Amber to Ashes: Part One in the Torn Hearts Series

Amber to Ashes: Part One in the Torn Hearts Series

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by Gail McHugh

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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


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.

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Atria Books
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Torn Heart Series , #1
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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.

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Amber to Ashes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Now when is Part 2 coming out??!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED.THIS.BOOK I could not put it down. Amber, Brock, and Ryder are all so beautifully flawed. I cannot wait for the second book to come out. Hopefully it ends with Amber and Ryder as end game. As much as I like Brock, Ryder is the perfect bad boy with a heart of gold. He completely stole my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if there are words to describe my feelings right now. My heart is broken and my emotions have been on such an extreme ride I know it will take a long time to recover from this brilliant book. I will be desparately waiting for the next book to be released. Read it... you won't be sorry.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it then hated it then it left me hanging!
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NPButterfly More than 1 year ago
This review has to be one of the hardest ones I’ve had to write. This book has been in my head all week. I would think about it while at work. Driving home I would go over in my head what I had read, thinking about how it could possibly end. After finishing, I’m happy to say that it didn’t end how I thought it would, but sad to say the ending slayed me. The writing of Gail McHugh has taken my mind to places that I never imagined. Her talent is astounding. The way she writes characters that make you love them and hate them at the same time speaks volumes in my mind. I chose a side early on and my heart is still with him now.  The plot: Can’t, won’t, not gonna happen here. All I will say is, read this book. Grab a bottle of wine, or two. Grab the tissues and be prepared to take a ride with twists you never thought possible. Feelings that you know are wrong, but can’t help having. This book is not all hearts and flowers. Its hearts and flowers mixed with rage, intensity, anger, confusion and hot, hot sex. I could really go on and on about how much I loved this book.  Gail McHugh, where has this story been hiding? If you want angst, intrigue, all the feels and a cliffy that will make you scream. Then this is the book for you! 
slarson0625 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh. This is the first book in Gail's Torn Hearts series so this book does end in a cliffhanger. This is a highly emotional story that is very dark and gritty. If you don't like love triangles this book is definitely not for you. Amber Moretti has been through a lot in her young life. She heads off to college for a fresh start and never expects to attract the attention of two hot guys. She tries to avoid both men but they are both very determined to get to know her. Her past has caused her to be fearful of commitment or letting anyone get close enough to see the real her. What will happen when these to determined men keep pushing her to open up to them? What will happen when she has to chose between the two? I guess you will have to read to find out. “I fell for the two loves of my life when I was nineteen. Yes, two. Plural. More than one. Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable.” Brock and Ryder are best friends and they both are immediately attracted to Amber. Brock comes across as a very charming guy who never gives up. He has a bad boy side to him that he tries very hard to keep hidden. He will do whatever it takes to break down Amber's walls and to get her to let him in. Ryder screams bad boy with his tattoos and piercings but underneath it he has a huge heart. He pisses Amber off the first time they met but there is something about him that keeps pulling Amber in. What will happen when Amber gives her heart to only one of these two men? How will the other one react to the news of not being picked by the girl he has fallen hard for? "I need you a hundred times more than I need my next breath, a thousand times more than I need my next heartbeat, and a million times more than I need to wake up to the sun hanging in the sky.” I really loved the connection between the three main characters in this story. The secondary characters added lots of depth to this well written storyline. This book had me hooked from the very first page and I loved the emotional rollercoaster Gail took me on. All I can say is that this is a must read story and I will be not so patiently waiting to see what happens next in this beautifully written story.
CelesteGrande More than 1 year ago
Mind. Blown. THIS story. THESE characters. I thought I'd have a favorite. Thought I'd be able to choose one guy over the other. I was wrong. With every twist and turn, every flip of the page, I fell in love with BOTH of them. Each of these guys has their own set of reasons why they are BBF material. Why they are your choice. Why they are unforgettable. Why you feel them inside yourself as you're reading. Can see them standing in front of you. You have a broken girl who has never known love. One your heart equally breaks for and wants to strangle at the same time. She's real and honest and does what she pleases. She's us. All of us. Whether we want to admit it or not. She's just not ashamed to own it. The story. Oh man, the story. By the end of this book your heart is torn. Mangled. Crying for so many different reasons. This is not your typical love story. It's a love triangle like no other. It's suspenseful. It will twist your guts and turn them in knots until your praying to just get to that last page. That last word. Gail loves her words. And she uses them in a way that has you soaking up every last bit of them like a starved woman enjoying her last meal. She's a treasure, a rare find and a gift to the writing community and I will forever read any and every word that she puts on a page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!! Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh was…. Heart warming. Heart Wrenching. Beautifully Written. Suspenseful. Sexy. And oh so so Hot!! Gail once again, was able to break my heart only to repair and break it again. Her characters were real with real problems. I wanted to be part of their world, be the one to help confront them as stories were told about their childhood. I wanted to jump in, pull each one of them for a hug, relieving their pain. I wanted to be the one to comfort each one of them, to tell them it will be okay. Three friends with a strong connection are fighting to not only save themselves but to save each other. Brock and Ryder are smart, in their final year of college as two of the highest alphas males on campus. Both are hot, sexy and every girl’s desire. They are as different as night and day, one sporting the clean cut college boy look and the other the tattooed bad boy. They are best friends who have always been there for each other, bonded for life. Amber is the new student to college, running from her past and in need of a friend. Someone who will listen, understand, and not judge her past. Brock and Ryder bring Amber into their world, teaching her to trust and live life, not to hide from her demons. Each are able to give a part of themselves to bring Amber from the nightmare of her past into the light of the future. Gail McHugh is a talented writer, able to bring out all of your emotions. Gail brings tears to your eyes from the pain of the trio, following only to give you more tears from the character's hilarious interactions together. The characters are so real, the reader wants to jump into the story to become part of their world.  Amber to Ashes is one of the most anticipated books being released this year. Honored, I was allowed an E- Arc for this upcoming Best Seller book, which I am sure will not just reach the heights of her first series, Collide and Pulse, but surpass them. If you haven’t, I highly suggest pre- ordering it. It is defiantly worth the wait. I honestly believe that a book that keeps your attention throughout, then after holds your mind captive, makes a best seller. Trust me- you will not soon forget this book! Congratulations Gail McHugh! You hit it out of the park! I'm excited and cannot wait for the follow up to Amber to Ashes, From the Storm
teresa1210 More than 1 year ago
#BookHangoverOfTheCentury #BestBookOf2015  I was given a ARC for a Honest Review,Where to start I don't want to give anything away before It releases but I will say that Author Gail Mchugh as always been and always will be My All Time Favorite Author of all time! #AmberToAshes left my heart in shambles, My Heart felt like it had been Ripped from my very soul. The Writing in this story was flawless and it flowed so brilliantly I never wanted it to end.You will so fall in love with Brock, Ryder and Amber I know I did. I felt every emotion of each Character and what they were going though. This is a brilliant love story that will pull you in like a piece of metal to a magnet. This story has so many twist and turns it captivates you from the very beginning. #AmberToAshes to me deserve's 500 Stars.