Favorite Lines: “There were no ex-monarchs among the vampire clans. Crowns were always taken by a combat to the death. It was the one fight where champions were not allowed. Without her power, Omara was as good as dead.” (p. 160)
Witches aren’t all ugly with warts on their noses and Holly Carver’s existence if proof. A young ghost buster trying to pay for college, Holly is a witch placed in a bad situation after her attempt to clean a house ends with her facing off with a demon. The first of many weird events to take place in their town.
Luckily for her she has a great business associate, Alessandro Caravelli, who is able to assist her whenever necessary. Yes, he’s a vampire and a little bit mysterious. Okay, he’s also the vampire queen’s champion. But Allesandro always comes through which is much more than Holly can say about her boyfriend.
As Holly and Alessandro investigate the strange happenings they discover that not only is Holly a much sought commodity, but now she needs to use her magical abilities to prevent a war. This is difficult though because a childhood accident rendered Holly’s magic unpredictable and her usage of magic exacts a high price. However, a witch has got to do what a witch has got to do.
The first book in Sharon Ashwood‘s series of the Dark Forgotten, is an interesting take on Hell and its inhabitants. Filled with interesting characters and a twist I didn’t see coming, Ravenous is an exciting addition to the paranormal romance pool. It features a strong heroine and a dangerous/possibly deadly hero.
The fully developed cast of characters work to keep the pacing steady while giving the reader a reason to want more from Ms. Ashwood. When this is combined with the vampire mythology and the description of Hell a different kind of romance is born. One with many directions available to it. It could stay with vampires and witches or move on to demons, Hell, shapeshifters. I’m left believing anything is possible.
This is a series I plan to continue. (P.S. The vamp queen is a bitch and I seriously hated her by the end of the book. I think Ms. Ashwood did a great job creating creating a character worthy of my hate, not because it was poor work, but because it was so well done.)