Monday 11 May 2015

{Blog Tour} Doomed to Torment (Inherited Damnation #6) by Claire Ashgrove

INHERITED DAMNATION INHERITED DAMNATION is an 8 book paranormal romance series being released as one book every three weeks between January 27th and June 23rd, 2015. Damned at birth, eight immortal children of a high priestess are compelled to kill the one that holds their heart. They can never fall in love. Driven by the need to finally destroy their evil sire and break the curse, each struggles to balance their desire for innocence against the dark needs of their conflicted souls. The series contains mythos shared between the volumes, but each book stands on its own with a newly featured couple. 

The first five volumes – Cursed to Kill, Tormented by Darkness, Destined to Die, Bound by Blood and Fated for Sacrifice are available now!

Keep up with all things Inherited Damnation over on the Inherited Damnation Facebook page!

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Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Finished Date: May 7th, 2015
Publishers: Untamed Spirit
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Adult
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US 

Isolde McLaine left Hatherly Hall and its darkly handsome owner Angus Shaw to escape her incubus father's curse. But when word reaches her that Angus is selling the piece of British history, she returns to talk sense into him. Little does she realized that returning to England will throw her into her sire's vile world and leave her fighting not just her heart and the danger of falling in love but battling to save Angus's son's life.

For three and a half months, Angus has done his best to put Isolde and the one unforgettable kiss they shared behind him. Yet when she returns, scolding him for selling his deceased wife's estate, he's sharply reminded of the passion she awakens inside him. Yet as Isolde pushes for him to leave his son's legacy intact, their battle of wills provokes far more than just desire. His son's nightmares have returned. And Isolde triggered the hellish dreams.

Torn between protecting his child and the love he feels for Isolde, Angus must find the strength to trust in Isolde before her demonic sire claims his son.

The Review: Doomed to Torment is the sixth book in the Inherited Damnation series…..
It’s Isolde’s turn for mortality in this book and I’ve been waiting for this one because Isolde is the most purest of spirit of the eight children and I wanted to know how she would struggle with her dark side because she is so light. She is also very much like her mother in looks and power so it was going to take a special kind of man for her. I thought Angus was definitely that man, in the first few chapters we come to see him as a devoted family man but one who is lost after losing his wife years ago and really in need of some love and guidance from someone special – a job which Isolde is perfect for. They have a history together and are both attracted to each other but Angus is hurting and Isolde is afraid of her dark side rearing its head but she is drawn back to him when she hears that he is selling his ancestral home, putting his child in boarding school and just giving up, so determined to make him see the error of his ways, she comes back to set him straight.
Their reunion does little to quell the attraction between them but the stubbornness of both will be a stumbling block. Angus’s son is crying out for motherly love but Angus is hiding everything that reminds them both of their wife/mother and is therefore not helping the grieving process for either of them. Isolde can see that they both need healing and has really taken to the little boy also but when his father is being so adamant things get done his way….her help is worthless. Whilst packing the estate up, trying to figure out what’s going on and resisting each other – they stumble across the scroll and Isolde knows what that means but she is also left in a quandary because if she gives up her immortality, she gives up her power and that power is the only thing that can destroy their father…. So what is she to do?
As the feelings deepen between Isolde and Angus, they gain clarity in their thoughts but is it too late?
I really enjoyed this instalment of the series and had been looking forward to this book. I thought the coupling of Isolde and Angus was perfect and Angus was just the sort of broken man that you would expect Isolde to be drawn to. Given their shared history it was easy to get into the feel of the relationship and enjoy the push and pull between them, we were treat to plenty of hot moments that really raised the temperature of the story. I also liked how Angus’s son was integrated into the plot, it gave this story something different and also linked well into Isolde’s history. We know the main storyline is all about the main character overcoming the curse of the family and in doing so, delivering a blow to their demonic father which will eventually free their mother’s spirit so she can finally be at peace and all of the books follow that formula. This was slightly different because I didn’t think Isolde really had to battle her dark side in this, her big dilemma was whether she would give up the power she held that gave the children the advantage against their father plus Angus had to go through his own process to be able to let Isolde in. The fact that the child also played a part was a plus for me and I really liked what the scroll had planned for them to break the spell. Drandars presence was felt throughout the book but not in the normal way and it was definitely a game changer for the end confrontation. This was another satisfying read though and considering the two siblings that are left are both loving their dark side….. I wonder how they will find their redemption. 
Character Profiles:

Name:  Angus Shaw
Age:  Thirty-two
Hair: Thick short black hair
Eyes: Green
Alignment:  Mortal
Profession:  Millionaire British noble
Personal Hope:  To do the best and provide the best for his son
Greatest Regret:  That he wasn’t able to save his wife from drowning
Secret Fear:  He will lose everything he loves

Isolde shifted again, curling those long elegant legs into herself. The chill that lingered in the room steered  Angus’s  thoughts  away  from  Thomas  and back to the woman in the bed. He tugged the quilt out from under her and gently tucked it around her sleeping form. Resisting the urge to crawl back under those covers with her felt like someone had grabbed his heart and torn it into two pieces.

But he couldn’t.

He didn’t know how to stop from falling into her, and yet, if he lost Isolde, not even Thomas could ease that devastation..

Name:  Isolde McLaine, 
Birthdate:  Beltaine, 192BC
Hair: Waist-length platinum
Eyes: Silver
Alignment:  Allied with Nyamah, his mother, High Priestess of the Selgovae Celt tribe
Magical Strength:  Her powers mirror Nyamah’s.
Profession:  Nanny
Unique Feature:  Triskellion and scrollwork tattoo on back of neck
Closest Sibling:  Fintan
Greatest Weakness:  Her capacity to love

Dismay surfaced, along with a healthy portion of regret. Edging out of his strong embrace, Isolde pushed at  his  shoulders. With  a  shaky hand,  she drew the back of her wrist across her mouth. “I’m not Camille, Angus, and you need to leave.”

He opened his mouth as if to object. Then the fire left his eyes, and those green portals glittered hard and  cold.  With  a  stiff  nod,  he  backed  away  and turned toward the open door.

The only sound that he objected at all came with the heavy thud of wood slamming against timbers.

About the Author: Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy--a must-read for speculative fiction fans. For romance fans, she also writes as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance as Sophia Garrett.
 In her non-writing time, she owns and operates Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. To learn more, visit her at: or toristclaire.comFor all the latest updates look for the Untamed Spirit blog, via any of her websites.
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