Monday, April 15, 2013

From Ashes by Molly McAdams

From Ashes

When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?


From the very first moment that they saw each other, Cassidy and Gage knew there was just something worth exploring between them. Without even knowing or comprehending why, they could feel a connection. Gage feels very protective of her and he is compelled to do anything and everything in his power to make sure she is happy and okay. Cassidy sees a gorgeous guy possibly worth getting to know.

Tyler has other plans in mind though. As Cassidy’s best friend, his feelings for her begin to run deeper than mere friendship. He is in love with Cassidy and not only enjoys being the number one guy in her life, but wants it stay that way.

Cassidy’s life was good up until her father passed away when she was six. Life started to change and her mom eventually remarried. Then her mom and step-dad began to physical abuse Cassidy. Even though she is free of that abusive family now, she still suffers some physical and emotional scars.

What I liked:

Despite this being a love at sight thing between Cassidy and Gage, I liked it. Normally I am not a huge fan of that, but with this story it worked well for me.

What I did not like:

I liked Tyler at first, but as the story progressed, I found my good opinions of him deteriorating. Total manipulator!

Final thoughts:

From Ashes, is a great contemporary story that is filled with drama, love, friendship, and loads of angst/emotion. I tried this book because of the synopsis and I heard good things about her previous book. It was a much more enjoyable read than I was expecting. I felt like I was on a little bit of a roller coaster ride with everything that was going on, but it was one I did not want to end. If you are a reader who enjoys the awesome feel of a physical book in your hand, you are in luck! Paperback copies of From Ashes hit the shelves on Tuesday, April 16th.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

**I received this book courtesy of William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishing/ in exchange for nothing, but my honest opinion. Thank you.**


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  1. I have heard some good things about this book. I love the kind of book where characters try to stay away from each other, but then end up together. I might have to read this one.

    - Camilla

  2. It's a really nice story. I hope you end up reading it soon! :)