Book Review: FRAGMENTS OF ASH by Katy Regnery

Title: Fragments of Ash, a modern fairytale
Author: Katy Regnery 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2018

From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!

My name is Ashley Ellis…
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.** 

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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

FRAGMENTS OF ASH is the first of Katy Regnery’s Modern Fairytale books I have read. I like the concept and the book blurb sounded really interesting. Overall, there were parts of the book I like a lot and others not so much. 

There are so many exciting and multi-faceted characters; from the utterly repulsive Mosier to Tig, the impetuous addict who is incapable of offering her child a stable life. The vile grandparents to the inspiring and supportive Gus and Father Joseph. I thoroughly enjoyed the parts of the book when they appeared as the story came alive and was mesmerizing.

Frustratingly, our hero and heroine were not as exciting to me. Julian Ducharmes had potential but so much of his history is hidden to us until the latter stages of the book. I wanted the details!

My greatest difficulty with this book is the insipid character of Ashley Ellis. She is naïve, sheltered and I often found her uninteresting. It does not help that once Ashley is in hiding we are cocooned with her and Julian in a bubble, with little outside interaction. As a result we get a story told from the point of view from a character that only seemed to come alive in the company of others. Given her background and experiences to date, I can see her growing to be a most interesting and remarkable woman, but stuck in this story as an 18-year-old, I found her to be quite bland. 

I did appreciate the introduction to yé-yé music and I spent time listening to some great music while reading the book. 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.

Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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