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Darkness Bound (Chimney Rock) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2012

3.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Chimney Rock Series

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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

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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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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 (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish I had read all the reviews instead of just a few. I felt like I had bought the second or third book in a series and been dropped right in the middle of the story. Too many characters and WAY too many answers not given. This is not the way to write a first book of a series. I'm not sure I ever figured out exactly what was going on. I did finish it but not sure if I'll read the excerpt for the next book. The one thing that will aggravate me for a long time is the questions not answered. And I'm afraid even if I buy the second book, they won't be.
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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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I gave a one star rating because there is no zero option. This story has left many unanswered questions that frankly I am not even interested to see if they are answered in future books. I only finished the book because I just had to see what disastrous ending she managed to concoct. The romance between the two main characters was unbelievable, they went from barely speaking to being madly in love for no apparent reason. There was no dialogue showing a building relationship as they each had more internal dialogues than actual conversations with each other, or any great physical attraction to make you expect the two to get together. The sex scenes were so boring they could have been eliminated all together.

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.
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Bitter, party of one? Yep, that's me after reading "Darkness Bound". I want both my money back the couple of hours of my life back. This book is one hot mess.

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?
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