Friday 12 June 2015



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.

About the author:
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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Twitter: @Gail_McHugh

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Reasons: I always go for the bad-boy first, the cocky SOB that I can't help but like. He is that cocky SOB and he makes jokes that I love. He's incredibly kind and sweet to Amber. However, Brock is still on the table for me; he could always make a comeback and be better in my books in the next one, yea?

How can I even begin to explain perfection? Before I really start getting in the details of it all, I've never read a Gail McHugh book in my life, not for a lack of trying that is. I've been trying very hard to read her book Collide for a very long time and still haven't gotten around to it. However, I can promise my fellow readers that I will be reading it soon, because this book was a game-changer.

Gail McHugh; I can't describe to you how well she writes. It has an appeal to it that intrigues you and pulls you deep into the world she's created. The character of Amber to Ashes became a part of me as I was reading the book making me care deeply for each of them on a different level from some other authors I've read before this. To be honest, I didn't go into this book expecting greatness because I've never read a book by the author, but now I must say that I can't go into Collide with anything but very high standards!

This book was a love triangle and not like the YA love triangles were the author can sway her readers into liking one or the other better, I liked Brock and Ryder very equally. It was a very tough decision for me to make when I was trying to decide which I liked better and who I wanted Amber to end up with. Unfortunately, the author's amazing writing sucked me into deep, dark proportions that left me deprived by the ending. A cliff hanger at it's finest, I can't compare it to much other writing I've read.

The characters weren't dry, they were new and very different from one another. As much as it was difficult to watch Amber switch from man-to-man, I can't say I'd do it much different. Both are equally swoon worthy with the ability to be a real man, instead of just physical. There were many supporting characters keeping the story from getting boring, I must say the author really planned out this novel better then expected.

A dark, guttural and raw story, I can only say it gripped me from beginning to end, end to beginning. I was sucked into the worlds of three different people living through their own pain and finding comfort in one another. This book will forever be something to compare to other books.


Here's the giveaway LINK
Enter for a chance to win ONE OF TEN SIGNED COPIES OF AMBER TO ASHES!!

Comment below letting me know; Team Ryder? Or Team Brock?


  1. This sounds so interesting! I'm entering the giveaway :)

    Aeriko @

    1. It was a great read! Thank you for stopping by, and good luck to you! :)

  2. I'm really curious now about who she will choose! I'm glad to hear it wasn't like the YA love triangles - those annoy me so much! Finally a realistic love triangle! Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. It was a great book - I 100% recommend it to you Laura!

  3. I haven't heard of this before but it looks interesting and such a great 5 star review is hard to ignore! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Awesome review, Alex! I wasn't going to read it, but now I know I'm going to!

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Bloggers Award and the Lovely Blog Award! I think you have an awesome blog and you really know what you are doing! Plus, your blog is gorgeous! And you made your own banner!

    Here is my post:

    1. Thank you Sydney, I hope you enjoy the book!

      Thank you so much for nominating me, it's very kind of you! I'll have to do my post in July sometime because I'm very booked up, but I'll be sure to let you know when I get it up! Thanks again! :)