Title: From Ashes
Author: Molly McAdams
Release Date: December 11th 2012
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 Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he’d called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn’t care. 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.
For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feeling for each other as Tyler continued to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushing her right into Gage’s arm. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start the relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?
Ok so I know that it was only a few posts ago that I vowed never to pick up another Molly McAdams novel in fear of heartbreak. But I couldn’t resist it. I had to know whether it was going to be the same. Taking Chances had started so well I know the McAdams has it in her to write an amazing story. Well I’m happy to say that my heart hasn’t been shattered this time.
It’s hard for me to express what I thought about this book because of McAdams last book. I found myself on edge while reading, waiting for the depressing ball to drop. It never happened, not that I was upset about that, but the story dragged on for 416 pages of nothingness. It could have been cut in half and it still would have been too long. I mean look how long the blurb is. The first sentence alone has 59 words in it. I get bored even reading that. Not to mention that you practically don’t have to read the first half of the book because they’ve already summarised it for you. It got to a point where I didn’t even care what was happening or going to happen any more.
At first I really liked Cassidy. I admired her courage and strength to go on after having a horrific childhood. But then she just pissed me right off! Her decisions made me want to punch her in the face, or grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her at the very least.
I found it a little unrealistic and unnecessary that every male character in the story was instantly in love with her. I mean come on … a police officer that she basically meets once is suddenly so in love with her that he travels half way across the US to make sure she is ok??? Pull back on those psychotic tendencies there, you’re a cop. Aren’t you meant to be somewhat normal? I think there were roughly six people professing their undying love for her. A little bit of overkill there!
Tyler annoyed the hell out of me in the beginning. He got better later on but too little too late you crazy bastard!!!
Gage was about the only good part. I want him all for myself. He was sweet, caring, protective, patient, and understanding; but the lack of communication between him and Cassidy really got on my nerves. I felt like screaming “HELLO!!! You are 22 years-old, stop telling other people how you feel about someone. Isn’t it obvious if they have feeling for them as well they are going to sabotage what you could have?” I don’t understand how he couldn’t see what Tyler was doing! It was just lame, they were acting like children.
At least this book didn’t leave me devastated like Taking Chances, but I really wish it didn’t drag on so much. I found myself getting bored and hoping that the page count at the bottom of my Kobo was broken or stuck, because I was only half way through the book L.