Friday, April 18, 2014

Ash to Steele by Karen-Anne Stewart

Title:  Ash to Steele
Author:  Karen-Anne Stewart
Published:  February 13th 2014
Length:  342pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  NA Romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you make.'

I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my sweetest hell.

Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.

My Review:

The vivid realism of this novel combined with the extremely accurate yet personal descriptions make everything pop for the reader. Stewart is definitely a visual author. I could picture both the cornfields and the cities. It was breathtaking. Although the descriptions are phenomenal they overpower the story at times. The plot gets a little lost. This seems to get sorted out by about a third of the way through the book, then I was hooked. Stewart mixes heart wrenching moments with real life situations and some very real and steamy scenes to create a whole that will blow you away.

The crash of two worlds and moral codes that Stewart depicts in this novel create an extremely unique cast of characters. Everyone and everything meshes perfectly together. This author takes her characters to the extreme while keeping them real. It was definitely a trip getting to know them. I`ve got to say, however, that I never managed to figure out why Jess was so convinced that Breck could never be happy.

This is one of those stories that took me a bit to warm up to but once I did I couldn`t put it down. This novel is shockingly emotional and will leave you reeling yet with a warm fuzzy feeling. It was definitely a worthwhile read.
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About the author:

Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the RONE Awards to be held July 2014.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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