Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: From Ashes

From Ashes
When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Publication Date: December 11, 2012

Kat's Review

I would like to start my review by saying that I like this book more than I liked Taking Chances.  I wanted to like that book, but it just wasn't for me.  From Ashes had a more likeable main character in Cassidy, which helped a lot.  I also didn't mind Gage, which is good because this is a dual point of view book, so readers are living in both their heads throughout the book.  The story starts off pretty straightforward: Cassidy is an abused child who takes solace in Tyler, her best friend.  When Tyler leaves for college, he sneaks her away from her home to go with him.  They move in with his cousin, Gage, and voilĂ , a love triangle is born.  It's not your typical love triangle, though.  Cassidy loves Gage and Gage loves Cassidy, but Tyler loves (or so he says) Cassidy and spends the majority of the book trying to sabotage anything between them.  Cassidy and Gage spend the majority of the book trying to overcome the obstacles that keep getting thrown in their way.  In a nutshell.

There are a few things I liked about the story.  Cassidy and Gage's feelings for each other.  While they fell a bit too fast for my liking, the attraction between them was well written and neither wavered in how they felt about the other.  While I didn't like Tyler and his manipulation of Cassidy, I don't think it was unrealistic to portray their relationship as one of dependence.  Cassidy had always relied on Tyler to save her, and she felt she owed him something (although it's messed up, I think it's a pretty common feeling to have when you think someone has repeatedly saved your life.)  He took advantage of that and manipulated her to serve his ends.  In terms of a love story, there is definitely love between Cassidy and Gage.

There are some things I didn't like.  I think the book was longer than necessary, like Taking Chances.  I also found Tyler's character to swing too far one way only to swing entirely another.  I also thought the involvement of the detective to be an unnecessary addition, and actually made me like the main character a little less for a while.  There were too many obstacles thrown in their path, and the pacing was a little weird.  The story jumps around a lot, at one point jumping several months in one go.  That was a bit frustrating. 

Rating: Worth a Look

I almost gave this a heavy page turner rating but changed my mind because although there was a lot I didn't buy into, I can definitely see the appeal of this book to those who like their romances complicated with a dose of Southern rancher and a happily ever after.  I think this book is much better than Taking Chances, so if you liked that book, you'll probably enjoy this one even more.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Great Review! The synopsis sounds so good so I like that your review added some perspective to it. I definitely want to check it out. I love when they have a dual POV with the guy and girl.

    1. Thanks. I like dual POV too. I was conflicted about this one because it wasn't my favourite, but I can see the appeal.

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  3. Hmm....I don't know whether I want to read this book. There have been a lot of reviews both positive and negative! Although, I must admit, I am a bit over New Adult, and this sounds like a typical one.
    Nara @ Looking for the Panacea

    1. It is pretty similar to some I've read, but more over the top. That's the best way I can sum it up.

    2. It doesn't sound like I'll enjoy it.... Better skip over this one then. :)


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