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This satisfying series kickoff finds Ann Smith, an inexperienced, plain-Jane office assistant, dropping off some paperwork at the home of her handsome, successful boss, Jasha Wilder—and hoping to use the opportunity to confess her mad crush on him—when she catches him transforming from wolf to man. It's just the beginning for the dumbstruck secretary, whose discovery draws her into Jasha's cursed world—his family's ancient pact with the devil, the search for their clan relics, a gang of boisterous, unpredictable relatives who share his shape-shifting ability—and onward to her extraordinary destiny. Dodd's latest is a fast-paced, well-written paranormal, with a full, engaging mythology and a handful of memorable characters. In Ann, she creates the quintessential all-American girl, counterpointing nicely the rich tapestry of Jasha's family history; the mix shows great promise for future volumes. (July)
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Good Ann. Dependable Ann. Invisible Ann. No more. It is no longer enough to be Jasha Wilder's top-notch assistant. She has been in love with her boss for years, and the urgent fax from the Ukraine is just the excuse she needs to drive to his home for a private weekend. The wine, the clothes—she has it all planned. But finding out that Jasha isn't only all man but also all wolf puts a major damper on her perfect date. Even worse, the fax is a cover. His family from the Old Country has found him and is looking to bring the rogue back into the fold to strengthen their deal with the devil. If theWilders won't yield, they will die. Dodd kicks off her new Darkness Chosen series with a bang. A multilayered heroine and a sizzling-hot hero give readers plenty of emotional—and physical—action, and the relentless game of hunter and prey adds an adrenaline ride for good measure. Davis, Nina C.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451221737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451221735
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By 30 Book A Month Reader on July 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1,000 years ago a truly evil man made a pact with the devil. The man would get about 150 year lifespan, the ability to heal almost instantaneously, and would be able to shapeshift. The devil in return got lots and lots of evil brought into the world, the dude's soul and the souls of all of his Russian descendants. Everyone was quite happy with the whole arrangement until a modern-day descendant, Konstantine Wilder, fell in love & married a gypsy, reformed and had 4 children with her. As the children grew up, the devil decided the pact was not being upheld (just no evil being done) and commanded this branch of the family to be wiped out.

Enter our hero, Jasha Wilder, who is able to shapeshift into a wolf. Jasha is in charge of his own little piece of the world. He has a hugely successful business, wealth, good looks and an administrative assistant, Ann Smith, who is nuts about him. Ann brings a contract to be signed out to the Wilder estate and accidentally catches Jasha in the midst of his change from wolf to man. She also unknowingly brings his enemies, who know she will lead them to Jasha. The rest of the book is Jasha and Ann's attempt to break the curse, as well as the romance that develops between them.

The character of Jasha was a twit. He was smug, arrogant and worse, patronizing to Ann throughout the entire book. You know the plotline - When the hero KNOWS he is better and smarter than the poor misguided little girl? If Ann wasn't a doormat, she was at the least, expensive carpet. She was madly in love with the man from the moment she set eyes on him (read infatuated), but felt unworthy because she was an orphan with a huge secret (which really fell so completely flat that I wish the entire book could be rewritten without it.
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145 of 180 people found the following review helpful By GMA Steele on February 27, 2014
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I hated this book because it is all about sex, sex, sex. The story gets lost in the descriptive sex pages which are numerous.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2007
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Ok, I've read the lukewarm reviews and I'll concede the point that at times it was hard to believe the hero had really fallen in love, and at times the plot moved almost too fast. That being said, I...could...not...put...the...book...down.

In a genre that's become full of whining vampires and werewolves "I'm evil but I have so much sexual charisma you must love me & save me from myself because of course I'm redeemable and not really all that evil" this is a refreshing change.

Ms. Dodd has managed to create an original story line that weaves the usual werewolf with the "epic battle of evil vs good" mythology, throws in a curse for good measure, old Russia, and wallah! You've got a fictional story that easily allows the willing suspension of disbelief. Yes it contains elements of those other paranormals but there's realistic dialogue, the love scenes are dominant but seductive, and the characters know who they are. The hero is not wallowing in self-pity; he's capable, enjoys the positives of his abilities while acknowleding the negatives. The heroine believes herself a coward, but when the chips are down she doesn't back down, & gives as good as she gets without compromising herself.

The action is at times intense, and the plot moves quickly, perhaps too quickly. I would have liked more detail and history, plus some time for the characters to relax more into each other, but realistically...how would you react if you suddenly ended up on the run from killers? Plus these two have been coworkers for years so they do know each other's character, if not secrets.

I hope as the series evolves we'll get to know Ann & Jasha more, even as we meet the other characters.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Romance, Romance, & nothing but Romance! on July 7, 2007
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I was very excited that Dodd was going to try her hand at paranormal. I enjoy her books (except for her recent historicals which leave something to be desired). The premise for this series is extremely interesting but the actual telling fell way short of being good.

There is so much wrong with this book that I'll just keep it down to 4 basic points:
1. The characters were were not engaging, or even likeable, so it was very hard to care what happened to them.
2. There was no discernable emotional connection between the hero/heroine. No attraction. No spark. No love. Nothing.
3. The plot was poorly done - it felt disorganized, choppy, and the suspense was lacking.
4. It had a lot of unsanswered questions. Things that should have been expounded upon to make the world and plot more concrete were addressed only in a vague fashion that left me wondering.

Paranormal may just not be the genre for Ms. Dodd. Not all romance writers can successfully write for every sub-genre, and I'm afraid that this might be the case for her. This is her first attempt (that I know of) at paranormal, however, so perhaps she will get better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I. gomez on July 3, 2007
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Firstly, I devour paranormal romance novel like a hungry dragon. Having said that, I picked up Ms Dodd's latest with high hopes. In a nutshell, virginal goody two shoes PA, Ann intends to seduce her superhot boss, Jasha and catches him during a transformation from wolf to man. What does she do, she runs of course, but then he catches her, she gives in to him animal magnetism, no pun intended, Sounds familar right!!. Yep, read it all somewhere before..
Suffice to say that the novel does not live to my hopes based on the authors' past work. What irked me was Ann easy acceptance of Jasha and even allows him to roughen her up during that encounter. As a heroine, she seemed rather naive and Jasha acted like a bully. He redeemed himself later, But I didn't quite buy that either.
I however, did not see much back story or indepth revelations about Jasha's past. There was not a lot of word building to get me interested in the lives of these shapeshifters.The paranormal elements were intriguing enough but if you prefer more serious reading, you should stick to JR Ward ( my personal favourite). I finished the book in one day. Its a good book, a tad predictable, but enough to kill a few hours with but will not leave a lasting impression. Good read for me , but not a keeper.
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