Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Spotlight, Review and Giveaway: Ash To Steele by Karen-Anne Stewart

Title: Ash To Steele

Author: Karen-Anne Stewart

Release date: February 13th, 2014

Genre: New Adult

Book Description:


Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you make.'


I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my sweetest hell.

Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.


My Thoughts:

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. There were some good points to it and some not so good, so I guess I'm kind of feeling a little ambivalent at the moment. The characters were interesting, but sometimes the way they acted seemed a little bit over the top, not enough to be glaring, but it was there. I really liked the unity of the group (Breck, Jess and Gavin), and the way they protected each other, and yet, that could be real frustrating at times - like when they kept Emma out of the loop. I felt her pain then, being in the dark and wondering what the heck was going on with them. But it did make for a good story, so I, like Emma, put up with it. But I often found myself thinking, "Just tell her already!" When she did find out about it, it happened in a way that kind of took away from the tension. It was almost matter-of-fact, but definitely anti-climactic. There was practically no preparation for what happened - it just happened. The way it happened seemed like it came out of left field, so it kind of detracted from the book itself. I think it would've worked better if there was more of a build-up to it, more hints peppered throughout the book about what the big secret was. The exchanged glances between Breck, Gavin and Jess in no way prepared the reader for what the big secret was, therefore it seemed kind of out of place and made the story feel a little disjointed. And that's how I feel now, having read the book.

About the Author:
I am a new author and have recently discovered that I am now addicted to writing. My first novel, Saving Rain, was originally going to be a single novel, but it quickly turned into a trilogy. I fell in love with the characters and had to continue with the story. Saving Rain is a new adult contemporary romance meant for readers 18 and older.
I live in the mountains with my family, and I love to read, hike, and travel when I am not writing. I am a sucker for romance, especially a book with a strong alpha male who has a sensitive side. I also enjoy a good mystery and thrillers. My favorite author is James Patterson, he is an amazing writer.
With being a newbie, I am just learning all the ropes, but I'm loving the wild ride. I plan on writing for as long as my fingers have dexterity

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  1. Thanks for the review Marjay. Nice blurb for the book Karen.

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  2. Thank you for your thoughts. Very helpful.