Book Review, Books

Ashes To Ashes – Rebecca Norinne

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 a finely tuned 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 the best thing you think you’ve ever had, even when it’s bad for you? How do you walk away from a man like Ash Devereaux?

I’d like to thank Give Me Books promotions for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. This is not my first book by this author and I do love her work so I was excited to jump into this straight away. It did not disappoint, it was such a fantastic an amazing story. It melted my heart and as soon as I began reading I got lost in the story and the characters. This reminded me of why I love her writing.

The story feels very fast paced although this time that is not a bad thing! A lot of time passes in the novel so it’s not like all their relationship happened within a week, it was spread out and it was one of the major things I enjoyed. It actually did feel like time passed in this novel.

I loved Rae’s character, she had a pretty ugly background in a sense, but we see her in the dark place and in a much better place some years later. I really liked enjoying the fact that we did see her in her dark place and in a good place still trying to deal with her past. I loved that in her character. She was a very honest person and yet at the same time she was still being controlled by her ex-husband when she finally decides to tell him to shove it. I really like that we see all the sides and emotions of her, I also loved at times when she gave control to Ash in the bedroom. I’ll get onto that later.

I fell in love with Ash immediately, his dark quiet demonour and I liked it when he did open up, I did chuckle when Ash and Rae met for the 2nd time it was quite funny. You’ll see if you read this book. I really liked his backstory and it was a very interesting backstory as well as like all males seem to blame themselves for shit they have no control over. It was a really good backstory and I did enjoy reading it! I also loved the connection that Ash and Rae had with each other and there was a point in the book where I had to take a break because it was so emotional.

There were quite a few sex scenes in this that didn’t bother me, they were very well written. There is also elements of control and a little kinkiness. Ash ties her up sometimes during the sex and he takes control of her during the sex, but afterwards, he is a total sweetheart and caring. I felt like the sex scenes didn’t take away from the actual content in this book which is also good.

Her ex-husband is an asshole that is the first thing, not even a few chapters in the more I heard about him the more I wanted him to get hit by a bus. There is one thing I wished I knew and that is what has happened with the ex-husband and what happened when he saw the interview Rae made, I’d just love to see his reaction I bet it would be hilarious!

Such great writing, Rebecca Norinne does not disappoint and I am so lucky I got an arc of her books because since reading Trying Sophie I have become addicted to this author and she does not disappoint!