Thursday, December 27, 2012

From Ashes by Molly McAdams

From Ashes
Good Reads Summary
From Ashes by Molly McAdams

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 feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a 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 the 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?

Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

My Thoughts
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

From Ashes was an exhausting read. With so many things going on, and a lot of the same issues from her debut, I was hoping there’d be something new in this one. But again with a touch too many issues, and stupid moves too many on all people involved, and I was amazed at all that I finished this! I'd initially planned on leaving this with the lines of, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” heck I’d even managed to leave it up here for a whole two days… but when I keep going back to one thing or another, then it’s obvious: something was begging to be said! The main thing being: she really should have stopped while ahead and not had things circle around the same thing forever and ever because that’s what happened in TAKING CHANCES, and that’s what happens here too.

It’s unbelievable, the people in this one. They’re either too good, too bad or too certain something else that none of them had a middle. The girl is sad girl who does everything~ and I mean everything for the boys! She’s another  one of those who like in the first book by the same author was too perfect. And it’s one of many things that had me going “Aw! Come on!” Or “Pft..  No way.” So, my mindset for a good portion of this was stuck in the realm of doubtful. Then, my mind set after: a toss up between ‘Thank the gods that’s over…’ and ‘Why did I put myself through this?’ Look, her first book had me expecting something along the lines of Perfect Chemistry: cheesy, but balanced out with the smexy. You know, not quite the perfect romance but maybe entertaining enough to let me let the big things slide by? Fail on both counts because with each page, that story progressed into the realm of what world is this? It’s what happened here too!

Not only was the girl everything for the guys, but there’s reason for it too. And instead of me rooting for her and wanting things to get better for her, I’m sitting here and I’m wondering what they saw in her at all. Sad girl, check. Damsel in distress, check. Damsel in distress who easily scares, check. Damsel in distress who picks up after them… cleaning and cooking and doing everything for them? Check. No surprise: I was unimpressed and more than slightly annoyed by  the set up. It’s a throw back to something, that’s for sure. Plus the men in this one! They all wanted to do the protecting… so that things got old. Fast.

The boys are… not boys. They’d swing from alpha assholes to boys in love and all of it could get exhausting. How in love one of them was with her from the get, how perfect he found her and how he needed/ wanted/ NEEDED to be the guy for her. And it’s not just one guy who felt that way as there’s wait for it… wait… wait: three man/boys feeling thus. Again, the realm of no way and what the heck do you see in the girl came into play. Anyway, they're all alpha and it's their respective alpha moments that make them stop thinking and have them behaving so over the top as in don't look at her... mine mine mine. All that was left was for one or two of them to pee on her to mark their territory.

*Gah* the same issues in TAKING CHANCES popped in this one. Also it's obvious me trying to live by the words, "If I don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all" is next to impossible. But golly I'm trying to think of a positive here... I'm still trying... and coming up with zilch.

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