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Darkness Bound (Chimney Rock) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2012
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"If you're looking for chilling suspense and red-hot romance, look no further than Stella Cameron!"―Tess Gerritson, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Welcome to a thrilling new world where suspense runs WILD (literally)!! I devoured this book, I drooled over the hero, and now I'm panting for the next one in the series... Sexy, spooky, and suspenseful! Read this inside with the doors locked!"―Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author
"A confident and compulsively readable paranormal romantic suspense series. ... . Cameron compellingly develops the sexy, bold protagonists and Marley's charming family as she strikes the perfect balance of action, sassy dialogue, and steamy love scenes ... just enough to leave readers wanting more."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Out of Body
"Master of Sexy intrigue brings new voice to chilling paranormal realm."―Christine Feehan, New York Times Bestselling Author on Out of Body
"This is a terrific paranormal story with the mix of humans, werehounds, werewolves, vampires and Faes. ...The story never loses fascination and is an excellent read."―--- romancereviewsmag.com
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Cameron is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington with her husband Jerry, her Papillon Millie, black cat Zipper, and a cheeky little tabby named Jack.
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Niles Latimer is Alpha of the werehounds. He's haunted by the past and what his team did in the name of the United States in the Middle East. But he's been given new hope for himself and his pack when he finds out he has a true mate in the widow of one of the residents of Chimney Rock Cove. This mate means a lot to his pack, since all the female werehounds have died, but Nile is also cautious since they have all agreed that the human woman must know exactly what each of them is before they can "seal". While Niles knew the werewolves would stop at nothing to make sure the mating doesn't happen, he's unaware of the other implications his mate would have on the entire supernatural community.
Leigh Kelly has come back to Chimney Rock Cove and the small house her husband left to her. While it's difficult, she's come back because she thinks this is the one place where she'll be happy and feel like she belongs. When she meets Niles he senses an immediate connection to him...one she didn't have with the husband she dearly loved. Each time they're together, she can feel the connection growing. She soon learns that Niles is a man she feels safe with and can trust. It's because of those feelings that she doesn't shy away from him when she learns what he truly is.
A lot happens in this first book that sets up the rest of the series.Read more ›
Leigh is supposed to be some supernatural entity yet she seems to be as weak as a fly and what exactly she is and has the ability to do is not explained. Not to mention that these new paranormal creatures of werehounds were just not believable especially the hero Niles, he was just too tame for an alpha. The whole supernatural world needed an in depth explanation but none was given. Everything is just casually and lightly explained away. Special mention needs to be made about the juvenile writing of the brother-in-law's motives and accidental confessions of his underhanded dealings in trying to get Leigh to sell her property. Poor, poor writing.
Everything was disappointing about this book from start to finish - plot build-up, characters, fight scenes, sex scenes, dialogue, they were all so trite.
This author could learn a thing or two about paranormal genre from Nalini Singh or L.A. Banks.
First off, the world building sucked. I'm sorry, but there really is no other word. Werewolves, werehounds, fae, vampires... too many and not enough explanation about how they all ended up on this tiny island and why they all hated each other or how their hierarchy worked. Who are all of these different creatures and what makes them tick? What sort of society binds them together, or keeps them apart? There is a Queen Fae, who rules something, but not really sure what and the vampires seemed to both defer to her and/or want her to share her kingdom. Half way through, It ended up being sheer chaos with a new creature introduced every chapter.
The romance between Leigh and Nils was pitiful. I should have known when the very first page of the book he says, "We're going to highjack this woman, body and soul. I feel like crap about it, but we don't have a choice - unless we want to give up and wait to die, one by one." Lovely. As the book progresses, there is a lot of Nils hanging out around Leigh being silent. Watching. Waiting. The have a few moments where they connect over past shared pain, but it is mostly Nils waiting to see if Leigh can "accept him".
Leigh's back story - She is a grieving widow of two years. We come to learn that she and her husband were only married for two days. They married in the hospital, him just woken from a coma after a bad car accident where bones were broken and internal injuries galore. Then he dies. However, there is a picture of the happy wedding day that is so beautiful that Nils tells Leigh, "I can see that he loved you." Photoshop perhaps?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Darkness Bound has the elements (and description on the back of the book) that I love: paranormal, romance, mystery-thriller, first in a series... What happened? Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. C.
Enjoyed the story line very much. Looking forward to more of her books.Published 18 months ago by Thomas Uhll
This is the first book I have read by this author and it did not grab me. The world building was very basic and not convincing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michelle M
Slow moving plot with too many dangling pieces to follow. Never warmed up to the characters and stopped reading all together.Published 19 months ago by P.R . Ashley
Darkness Bound is the first book in Stella Cameron's Chimney Rock series, focusing on the human and not-quite-human denizens of Whidbey Island, WA. Read morePublished 23 months ago by themistwalking
Reviewed by Molly
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
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I've have enjoyed previous books by Stella Cameron, unfortunately this one jumped all over the place without any cohesive storyline.Published on October 21, 2013 by J. Stone
Stella has created a unique world in this novel. Niles and Leigh feel drawn to each other, despite Leigh's being a pretty fresh widow. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Kirsten - Book Lunatic
I like Stella Cameron. I've enjoyed her historicals, her bayou series, her Key West books, and her paranormals. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Lynne Thomas