Series: Darkness Chosen

Touch of Darkness by Christina Dodd

Posted April 25, 2015 by Amanda in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Touch of Darkness by Christina DoddTouch of Darkness by Christina Dodd
Series: Darkness Chosen #2
Published by Signet on 08-07-2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
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Handsome, powerful Rurik Wilder holds the power to transform himself into a fierce bird of prey-a gift that's caused death and destruction.

At last he's offered the chance to redeem himself. Only one woman stands in his way-a beautiful writer determined to wreak revenge on the assassins who murdered her family. Assassins, it's been rumored, who have powers no human should ever possess...

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The Darkness Chosen series by Christina Dodd is a new take on the traditional shape-shifter romance. The first book within the series, Scent of Darkness, was intriguing and here I am, reviewing the second book, Touch of Darkness with the third on my shelf.

Rurik heads to Scotland to investigate an archaeological dig, which has been blasted all over the news. He goes to try to calm down the press since his murderous relatives would like to keep these ancient family secrets secret! When Rurik arrives, he is surprised to see Tasya, a woman he’d once shared a fun-filled with. Personally, Tasya isn’t my type heroin. I found her character to be bit immature at times and the secret keeping was unnecessary. It was also a bummer that the main characters already knew each other so the reader misses out on the meet-cute and all that goes along with it.

I didn’t care for the “reasons” of the main character’s conflict. It was secrets that kept them apart and made them walk the line of betrayal – nothing solid. Simple put, their relationship issues didn’t have to be issues if they could have just communicated a bit more. I have to say, I skipped over some bulky stuff in the middle. But the romance comes around towards the end it was nice to see them get their happily ever after.

There was more action in this book than the last, which I liked and it expanded the story-arc. It gave more information regarding the pact with the Evil One.

Touch of Darkness ends with a bit of a cliff hanger at the end, which I enjoy and (to the frustration of my readers) a form of writing that I use. Needless to say, it got me! And I’ll be starting the next book soon.



About Christina Dodd

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best.

A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. So when Christina’s first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published. In the twenty-three years since, her novels have been translated into 25 languages, won Romance Writers of America’s 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 — her mother was very impressed.) With more than 15 million of her books in print, Publishers Weekly praises her style that ‘showcases Dodd’s easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.’

Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools.