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Inherited Damnation #3

Destined to Die

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Destined to Die

Destined to Die
Inherited Damnation, Book III

Haunted by his mother’s betrayal, Belen McLaine surrendered to his demonic half long ago. For centuries, he’s roamed, doing all he can to corrupt those he encounters. But Belen’s life changes when a little Yuletide fun goes wrong, and the one woman he can’t stay away from is suddenly in need of his protection. Unable to cast her aside, he finds himself on a deadly path to love.

Faith Winters shared one glorious date with Belen complete with fireworks, but he stayed away until the night of her brutal attack. As danger escalates, he becomes her only safety net. Shared passion gives way to something deeper, hotter, than she’s ever known before. Yet Faith has no idea her greatest threat is the very man who holds her heart.

For Belen, even if it means hurting Faith, he must not succumb to love. If he fails, his father’s curse promises he’ll take Faith’s life.


First published December 21, 2011

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Claire Ashgrove

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Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed contemporaries, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars, will debut with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat under the pen name Tori St. Claire.

Claire lives on a small farm in Missouri with her two toddler sons, fifteen horses, four cats, and five dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at rummy, studying ancient civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at www.ClaireAshgrove.com, or www.ToriStClaire.com

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1,069 reviews11 followers
March 25, 2015
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Destined to Die is the third book in the Inherited Damnation series which tells the story of eight siblings born to a Celtic Priestess and a very powerful Incubus. Through the books you will find out more of the circumstances surrounding the union of their parents and what that means for all eight siblings lives, for their Father cursed and damned them but their Mother gives them all a chance at redemption.
This time around we have Belen, now Belen McLaine has been embracing his demonic side, he can manipulate people and their emotions, get them riled up and committing acts they wouldn’t normally do and he’s been having fun for centuries….. but this Yule will be different because the influence he has put on people ends up putting the one woman he ‘could’ feel for in a horrifying situation. Knowing he can’t walk away from Faith Winters in danger, he becomes her knight in shining armour and rescues her. Faith couldn’t be more pleased to know that it was Belen who had saved her, maybe now he will realise the connection they shared on their one date years ago….but sadly no, he pushes her away again…. that is until she decides to make it up to him but in the process ends up needing rescuing again. Faith pushes her luck with Belen and they share something incredible. Belen is aware that Faith could be the one to break his curse but he doesn’t want mortality, he won’t be worthy when he is judged so it’s a no win situation but he will protect Faith with everything he has…. Except his love…..but he doesn’t bank on Faith wiggling her way beneath his surface and definitely not the feelings she brings out in him.
I think this was my favourite book so far in this series, I love an anti hero and Belen is that in spades. He is a contradiction even though he classes himself as evil because yes, he influences people into doing bad things BUT those bad things are done to people who deserve them. That’s not always the case but you can see that he isn’t as black and white as you would think and he rarely does any of the bad deeds himself. I suppose when you have an immortal life, you get bored and people become toys. Belen does not want to become mortal, he has no interest in slaying his father because in his eyes – their mother is just as bad – so when he comes across Faith, he isn’t bothered that she could break the curse the way the other two had been. He needed someone like Faith though because she believed in him without fault, it was like she knew his thoughts and feelings when he didn’t and that was a lovely connection.
I easily became invested in these two as a couple, I think that because of the situation right at the beginning, you see Faith as a damsel in distress and who doesn’t love those when you get a dark, brooding man like Belen to come to the rescue. That shared experience really bonded them together and no matter how many times he tries to deny it or ignore it, they had good chemistry which lead to some great sexytimes.
The storyline was different from the other two books and the threat didn’t come from where you might think but it was constant throughout the book and you could really feel its presence. I liked this because it sent Faith into Belen’s arms and by putting her in constant risk, it also showed Belen what he had and that he could quite easily lose it. Obviously if Belen chooses to break the curse he will have to be judged by his ancestors and that is another snag because he hasn’t really been a good man so there is more at stake here than in any of the previous books. I loved that we got to have a story where the character is on the darker side, it changed things up and also gave us some hope for the other siblings who have embraced the darkness too. I’m a sucker for these type of stories when men find their soul mates and redemption through the love of a woman – I suppose I’m just a romantic but Claire Ashgrove does these so well and I’ll always be back for more.
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1,499 reviews20 followers
March 17, 2015
I love when a "bad guy" falls in love. They make such a great story as they learn to be better people and come to grips with their past. Belen is not your traditional bad boy. He really does do some bad things, and one of those bad things sets off the chain of events that leads to his eventual redemption.

Belen was a very interesting character. He chooses to follow his darker side. He thinks his lighter side is tainted by his mother's abandonment and he walks away from it. When this decisions puts Faith in danger because of his actions, he begins to second guess everything he's done. The catch, he really doesn't want to be a better person at first. It was great!

Seeing Belen with Faith was like watching a different person than when he was with everyone else. She really was his angel and showed him how powerful good could really be. He is determined to walk away from it all, but when his love puts her life in danger, he needs to make the final decision of whether or not her life is worth his immortality.

There was quite a nice little twist in this story that only made it work even better. Again, I loved the fact that it wasn't love or lust at first sight. The characters had a history that the story really built on and it adds a layer of reality to a paranormal that makes it work so well.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for Leah.
225 reviews2 followers
April 1, 2015
One of goodness, one of darkness. Belen aches for Faith's decency, the inherent goodness that fills her soul but he had thrown away his light and let the dark side take over centuries ago. Faith believes in Belen so deeply she will face down an evil demon to gain what she wants.... Love.

I felt my heart tearing in two for Belen as he tries so desperately to keep Faith safe without corrupting her and all the while it's her who is there to save him. This series, this family, will sneak right into your reader heart and plop right down with huge smiles on their faces!

*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review*
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108 reviews1 follower
December 17, 2014
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Destined to Die is the 3rd book in the inherited damnation series. They should definitely be read in order! This one is Belen's story. I liked this one as much as the first two in the series. Belen is so insanely frustrating, you want to slap him upside the head! He is a bit darker than Cian and Rhiannon and struggles more with his half demon side. This is a must read for fans of PNR!
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November 13, 2014
The Inherited Damnation series reminds me a lot of the Immortals After Dark series.
I really enjoyed this book, its characters are a great combo.
Claire has done a fantastic job creating a wonderful story with both romance, excitement and hero to die for. I can't wait to read more books in this series.
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