Cursed to Kill by Claire Ashgrove #AfternoonDelight #Review

Posted January 27, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cursed to Kill by Claire Ashgrove #AfternoonDelight #Review
Cursed to Kill

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Series: Inherited Damnation #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Released on January 27, 2015
Pages: 124
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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I am always up for trying a new paranormal romance series that includes a fascinating mythological background to the story. An ancient demonic curse, Celtic fey magic, doomed love and eight cursed siblings made me really eager to pick this one up. This first of eight stories tackling the first of the eight siblings jumped right in and just clipped along. It wasn’t as developed as I would like particularly with the romance and I felt it was rushed along in its pace, but my enjoyment of the conflict and series story arc was definitely there.

The story opens with Cian MacLaine entering the book shop that specialized in rare books hoping to find anything new that might help him lift the curse that he carried through his long immortal life. It was a dreadful curse that forced him to kill the object of his love so for a few millenniums he had kept himself apart from people except on those few times he slipped up and got close to a mortal and was forced to succumb to the curse. Even now, he struggled once again because he made the mistake of falling for the beautiful owner of the bookshop in fact. He had left her with no word six months before to protect her and only came to the shop when he knew she wasn’t working. Only this time, she was there and what’s more she tingled with magic that she could have only gotten from touching his mother’s ancient spell- the spell that might lift his curse.

Miranda Phillips is speechless when she encounters that man she gave her heart to and thought that he gave her his until the night he slipped out of her bed and left her without a backward glance or any other explanation. His actions broke her heart, but sadly she never stopped loving him. Now here he stands before her acting oddly and demanding to see the book she had that inadvertently allowed him to know she had. Only it wasn’t a whole book just a sheaf of pages from one. Miranda swings from being angry that he is still blowing hot and cold with her after spending another night with her and leaving with the pages in hand and hurt and confused that he also seems to want to keep her close. Could his ravings about danger and magic be real?

Alright, to sum up how I felt from beginning through much of the first half of this book was off-balanced and confused. I honestly had to check twice to make sure that yes, this was indeed the first book in the series. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of something. The best way I can describe it is when you put a never before seen romance movie into the player and just pick a random chapter in the middle and try to get into the movie. Pretty tough to do. I eventually got up to speed on the storyline and to a certain extent, the characters, but I never did really connect with the romance.

Now that being said, there are a few things that I found enchanting. I loved the concept behind this series- the cursed eight siblings who share a demon father and magic-using mother with the siblings split on which parent’s ways they support. And toward the end when I had a better grasp of what was going on, I was intrigued at the idea that each sibling is cursed to kill the one they love, but there is a spell out there for each of them that has been lost through time that can free them of the curse if they are willing to die and be weighed in the balance and can achieve a normal, mortal life if they’re deemed worthy. As each child’s curse is lifted, it weakens the power of the demon father and strengthens the power of the trapped spirit of their mother. See? Really cool stuff. And now that I have that figured out, I want to get each siblings story particularly the siblings more in touch with their darker natures and unwilling to lift the curse.

So, though I had a jarring introduction to this story, I feel the series really holds promise and I look forward to seeing where it will go. Those who enjoy a blend of mythology and paranormal romance that packs some grit and heat should give this one a try.

My thanks to the author for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.

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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.

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Mary Kirkland
7 years ago

I really like the premise of the story. Curses and making the demon father weaker as the mother grows stronger as her kids release themselves of their curses. Sounds like an interesting premise. I love finding new authors to read.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I love Claire’s books and started with her cursed Knights Templar series, then her romantic suspenses under a different name and now these which are an older series. I was very taken with this premise too.

Red Iza
7 years ago

The background story is original, I like original. And I love reading about Celtic mythology. I’ll give this series a try, great review 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

That is what attracted me too, Iza. I hope you like it. It was iffy for me, but I want to see where book two goes.