From Ashes

From Ashes

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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've both been craving. But when disaster sends her running into Tyler's arms, Cassi will have to decide whether to face the demons of herpast . . . or to burn her chance at a future with Gage.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062267728
  • 9780062267726
  • 147,937

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"From Ashes kicks off with a bang and holds nothing back. You'll be enthralled, romanced by the wonderfully spun tale of love and acceptance, and hoping for a Gage of your own."--Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA TODAY Bestselling Author
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26,295 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 46% (12,117)
4 31% (8,264)
3 15% (3,887)
2 5% (1,256)
1 3% (771)

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This isn't a bad book. You might think that it's strange that I say that when I've given it such a low rating but I don't think it's a bad story. In fact there are many friends of mine who I imagine would really enjoy From Ashes. The thing is this book manages to contain every single one of my pet peeves; instant love, miscommunication, misinformation, a heroine whom every man falls in love with instantly and a happily ever after that didn't quite make sense to me. Cassidy Jameson was the apple of her father's eye and his princess up until her sixth birthday when he passed away suddenly. Since then Cassi live a nightmare every day with her drunken mother and abusive step father. Her neighbour and best friend, Tyler, did all he could to help her survive. And somehow between the two of them, Cassi managed to make it to her teenage years. And then on the day Tyler left for college he packed her up and dragged her along just to get her out of the disaster that was her life. It's there that Cassi meets Gage. Gorgeous, smart, cowboy that from the moment she first lays eyes on him she knows that he's something else. Gage feels the sparks instantly and wants to know the beautiful mysterious girl more intimately. Only problem is that Tyler has been in love with Cassi for over a decade and he's not going to let anyone interlope on his turf- not even the cousin that he feels is more like a brother from another mother. Uh oh... I have a few issues with stories where most of the drama arises from lack of communication. I understand that it's somewhat realistic because people are notoriously bad at getting their feelings across especially when true emotions are involved BUT this story just kept going around and around in circles. Cassi and Gage would have a moment then Tyler would come in and ruin things. So then there's some standoffishness between our leading couple only to have more beautiful and tender scenes between them only to be ripped apart again. Tyler convinces Gage that he and Cassi are together - as in more than just friends. He even goes as far as to describe their bedroom antics in a less than classy way. And just in case that doesn't change Gage's intentions towards Cassi - Ty also makes sure to tell Cassi that Gage finds her attention revolting. He's such a stand up guy that Ty (and that's not even counting some of his other classy moments). It just frustrated me. There's also the matter of how attractive and just plain amazing the male characters found Cassi. I swear - no less than 4 guys thought Cassi walked on water and they needed her in their lives. To make matters worse, I couldn't quite work out why they found her so fascinating and incredible. I admired her for her ability to survive her childhood (although considering how brutal they said it was I'm a little incredulous to believe that she could have survived and no one but Tyler noticed the decade long abuse). But I found Cassi to be a little flat. She had no motivation to do anything and despite her spunky attitude towards the blonde in chapter one, she's a little boring. Gage had some anger management issues and I can't believe Tyler would be able to act the way he did for so long towards two people that he claimed to love. I could go on and on about this book but I won't. It's great to see a novel where everything is nicely tied up in one instalment - no unnecessary sequels and there's a piece of happiness for all the characters I grew attached to whilst reading From Ashes. Despite my issues with the story and characters, at its heart this is a love story about someone having to overcome a great darkness. I think this book would appeal to fans of other new adult novels such as Beautiful more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers, and edelweiss.) 17-year-old Cassidy has had a difficult upbringing. Since her dad died when she was six, she's suffered constant physical abuse at the hands of her mother and step-father. Her best friend Tyler who lives only 2 doors away has been there for her through it all, always there to clean up her cuts and bruises, and to help her hide her bruises from the authorities. Now, Tyler is off to college, and he's taking Cassidy with him. Lodging with his cousin Gage, Tyler tries to make his relationship with Cassidy more than it is, but she doesn't feel that way about him, she is in love with Gage. Gage feels the same way about Cassie, but Tyler will do anything to keep Cassie 'his'. Can Cassie ever have a relationship with anyone else with Tyler around? What will Tyler do when he finds out that Gage returns Cassie's feelings? And how will this messed-up trio work out? Where to start with this book? This book was just messed up. I mean seriously - messed up. This is one of those books that you want to read with your hands over your eyes. It's like a bad horror movie, you want to look away, but at the same time you know you can't. Firstly, Tyler is just an icky son-of-a-b*tch. He lies, all the time, to Cassidy, to Gage, and probably even to himself. He constantly sticks his ore in where it's not needed, and he even tries to force Cassie to have sex with him, and still she loves him and sees him as her best friend. The things he comes out with are just disgusting, and time and time again I wanted to just kick him where it hurts, and tell him off for being so awful. He constantly kept telling Gage that Cassie was 'his girl', he told Gage that he was 'off to bang his girl', when Cassie had never had sex with him and wasn't about to start, and the lies didn't stop there. He constantly tried to mess things up between Cassie and Gage 'cause he wanted her for himself, if Gage said that he loved her, Tyler told her that Gage really thought that she was a nuisance and only saw her as a sister. When things were working out between Cassie and Gage, Tyler would tell Gage that Cassie had just given him oral sex. He even had the nerve to bring another girl home, tell her that Cassie was his sister, and then tell Cassie that he'd had to get some other girl in because he had needs that she wasn't fulfilling! Cassie needed to stand up for herself a little more, and stop relying on everything that Tyler said. If she had just told the truth, instead of hiding, or taking Tyler's word for things, things might have been easier for her. I found her easy acceptance of everything that Tyler said to be very naïve of her, and I hated how she let Tyler walk all over her, just because she felt he was the only thing she had left. Gage, could also have benefitted from a little more truth. Although he felt like he was doing the right thing a lot of the time, a little more truth, and speaking to Cassidy herself rather than Tyler, would have made things a lot easier. Now, on to the relationships. This book had a serious case of what I've heard described as 'insta-love'. This in itself doesn't usually bother me that much, but in this book it sort-a did. Instantly as soon as Cassidy and Gage lay eyes on each other, there is instant attraction between the two of them - fair enough, nothing wrong with a bit of lust, however by 14% of the way in, Cassidy says that she loves Gage, which considering how they are living, and how much time they've spent together seemed a little quick? I found it very difficult to see where the 'falling in love' had taken place. Relationship-wise, this book could probably have ended at the 50% mark, as the main points had kind-a happened. The rest of the book was more misunderstandings and communication problems than anything. Storyline wise- this book was clearly split into parts for me. The first part was very YA love story, at around the 50% mark we go into new-adult territory, and there is quite a bit of loving going on, and then as we get towards the end of the book, we go into Mills and Boon territory. Seriously. This book was pretty weird like that. I would almost go so far as to say that the beginning and end really don't match up all that well at all. As for the physical abuse storyline, Cassie had supposedly been being beaten on a daily basis for over 11 years. She had been hit with hands, bottles, golf clubs - basically anything that was to hand. How had nobody noticed this in 11 years? How had they not killed her if they were beating her that much? Did nobody notice when her step-father sliced her up with broken glass? I honestly don't know the answers to these questions, but from what I remember, Tyler's father was a doctor, and he used to stitch her cuts. While doctors have a patient confidentiality thing keeping them quiet, if a doctor knows that a patient is in that much physical danger, he has a duty to report the problem. I really don't see how this could possibly have gone on for that long, without some action being taken, if it was really that bad. Overall; this was a really messed up story. The beginning and the end didn't mesh well, Tyler was just infuriating, and at times I really wanted to hide behind my hands whilst reading. I really just don't know what else to think about this book other than that - it was messed up. 6 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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