From Ashes [NOOK Book]

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Aside from her dad, who passed away when she was six, Cassidy Jameson has only ever trusted one man: her best friend, Tyler. So of course she follows him to Texas when he leaves for college. She just didn't expect to be so drawn to their new roommate, Gage, a gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl. The only problem? He's Tyler's cousin.

Gage Carson was excited to share an apartment off campus with his cousin. He didn't mind that Tyler was bringing the mysterious friend he'd ...

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Overview

Aside from her dad, who passed away when she was six, Cassidy Jameson has only ever trusted one man: her best friend, Tyler. So of course she follows him to Texas when he leaves for college. She just didn't expect to be so drawn to their new roommate, Gage, a gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl. The only problem? He's Tyler's cousin.

Gage Carson was excited to share an apartment off campus with his cousin. He didn't mind that Tyler was bringing the mysterious friend he'd heard about since they were kids . . . until the most beautiful girl he's ever seen jumps out of his cousin's Jeep. There's something about Cassi that makes Gage want to give her everything. Too bad Tyler has warned him that she's strictly off-limits.

Despite everything keeping them apart, Cassi and Gage dance dangerously close to the touch they've both been craving. But when disaster sends her running into Tyler's arms, Cassi will have to decide whether to face the demons of herpast . . . or to burn her chance at a future with Gage.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“From Ashes kicks off with a bang and holds nothing back. You’ll be enthralled, romanced by the wonderfully spun tale of love and acceptance, and hoping for a Gage of your own.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062267719
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 8,353
  • File size: 748 KB

Meet the Author

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry, four-legged daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach . . . which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby—or hiding in her writing cave, trying to get her characters’ stories out.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

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    It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts o

    It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts of this book. I have no problem with the first half. I thought the love story was sweet and really rooted for Gage and Cassidy. I got to the halfway mark and realized that this book is very similar to the energizer bunny. It just keeps going and going and going.

    This book is melodramatic. I don’t mean, because Cassidy was abused as a child or because the main characters are absolutely horrible at communication. This book is melodramatic, because of the dialogue, because the characters are ridiculously unrealistic and because too much happens. Honestly, more happens to these characters in a yearlong period than in the lifespan of a normal person. Halfway into the book the author introduces a new character that comes with his own set of drama. Then 75% in a new love interest is thrown in to shake things up. Why? I honestly don’t understand why these characters were introduced. How is the reader supposed to be invested or even care about these new characters? They came 75% in, obviously they’re not important, now you’re just making us suffer through your ridiculous story. I say suffer, because very few people will quit a book after reading 75% of it.

    Then there are the characters. I understand why authors make their heroine’s damaged and tragic. Some of my favorite characters in literature are damaged. No, I do not mind a damaged heroine; I do mind a stupid heroine. Cassidy is stupid. I get that she’s had a traumatic past and has issues with trust, getting to know people and taking care of herself. That is all clear, still I found her to be incredibly stupid. The first half of this book consists of misdirection and miscommunication. There were moments where Cassidy’s inability to read a situation astounded me. I could not believe how difficult it was for her to see that she was being manipulated and lied to. Having common sense really can save you grief in life and Cassidy has none of it.

    Then there is Tyler. Ty is an affront to best friends everywhere. At this moment there is a BFF giving their friend half of their dinner, because they know their friend doesn’t have any. There is a BFF asking their parents if their abused friend can stay the night so that their friend can have a night of peace. It goes on and on. The fact that Ty could go from that BFF to the bastard he became is beyond my comprehension. It is fine that he loves Cassidy. It is fine that he wants to continue to be the number one man in her life. Everything else about this character is awful and I have to admit unrealistic. He emotionally blackmails, manipulates and abuses not only the girl he has spent his life tending, but also the cousin who takes him in. Worst of all, this side of him comes out of nowhere.

    Cassidy before the epilogue is 19 years old. She is finally free of her abusive family and it never occurs to her to make a plan? She doesn’t save up money to go to school, start a business, or anything. I’m not even sure that she graduated from high school. There is not even a mention on whether or not Cassidy sees her future as a stay at home mother. Everyone is different. I literally wouldn’t care what her plan was, as long as she had a plan. Nope, she gets away from her abusive life, focuses on guys and that’s it.

    A love story should have romance and two people who cannot live without each other. Still, a healthy love has two independent people who have lives outside of each other.

    24 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Emotional and Amazing!

    Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end was too much, but I think it was needed so Cass could get over her past and move on. Great job! And if you haven't read Taking Chances, I highly recommend it as well!

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Preorders

    For those struggling with the preorder...Archive the book on your nook. Then go to bn website to my nook, library, and then take out out archive. Then go to your nook and refresh. Thats what I had to do after getting help from the author, who is fabs by the way, and friends on goodreads.

    13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    This book was amazing!  I was frustrated, happy, appalled, exci

    This book was amazing! 

    I was frustrated, happy, appalled, excited, sad, empathetic, and devastated during this book right alongside with the characters.  I loved this book  just as much if not more than Taking Chances, and i cannot wait to see what  Molly McAdams comes up with next!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    cant read :(

    I preorder the book and it said i would get it on my nook on the 11th but its not there it still says preorderd? Please help if you know what i could do?

    10 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Love, Love, Love Molly McAdams! This was a great book, not as gr

    Love, Love, Love Molly McAdams! This was a great book, not as great as Taking Chances but I'm not sure there is any book as great as Taking Chances! Can't wait for more from her!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    TiWi

    Another wonderful book...the first 20 pgs had me in tears, but this book was romantic & sad. Over 300 pages.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Ehh...

    Not the greatest... too much unreal drama.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    Was worth the wait!! Molly you have done it again. I Love from

    Was worth the wait!!
    Molly you have done it again. I Love from Ashes. I can't wait for your next book. It takes alot for me to want to buy a book in paper form and this book along with Taking Chances is def on my wish list for paper. Cassi's story broke my heart. Gage's struggle with how to grab hold and keep hold of his soulmate leaves me wanting for a guy to love me like that. This story is a great insight into the life of a person who comes through the ashes to make a life for themselves that they deserve. I would love to read more about Connor :)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

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    I'm writing this at different points of finish. I normally reall

    I'm writing this at different points of finish. I normally really do wait until I'm completely finished reading a book with next to none or no notes taken. Just kind of write what I feel. But this book has me feeling so much that I'm needing to get it out now. There may be a few tiny spoilers but ones that shouldn't ruin the book for you in any way.

    I'll start off by saying I was really surprised, baffled even by the sheer number of negative reviews and star ratings at 2 and below on Goodreads. And most of them stated DNF at the start. I really didn't read the reviews because too many people out there love dropping spoilers without properly hiding it or at the very least warning you like I did. So normally I just browse star ratings but still I really wanted to read this book. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, scene after scene, chapter after chapter...I'm still baffled. I'm loving this book. Of course I'm outraged and hate Tyler with a fiery passion and hope that he rots in the deepest darkest spots of hell. But still, what love story doesn't have some dark evil force, *Cough*Tyler*Cough*, working against them. Still I'm loving the book.

    It gets near 50% and everything is utter bliss. After facing obstacles we have love and passion, ohhh the passion *sigh*, and I'm thinking wow I read this pretty fast and I look down and realize holy crap there's like 53% left of the book still. Now I'm worried. Page after page I'm waiting for the bomb to drop. For the big explosion that will rock this sweet, tender love completely off it's axis.

    So here I am at this very moment. It's 57-60% in. I say this because the bump starts at 57% and slowly starts ticking away at me until it's 60% and I am ready to explode. I really think I see and understand how so many people could throw their hands up and walk away. It's beyond frustrating and I have now gone from really liking and feeling so horrible for Cassidy and the complete crap her life has been until now to complete shock. Right now...I don't get her at all. I don't get her decision making, her motivation, I just--I wish I could be like the people who gave up. I'm that frustrated. But I can't not finish. It's not in my nature. I guess maybe at this point I'm still in it for Gage? I'm pushing myself because I know in my heart he deserves a HEA. So fingers crossed I hope he gets it and...I'm going back in.

    Now at 68% I'm starting to question my sanity for wanting to go on. I think if Gage winds up with Cassidy in the end it's only going to piss me off. He deserves so much better. So much. And everything is just getting ridiculous. There are too many people in this...this.. thing. Tyler and Gage is one thing. But Jesse? Connor? Do you think this is helping me to liking Cassi any better? NO. I don't care how screwed up her life was. At this point the only person she deserves to be with is Tyler. And I think he's a chump. So, yeah, there ya go.

    Done reading now and there are two parts of me. One part wants to erase everything I've written so far and start over, while the other half wants to keep things as they are so someone contemplating reading can see the wide range of feelings I had towards the book at different stages and maybe not give up just like me and possibly like it in the end? You never know. I mean I can't believe this either after reading through everything I wrote at the start to the point I'm at now, because at the end of it all I'm happy I finished. I can't even tell you what just clicked in me to change it, all I know is I went from:

    Start:
    5 out of 5

    57-60%:
    3 out of 5

    68%:
    1 out of 5

    72%:
    2.5 out of 5

    77%:
    3.5 out of 5

    The End:
    4.5 out of 5

    (Honestly I woulda probably gone 5/5 but I'm taking off half a point for mental anguish :P)

    I don't know how the hell it happened either!!! I mean one minute I'm sitting there fuming at all this stuff going on that makes no sense to me and then it's near the end and I'm crying and then I'm just... happy. Molly McAdams is some sort of evil genius! And I look forward to letting her torture me again in the future :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    This book is so terrible

    I purcgased molly mcadams other book on sale and though at times it was a bit too convenient and predictable and a little too melodramatic, it was a decent story with likable characters. So I tried from the ashes. I couldn't continue reading it past the beginning chapters. The characters are one dimensional, unrealistic, and not all that likable and the plot is simplistic and not plausible. Don't waste your money. Perhaps Stealing Harper will be better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Good, but not great.

    This book is overall pretty good. However, I think it is a little drawn out. Cassidy is overly dramatic at times and Tyler is a little weird sometimes. It is good, but I like Taking Chances much better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Too much

    Was the book well writen? Yes, but it was so unrealistic and just too much. I was constantly rolling my eyes.
    As someone who should have been so emtionally damaged she sure came out of it pretty well. And of course all the guys wanted her.

    It was all just to perfect and reeked of pretentiousness.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Good easy read

    I could not put this book down from the time I picked it up... I could feel the tension in this book and could not wait to see what happened next! Definitely recommend

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    GREAT READ

    What i read of this book was the first 44pages and in those pages i was captivated by the story of Cassi. The authour did a fantastic job !!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Great Book!

    Loved Taking Chances ... so I had to read this. I couldn't put either down. Love Molly McAdams!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Outstanding!

    After reading Taking Chances, and reading the excerpt for this book, i knew i would read it as soon as it was available. It was a great book, cannot wait to see whay she writes next!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    AMAZING!!!

    Molly did it again! :-) I laughed, I cried, I got angry, and I was pleased with the ending. Cant wait for the next book!!! :-)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Yes!

    Read it! Better than Taking Chances!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Dc

    Wait. I'm not supposed to be talking yet.
    *Mewls and suckles hungrily*
    -Skykit

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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