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Scorched (The Dark Forgotten #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  666 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Welcome to the Castle. The price of admission is your soul.

Ex-detective Macmillan always had a taste for bad girls, but his last lover really took the cake—and his humanity. Now half-demon, Mac's lost his friends, his family and his job.

But Constance, a strangely innocent vampire trapped in the supernatural Castle prison, needs his help. Her son has been kidnapped, so sudd
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Signet
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Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
just couldn't finish this one, I was so into the first that I just dived right into the second, but it was very disappointing and boring, I kept reading in the pretense that it might pick up and be ok but it never happened for me.
Oct 27, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Having a bit more romance than the its predecessor this book is a nice and enjoyable dose of paranormal romance. And still manages to have a decent plot.

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Mandi Schreiner
Nov 19, 2009 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
I recently read Ravenous, the first in The Dark Forgotten series and fell in love with the world Sharon Ashwood created and the delicious vampire, Alessandro and his mate and witch, Holly. During Ravenous, Mac is turned into a demon, and the repercussions of that carry over to Scorched, although this can be read as a stand alone.

Scorched starts off a year later – Mac, although not a full force demon, still has lingering side effects and is definitely not human. Alessandro, a vampire who patrols
Feb 19, 2015 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
I didn't really remember the first book, Ravenous, too well when I picked this up, which was a bit of a disadvantage since the leading man in this one appeared in the last book - Mac was the cop who had been turned into a flesh craving demon but who was saved to some extent by a spell cast by Holly which leashed his demon.

Mac is really quite appealing in this book, he's lost everything but is very heroic, and despite his demon he is still by nature a protector. Which is fortunate for his heroine
Jun 13, 2009 Lindig rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Same old same old.
Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
We first met Mac in Holly and Alessandro's adventure, Ravenous, when he was just a simple detective who picked up the wrong (the very wrong) dame at the bar. He wasn't a bad guy, and until he decided to do some pretty bad things, I liked him a lot. At the end of the book however he ended up in the Castle, a sort of...purgatory I suppose for supernaturals.

And this shouldn't be necessary, but spoilers for the first book.

A year has passed since the events of Ravenous and Mac is back out in the brig
Oct 05, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
My review is posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

It’s a difficult thing for a cop to find himself on the wrong side of a prison door. That’s what happened (in a way) to former detective Connall Macmillan. A year ago, he picked up the wrong girl at a bar and – Bam! – next thing Mac knew he was a soul-sucking demon with a ravenous appetite. Now that he’s been thrown in the Castle, a crumbling paranormal prison, Mac is determined to get out. Then he meets the beauti
Melissa Hayden
I read Ravenous before I started reviewing, so I didn't do a review for it. Do you need to read it before this book? No, I don't think you do. You could if you would like to get just a little bit more idea of the background but I don't think it is needed to get into this story.

Mac returns to Fairview a year after the big show-down, which killed the female demon who made him the demon he is now - or what is left after Holly Carvers' spell that left him strong as his demon and very hungry but not
Scorched follows Mac as he learns to deal with his "inner demon". One year later (after the events of Ravenous) he's returned home to try to pick up the pieces and the first person he runs into is Alessandro Caravelli, Holly's Chosen mate.

Alessandro is the "bad-assed sheriff-to-the-undead" enforcing the peace among the supernatural community and he's ready to kill Mac, the demon. However, he realizes that Mac's not entirely demon any longer. No matter, he still feels he's a threat, so he puts
May 14, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I recommend your read the previous book Ravenous, before reading this book. I categorize this book and series as a romantic urban fantasy. At first I thought this installment was going the way of romance but I couldn't have been more wrong.

While this installment does mirror romance on the level that it has certain main characters and they each get their own turn during each installment for love. Also, as with most romances, the story was pretty predictable and in addition, the person in place to
Jenny Delandro
Jun 16, 2011 Jenny Delandro rated it liked it
The most intriguing thing about this book is that at the centre of everything is a sentient building....called the Castle
Created by strong magic to house the supernatural villians - hidden away from human eyes. It looks like a building called the Empire Hotel
and it repels normal humans

but something is wrong
the castle used to be light and filled with gardens and sunshine but it is dark and crumbling and the lower levels are collapsing

the catle has existed for many centuries

Everyone who stays in
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Beware of spoilers

Scorched is the second installment in the Dark Forgotten series that focuses on all of the supernatural creatures in the town of Fairview.

Holly worked her magic on Mac to make the demon inside him dormant and he has escaped the Castle, making his way back to Fairview. But Alessandro doesn’t trust him and throws him back into the Castle. While there, he finds a young female vampire, Constance, that was thrown in the Castle before sh
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Wendy Hines
Jun 20, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
He wants to help her; it's in his blood. But if he succeeds, he won't be human anymore. Does he dare to weigh the consequences?

Conall Macmillan is an ex-detective whom is half-demon. His demon qualities earn him a trip to the Castle, a doorway to a labyrinth of supernatural beings who have been there for centuries. The Castle won't hold him though, as one of his demonic qualities is turning to dust, which can easily be maneuvered through the door cracks.

Constance has been living in the Castle al
Barbara ★
I was rather disappointed in this one. I enjoyed the series starter but this was bland and boring. I thought the plot with the secondary characters (the h/h from the first book) was more interesting and exciting than the woe-is-me h/h of this one. I surely hope Unchained is better.

The story starts with Alessandro, the hero of Ravenous, capturing half-demon Conall "Mac" Macmillan and locking him inside the Castle, a supernatural prison, where he meets Constance Moore, a newbie vampire (and by thi
Jul 30, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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Mar 19, 2010 Book Review Diva rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2013 Jodi Aubihl daume rated it liked it
Spoilers I'm sure..

I enjoyed the first book of this series more. I thought Mac (who was endearing in the first book) was annoying in this book - he makes a joke out of everything, including the demon changes and his life..

Then there is Constance (he calls her Connie - uh). She is a vampire who has lived a couple of hundred years and is still a virgin and very naive and trusting (especially for living in the Castle).

They meet and are in love in days. She was not well developed and neither was th
Apr 18, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
So this is the second Sharon Ashwood book I have read and I did not like it as much as the first one I read, which was Frostbound (book 4 in The Dark Forgotten series). I think I had issues because I expected this series to be stand alone but connected paranormal romances with some nice urban fantasy action in them. Scorched had some issues fitting into that category because about half of the book doesn't even seem to focus on the main love story's characters and focuses on people who were in ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mobi/Paranormal Romance: This is book two of the Dark Forgotten series. It was slow in a few spots, but there were many parts that really kept me reading. I thought the story would continue with Holly and Alessandro (book 1), but instead it is the story of Mac. After being a "sorta demon" for the past year, he finds himself changing for the worse after entering the Castle again. I like when I get hints from an author of how the book is probably going to end, and then I guessed completely wrong. ...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Dec 03, 2009 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it it was amazing
In Sharon Ashwood’s second installment of The Dark Forgotten Series, we learn more about the mysterious Castle and find out if Mac is going to embrace his “inner” demon.

In Ravenous, Mac is a cop who basically gets screwed over while on a long over-due break at the local watering hole. Mac kisses Geneva who turns out to be a Soul Eating Demon, that simple kiss turns Mac into one as well. When Holly Carver (a witch) sends Geneva back to the Castle, Geneva looses the demon and automatically turns b
Jul 12, 2013 Susa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alle vier Bände führen Dich in eine fantastische Fantasy-Welt. Hexen, Dämonen, Vampire ... von allem etwas, man muss sie einfach lesen. Die Cover werden dem Inhalt nicht gerecht obwohl sie schön gestaltet wurden. Also wer Fantasy mag wird diese Bücher lieben. Ein Quäntchen Humor und prickelnde Liebesszenen fehlen natürlich nicht und die Charaktere sind sehr vorstellbar beschrieben. In den weiteren Bänden fügen sich die Schicksale aller Charaktere zusammen, jedoch ist in jedem Band eine ...more
Jan 16, 2010 Darcy rated it it was ok
I really liked the first of this series and was looking forward to this one, unfortunately it wasn't as good. It started out really slow, and didn't seem to pick up. I found it really easy to set the book down and go about and do other things.

Most of the action in this book took place in the castle, which was dying. Mac seemed to be at the center of the action trying to come to terms with the demon that is in him. Along the way he learns much about himself and all that goes with his new demon se
Aug 24, 2011 Ithlilian rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I know these are romance novels, but the world presented in Ravenous was actually interesting, so I liked it. I wanted to know more about The Castle, so I tried Scorched. I definitely shouldn't have. Basically, the main male character talks about how much he thinks about the female love interest. The female main character talks about how much she thinks of the male main character. No one is likable, and the banter starts at the very beginning of the novel. If this were more urban fantasy and ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
I really liked the first book in this series, so I was surprised at how hard I struggled to finish this one. I think part of my problem was the book went to a new main couple who I really didn't care about. Since the couple from the first book only got together by the end and seemed to have a lot more to tell, I originally thought they would be the main couple for this series, but they were just in the background for this one. The idea of The Castle is interesting and I wasn't upset to have it ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-series
This had stayed in my TBR pile for quite awhile as I was hoping this 2nd book would again revolve around Holly and her vampire, and was disappointed when I found that it would not (although they are in the story). I hadn't liked the Castle in the first book and thought this book would focus on that setting and those characters. The author did a good job of defining the new characters, made the Castle a more interesting place with the understanding that it wasn't always meant to be a prison for ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Stace rated it it was ok
Slow.slow.slow. I LOVED Ravenous but this book took 3 tries and more than a month to finish. I finally forced myself to finish it just so I could get it off my shelf. I think the main problem I had with the book is that I never connected to Mac or Constance. Not once did I care if they ended up together. I enjoyed the brief glimpses into Holly's present far more. I will say that The Castle is a great piece of world-building and I hope we get to see much more of it in future books, unfortunately ...more
May 31, 2011 Vinette rated it liked it
Shelves: sharon-ashwood
The 2nd book was much better and finally tied everything together, since I unfortunately read the 3rd book 1st.

Thankfully, Sharon Ashwood did not make it heavily descriptive like the 1st and 3rd book. It went right to the story and loved the whole "Castle" world. The levels of Castle sounds absolutely amazing... I mean, come on... Unicorns and a smelly brimstone dragon!

Can't wait for the 4th book!
Jan 30, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Was an easier read than book 1 as I now understood the concept of the castle. It was good to see Connie develop throughout the tale.

I liked Mac in book 1, so was really pleased to see that this story was about him.I was gripped throughout his escapades in the castle!! We've been introduced to some new characters but also have had the continuation of the story of Holly and Alessandro. I like that mix. :-)

On to book 3 now!!
Judith Post
Aug 04, 2011 Judith Post rated it it was amazing
Sharon Ashwood's urban fantasies have a different feel to them, for me. They veer from the expected. The characters are rich and flawed. The Castle is a mesmerizing prison filled with heroes and villains. Even though Mac has become half demon, you want him to succeed. And you want Holly, the witch, and Caravelli, her vampire, to come to his aid. No simple plots here. They twist and turn and convolute. Loved it.
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Sharon Ashwood is a free-lance journalist, novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle fantasy would never work out, so she writes paranormal ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Dark Forgotten (4 books)
  • Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten, #1)
  • Unchained (The Dark Forgotten, #3)
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