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- Print Length: 317 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680582291
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (August 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012BTPCW8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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”Igniting Ash” is a beautiful story of overcoming, the power of love, and the courage to fight for what you want. The strength of the characters is inspiring, and let’s face it -- Asher is just damn hot. Smooth, cocky, and adorably insecure at the same time. The perfect match for Emma, the good girl coming out of her shell by going after what she wants. And Gabe. I don’t think I’m above bribing Miss Stacie so the young man gets a story of his own.
I love M.A. Stacie’s clear voice in everything she writes, her beautiful fingerprint on the romance genre.
But then again, I love all of Ms.Stacie's books.
The book starts with a simple kind act that Emma bestows on Asher. An act that we would learn later, changed his life. Asher’s story moved me. I could feel his suffering, his defeat, his complete distrust of people and knew that he knew every wounds by name. Where he was the dark, Emma is the light. She gives him a little ray of hope every now and again that slowly seeped into his darkness. There is pushing and pulling; a tug of war of emotions and I found myself tearing up at the thought that there are people out there with stories far worse than Asher and most of them will never meet another kind soul like Emma.
I didn’t grow up rich but I was still pretty privilege and completely sheltered. People like Asher didn’t (and don’t) exist in my world. If they did, as awful as this sounds, I would have turned my back and ignored him. And that’s pretty much how it’s been for his life, growing up ignored by people who turned their backs to him; people who shouldn’t have been the cause for his pain and his suffering. Kids like Asher and Gabe would break my heart, but I’m not as strong as Emma or as patient enough to try to chip down the fortress they built themselves.
Igniting Ash is a quiet read. The story moves along in its wonderful pace, pulsing and speeding up at the right moments and slowing down enough to let you catch your breath. It was a privilege to read the interworking of Asher’s mind and be humbled and in awe. And after all that he went through, every single light that Emma shared, he began to accept that he was worthy of being loved and being ignited in every single possible way.
One of the first things I noticed when beginning IGNITING ASH was that each chapter starts with a character's name -- Asher or Emma. That typically goes on to mean the chapter will be told in that person's voice, in first person. At least, this is how it's typically done.
Not so with IGNITING ASH. While yes, that chapter is done in the voice of that particular character, it is also done in third person -- something that I thought was kind of different, kind of neat, yet drove me just a bit batty.
I loved Asher (side note? If and when my books get written, one of my leading LADY'S name is Asher. I know it's a guy name and I'm not sure that I've ever seen that particular male name crossed over, but I've always loved it for a female). I loved that he blended in with the shadows and prefered to be there. He didn't want to shine light on his home life, and when he finally got out of it, didn't want his past to meld with his present so he stayed away from anyone that could possibly do that. Asher learns trust throughout this story -- his distrust of individuals and of what life gives him is heartbreaking. He looks at things twice and then again sideways and still doesn't believe that it could possibly true.
But beyond my love for Asher, is my love for Emma. While she wasn't vocal about it, she always saw him. She lended him a pencil, saw him in the cold and offered him help. She didn't draw attention to his cuts, bruises, scrapes, scars. She saw them, but she let Asher open up as he would -- which, as teens, he didn't, but she still didn't push. Asher's life is what drove Emma to go into her career path as an adult -- the drive and desire to help teens such as Asher had been, and Emma's interactions with him that winter night are what literally saved Asher's life.
When they randomly meet again some years later, Asher's first instinct was to run -- but Emma's always seen him and she wants to be his friend.
I've never heard of a lock-and-key party (perhaps it's an English thing). While it seemed like the "popular kids'" party in high school, I kind of felt that the idea was a tad juvenile for people in their twenties -- if you want to hook up at a party, you don't need a matching key to a girl's padlock... However, both Asher and Emma ended up at this party as adults because their friends dragged them -- friends that I hope to see have their own stories someday (hmm, M.A. Stacie??).
The synopsis of the story lead me to feel there would be more of suspensful feel for the story and while that aspect was there, it wasn't quite as profound and in your face as I'd have liked it to be. Regardless, those scenes help drive the reader to understand Asher, and his relationships.
I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from M.A. Stacie.
From the outset really, this was a book which totally drew me in. Characters who were flawed, but likeable. A storyline which kept my attention. But the best thing about this book, for me at least, was the development of the relationship between Emma and Ash. Equally stubborn and determined, the evolving intimacy between these two was addictive to read.
Overall, a thoroughly seductive read.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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