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Frostbound: The Dark Forgotten

(The Dark Forgotten #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 ser
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 13th 2019 by Rowan & Ash Artistry (first published June 7th 2011)
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Where have I been hiding? This book is the first time I have heard of this series or this author. It definitely won’t be the last, though. I enjoyed it so much that I jumped on Amazon and ordered the previous books in the series so I could read those too. Here’s hoping I enjoy them just as much!

Frostbound is part of The Dark Forgotten series, but it stands on its own very well. The author does a great job of introducing the world and the characters without making the reader feel lost. We’re drop
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Frostbound, I think this is my favorite so far of Ashwood's Dark Forgotten. I fell in love with Lore. He's alpha, but he's also nuturing. And he's an interesting mix of human and not - he's a hellhound and has both pop tarts and dog bones in his cupboard. But I think my favorite thing about Lore is that even though he comes from a race that holds on to their traditions, and taboos, he makes his own destiny. I was happy to see that he managed to find a worthy heroine.
Eva Millien
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A snowstorm has locked down the city, the roads are getting iced and someone has beheaded the wrong girl. Now Talia Rostova is the suspect in her own murder. Talia has afoul of someone more sinister than your average lunatic, an ancient undead is wreaking vengeance on the city and Lore will have to go far beyond a stake to put him back in his grave…

This energetic addition to The Dark Forgotten series enthralls readers from the very beginning as it starts off evil in the air and a fight and just
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Favorite Quote: “Bad dog!”

Talia Rostova is a young vampire who has gone rogue. Turned against her will as revenge against her family, Talia ran away from her psychotic sire and went into hiding with her cousin. When Talia’s cousin is found brutally murdered, Talia believes she was the intended victim. Before she can decide what to do she is taken into custody by Lore, a smoking hot alpha hellhound. Lore is acting sheriff while Alessand
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I don’t read a ton of paranormal romance preferring urban fantasy because of the greater emphasis it gives to complex worldbuilding. But if more paranormal romances were like FROSTBOUND, I’d read them by the box load.

Both Lore and Talia are fully defined characters with their own backstories and distinct story arcs in FROSTBOUND. Talia is a newly turned vampire in hiding from an abusive life and scarred upbringing that taught her to hate what she has un
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sexy, interesting and quite captivating.

Opening Sentence: “Till death do us part.”

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 onl
At the beginning of this series, I would pick up these books if I happened across them. At this point, they're on my auto-buy list. I think Ashwood has really hit her stride with Frostbound.

The characters:
I've liked and admired the hellhound Lore since his introduction and I'm happy he was matched with someone as strong and compassionate as Talia.

Raised in a clan of genocidal monster Hunters, Talia was changed into a vampire against her will as an act of vengeance against her father. I've seen s
I have always enjoyed Sharon Ashwood's Dark Forgotten series. Frostbound was no exception. I think she does a great job of blending UF and PNR. Like a PNURF, paranormal urban romantic fantasy.

This book focuses on one of my favorite characters so far in the series, Lore, a hellhound who managed to escape from the the Castle. He's acting sheriff during a time when supes are on edge. Why? Because the first supe election is only a month or so away. Supernaturals have only been out of the closet for
Gypsy Madden
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adored the first book in this series Ravenous. I adored both the heroine witch-turned ghostbuster Holly and her occasional partner cool, aloof Alessandro Caravelli. There was a lot going on in that book that I had a hard time predicting where it was going to or who she might choose, or what was going on with her friend Mac. And I loved the creepy house in it that was eating people. By the end of that book, I really didn’t like Mac. So, I skipped book 2 in this series since it starred him. And ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review of Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood

4 out of 5

“So the question is, ghouls and girlies, what about interspecies romance? If we drop the masks and give our sad little monster hearts away, will anyone respect us in the morning? If we show them our true selves, will anyone be left alive?”

Talia Rostova is in a whole lot of trouble. She has run away from her sire, been kicked out of her family of Hunters for becoming a vampire and is the number one suspect in her cousin Michelle’s murder, which she
Nina Campbell
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frostbound: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood got me hooked in the first chapter. I was immediately enchanted by the characters of the hellhound Alpha Lore and the vampire Talia. The story starts off with an arsonist’s fire and the murder of Talia’s cousin and roommate Michelle. Both of these mysterious crimes are believed to be caused by supernatural citizens. This possibility makes the solving of these crimes part of Lore’s job as the acting sheriff of the supernatural citizens in the area. ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazingly detailed story that had me captivated with the fascinating world this author has created. The characters almost jump off the page with their emotional depth and humorous banter. On the run and accused of a crime she did not commit Talia doesn't at first realize how lucky she is to be detained by her law abiding neighbour Lore. Lore has had a thing for Talia since they meet but she is off limits until close quarters changes things between them. This story is packed full of ac ...more
Adena Lee
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
People keep talking about bringing people and cultures together. In Canada, we call it multiculturalism. In the US, it's amalgamation. It is all about learning about each other and and respecting each other and living to let live. It is not easy and it is always messy. Sharon Ashwood nails the fears and troubles and pains of a society trying to figure out how to be an united group finding its place in contemporary American society. That combined with a sweet star-crossed romance worthy of Shakes ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first novel I have read by this author and I’m pleased I chose to read it. The author does a great job at describing and bringing alive the world of vampires and demons in this novel. It’s very well written and the characters are well described, and the romance is extremely well written. There is a lot of mystery, action, tension and emotion in this novel that makes it a great read. I’ll certainly be reading more by this author after reading this.
I received a free copy of this book
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is very engrossing. It is action-packed with a few steamy sex scenes. The plot is well-executed. For a while, I thought they were not going to make it out of the tunnels. There were some unexpected heros and heroines. This world and the author’s take on its inhabitants is fascinating. Very much enjoyed reading this book! [I received an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.]
Michelle Shemon
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Forgotten
Sharon Ashwood

I loved this story. It was great. It was full of action, adventure, and enough twists that you could not put your kindle down!! The characters were wonderful. I loved Talia and Lore!! They were great from their first interaction to when they started to trust each other you loved to see the relationship grow!! It was great! A book with vampires and gargoyles is always a can't miss!!
Nearly seven years after reading the first three in this series (this one wasn't out yet), I finally read this one. A quick review of the descriptions of the other books, and I was back in the world, no problem.

I liked both Talia and Lore, and their motivations and interactions made sense.

I would still read more in this series, if any more get released.
LaNett Potts
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was number 4 in a series but read as a standalone. I fell in love with the world and the lead characters, I have already looked for the first book in the series. The book flowed really well, the mix of action and romance was perfect. Will definitely be reading more from this author!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Frostbound was an interesting read and even though it's part of a series the book stands out on its own.
The portrayal of the characters is amazing and so not cliche, you can feel what they are going through and the side stories really add to the book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Scarolet Ellis
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frostbound: the Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood is an awesome book I read. This is book number four in this awesome series that I fell in love with and I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about vampires.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great addition

This is a great addition to the series. You don't necessarily have to read the others first but you get more if you do. All four books take you into a fantastic fantasy world.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book but that due to personal preference and Frostbound is still a very good book.

Despite being in a series, you can read these books out of order. My only wish is that there were more of them.
Pat W
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic storyline and super charcters. Gripping and thrilling throughout. The book came alive and the characters were strong, not to be missed
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story with a thrilling plot, angst and wonderful emotions. I look forward to reading more of this series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi

This is the fourth installment of The Dark Forgotten series by Sharon Ashwood, that follows all the supernaturals of the city of Fairview. In this book, we learn more about the Alpha of the hellhounds, Lore, and meet some new vampires as well.

Lore has been Alpha ever since the previous Alpha, his dad, died trying to save their people. In the time that Lore has been in charge, he has done great things for his pack; rescued them from the castle, accli
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
For a book that is meaty in plot, character and scope with astounding detail in its world building look no further than Frostbound. Paranormal romance readers are in for a treat.

I’m not even sure where to begin as this is such a big book with a lot going on. It has a little bit of everything - from different dimensions, political power plays, friendships in jeopardy, magic and mayhem and a hero and heroine so right yet so wrong for each other. There’s nail biting suspense, action, tender moment
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ashwood's debut RAVENOUS was a pleasant surprise for me. The characters were strong and likable, the romance was sizzling, the plot had my heart racing, and falling in love was essentially effortless. When I read UNCHAINED, I had a similar jaw-dropping reaction to the sheer genius of the entire novel. (I haven't read SCORCHED yet, so I cannot comment on that one)

And now I've just finished reading FROSTBOUND. I wouldn't say that it's my favorite in the series because hell, Holly Carver and Alessa
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
In the Urban Fantasy genre brimming with tales of kick butt heroines, Sharon Ashwood has managed to create something unique with the Dark Forgotten series. Yes, her heroines know how to strongly motivate others, but so do her heroes. Each book has a paranormal hero and heroine but never the same main characters twice. Primary characters become secondary in succeeding stories which means each book can stand on its own, but, as with most series, you get a better taste of the author's imaginary wor ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ravenous Frosty Vampire Meets Sizzling Hellhound

I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Ravenous, Scorched and Unchained) prior to reading this installment.

Wow what an awesome installment! The story was fresh and exciting. There was a bit less romance and more focus on the story in this installment which was nice. I also liked the fact that the author didn't fill the pages with useless and endless sex scenes but actually gave us a brilliantly clever story with plenty of o
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood
Paranormal Romance - June 7th, 2011
4 stars

Cool world building and a sexy hellhound with white knight issues make for a great read. Although this is part of the author’s Dark Forgotten series it can easily be read by itself.
Talia Rostova’s life was turned upside down when she was changed against her will into a bloodsucking vampire. As a new vampire she does have a bit of ‘control issues,’ but who doesn’t? But things go from bad to worse when her friend, Michelle is mu
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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 romance ...more

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