Sunday, June 14, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh

Rating: 4 Cups of Coffee
From the New York Times bestselling author of Collide and Pulse comes a gritty new novel about a shattered young woman who unexpectedly falls for two best friends as she struggles to overcome the trauma of her tormented childhood.

They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff. 

Amber Moretti's life changes in the span of minutes. An orphaned outsider, she is desperate to start fresh the moment she walks onto campus. In the time it takes to cross the university’s dining hall, she meets two men who bring color, air, and light to her darkened world. 

They became my addiction, each a needle to my next hit, my high. 

Brock Cunningham’s appeal is dizzying, a potent force Amber can’t deny. A green-eyed smooth talker, he instantly attracts Amber. It doesn’t take long for him to consume her every thought, her every breath. 

Ryder Ashcroft, a blue-eyed, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, turns Amber off immediately—that is, until he kisses her, stealing a piece of her heart, her soul. 

They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally.

Never knowing she could be broken down in so many unexpectedly beautiful yet petrifying ways, Amber finds herself falling for both men. 

Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable. Uncontained. 

But one event changes everything, shattering each of their lives…and Amber isn’t sure she can come back from it.

Natasha’s Experience:
What in the heck!!!!! I need the second book in this series like yesterday because the cliffhanger (or should I say anxiety inducing last page?) has me tied up in knots!

“Our past is what shapes us, the scars it leaves behind mold us, and what we do with the shit that’s left over is what defines us.”

If you love angst-y stories with the ability to become addicting reads, get this book before finishing reading my review. You’re welcome in advance.

Amber Moretti stumbles her way into both Ryder & Brock’s life, not really knowing how she became so tied up in the both of them. It’s insane how Gail's writing has the ability to put aside my own thoughts and feelings and completely immerse myself in Amber’s shoes; I could practically feel the anguish that Amber felt over these two guys on my fingertips. It can’t be easy loving two different people, especially when both of them are almost complete opposites with one thing in common: they are both toxic to Amber whilst continuing to be the one thing holding her sanity together. I couldn’t wrap my head around it, but seeing her infatuation between the two of them grow exponentially as the story developed really felt like loving two people at once could be entirely possible.

“Regardless of me trying to push love as far away as possible from the cage surrounding my heart, these untapped emotions, whether the beginning of falling in love or not, aren’t going away.”

Despite Amber feeling like she was being torn in half, she manages to be with one of the guys (not telling ya which one!) while harboring feelings for the other. There is a scene that I like to call the ‘tipping point’ because all of the pent-up frustration comes to a peak and honestly, shit just hits the fan. You will 100% know what scene I’m talking about when you read this; feel free to tweet me about it when you lose your mind, okay?

“If falling in love can turn into a bullet in your skull, what’s the point of giving your heart away? Yet how do you stop your heart from reacting to what it needs?”

I’d like to state that I am head-over-heels in love with Ryder, allocating myself the position of Team Captain for #TeamRyder. That being said, I internally fought over being #TeamBrock for a while, but personally, there is just something about Ryder that I can’t get over, something I am drawn to.

There is a ton of drama and definitely more to this story than just a girl falling into a potentially poisonous situation with two different guys. There is suspense, a whole lot of steaminess, and enough angst to last me a lifetime. If this seems like something that's right up your alley, it's because it is. Grab this read and decide for yourself: Are you #TeamRyder or #TeamBrock? 

Atria Books Paperback | On sale: June 9, 2015 | 480 pages
ISBN: 9781476766010, $15.00 | eBook ISBN: 9781476766041, $7.99

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About the author:
Gail McHugh is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Collide and Pulse. She is the mother of three beautiful children and has been married to her husband for fifteen years.

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