Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Into the Shadow" Is a Sexy and Wild Ride

Synopis from B&
Blessed—or cursed—with the ability to change into a sleek panther, and driven by a dark soul he's accepted as his fate, Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness. He excels at every vice, including kidnapping Karen Sonnet to use for his selfish purposes.
But Karen's spirit and passion make him question the force of his family's curse. And when a new evil emerges, Adrik must choose whether to enact revenge on his enemies and redeem his soul, or save Karen from a fate worse than death…

The third book in the captivating new paranormal series by award winning author, Christina Dodd, Into the Shadow proves itself to be just as perfectly addicting as the previous two. Adrik, the lost brother, is found, alive and well, but how far into the dark has he fallen-- and can anyone pull him out?

Once again, Into the Shadow, like it's sister books, is flawless. It has everything that a reader could possibly want, all well written and delivered. Adrik, aka, Warlord, had sunk low, very low, into darkness, becoming close to the very thing his ancestors had made their original pact with. But when he sees a beautifully intriging woman on the train, Karen, he realizes that she is his mate-- and he will never let her go. He goes to her in secret for weeks, months, on end, bringing her endless pleasure, passion... and possibly love? But a creature like him cannot love, does not deserve to love someone like her... does he? Karen helps to pull him out of the darkness, to save his life multiple times, proving again and again that she is the perfect woman for him-- the only woman for him.

I found Adrik and Karen's story to be one of the best I have read in a while. Karen is determined, hardworking, everything that he could possibly ask for....and yet he knows that he doesn't truly deserve her love, her light. It's a touching love story with adventure, mystery, passion and danger. It's not a perfect fairytale romance, but even as unique and rough as it is at times, I still found myself going soft and pliant while listening to them fighting or talking, knowing that in reality, even if they wouldn't admit it yet, they were already deeply connected, completely in love. And during one part towards the end of the story, I was literally teary eyed, crying along with Adrik, wishing so much that I could offer him my shoulder to cry on.....

I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that the plot takes a few turns from what we expected when we first picked up Scent of Darkness, but not completely in a bad way, and Christina does it so well, it does not make the story confusing or ruined. And she writes a wonderful ending....One that leaves you hanging on a huuuuge cliff, teetering on the edge, ready to take the plunge if it will only allow you to read the next book, Firebird's story, Into the Flame, right NOW, not wait until it comes out in August.

5/5 STARS! Adrik's story shows you both his hard, rugged side and his tender, passionate one-- and I promise that by the end, you will be completely in love with both of them!

Until Next time... Read plenty, laugh often, love unconditionally, and live each day it's fullest!


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