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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Book Review & Release Blitz : Ashes to Ashes by Rebecca Norinne
Title: Ashes to Ashes
Author: Rebecca Norinne
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2017
I had it
all, or so I thought. Until my husband betrayed me and my entire world came crashing
down. I turned to alcohol and sex to numb my pain—a different city each night,
a new man in my bed. But I’m sober now, and I’m working my way back up the
country music charts.
the death threats started and I needed protection. When my new bodyguard walked
in the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the one man from my long spiral down
who I never forgot. The one who played my body like an instrument.
on the run from a madman and all I want is to forget about everything. To
pretend this isn’t my life. To lose myself in him. So I let him take control.
telling myself it was only sex, but I've done the unthinkable: I've fallen in
love with a man who can never love me back. Because Ash has demons of his
own—ones he never talks about and never will. I know I should walk away before
it’s too late. But I'm an addict, and I need him.
How do you
give up something you love, even when you know it’s bad for you? How do you
walk away from a man like Ash Devereaux?
Rae Griffin first meets Ash Devereaux just as she’s about to
hit rock bottom. Even through the fog of alcohol and despair, she recognises in
him something that makes her feel. Something that makes her want him to
understand her. Though she responds to him both physically and emotionally, Rae
turns her back on Ash, afraid to reach out, and spirals further down…
18 months of sobriety later, Rae might be slowly winning her
internal battles but the battles being waged by her ex-husband are still
ongoing. Ford (her ex) and his spin doctors have excelled in spreading lies,
innuendoes and gossip. The situation reaches fever point when Rae is personally
threatened and needs the services of a bodyguard.
Enter Ash. Yes, that Ash from back then. They both recognise
each other and it’s clear the attraction between them is still there.
To protect her from this unknown threat, Ash and Rae remove
themselves to an isolated property until the culprit is caught. In this secluded
setting, everything is amped up - feelings, thoughts, actions, reactions.
Physically and sexually Ash and Rae are dynamite. It takes
them little time to become in tune with one another and the results are
scorching hot to read. Ash definitely likes to dominate play but I did not find
it over the top. As an aside, anything BDSM-ish does little for me. Well, it
might make me laugh or roll my eyes but it doesn’t turn me on. I was slightly
worried about reading this book in case it crossed my boundaries but it did
not. The too frequent orgasms-on-demand had me scoffing but overall that’s a
minor quibble .
As hot as the sexy-times between them are, I was more
interested in what brought them to this point in their lives. Rae, no thanks to
having lived a very public life is more of a known entity. Further, she is
recording an album that tells the warts and all story about her marriage. Just
imagine how hard it is to try and move on but still focus on songs and music
that take you back to a time you would sooner forget.
Ash himself is harbouring secrets and he knows that telling
Rae might be the end of them. She was a pawn in her drama but he definitely has
responsibility for some of his actions. As Rae lets go physically, Ash does so
emotionally and in time lets down enough of his barriers to allow Rae to see
the real him.
In amongst the seriousness and danger, there are some
light-hearted moments throughout out the book. Rae has got quite a mouth on her
and Ash lives to push her buttons at times.
It’s not integral to the story but I would have liked to
hear that ex-husband and his cronies got their just desserts. Then again, Rae
is no longer living a life where they factor into anything she does, so perhaps
it’s for the best.
USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes contemporary romance
featuring smart and sexy heroines and the men who adore them. When not writing,
Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in
search of inspiration for her next story. Her favorite foods are popcorn,
sushi, and French fries and she’s never met a Kelly Clarkson song she didn’t like.
For more information, visit http://www.rebeccanorinne.com.