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A tormented hero finds hope, healing, redemption in an action-packed story that is a creative, insightful spin on Beauty and the Beast.--Library Journal.
Dodd wraps up her thrilling Chosen Ones in superb fashion...packs in dangerous adventure, noble sacrifice & undying passion.-- 4 1/2* HOT! Romantic Times

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Enjoy a passionate moment from the full-length paranormal romance, WILDER: the Chosen Ones!
            Charisma woke, nerves tingling, aware she was not alone.
            Daylight seeped into the cave, and she could clearly see that Guardian stood over her. But although her heart quickened, she refused to show fear, or even to feel it.
            "You're in my bed," he said in a neutral tone.
            "I didn't feel like sleeping on the ground anymore, and this is the only bed here. Big, too. And comfortable." She turned over with her back to him. "Come to bed. It's big enough for the two of us. I hope you don't snore." She waited to see what he would do.
            A few moments later, the covers shifted. The mattress compressed. He pulled the bed curtains shut. And he was next to her, their world reduced to the size of a mattress.
            What was he thinking? What was he doing? Was he perturbed with her? Was he uncomfortable? Did he think she was coming on to him?
            Because she wasn't. No, no, no.
            When she chose to sleep in his bed, her decision had been all about comfort and recuperation, and not about intimacy. She might think Guardian attractive in an odd, animalistic way, but she planned to help the man, not dance the horizontal mambo with him...
            His voice made her jump. "You've got my pillow."
            "Oh!" She pretended to be surprised. Like she didn't already know she had his pillow.
            The whole bed was this giant phallic symbol, with tall, smooth, polished posts on each corner and heavy purple velvet bed curtains enclosing the California king mattress. The sheets were silky-smooth, latte-colored, and she'd guess about a thousand thread count, and a dozen pillows were tossed against the tall mahogany headboard. More to the point, the whole contraption carried a faint hint of Guardian's scent. 
            How did a man manage to smell like long, lazy days on a white sandy beach? Like blue skies and carefree memories? Like callused hands smoothing lotion over her skin?
            Charisma was a smart girl. She knew the scent was pure testosterone. But knowing the facts didn't make any difference, because she sought out his pillow, buried her face in it, took long, deep breaths, and fell asleep holding it crushed in her arms.
            Then she dreamed of him. And her. And them.
            Now he insinuated that he wanted his pillow back.
            He didn't know about her dreams.
            She should be grateful.
Readers of
J. R. Ward and Christine Feehan will enjoy WILDER and all the paranormal books in the Chosen Ones series. These exciting titles are:
STORM OF VISIONS: the Chosen Ones 
STORM OF SHADOWS: the Chosen Ones 
CHAINS OF ICE: the Chosen Ones 
CHAINS OF FIRE: the Chosen Ones 
STONE ANGEL: the Chosen Ones (novella)
WILDER: the Chosen Ones (WILDER tells the story of Aleksandr Wilder of Christina Dodd's popular paranormal series, Darkness Chosen, and connects the two series.)

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Product Details

  • Series: The Chosen Ones (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413246
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shauni on September 14, 2012
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When waiting for a long anticipated book, knowing that it will bring the story to an end a reader often has mixed feelings. One, will it live up to the hype and two does it really have to end? Oh and will I like the ending.. guess that is three questions.. In Christina Dodd's Wilder the final book of her Chosen Ones Series the answer is yes.. yes ... yes.. What a fantastic ending to a wonderful series. The Chosen ones is a series that tells the story of good vs evil in a very obvious manner. It talks about black, white and grey. It shares when characters we think are good are less than perfect and it shares when characters that we thinks should be irredeemable and yet are. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning and yes am so very sad to see it end. But Ms Dodd, ends it exactly when she should and let me say she does it with a bang!!

Aleksandr Wilder, miracle baby.. A Child of prophecy who walked through fire at a very young age. He was chosen as a chosen not because he had powers but because of who he was. His family had already beat a millennium old contract with the devil, whose to say this generation couldn't do it again? He was still a child when he was chosen, brilliant, generous, kind but still a child. Four years into his service he went to get married and disappeared no one knew if he was alive or dead... Three years later the only thing he knows is that he doesn't know anything. He is the Guardian, a beast whose sole job is to protect those below. The homeless, the mentally ill, society's cast offs. The ones who weren't protected BEFORE Armageddon and certainly not after.

Charisma Fangorn (and no she does not live with the Ents) has heard the hearth speak to her for most of her life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By parawriter on September 6, 2012
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Let me first say this has been an exciting paranormal romance series from the first book, even if the genre is not your usual fare. The characters are that mix between human and something more that makes them just like people you may know. Rich with flaws, love, quirks, humor, and intensity, they stumble and grow as they become heroes and heroines you can't help but love. The action well-played out, and the romance beautiful and hot (fanning myself)! Wilder is a beauty and the beast sort of love story, one of the best written. Our hero in Wilder is Aleksandr Wilder, a descendant in the family of characters in the Darkness Chosen Series, joining the two in the fight against the same evil. The romance fires between him and Charisma, the only other chosen one who has not found her mate. The chosen ones are gifted with special abilities, and selected to keep a restraint on the greatest evil present in the world. They also rescue others who are gifted. This story can be read as a stand-alone book, as details are briefly interwoven from the bigger stories, but I would recommend reading both series soon because they are EXCELLENT! With such real characters and no repetition in her books, Christina Dodd remains one of the top writers of paranormal romance, and also other romance sub-genres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori on March 7, 2013
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Wilder, the last installment of Christina Dodd's Chosen Ones series, was definitely worth the wait. Dodd is a magnificent and brilliant storyteller, and the paranormal world she has created in this series is as unique as her characters are.

In her years with the Chosen Ones, heroine Charisma Fangorn has become a strong and brave leader. Along with all of Charisma's strengths, Dodd creates believable vulnerabilities that make Charisma an endearing character. On the other hand, Aleksandr Wilder, a brilliant computer expert, abandons his duty to the Chosen Ones, is betrayed by someone he trusts, and is tortured and physically transformed into a beast. Believing he will never be forgiven or find love, Aleksandr fights evil where it lives, under the city. Dodd masterfully creates two characters who believe they are unlovable, which couldn't be further from the truth. Aleksandr's dry wit coupled with Charisma's propensity to speak her mind sparks the chemistry between these two characters, making them the perfect match. Their chemistry jumps off the page with intimate, steamy, and sensually meaningful scenes.

In addition to the ideal balance of romance and action, all of our favorite secondary characters from previous novels and Aleksandr's family from the Darkness Chosen series are flawlessly integrated into the page-turning final battle of the series. All in all, Wilder is a dramatic and action-filled conclusion to a stunning and enjoyable series.

If you are a lover of paranormal romance and you haven't read a Christina Dodd novel--do! I think it goes without saying that a series should be read in order, so start at the beginning, and you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2012
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Christina Dodd delivers another Breathtaking Masterpiece, without leaving one boring moment. This Remarkable story grabs your attention immediately and it was quite difficult to read one chapter at a time, because as with all of her books, this was was no exception. It was addicting and enjoyable from beginning to end. I loved the idea of how it reminds us so much of "Beauty And The Beast." That's why it was so entertaining. Every seven years, a group is selected to battle the evil that's attacking the world, known as 'The Chosen.' They must work together to accomplish their mission. The clock ticks fast as Aleksandr struggles to complete his mission, but his mind is filled with his own troubles, and he must come to terms with his fears. This powerfully moving story is beautifully written, the historic setting is Stunning, and the characters light up the pages. Highly recommended to all romance and suspense lovers!
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