Scent of Salvation (Chronicles of Eorthe #1)

If he took his time maybe he'd remember how to do this right.

Scent of Salvation
Annie Nicholas
Chronicles of Eorthe, book one
ebook, 391 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Samhain Publishing
ISBN 9781619217485

Love blooms across species, culture, and time.

Stranded in another dimension, on a primitive version of Earth, Dr. Susan Barlow needs to find a way to survive. There’s no electricity, no cities, and to her shock, no humans. Instead, she faces a population of werewolves, vampires and incubi. The people are vicious but she must find her place among them. And live.

An illness is killing Sorin’s pack. As alpha it’s his responsibility to save them, but it’s a battle this warrior doesn’t know how to fight. Then a blue light in the sky brings a creature he’s never seen. She calls herself human, but to him she smells like hope.

Sorin offers Susan a safe haven in return for a cure, but she’s not that kind of a doctor. She’s a doctor of physics, not a physician. Yet as they search for a cure to save a dying people, they find something special—each other.

But even with Sorin’s protection, Susan can’t help but wonder how long she can survive in a world without humans…

Warning: Feral shifters, power-hungry vampires, and a sole human female suffering culture shock.

"Today seemed like the perfect day to burn bridges."

All Susan needed was the funding to see if her dream could actually become reality. All Technocon needed was a tax write off. They didn't expect her to actually be capable of creating a door to other dimensions. But she proved herself. And now, her biggest fear, seeing the military take control of her life's work, is staring back at her.

What's a girl to do but blow it all up?...And inadvertently get sucked into its portal.. wherein getting dropped into a world raging with shifters, vampires, and an incubi or two.

There, Susan is met by Sorin, an alpha wolf shifter of the Apisi pack, and one of his omegas. He believes she was sent from his goddess, convinced her sudden appearance and his great need for a miracle to save his people is no coincidence. 

She flees him and ends up crossing into the neighboring pack’s territory where she is met by Kele, a female shifter, daughter of her pack alphas, and her guards. Susan is human and bears no scent marking her. When Sorin attempts to take her back, taking him across boundaries, Kele’s guardians attack and the fight leaves Sorin unconscious.

Kele makes the decision to bring both Susan and Sorin back to her parents, and urges Ahote, the leader of her guard, to mark Susan to keep the other males away. A mark given by rubbing her wrist against his cheek. That doesn't prevent Kele's mother from bitch slappin' Susan, though. As much as the woman tries to emulate the others and follow pack protocol, she can't help but screw it up.

When Sorin escapes the Payami pack, he takes Susan with him. And it's not entirely against her will. She could have gone with Benic, a nefarious vampire with one too many plots at work in his favor, but Sorin took that choice away from her. Honestly, each and every character has their own villainous moment.

Sorin forces Kele to stay with him, preventing any chance she has at going back through the shaky, here-again-gone-again portal. Hey, the guy's desperate. His pack is dying from a viral infection, one by one. Without her science, he'll lose everything.

Benic becomes convinced that humans, which don't exist in this world, are the ancestors of their kinds. And, in an attempt to prove his theory, infects Susan with his blood. Unfortunately, by then, Susan and Sorin have fallen in love and, unbeknownst to Benic, Susan has taken Sorin's mating bite. So, she'd already been infected with the shifter virus by the time he put his potions to work. If she would have changed without Benic's involvement is anybody's guess.

Kele was probably my favorite of the cast. As the daughter of the alpha pair, she was expected to be an alpha herself. But she lacks the ability to shift, leaving her somewhere in the hierarchy between hunter and omega. Meanwhile, Sorin's omega, Peder, is a true hunter, but he's been too badly broken by his former alpha, Sorin's father, that he's borderline submissive in every damn situation he meets. Sorin isn't much better though. The strongest of the weak that one.

Book two, Scent of Valor, has en expected publication in November, 2014. Possibly Kele and Peder's story? Hoping so...

3 out of 5 stars.

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