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Review: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

December 15, 2012
Title: From Ashes
Author: Molly McAdams
Published: William Morrow paperbacks; Dec 11, 2012
Genre: Romance, NA 
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

Review:
Hot Damn! I need to find myself a southern man!

     Let me clear the air by saying that whatever the cover suggest, From Ashes by Molly McAdams does not have any kind of cheating involved, and that was one of my biggest concern reading this story. I'm so, so happy after finishing it, the story ends at a very positive note, and it is such a good learning experience. Initially, it reminded me of Because of Low, just because how the characters were acting, but From Ashes is much more serious and emotional book. It has plenty of steamy & swoon-wothy scenes, but we also get to see an insight into the abusers life, and more importantly the after effects and the coping process. 

     From Ashes sounds like a tear-jerker book, but it is not. I never once cried reading it, the best thing about this book was that it was focused more on the positive aspect rather than the reliving or rehashing the abusive part. It was more of moving on, and happy ending kind of a book, the process was painful though. Cassidy has been abused physically by the parents for 12 years, and the only stable person in her life was Tyler, her rock. After she turned 18, they both move to Austin, texas to live with Tyler's cousin, Gage. Then all the fun began.

     Gage is THE PERFECT Gentleman. He is so polite yet so freaking hot the next moment. I loved that he took stand when need, and didn't force anything. He's definitely a catch. Gage & Cassidy have an insta attraction, but none of them acted towards it for a very long time. Part of the reason for the delay was Tyler, and I get the connection Cassidy has with him because he's always been there for her, but I just wished he never existed in the picture. I hate him so much (Read the book, and you might feel the same way). People like him are manipulative cowards, I just wanted to smack him tightly for what he did in the beginning. He was disgusting. That's all.

     Cassidy is so strong, and I applaud her for going through the horror, and turning up so positive. With positive, it doesn't mean she was all happy & haha, it means that she didn't let that thing cloud her judgement or disorient her in any way. She was a good person, and I loved that she found Gage. They were so perfect together, there were moments where I felt that they should talk about everything, and don't let a simple misunderstanding get between them, but they, its life, those things happens. And his family was so loving, it doesn't get better than that. Gage is a romantic, and he proved that part in the end. The last 20% or so was my favorite, and I was like reading a full on romance novel.

     I'm so freaking happy to have found this book. Normally I don't read books with series issues because it breaks my heart, but From Ashes made me happy, and gave me hope. I loved it so much! Everyone needs to read this book, it is a little long, but so worth your time. Molly Adams is me new favorite author, and I can't wait to read more by her. 




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5 comments:

  1. I think every girl needs a Southern boy! Honestly, there's just something about that drawl.. I don't read books like this one either, not usually, but this sounds lovely/intriguing enough for me to give it a shot.
    Thanks for the lovely review.

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  2. Great review! I LOVED Gage and Tyler just pissed me off immensely. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book :)

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  3. I've been curious about this read as I've seen it all around Goodreads lately. So glad to hear this is not a cheating book. But it looks like she's involved with Ty but is interested in Gage. Hmm... Great review Aman. :)

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  4. It is funny. I was scrolling through Amazon and I saw this book and I was wondering whether I should get it or not. Then bingo, I came upon your review. The cover had me worrying too - but I am glad there was no infidelity involved. That's a sure shot turn off for me.
    I am quite curious about what Tyler did. You've added a teaser into the review and that's quite interesting!
    Great review!

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  5. This definitely looks like a book worth reading! The characters sound awesome (save for one *cough* Tyler *cough*). I can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for the great review!

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