Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh


Amber to Ashes (The Torn Heart,#1) 
by Gail McHugh
Genre: Contemporary Romance


They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff. 

Amber Moretti's life changes in the span of minutes. An orphaned outsider, she is desperate to start fresh the moment she walks onto campus. In the time it takes to cross the university’s dining hall, she meets two men who bring color, air, and light to her darkened world. 

They became my addiction, each a needle to my next hit, my high. 

Brock Cunningham’s appeal is dizzying, a potent force Amber can’t deny. A green-eyed smooth talker, he instantly attracts Amber. It doesn’t take long for him to consume her every thought, her every breath. 

Ryder Ashcroft, a blue-eyed, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, turns Amber off immediately—that is, until he kisses her, stealing a piece of her heart, her soul. 

They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally.

Never knowing she could be broken down in so many unexpectedly beautiful yet petrifying ways, Amber finds herself falling for both men. 

Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable. Uncontained. 

But one event changes everything, shattering each of their lives…and Amber isn’t sure she can come back from it.



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*** e-book received in exchange for honest review from publisher ***
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"I fell for the two loves of my life when I was nineteen. Yes, two. Plural. 

They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally."

This book left me exhausted, yes, mentally exhausted. You wonder why? I lived three lives while reading and each one of them was a bigger mess than the other one. Gail created with Amber to Ashes quite some complex characters who are truly messed up, carrying baggage with them that I couldn't stop wondering how they still are able to breathe.  

The characters are flawed.
The characters are damaged.
The characters are real.
The characters are each others lifeline. 
The characters are everything I enjoy in a book!

It's easy to say that every one of the characters carry big burdens with them and I couldn't but feel for them, with them.... I felt their pain, their angst, their loss, their passion, their love and most importantly their fear of losing the other.

"One was my rock. My strength. My real... obsession. The other was my passion, my burn."

Does obsession win over passion? 
Right now I don't know it but I truly hope so. I felt Amber's turmoil when falling for these two beautiful flawed and damaged young men. I mean it took me all but five minutes to fall head over heels for cocky Ryder; his big mouth and I don't give a damn attitude, tattoos and piercings had me whipped right away. He was the real deal to me who ignites your passion -  you can't help BUT want him.

Then there's Brock.... the thing with him was that right away I didn't buy his sweetness, I could taste that there's something real disturbing and dark going on within him - and I was right. Other than that he's just as charming and handsome as Ryder - personally I love me the inked bad boy look more.

The book starts off a bit slow and you find yourself struggling to get through it - well I felt so -  but it's definitely SO WORTH to continue. I loved reading three different povs, getting glimpses in their minds, which lead that I fell even more for Ryder. It gives you an overall better idea why the characters act/think the way they do.

Be prepared for some serious twists, angst and a whole lot of steam. Did I mention Gail wrote one of the hottest threesome scene ever?!?!? Holy cow, that was one hell of a hot scene and I envied Amber (and that says a lot!) having such two guys pleasuring her. 

My tip when you read this book just feel it, feel the characters, their words and how the emotions flow off the pages....

I highly recommend this book and be warned it ends in a cliffy but you'll survive it -  I did too. I'm eagerly now waiting for the sequel.

Gail wrote a captivating novel that leaves you breathless and graving for more!

"Just like faith, love is another misconception held by those who believe in fairy tales."

"I need you a hundred times more than I need my next breath, a thousand times more than I need my next heartbeat, and a million times more than I need to wake up to the sun hanging in the sky." ➜ my favorite quote ever *tears up*
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