Yes. I was in a rut where I didn't feel like reading (yeah, I know- I was just as alarmed as you are), but then I picked this book up and thank the lord because it was amazing and I couldn't put it down.
Ash to Steele - Karen-Anne Stewart
Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you make.'
I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin...my sweetest hell.
Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.
Oh my. I loved this book so much. It is literally everything you need out of a romance. We have a strong, independent yet semi-naive girl. We have a ridiculously hot, surly, stubborn man whore. We have conflict, amazing attraction and a really fantastic love story. We also get a lot of great steamy scenes and a whole bunch of violence, which is kind of like the added bonus you didn't even know you needed.
I loved Emma. I feel like she is such a good egg and man, what a solid chick. No matter what gets tossed at her: violence, criminal records, a boyfriend who can't handle his emotionally instability, her loser ex, her religious conflicts, and just the worst of living in a big city thrown at her, and she just takes everything in stride. And I loved Breck. Sure, he's a bit of man whore who is really upset that Emma has seemingly screwed him off his game but he also knows there's something about her that he absolutely needs in his life. Though he's sure he's going to corrupt her and ultimately ruin her life, he can't stop himself and that just makes him hate himself even more.
I mean, literally ever conflict you can have in a romance novel? All in. It is all in here and it's amazing. I loved every single part of it, I never once doubted Emma and Breck and the ending is amazing. And thank god there was an epilogue because I didn't want to leave so unfinished without knowing what happens a little further down the road.
You guys, it's so good. Just so good.