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Series: Torn Hearts
Published by Atria on June 9th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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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 gave me a lot of mixed feelings. I loved the writing and the plot, but at times some of the characters felt like they weren’t developed, and I couldn’t connect with them.
The first thing I love is that it’s told in alternate points of view, and I think that was a major plus with this book because there are so many things going on. Amber, Brock and Ryder are all dealing with their own demons, and trying to find ways to come out a better person on the other side. My heart breaks for Amber. She’s dealt with a lot of awful things in her life, and Brock and Ryder help her see that maybe there can be some good things too. I’m not a big fan of Brock. He has moments where he’s a complete sweetheart, but I feel like he has the wrong motivations. He’s selfish a lot of the time, and very controlling. He’s the main character I didn’t feel like I could connect to. I adore Ryder. He is crass most of the time, but his heart is in the right place. He isn’t scared to show his fears to those that he trusts, and that’s what made me love him.
I can’t imagine the position Amber finds herself in when she feels connected to two men. How do you decide whom you love more? I definitely don’t envy her that’s for sure. Although I felt disconnected at times, after the way it ends, I’m looking forward to the next book. I need to know what’s going to happen.
If you’re expecting a light read, you aren’t going to get it with this book. Amber to Ashes is dark, gritty, and will have you on your toes trying to figure out what choices each character is going to make. I am going to warn you that there is menage in this book, and if you don’t like those types of books this probably isn’t for you.
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