It is the weekend, and I am confident (Now that my thesis is completed and my homework and studying is done…) that I can avoid my computer for a couple of days (Yay me for hiding…) and knock out the other three books before Monday.

I recommend this book to those in need of a cheap paranormal romance thrill.  The back story for this story is highly intriguing, but I found the action unmemorable.  Moderate rip your eyes out violence and semi strong sexual but brief content .. Only a few scenes.

~Happy reading!

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REVIEW: Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan

Lair of the Lion is a fascinating paranormal romance rerelease by Christine Feehan.

As with most of Feehan’s books, Lair of the Lion is filled with lust, betrayal, rejection, mystery, enemies and jealousy.  Would we have it any other way?

Isabella Vernaducci escaped a hunting party that was searching for her brother, and with only his help did she manage to elude the soldiers.  Spending every cent, she desperately sought Nicholai DeMarco, the one man whom all other dons feared.

The curse that plagues their valley, and the gossip that whispers thoroughly the villages and hallways, leave little to be imagined.  Other Dons and villagers believe that the valley and lands from the DeMarco were cursed, protected by exotic and dangerous animals…More importantly, that the animals were controlled by Don DeMarco himself.

Nicholai DeMarco is an interesting character, although a bit overdone.  A man suffering from a curse that has survived throughout the generations of his family.  Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.  Wielding armies with commanding confidence, his successful protection that he has continuously offered his family, friends and servants, goes unappreciated due to his hideous appearance.  Self-isolation was the only protection he could promise.

Striving for revenge to punish the man who rapes innocent women and children, secrets go unnoticed and that’s where the misunderstandings and betrayals start.  And all along, he tries to send her away.

“I know the lions refused to let me leave through the pass.  I know I’m supposed to be with you.”  Isabella wrapped her arms around herslef to keep from shaking.  “It is the only thing I know for certain, Nicholai.”  She looked up at him with her big, innocent eyes.  “You’re the breath in my body, the warmth and joy in my heart.  Wherever you sent me, I would wither and die.  If not my body, at least my spirit.  Better to have joy burning hot and bright, if only for a short time, than to die a long endless death.”

This book was okay…I suppose.  Add a few twists, and I would say that it is virtually identical to the Scarletti Curse.

I recommend this book to Feehan fans and anyone with a paranormal romance fancy.  Strong descriptive violent content as well as moderate sexual content .. the scenes are yummy in a subtle and not nearly enough to make me smile kinda way.

I am glad that I purchased this book, but unfortunately, I have NO room on my bookshelves!  They are filled, stacked and double filled (Rows covering other rows) .. In need of bookcase donations! Ha!

~happy reading!