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. 

But then 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.

Now we’re 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.

I tried 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?

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My Thoughts

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.

Author Bio

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

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