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I Belong


Review: Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood

TitleFrostbound

AuthorSharon Ashwood

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Dark Forgotten (Book 4)

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451231953 (Penguin/Signet)

ISBN-13:  978-0451231956 (Penguin/Signet)

Reviewed by: Kiwi

Synopsis:

Every dog might have his day, but the hellhound guards the night . . .

As a snowstorm locks down the city, more than the roads are getting iced. Someone’s beheaded the wrong girl, and vampire-on-the-lam Talia Rostova thinks it was meant to be her. Now she’s the prime suspect in her own botched murder—and the prisoner of her smoking-hot neighbor.

Lore is a hellhound, bred to serve and protect, so he’s not freeing Talia until he’s sure that she’s the prey and not the hunter. You’d think a beautiful woman in his bedroom would be a good thing, but trouble-prone Talia has run afoul of someone more sinister than your average lunatic killer. An ancient Undead is wreaking vengeance on the city—and on her—and Lore will have to go far beyond a stake to put him back in his grave . . .

Quick & Dirty: Sexy, interesting and quite captivating.

Opening Sentence: “Till death do us part.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Welcome to Fairview, USA. Take a walk down our scenic byways, and don’t forget to watch out whom you talk to, for they might very well have fangs. You see, Y2K had a completely different meaning to the inhabitants of the world in The Dark Forgotten series. With the coming of the new millennia also came the coming of all those things that existed only in fairy tales and nightmares. Well, they were always there, it’s just now they are upstanding citizens of the world, just like you and me. Well, sorta.

In Frostbound, we are introduced to Lore, a fine upstanding member of the community, and also Alpha of the Hellhounds, and at the time of publication, acting sheriff. When evil comes to his town, the hellhound protector half of Lore, and the abilities that come with his being alpha, won’t let him ignore it. When that evil threatens not only his town, but also his female, well let’s just say it gains his complete attention. But this is not your ordinary evil, and it will take all of his power, and that of his friends and family to overcome.

And Lore’s lovely lady is English Lit teacher and tutor, Talia Rostova, who also happens to be a vampire. Talia is a newly turned vampire on the run from the one who turned her, against her will I might add. She is still coming to terms with her lot in life when disaster strikes rather close to home, in the form of the murder of her cousin, roommate and best friend, Michelle. While she makes the most likely suspect, being a vampire and all, we know she is innocent and so does Lore. When the truth about her cousin’s murder and the ones responsible are revealed, things get a bit more complicated, and a lot more lethal.

So, it turns out that the object of Lore’s nightmares and Talia’s lurid past are one in the same. Either way, this is one evil guy and he’s gone a bit crazy. And on the weirder but true side, his group of merry vamps has paired up with a group of human supremacists, those who normally kill nonhumans outright. Oh and I forgot to mention, Talia was born one of them, and then her maker turned her as an act of revenge and some sort of paranormal kick in the face or something.

So, in the end, evil is demolished, HEA is obtained, and we live on for the next installment. I really enjoyed this story line. This is my first Sharon Ashwood book, but it most certainly will not be my last.

Notable Scene:

Lore had less than a minute to save his people.

He charged the enemy, ducking, weaving, leaping the fireballs in a deadly dance. Their ammunition wasn’t infinite, and he was determined to make them waste as much as he could. Every fouled shot was one less chance a hound would die.

Twenty seconds spent.

The scene was coming at him in a blur of detail: the sharp-edged rubble of the barricade, the startled faces of Belenos’ vampires as they wheeled around to see the red-eyed hound hurtling at them. Lore knew the ones he wanted. If he took out the leaders, the rest would scatter.

Thirty seconds.

He would have o brave the snipers. He was gambling they only had a few bullets filled with quicksilver. After all, just about every hellhound alive was somewhere in Fairview. Such bullets were a custom-made item.

Thirty-five seconds.

His pack turned and were following him, but they were far behind. He was moving faster than the sorcerers could take aim. Faster than he could think. Lore let go and let his instincts run.

Forty-five. Rifles cracked, the sound blaring against the stone, but he was too fast for them, too.

Men swore.

That’s right. Do it.

Switching the rifles to automatic sacrificed accuracy for speed. It wasted lots of ammo.

Lore leaped, spreading his paws wide to catch the leaders in the chest, to crush them to the dirt for putting his pack, his woman, and the city he called home in danger.

Fireballs launched, and they were too close to avoid.

Poisonous bullets pierced his flank, tearing through flesh and bone.

He’d expected it. Lore let himself fall to dust.

The Dark Forgotten Series:

1. Ravenous

2. Scorched

3. Unchained

4. Frostbound

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Frostbound.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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