Friday, June 19, 2015

Blog Tour & Review
Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh


Atria Books Paperback | On sale: June 9, 2015 | 480 pages

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

In AMBER TO ASHES, 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 devastating event changes everything, shattering each of their lives...and Amber isn’t sure she can recover from it.

This is a dark and deeply emotional story.  It’s full of angst, broken characters and a love triangle.  Yes . . . a love triangle.  For some readers that might be a deal breaker, but if done right, it doesn’t scare me.  I will warn you though, this is an intense story that will mess with your mind and pull your heart in two very different directions.

Amber is a broken girl that’s just trying to survive but putting up walls.  It’s on her first day of freshman year at college that she meets two of the hottest guys on campus, Ryder and Brock. Turns out the guys are best friends, teammates and business partners.  Shady business partners.

Ryder is the typical bad boy and Brock is the gorgeous god on campus that all the girls want to worship.  Somehow, Brock is able to break down Amber’s walls and turn her into his girlfriend. Amber can't deny the spark she feels with Ryder though either.  You can't help but to fall for these guys.  They're both swoon worthy for different reasons. I have to admit, it was an interesting storyline with plenty of tension, passion and excitement to go around.  There were tons of hot scenes, including one in particular that was pretty pivotal. 

The book is primarily told from Ambers POV, but there are chapters told from both Ryder and Brock, which I thought added more depth to the story and kept things interesting.

This is the first book I’ve read from Gail McHugh, so I went in with no expectations. In the beginning, I struggled to connect with the story and the author’s writing. It was extremely wordy and at times it felt like the author was trying way too hard to be poetic.  I’m glad to have pushed through, because I really felt this story was different.  Something I definitely haven’t read before.

3.5/5 Fangs

About the Author:

Gail McHugh is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Collide and Pulse. She is the mother of three beautiful children and has been married to her husband for fifteen years.

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