Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh


They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff.

In AMBER TO ASHES (Atria Paperback; June 9th, 2015), 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.

I literally just finished this book and holy mother... Mind. Blown.

I am perplexed where to even start with this book. You essentially have three people, each one broken in their own way, that somehow together are whole... ? I am not even sure that is right.

Amber Moretti witnesses things as a child that not kid ever should. She saw loved used as a weapon, so to speak, and clouded her views on love and what it meant.

Her first day in college she stumbles, literally across Ryder and in a span of minutes meets Brock. This dance that they weave leaves you turning the pages, unable to put the book down. Who to choose? And once she makes the choice is one enough? 

I can't even tell you what team I was on. One minute I was Team Brock, the next Team Ryder, and was a vicious circle of who I wanted more for Amber.

Certain events lead them down a destructive path, yet brings them together. And when you get to about 75%-ish into the book you fully understand that this piece, section, event, is the best damn one I have read this year.

The ending... well you just need to one-click this to know what has me so flabbergasted.

I will leave you with a section I highlighted.... and happy reading.

"But no matter who's the dick controlling the show, that's how relationships work. You fight to make up. Initiate war to make love. Fall to rise. Wound to heal. Create to destroy. Casting a never-ending landslide of dirty emotions poisoned by life and the cruel games it plays with our psyches in our paths..."

I finished Amber to Ashes a couple of days ago and I’m still sitting here trying to figure out what the hell did I read!  How do I put in words my feelings and emotions from this book???!!!  I was all over the place!  I loved it, I hated it, I loved it again.  It’s an emotional rollercoaster than had me all over the place!  I have to admit that love triangles are my absolute favorite thing to read about.  The push and pull between characters that are as different as night and day intrigue me and have me so engrossed in the story I don’t want to do anything else but to continue on with the story.  Gail McHugh did it to us with Collide and Pulse and again with Amber to Ashes she continues to give us characters we want to love, that we want to cheer for, and characters we want to strangle!   We are left with a cliffy but for me I was ok with it.  Cliffhangers don’t bother me and it just fuels the fire waiting for the conclusion to be released. 
Amber is ready to start fresh at college, a new beginning where she can leave the horrors of her past behind.  Growing up in foster care life was never easy and she used sex as an escape from reality.  Never did she think when she literally tripped over Ryder and then meeting Brock on her first day lead her down a path she would never have expected.  The two men are like night and day.  Best friends that are opposite in every way possible.  Ryder is dark, mysterious, dangerous, and has the whole typical bad boy vibe going on.  Brock is the fun, light hearted, All American male you picture as the good looking boy next door.  Amber falls fast for Brock but has a pull to Ryder.  The deeper they get into a relationship the more she questions which one is right for her. 
Which one will she choose?  She feels that half her heart belongs to Brock but then the other half belongs to Ryder.  When Ryder opens the door to invite Brock in to their relationship things go to HOT to SMOKIN HOT, SMOLDERING FIRE  and wowza!!!  This by far is one of THE hottest things I have ever read!  But with this also adds confusion for Amber.  Where she has already had strong feeling for both, now a physical connection has been through into the mix and Amber is more confused than ever.  Who will be the last man standing? Which team will you be?   You’ll need to read to find out! 4 hot stars! 

Gail McHugh is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Collide and Pulse. She is the mother of three beautiful children and has been married to her husband for fifteen years.

Atria Books Paperback | On sale: June 9, 2015 | 480 pages

ISBN: 9781476766010, $15.00 | eBook ISBN: 9781476766041, $7.99

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