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Darkness Bound by Stella Cameron

Darkness Bound

by Stella Cameron

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I was looking forward to this book. I have followed Stella Cameron for many years and usually love her books. With Darkness Bound I kept thinking someone else had to have wrote this book. The first part of the book was confusing, the writing was choppy. The book was somewhat better in the last half.
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  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
My Rating: 2½ stars

First impressions: There’s potential for the Chimney Rock series to really take off, but too many characters, a confusing plot and loose ends made DARKNESS BOUND a difficult read.

What really worked: The setting. I loved the rich descriptions of the eerie place called Whidbey Island, located off the coast of Washington State. It had a spooky Gothic feel, which I’m a big fan of. Leigh’s quirky cottage with two chimneys, the tall, dense forest, and the otherworldly mist coming off the surrounding water made the perfect setting for this story.

What worked: The first half of the book. I was really hooked up through Chapter 21. I liked the world-building and learning about the werehounds of Whidbey Island. The plot was suspenseful and scary a time or two. As the story moved along, more mysteries were revealed. What really happened to Leigh’s first husband? Why are women disappearing from the island, and who’s behind it? What’s up with Leigh’s obnoxious brother-in-law?

What didn’t work so much: The second half of the book. The plot was strange and confusing; it ended up with too many characters, especially supernatural ones, and not enough answers. I never thought Niles was a strong character. I think he was too tame and “gentlemanly” to pass as the book’s alpha hero. I liked Leigh pretty well, and I was wishing that she’d end up with Sean (a secondary werehound character). Didn’t happen, of course.

Final thoughts: Though I did struggle with this one, I’d like to continue with the series. Next up is DARKNESS BRED which is Sean’s story. He was my favorite supporting character. It’s not clear yet who Sean’s heroine will be, but I have my fingers crossed that it’s one character in particular. ( )
  bookofsecrets | Dec 12, 2012 |
Stella Cameron creates a fascinating world in DARKNESS BOUND. Her werehounds are more human than the average paranormal character which makes them even more believable. They do not live to kill or kill to live. Niles and his Team are tough warriors and nice guys, PTSD and other human traits included. Leigh doesn’t know until well into the book that paranormal creatures exists and she was one herself. These plot twists make for an interesting story. The cast of supporting characters includes some diverse, fun and eccentric personalities. I really liked that Leigh was strong and stubborn and Niles was no less Alpha for his caring side. Niles and Leigh must make some monumental decisions that felt a bit hurried and the climax was a little weak because it was setting up the next book but these points in no way diminished my pleasure in reading the novel.

This book was submitted for an honest review.

Heat Rating: Hot (A few detailed sex scenes, profanity and/or graphic violence.)

Rating: 4

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  MyBookAddiction | Apr 7, 2012 |
Stella Cameron has a new fan! I loved this book and everything in it. I'm, of course, becoming a SERIOUS paranormal lover....it's coming close to taking over my love of mystery thrillers. Seriously, ya'll. The more I read of vamps and weres, the more I fall in love with the sexy men and their awesome mates. Anyway, back to this. Stella Cameron has created a suspenseful, mind-blowing, captivating novel that will knock your socks off!

Chimney Rock #1 is a fantastic start to an awesome new series. From the start, Ms. Cameron incorporates the suspense into the story with Niles Latimer and his friend Sean. Their werehounds, who want nothing more than to gain the trust of the human world and live among them in a peaceful manner. The thing is...there's also the werewolves. Their not so keen on the idea of making peace with the humans, for they wish to turn the humans into wolves and create a werewolve pack that is bigger than ever. Wiping out the human race. Dominating the island.

But, then Leah Kelly moves back home after the death of her husband, Chris. Niles knows she's the human mate for him. Leah doesn't know about Niles and Sean, and that the island she's returned to is filled with weres, both hounds and wolves. Niles has to mate her to safe the werehound race, for there aren't any female hounds left to reproduce.

The wolves have other ideas on that. That's were the suspense takes off like crazy and really makes the reader feel a part of the middle of the story. With twists and turns, ups, downs, ins and outs, like a fabulous romantic suspense novel should have, this story will leave you with a shocked feeling through out as the whirlwind ride intensifies. But, by the end of the novel, you'll be so glad that you read this start to a fabulous new series!

Most definitely recommended! A high 5 Book worthy novel that is filled with passion and suspense, and fabulous shifting characters, you'll instantly become a fan. I know I did! I am already anxious for the second book in this series, Darkness Bred, Sean's story. FANTABULOUS job, Ms. Cameron! I am a forever fan!

This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour. ( )
  ReviewsbyMolly | Mar 3, 2012 |
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After her husband's tragic death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet the tiny town of Chimney Rock is not as peaceful as it seems. Women have been disappearing, and Leigh can't shake the feeling that she's being watched . . . especially at night.… (more)

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