by Christina Dodd

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-451-22173-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Konstantin and his Gypsy wife Zorana emigrated from Russia and have built a new life in Washington. Celebrating Independence Day with family and friends, the only dream the Wilders still have is the dream that their children will marry and bring more love to their home. The Varinski curse may have followed them to America, but it has not kept them isolated. A strange prophecy will change everything, sending the family into shock and plunging the Wilders into danger.

After spending July 4th with his family, and then staying until his father was showing signs of recovery from his collapse, Jasha Wilder needs to get away. He retreats to his isolated vacation home while he regroups. He plans to analyze the prophecy his mother uttered after the party. A run in the forest will clear his mind and allow him to plan his next move.

Ann Smith has had a secret crush on her boss, Jasha Wilder, for a long time. She hopes that delivering these papers to his remote cabin may give them the chance to move beyond employer and employee. When she arrives, he is not at home, but she has come this far and there is no turning back. As she walks through the spacious vacation home, she can feel Jasha’s presence in every room. A storm is whipping up outside and she hopes Jasha returns soon. His arrival will change her life forever.

Readers who are anxious about Christina Dodd’s venture into a new genre can breathe a sigh of relief. Scent of Darkness does not disappoint. Filled with Ms. Dodd’s skillful character development and plot construction, this novel takes readers to the edge of their seats. She is steadily building her series into a must-read collection for her own fans, and paranormal romance fans who have never read her books before.

Reviewed in July 2007 by Paula.

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