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Product Details

  • Series: Chimney Rock
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455500151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455500154
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No matter the genre, you can always count on the gifted Cameron to deliver an exciting tale filled with passion and thrills. Cameron launches her sizzling Chimney Rock series featuring werehounds and other supernatural creatures. Dark things are stirring on Whidbey Island, which means that for lucky readers, chills and thrills aren't far behind!"—--- RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Starred Review on Darkness Bound

"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

About the Author

Stella Cameron is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, prize-winning author of more than sixty novels. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Award for Literary Achievement. English by birth but a longtime Seattleite, Stella happily trips over the many authors who crawl out from every rock she turns over in the area and wouldn't live anywhere else.

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Customer Reviews

I did not connect with the characters and found the main male character to be boring and not well written at all.
All in all, Darkness Bound was an entertaining read, and I can't wait to see what happens with the series...Especially since Sean's story is the next one up.
Jussy Who
There was just too much going on--too many plot holes, character stories not explained, not enough world building or relationship building.
Sarah M Ross

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cocktails and Books on February 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This first book in the Chimney Rock series puts a slightly different spin on the paranormal world. Werehounds like on the outskirts of the human world hoping to one day gain their humanity and the ability to live amongst them. Werewolves are fighting them, desperate to gain dominance over the Wedbey Island were they all reside. Throw in some vampires and Fae and you have the setting

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Rose on February 22, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stella Cameron has a wonderful gift for how she introduces a reader to a fantasy world. The reader is given explanations and front row seats as the story takes off and the plot unwinds without bogging down in too much detail too fast and there was no mistake of not enough detail either. As the reader, I got smugly complacent thinking that 'ok, I know how this is all going to go down'. But brother/sister, I got the surprise of my life. What looked like predictable characters and plot was not.

This fantasy world starts out introducing us to the little fledgling team of werehounds who are battling extinction and the werewolves their enemies as the hounds seek to protect each other and the humans around them. Their hope is for their leader, Niles, to find a compatible mate in the woman who is returning to live in their small island community.
At first, Niles is all business and has a plan which goes south the moment he realizes that Leigh might just come to mean more to him than the survival of his race. Niles is a complex character with both inner demons and enemies that can't wait to get him.
Leigh is returning to the cottage her late and much loved husband left her to start her life over. She used to work as a game programer for Microsoft, but has taking the business management over for the local bar and grill to bail out its owner Gabriel. She is afraid that she must make this new start or slowly waste away from her true self.
Niles and Leigh's relationship starts out slow and tender as trust is built as they help tackle each other's issues. Meanwhile we are introduced to the delightful characters working at Gabriel's, Niles' team of hounds, an adorable little dog, a cunning kitty, and a lot of other scary characters who go bump in the night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Boromei on February 23, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished this book and while I liked the story I was a little disappointed. I've read Cameron's suspense novels in the past and was excited to find out she was getting into one of my favorite genres. However, I felt like I needed to play catch-up through most of the story. It seemed there needed to be a previous book or even short story that explained the backstory of the island and it's inhabitants better. Things were just plopped in the middle of the page and I wondered if I skipped a page or two by accident. Another problem I had reading this was with the development of Leigh (heroine). For the first half of the book I found her to be boring and too formal, it seemed the author did too because about halfway through she finally injected her with some personality. I found it really hard to like her and empathize with until then. Even though I did have problems with the way this series started out, I am looking forward to the next installment. Like I wrote earlier, the story is good and hopefully it will only get better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on June 24, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Taking another step in making a new life for herself after her husband's death, Leigh Kelly has returned to a place where she only knew love and has many happy memories of her time with her husband - their cabin on Whidbey Island. However, for Leigh this isn't exactly a trip down memory lane, Leigh has accepted a job at a bar/restaurant and has even experienced lust over a mysterious man who just happens to be a neighbor.

Niles Latimer is the leader of his pack of werehounds. Yes, I said werehounds, as in very large dogs. He and his team are special ops experienced and on a mission to find women who cannot only accept them as they are but might also allow them to become human once again. Niles believes that Leigh is one of those women and more importantly, his woman.

Leigh realizes pretty quickly that something strange is going on in Chimney Rock and is really mystified when she starts having strange visions. Leigh would think she has enough to deal with getting use to her new job and surroundings and trying to understand the budding passion with Niles. However, it seems that there is much more going on at night that includes danger and most of the people Leigh has day-to-day contact with. Niles knows that he and his team might not be favorites of the other paranormal creatures that live in and around Chimney Rock but he is determined to keep this town safe for his team and the residents, even if it means starting a war with the other paranormal creatures. Leigh and Niles finally give in to the passion that has sprung up between them. While searching for the answers they need to win against their enemies, they discover that there is something very special about Leigh. The question is, will all the answers help them or make it worse?
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Stella Cameron is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. With over fourteen million copies of her books in print, Cameron is now turning her pen to mysteries. Severn House is publishing the first book in the Alex Duggins series, FOLLY, and will bring out upcoming books in the series. Cameron draws on her English background for this new, already critically acclaimed mystery series. Atmospheric, deeply character and relationship driven, FOLLY reveals the power of old secrets to twist the present. Cameron's reputation for using her backgrounds to add tension and allure to her stories is heightened again.

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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