Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review: Tormented by Darkness (Inherited Damnation #2) by Claire Ashgrove

Title: Tormented by Darkness (Inherited Damnation #2)
Author: Claire Ashgrove
Course: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3


Cursed by her incubus father centuries ago, the last thing Rhiannon McLaine wants is
to fall in love.

The night she delivers flowers to detective Mick Farrell, however, everything changes. Deep-seated attraction flares into untamed passion. In the morning, Rhiannon awakens to find she’s lost her heart. Now, unless she can convince Mick of her secret past, she’s destined to take his life.

When Rhiannon asks Mick to go camping with her, instinct warns him to refuse. Though he hungers for her love and the goodness she represents, he’ll do anything to keep her from discovering the darkness within his soul. Yet a weekend in the woods is the perfect place to indulge in temporary desire…until he finds himself bound against his will.

Surrounded by ancient Celtic rites and magic, can Mick see beyond Rhiannon’s duplicity and recognize her love? Or will the revelation of her true demonic nature doom Rhiannon to a mortal life alone?
I am still very much loving the concept behind theses stories.  The perfect mix of good and evil captured in 8 siblings - each having to choose which way they want to go.  Rhiannon has chosen the good.  She's a healer and tries hard to avoid situations that may allow her darker side to emerge.    But you can't really avoid falling in love.  I like that the characters are falling in love with people that are already a part of their lives.  It makes the love seem more true and long-lasting than if they were love at first sight.

I had a harder time connecting to Mick.  He was just too "hard" for my taste.  Not that he wasn't well written - he has an amazing story and it's very well developed - he just wasn't my type.  I think his reaction to some of the events that happened during the "camping trip" were fantastic.  His outrage and disbelief were so believable and I really felt his confusion and betrayal.

This seemed a bit darker than book one - but I can't put my finger on why.  I really enjoyed getting to know another sibling, and we get a fairly good look at another, as well some visitors from book one.  I think as the series goes on and the father gets more pissy things are going to get very interesting.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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