Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Review: From Ashes

Synopsis From Goodreads:
Aside from her dad, who passed away when she was six, Cassidy Jameson has only ever trusted one man: her best friend, Tyler. So of course she follows him to Texas when he leaves for college. She just didn't expect to be so drawn to their new roommate, Gage, a gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl. The only problem? He's Tyler's cousin.

Gage Carson was excited to share an apartment off campus with his cousin. He didn't mind that Tyler was bringing the mysterious friend he'd heard about since they were kids ... until the most beautiful girl he's ever seen jumps out of his cousin's Jeep. There's something about Cassi that makes Gage want to give her everything. Too bad Tyler has warned him that she's strictly off-limits.

Despite everything keeping them apart, Cassi and Gage dance dangerously close to the touch they're both been craving. But when disaster sends her running into Tyler's arms, Cassi will have to decide whether to face the demons of her past ... or to burn her chance at a future with Gage.

What I Thought:

            I have officially finished and all I can say is WOW! I admit, I had low expectations, because its hard to respect a cheater, but I quickly learned that was not the case in this book. I am mad at myself for leaving Molly McAdams on my to-read shelf for too long. I will never make this mistake again.

           I appreciated the direct acknowledgement of the parental abuse Cassidy had to endure for 11 years. I love that it wasn't the main focus and the big build up reveal. I was not surprised that Tyler was "in- love" with Cassidy. I was surprised by his lack of admission of this to Cassidy and his crudeness about it with Gage. I understand it was probably his insecurities, he was probably just trying to keep Gage away. But I was appalled when I found out he was lying to Cassidy too! Gage maybe, but not Cassidy. And he just continued downhill. Tsk Tsk Tyler, I did not think Cassidy and Gage would forgive him.

            And Gage, SWOOOOOON. OH MY GOD! He was so undeniably absolutely amazingly perfect. Definitely one of my new book boyfriends. There is no bad boy here, except maybe his rare hot temper. He is just so freaking sweet. I mean so so so nice and sweet and I am completely in love. At no point in this book did he do something stupid and piss me off. (That's rare)

              This book has that it factor. It captured me and wouldn't let me go. I don't even know exactly what it is, but I could not put this book down.

              The one criticism I had for this book is Cassidy aspired to do absolutely nothing with her life. She was content to let Tyler take care of her for forever. Even as just friends. I understand that Cassidy didn't think she wouldn't actually live long enough to escape her abusive parents. But once she did, Did she think she could just sleep on the couch at Tyler's house for the rest of her life. Even after he got married and had kids. Cassidy was extremely, "damsel in distress." She was never independent. But it all worked out for her and I am so happy, Gage really deserved to be happy after everything he'd been through.

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