Tormented by Darkness by Claire Ashgrove #Review #AfternoonDelight

Tormented by Darkness by Claire Ashgrove #Review #AfternoonDelightTormented by Darkness by Claire Ashgrove

Series: #2 Inherited Damnation
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Untamed Spirit on February 9, 2015
Pages: 131
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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four-stars  

This second installment in the series was sweet, sensual, passionate and engaging. I was attracted to both characters and their story right away. Both are damaged characters and have darkness in them and I enjoyed watching the story unfold knowing they would come together, there would be a sense of betrayal and they would have to pick up the pieces again. I read it through in one sitting and refused to put it down until the end.

In this story, the second of the eight children cursed by their succubus father and given hope by their mother through her book of spells gets her opportunity to break the curse with the help of a brooding, nearly broken cop who seals himself off from love and other weaker emotions that can break him.

Rhiannon is attracted to the handsome Mick, but she can’t get close for his own protection. She does fine with just her daydreams about him until he loses the last person he cares for and she can’t let him grieve alone when he seems to draw comfort from her presence. Then another page of her mother’s spellbook turns up and she needs Mick to work the magic, but can’t imagine getting him to believe in the supernatural or at least cooperate in working the spell. And Mick is attracted to Rhiannon and does his best to hold her at arms length trying to ignore the look of pain in her eyes when he does it. He’s not right for such a beautiful good angel of a woman with the darkness and dark needs he carries around inside.

From the beginning, I could tell the flow of the story was so very different from the first book. It helped so much that the world building was already established and I was familiar so I knew what was going on- not like the first book when I spent most of the story feeling off step like I’d jumped into the middle of something. This one explained things sooner and was smoother in the transitions. The characters emotions, dialogue and relationship developed evenly and felt right.

I loved that there are two relationships going on in this one. The romance is a reluctant one for both parties. They are attracted and are willing to give in to the physical side, but neither can give more for their own reasons. Mick can come across as a user so I was glad to have his perspective alternate with Rhiannon’s so I understood his motives for his behavior. They were a balm for each other and I loved them together even as I waited for the inevitable when Mick learned the truth about Rhiannon.

There is the romance between Rhiannon and Mick, but there is also Rhiannon’s connection to her family particularly to her brother Daire. Her choice to use the spell causes conflicting emotions because she knows that it may be some time if never that her other siblings find their own spells to break their curses.

This was a fast read, but still strong and engaging. I would recommend this one to Paranormal Romance fans particularly those who enjoy Celtic mythology and demons in their stories.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout # 119 PNR

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Great review hun!! I so have to read this now…you got me all eager and excited to try it out. I love those fast paranormal romances!!

    • I liked another series by the author so of course had to try this one that’s part of a re-release. I liked this second book better than the first one and I can’t wait to get more books from the series.

  • Ok, so this is the second review I’ve read of this series and it’s sounding better and better.

    • That happens to me too, Mary! It’s like everyone’s telling me that I need to read the book. Haha!