Monday, March 11, 2013

From Ashes by Molly McAdams

From Ashes by Molly McAdams
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

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 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.  - Goodreads.com

I had some mixed feelings about this book.  If you've not read this book yet, you may not want to read this review, because it will probably contain some spoilers.  It's the only way I can really tell you what I had trouble with.

The characters were good.  That was one of the strongest aspects of the story was the character development.  I loved Cassie and how she's trying to work through what she has been through in her life.  And at first, I really loved her relationship with Tyler.  Gage was one of those nearly perfect guys who happens to be good looking and sexy but also caring, considerate and sweet.  So you have to love him too.  It seemed pretty predictable that these two would get together because her damsel in distress personality would have to call to his southern gentleman persona.

My problems came in with Tyler.  Although I think he was a good guy, and he was so sweet to have taken care of Cassie for so long, he did some not so nice things in this book, and I had trouble with the idea that it took Gage and Cassie so long to figure out what he was up to.  It seemed so obvious to me.  I understand how they could be fooled for a little while, but it seemed this stretched a little too far.

Lastly, after they figured that out, she goes home to confront her past, and I just found Connor to be a bit too much for me.   I mean, she's spent 3/4 of the book in love with Gage and the two of them have fought to be together.  Then she starts gallivanting around with another guy back home.  The fact that she did this when she was already in love with Gage was inexcusable to me.  I had to kind of ignore that until I could get to the end of the book.  And granted, it had a satisfying ending, but to me, that shouldn't have even happened. 

All in all, the book was good, very emotional and heart-wrenching too, but these couple aspects did kind of hinder my full enjoyment of the story.


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