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Unchained: The Dark Forgotten [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Ashwood
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Faced with a custody battle for her daughter, monster-killer Ashe Carver has hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library. But then after centuries guarding a supernatural prison, the dashing Captain Reynard strides into her world. He has only weeks to live unless Ashe finds the thief who took his soul-and he's too drop-dead gorgeous to die...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (26 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7OIM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Aug. 2014
By Lelly
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Great story in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from the book review blog, Book Faery 18 July 2010
By Tori - Published on
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I would just like to say this before I begin: I bought Sharon's first book, Ravenous, a while back. However, due to a large TBR pile--as I'm sure most bloggers can relate to--I did not have the chance to start the first book. In fact, it was months before I finally fished it up out of the book pile.

That was one of the stupidest mistakes of my "reading life".

I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find a paranormal romance that resonates with me. I adored Ravenous, as you will see with my review sometime soon. I haven't read Scorched yet (shame on me), but I plan on doing so immediately...or maybe I'll save it for when I need an amazing book fix, since I am positive Mac's story will not disappoint.

I would also like to mention my reviewing slump I had experienced. I read plenty of books within the past few weeks, and yet... I couldn't find the words to give any of these books justice. And boy, have some of the books I've read deserved it. Now, imagine my pleasant surprise upon finishing Unchained: I had things to say! I know I've found an excellent book when it has the ability to delight me out of a slump.

Okay, so all of that aside, I absolutely love the Carver witches. Ashe is the older sister in the family, and she is a badass slayer. She has a gun, a motorcycle, and a daughter. Strange combination for a mother, right?

Wrong. She pulls off the multitasking required of the modern day mother so perfectly, I was actually. Well. Surprised. While juggling the duties of two different lives, Ashe becomes a convincing heroine that the reader can connect with. On countless occasions, I desired nothing more than to offer a helping hand in order to ease the burdens this young woman was forced to experience. And then, to have Ashe desire a man whenever she sees how happy her sister and her lover are? It felt real. She felt real. I wish she was real (no I don't, because then Reynard would be real, and I would love to gobble that man up).

We see characters from the earlier books make guest appearances once again, which is an aspect in series that I adore. It's always fun to see the characters you initially fell in love with reappear, reassuring you with a huge grin that finding the love of their life hasn't made them dull. If anything, Holly and Alessandro are still buzzing with life, even with certain changes. I will readily admit that sometimes, I hate the after story of couples, simply because they settle down and come off as boring. Not the case with these two.

Then, there is the wonderful Englishman, Reynard. I feel like I didn't know as much about his character as I might have liked, probably because I have not yet read Scorched. I think I'm a sucker for a younger heroine, and then a seemingly immortal hero who could pretty much claim to be said heroine's great-great-great (tack on about five more of those) grandpa. It's always entertaining witnessing the hero's shock upon adjusting to the modern world. In fact, one of my favorite books of all time explores this. But Reynard had an air of dignity about him as he marveled at the sights. Not to mention, there was an inner bad-boy in that guard that made me pretty much want to ravish him like every other female in that book did.

Ashe's daughter added an entirely new element to the story that I enjoyed, both because she added her own sort of urgency at certain points, and she also assisted in redeeming some of the other secondary characters. Lovely characterization all around. Just like in Ravenous, I was convinced, I was holding my breath in anxiety, and then exhaling (when I wasn't suffocating) in relief. I loved it. I loved this. What more is there to say?

The plot is unpredictable. You know it's a paranormal romance, so you know there's going to be a HEA, but the journey towards that happily ever after made everything entirely worth it. I was surprised, and Sharon kept me guessing until the last page. Which, by the way, was the perfect ending for that couple. Like I said on Twitter last week: I giggled like a madwoman while feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Thank you Sharon, first for an amazing start to the series, then by granting me the opportunity to read Ashe's story, and then by inspiring me to actually write up a review. I think it's safe to say that if you have not yet read The Dark Forgotten series, that you should do so immediately. Sharon's characters are amazing, I promise you won't regret it :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I'd expect from a kickass paranormal romance and more 22 Jan. 2013
By Jackie Uhrmacher - Published on
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Ashe Carver is having a difficult time adjusting to normal life. Her former job as supernatural assassin was full of danger and excitement. To keep her daughter, Eden, safe, she retired from hunting and started a new life as a library clerk and full-time mom. Unfortunately, the past refuses to die.

She's brought in to investigate a paranormal attack and comes face to face with two very dangerous beings: a demonic bunny rabbit and Reynard, captain of the Castle guards. The last time she saw Reynard, he was bleeding in her arms, near death. Seeing him again affects her just as deeply but in a less maternal and more hungry manner. She's been with men since her husband died but she hasn't allowed herself to care about any of them. Reynard threatens to be the man who finally breaks through her resolve...if they can keep each other alive.

Unchained by Sharon Ashwood is everything I'd expect from a kickass paranormal romance and more. The romance builds slowly, teasing you with possibilities, making you wonder if they'll ever let themselves go and be together. Ashe is such an amazing heroine, I couldn't help but love her. Her past is rough and full of attacks on her heart, and she's become bitter through the years but she's willing to change for those she loves.

Captain Reynard has been one of my favorite side characters since he showed up in Ravenous, so I was beyond excited to find out he was getting his own book. He's big, noble, and tattooed--characteristics I ALWAYS appreciate. He's also good with kids, flirty when out of the Castle, and rough when it counts. He is the perfect partner for Ashe, who needs someone strong enough to keep her from doing something stupid but soft enough to love her the way she needs to be loved.

There are no true villains in Unchained, just different species struggling with their own natures. Tony, the demon Ashe and Reynard must fight, can't help his nature anymore than Miru-kai, the prince of the dark fey whose machinations set everything in motion, can fight his. This duality of evil without truly being evil is one of the best parts of The Dark Forgotten series. Even though I wanted to despise Tony and Prince Miru-kai, I couldn't - in fact, I hope Miru-kai gets his own story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Hungered for more of Ravenous but Scorched didn't light your fire? Unchained may still capture your attention 20 Aug. 2010
By melindeeloo - Published on
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Ashe Carver has hung up her stakes and retired from her life of vampire hunting in order to raise her young daughter. But life is just not cooperating. Fallout from her sister Holly's life changing event are complicating Ashe's life. Since Holly's powers are on the fritz as a result of said event, Ashe is covering Holly's ghost hunting gigs, and said event has also gained Ashe the unwelcome notice of some persistent vamps who are making her an offer they don't intend to allow her to refuse. And to top it all off, the intriguing Captain Reynard needs Ashe's help recover his stolen soul - all in all it looks as if Ashe's life is not going to be as 'soccer mom' as she'd hoped.

Unchained, the third book of Sharon Ashwood's Dark Forgotten, was really enjoyable. There's plenty of action and intrigue, and a touch of both humor and romance. Unlike the previous book, Scorched, in which the hero Mac was good but the leading lady was forgettable (what was her name?), both of the starring pair here are good.

Ashe has mellowed from the previous book and she's no longer trying to stake her brother-in-law. Still Ashe remains a strong character and the mellowing, along with the trials of trying to be a vanilla human, have made her much more likable. And I really liked the transition for Captain Reynard from his credo of Duty, Honor, and Discipline. It ws fun to discover the passionate man with a twinkle in his eye, a sense of humor and a surprising down and dirty side beneath the chivalrous facade and the rigid self-control.

As with the previous book, I like the way that Ashwood straddles the PNR/UF line - there's a complete happily-ever-after so this is not quite urban fantasy but the romance is less central to the story than most paranormal romance. I also really enjoyed bits with a side character dark fey Prince Miru-kai and was a bit disappointed that he won't be the lead in the next book, but hopefully we'll still see more of him as hellhound Lore - whose part was exceedingly minimal here - moves to center stage in Ashwood's next book of the Dark Forgotten, Iced.
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb and highly recommended! 17 Aug. 2013
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ashe Carver used to be a witch; a spell gone bad took away her powers when she was a teenager. Undaunted, Ashe became a monster slayer. She spent many years honing her combat skills and learning about her prey. The monsters have been relatively quiet lately, so she sends for her ten year old daughter to come live with her. Determined to be a good mom, she even gets a day job to prove she hang up her monster killing days for the sake of her child.

Captain Reynard is the Captain of the guardsmen of the Castle; a prison for monsters. He's been there hundreds of years, and his duty ends only when he is killed or the magic of the castle prison winds down. He gets to venture out into the real world time to time, to capture escaped prisoners.

But when a thief steals Captain Reynard's soul, he knows time is of the essence. He knows he has only weeks to live, and he deplores Ashe to help him find the thief and his soul. Ashe is trying to live without the monsters, but Captain Reynard is just too good looking for Ashe to ignore. His gaze alone sets her belly afire. The two embark on a journey of action, monsters, romance, and humor that intensifies until a most satisfying storyline.

UNCHAINED, BOOK 3, THE DARK FORGOTTEN is a fast-paced urban fantasy that will keep you hooked from cover to cover. Ms. Ashwood's characters leap from the pages, the romance is hot and passionate, and the monsters make me want to check under my bed. Superb and highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and obstacles, what a mix... 24 Oct. 2010
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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Love and obstacles, what a mix...
Ashwood is one of those writers worth watching. This story of Ashe, a magic-less witch / slayer / mom and Reynard, a hunky guard at a castle that imprisons supernatural bad guys who gets his soul stolen. Lots of nefarious characters sprinkled throughout this tale make a delightful read. If you love paranormal romance with an action packed twist, you'll love this one.

Keep in mind that this is a fun fantasy read. 5* of 5*
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