Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Aleksandr Wilder is the grandson of Konstantine and Zorana (from the Darkness Chosen series) and is a member of the Chosen Ones, a group of seven individuals selected every seven years to protect the Earth from the Devil. Aleksandr was supposedly selected because of his connection to Konstantine, a man who did the unthinkable and broke a deal with the Devil. Aleksandr, much to the heartbreak of his family, disappeared during the Chosen Ones series.
Chosen One Charisma Fanghorn can hear the earth sing to her. Sure it may sound cheesy but when Christina Dodd puts the story on page, you sit and read attentively. Charisma finds herself underground and is blinded, to be carried away on the rescuing shoulders of a large, furry creature whom she comes to know as Guardian.
Guardian escaped underground after being tortured at the hands of humans. Here he does what a huge, strong creature can do best: protect the ones who live down here from the demons running free. As Charisma is helpless, she falls under his protection as well. Only Guardian isn’t ready for Charisma to get her sight back. If the tantalizing beauty can see him, she will realize the extent of his deformities. Covered in fur, more beast than man, he doesn’t want her to look at him this way. Guardian has weakened for the girl and wants to recover his humanity for her.
Wilder, VBC fans, is a tale of Beauty and the Beast at its best. I think you can see the writing on the wall and realize who Guardian is. But even with fur and beastly alterations, Guardian wears his humanity on his sleeve and doesn’t need the form of a man to give Charisma his heart. Charisma is just as content to return the favor. She melts for the beast, falling for him as she only began to fall for one another before his disappearance.
I cannot recommend this enough. If you haven’t read a Dodd book yet, start with book one of The Darkness Chosen series. Work your way through those. Then go through The Chosen Ones. Dodd has a wit that leaves you laughing and creates characters that captivate. You won’t be sorry.
Sexual content: Graphic sex