Monday, January 17, 2011

SCORCHED by Sharon Ashwood

The Dark Forgotten Series Book 2
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Date published: December 1st, 2009
ISBN: 9780451228642
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by: Self-purchase

The Castle. The name alone installs fear in the supernatural community and if you are thrown in there, the price is your soul for no one gets out ever again. Well that is until ex-detective Conall Macmillian gets thrown in there after the big battle that had him under the thrall of a soul sucking demon lover named Geneva. Now a year has passed and Mac has some control over his demon side and lost everything when it came to light that his lover was the demon who caused chaos and misery. He is trying to pick up the pieces but in the process is sucked back into the Castle, the supernatural prison that houses the worst of the worst and in one case, true innocence. Now he is asked to help save a child inside the Castle and the only chance Mac has is either turn his back on her or help her and risk losing that last bit of humanity-forever a demon.

SCORCHED picks up a year after RAVENOUS and it is one kick butt ride from start to finish. Ms. Ashwood doesn’t stint when it comes to the second book in her Dark Forgotten series. Pure action adventure, some of my favorite characters are back and mystery is afoot as the Castle’s magic/power is fading and chaos is entering the mysterious prison. Add in some new characters that keep the story from getting stale and a few twists that leave you with your mouth hanging open in surprise and you have got a story that will knock you on your butt. Ms. Ashwood is fast becoming my favorite author and her Dark Forgotten series is truly engrossing. Though you don’t need to read RAVENOUS in order to understand SCORCHED, I do recommend reading it just to see what happens as some things were mentioned that happened in that story.

We met Conell “Mac” Macmillian in RAVENOUS and this time he is dealing with the aftereffects of being a master demon’s pet and feeling his humanity going to the wind. With each page of SCORCHED, the reader is drawn into Mac’s story and even though I felt bad for him in RAVENOUS, I was also a little thrilled to see Holly and her vampire mate/lover Alessandro help him out (even if Alessandro wants to cut off his head and pound him into the dirt). The many different angles in the storyline keeps the reader glued to the pages and frankly, I couldn’t put it down. If you are looking for a fast paced, tightly written story with demons, mysteries, vampires, hell-hounds and more, then I highly recommend you grab SCORCHED and the rest of the Dark Forgotten series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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