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Book Review: Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood

Posted on: June 16, 2009

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Ravenous  (The Dark Forgotten, Book 1)

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Released: February 3, 2009

From Sharon’s website:

One kiss is all it takes to lose your soul…

Holly Carver is a small-time witch who busts ghosts for tuition money, but ends up wrangling a demon when a haunted house job goes bad.

Her Undead business associate, Alessandro Caravelli, suspects the demon is somebody’s not-so-secret weapon.  The supernatural community is at war, and Holly’s unpredictable magic is the key to hell’s doorway.  Soon Holly is on everyone’s “must have” list, and not in a good way.

Alessandro wants her for more than magic.  A lover with six centuries of experience, the vampire is walking seduction, but he’s also a predator.  Every minute he spends guarding Holly, every second he spends falling under her witch’s spell, he becomes more and more of a threat himself.  As Holly’s sharp-tongued grandma warns her: vampires are like a box of rich chocolate–they seem so tempting, but over-indulgence is a killer…

Holly is a registered witch who exorcises houses to earn tuition money.  When one particular haunted house almost kills her and her boyfriend, all is not as it seems.  A demon escapes from a portal that failed to close, and it’s up to Holly to send the demon back through the portal, with help from her grandmother, police detective Conall Macmillan, and her business partner Alessandro Caravelli.  Alessandro’s loyalty is split between his vampire queen Omara and Holly, who he is in love with.  Omara is jealous of Alessandro’s affection for Holly, and manipulates him into using Holly to trap Geneva, Omara’s enemy and a very evil demon.

What I liked most about Ravenous was the humor throughout, the oh-so-hot Conall, the sexy Alessandro, and the evil sentient house.  I’m always a sucker for hot male characters and humor.  I also loved the idea that a house could be a sentient creature.  I could feel the malevolence of it like I myself was in there with Holly.

I rate this book 4/5 stars.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series, Scorched, due to be released December 1, 2009.

Buy Ravenous here: Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten

Pre-order Scorched here: Scorched: The Dark Forgotten

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