Wednesday 10 June 2015

Review - Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh

Title: Amber to Ashes
Series: Torn Hearts #1
Author: Gail McHugh
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: June 9, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of Collide and Pulse comes a gritty new novel about a shattered young woman who unexpectedly falls for two best friends.

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


Amber to Ashes was super squirming-in-my-pants hot, heart numbingly beautiful and painfully emotional throughout. Amber was not the only one to fall for two guys at one time; I was surprised to find myself feeling like she did: torn. Ryder and Brock were both bad boys with kind hearts. Best friends fighting to win her heart, each in their own way.

"But here I am, my heart bleeding out for two different men, the organ split down the middle between who it truly belongs to and who it truly loves and needs in order to produce another beat."

Gail wrote such a deep, dark romance so poetically. Yet, there were times I had a huge smile on my face. The characters she created (although admittedly 90% of the story is from pieces of her own history) were so truly broken. And just when I thought the story couldn't get any more angsty...BAM! Drama city! 

The storyline picked up the pace more and more. I didn't know what was going to happen with each turn of the page and loved it. Be prepared for REALLY HOT scenes *fans self*, a really tough chick, a love triangle like none you have read before, and an ending that will make you want to throw your Kindle! Enjoy!
~ Review by Krissy

Bravo, Gail McHugh, for another unbelievably amazing story!! I thought I was prepared when I started reading Amber to Ashes but little did I realize that NOTHING could really prepare me for the emotional rollercoaster that would blow my mind and heart!!

I loved how Amber was tough, not taking crap from anyone, yet she still had a fragile side to her. Brock and Ryder are both are sweet talking guys and they both had me swooning; I couldn't decide which one I wanted for Amber. One thing was sure, Amber loved both Brock and Ryder in her own way and she knew she would have to break one heart, no matter how hard she tried not to. 

I'm not really into love triangles because in the end there is only one winner, yet this story was so unique in its own way that the love triangle actually added to it. I went through so many emotions while reading this story that I felt like I got whiplash from it. Oh, and that ending OMG…that freaking ending almost made me throw my tablet! There are just no words so, BE PREPARED!!
~ Review by Kara

A self-proclaimed chocoholic, married mother of three, and a lover of writing for as far back as she can remember, Gail McHugh is the author of two New York Times bestselling novels. The COLLIDE series, which includes COLLIDE and PULSE, was acquired by Atria Books on September 17th, 2013.

"The first of two sexy contemporary romances about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger who will stop at nothing to have her." - Publishers Weekly on COLLIDE, a Top 10 Romance pick!

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