Review: Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh

Posted June 8, 2015 by Holly in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh

Review: Amber to Ashes by Gail McHughAmber to Ashes Series: Torn Hearts #1
by Gail McHugh
on June 9, 2015
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance
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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.

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 devastating event changes everything, shattering each of their lives...and Amber isn’t sure she can recover from it.

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

After multiple reads of Amber To Ashes, two things hold true: Gail still owns her ‘Evil Author Lady’ title, and she can without a doubt WRITE HER ASS OFF. In ATA she gives us an angsty as hell love triangle; however, unlike Collide, she gives us two boys that make it damn near impossible to choose a side. With my first read I was torn between Ryder and Brock, but after a good reread or two one guy edged out the competition all the way and has stolen my heart.

Amber To Ashes is an epic story that left me shocked and stunned and made my angst-loving heart desperately crave more. It proves why Gail is one of my must-click authors. It’s a dark, gritty, and sexy-as-hell story with flawed characters whose redemption ability I question (some, not all). I loved the twists, the turns, and the constant guessing Gail had me doing trying to figure out the outcome. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some (friendly) author stalking to do waiting for book two.


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About Gail McHugh

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.


About Holly

I'm a born and raised Jersey girl (not as seen on TV) who loves escaping in books. I Google everything and I hate rain. I have a deep love for Starbucks, shopping, and HEAs. Stay as long as you'd like. Stalking is highly encouraged :-)