Scorched by Sharon Ashwood
by Sharon Ashwood
The copy of Scorched I received for review is an uncorrected proof with a plain printed paper cover. The author was unknown to me. I had no idea what to expect.
What a delightful surprise! Scorched is the second in this series, but I had been unaware of this author and series until I received this book for review. I will definitely be putting her on my “must watch” list from now on.
In the world of Scorched, vampires have “outed” themselves to the world in the year 2000. After the Vamps came out, the were-animals and other supernaturals followed. Jump forward to today, and you’ve got a community that is struggling to integrate these new species, with all of the problems that entails – especially when some new citizens tend to want to eat people.
Our Hero, Mac, got mixed up with a *really* bad girl in the previous book, to the tune of being possessed by a demon and killing some people. A spell knocked most of it out of him, so when we meet him at the beginning of this book, he is trying to get his life back together. Unfortunately, there is still a bit of darkness hiding inside and apparently, a little demon will inevitably become a lot demon over time. Mac is working hard to stay on the straight and narrow.
Unfortunately for him, the local supernatural Sheriff (the vampire hero from the first book) isn’t willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and throws him in the supernatural clink – The Castle. Mac is feeling pretty abused, after all, he had been a cop before all this started. He was one of the Good Guys!
And every castle must have a damsel in distress, right? Mac runs into a beautiful young woman who, despite being almost a vampire, is innocent and distraught, as her adopted son has been kidnapped by the Guardsmen in the Castle. Mac can’t help but be attracted to Constance and intrigued by her dilemma.
Despite escaping the Castle fairly quickly, Mac discovers his problems are only increasing. Something seems to have kick-started his demon side and changes are starting to happen. Mac needs to figure out how to control his demonic urges, save Constance’s son and woo himself a vampire all at the same time.
Although there are a lot of things going on in this book, the author does an excellent job keeping the story coherent, engaging and the action moving along. Mac and Constance find time to get to know each other and a sweet romance begins, even while the Castle literally begins to fall apart around them. Mac is a great hero – tough, manly and strong, yet tender and protective. Constance is a simple but interesting heroine who gives Mac someone to defend without being too wimpy for our modern feminine sensibilities.
Ashwood’s writing style is a perfect blend of action and romance with just the right amount of lighthearted tongue-in-cheek and her descriptive phrases are a delight. She has definitely joined the list of Interesting Authors to Watch here at Digigirl’s Library.
Scorched is available at Amazon for pre-order and will be on the shelves in December. While you’re waiting for this one to come out, check out the first book in the series – Ravenous. That’s what I’m going to do!