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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Scorched by Sharon Ashwood

Scorched by Sharon Ashwood
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Other: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Welcome to the Castle. The price of admission is your soul.

Ex-detective Macmillan always had a taste for bad girls, but his last lover really took the cake—and his humanity. Now half-demon, Mac's lost his friends, his family and his job.

But Constance, a strangely innocent vampire trapped in the supernatural Castle prison, needs his help. Her son has been kidnapped, so suddenly Mac has a case to work—one that embroils him with a mad sorcerer, an even madder city council, and a winged love god. The trail leads deep into the supernatural prison, and Mac soon learns that cracking the case will cost him his last scrap of his humanity.

Fiery, vulnerable Constance will do anything for those she loves, including Mac. He'll be damned if he turns his back on her… and a demon forever if he doesn't.

She needs to change and can’t. He doesn’t want to change, but is forced to morph. Sound odd? Sound intriguing? It should. Want to know more? Then read Scorched.

Ms. Ashwood writes an intriguing story that captures you from page one and doesn’t let go until way past the last page. Her world, filled with demons, vampires, hunters, and every other paranormal creature you can think of pulls you in immediately. Her characters are well-rounded, but come across a bit bland.

Now I admit there is a first installment to this story. Although you don’t have to read Ravenous, it helps. There is a whole world and series of events going on that make much more sense when you know what happened in the first story. That being said, Scorched is a great read for lovers of the paranormal.

Mac doesn’t want to lose his humanity and give in to his demon. He didn’t ask to be a demon. At the same time, Constance needs to change into a full vampire if she’s going to save her adopted son and move on with her life. As for the romance in this story, well, it’s not traditional. Yes, there is a building passion between Mac and Constance, but it comes across as almost forced and driven by sex not love. I really enjoyed the interplay between secondary characters Alessandro and Holly and her sister, Ashe. Ashe wants to obliterate Alessandro in the worst way and her one-liners are fabulous.

Now if you want a story full of perplexing characters, hot sex, and romance that’s as individual as the people in love, then you need to read Scorched. I give this story 4 cherries.