I’m pleased to be hosting the re-launch of The Ashes Series by Diana Gardin on the blog today. These two fabulous books have now been revamped with gorgeous new covers to suit and as I’ve reviewed both these titles before my thoughts are also included. Diana is also hosting a giveaway and prizes include a $5 Amazon gift card and e-book copies of her books.
OUT OF THE ASHES – REVIEW
Out of the frying pan and into the fire…
Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best friend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming.
Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her.
They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?
Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review
This book is a wonderful story of survival and finding the strength to get on with life. Paige has lost everything; her family included in a tragic house fire and after spending a year recovering from extensive burns in hospital she is now well enough to leave and is keen to start living her life.
This book is well written, very clear and concise, flows along at a good pace, so much so that I had trouble putting this book down. The emotions from the very likeable characters are well projected that you feel as though you’re in their shoes. It is written in dual point of view between Paige and Clay which is great a drawing the reader into their relationship.
Paige and Clay make a wonderful pair. Paige is moving on with her life after her family tragedy. She’s enrolled in college and is determined to make a go of the life that has been dished out to her. This is where she meets Clay, who is drawn to her instantly. He’s a playboy who is happy to love em’ and leave em’ until he meets Paige, he can’t get off his mind. Their relationship is sweet and caring, and even the love scenes between them are tastefully written.
Our villain in this piece is Hannah, Clay’s ex-girlfriend. She is convinced that Clay will marry her and tries her best at tearing him and Paige apart. Hannah is a nasty character but her antics keep the story interesting as she is quite unpredictable. Her situation at the end of this book came as a complete surprise to me.
The book does end with a cliffhanger, and I felt it coming the closer I got to the end, so it was not much of a shock. However it does create a great opening for the next book in this series, and I look forward to reading that also.
This story has a bit of everything a nice romance, drama, mystery and suspense. I recommend it if you’re looking for more than just romance in a read. Great story!
I rate this book 4 stars.
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SETTLING ASHES – REVIEW
He broke her heart, she’s missing the largest piece of the puzzle…
Paige Hill is no stranger to physical pain, but the ache that plagues her heart is an entirely new kind of hurt. She left Rutherford to escape it, but did she make a huge mistake? Her ex-boyfriend Beau, who scooped up the broken pieces of Paige like he never got the chance in their past, doesn’t think so. He wants her to stay…
Clay Forbes can’t eat, can’t sleep, and can’t fight the murder charge that hangs like a guillotine over his head. None of it matters if Paige won’t forgive him. He’ll do anything to find her and bring her home.
But how safe will that home be when the two are finally reunited? It seems the death of Hannah Davis is definitely unfinished business in their small college town, and someone is still on a mission to keep Clay and Paige apart…this time forever.
Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review
I enjoyed this follow on from book one in this series – Out of The Ashes. Once again it is well written expresses the broad range of emotions such as love, jealousy, grief, fear and helplessness very well. It has a little bit of everything, love, drama, murder, mystery and suspense without becoming too predictable. The person responsible for the murder in book one was not whom I expected at all, and I loved that!
It’s written in a dual point of view between Clay and Paige and once again these characters and all the secondary characters are very likeable. We hear a little more from some of these secondary characters in this installment, and found their story very sweet and was drawn to them.
My only dislike with this book was that I felt there was not enough closure on the charges that Clay was facing, and they just seemed to be forgotten about. Having said that you knew what the outcome of those charges would be.
The romance in the book is very sweet, and the tastefully written sex scenes leave most of it up to your imagination.
It has a lovely happily ever after which ends this book perfectly.
Overall, a great read and a series that I recommend to anyone who is not looking for just a romance read, and need some drama and mystery involved.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diana is the author of the YA novel COLORBLIND, and the NA Contemporary Romance novels OUT OF THE ASHES, SETTLING ASHES, AND WANTING FOREVER. All are available for purchase now. Diana is a Virginia girl living In South Carolina, and her beloved home in the South is the backdrop for all of her novels. She adores writing about Southern girls and boys finding their way in and out of love. She’s married to the love of her life, and they have two fabulous/crazy children under the age of five.
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