Essential Beginnings (Surviving Ashes, Book One)

Essential Beginnings (Surviving Ashes, Book One)

by Kennedy Layne


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Change is coming...

Maverick Beckett took his much needed annual vacation up to Washington State to relax with his old friends from his years in the Corps. He also had every intention of extinguishing the fires that arose between him and a certain local woman he couldn't get out of his mind until the unthinkable happened.

Nothing is as it seems...

Henley Varano loved the simple anonymous life that her remote hometown provided. She'd had the wealthy existence of a fashion model and the fame that came with it only to find it lonelier than she could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, men only saw the fictitious person she appeared to be in the magazines and not the real woman she was-even the one man she's wanted for years.

Surviving is just the beginning...

An apocalyptic event changes the course of their lives when the massive Yellowstone Caldera erupts. Panic ensues among the small town, causing Mav and Henley to witness the best and worst of humanity. They must work as a team to create a new existence before the fallout of harsh and fiery elements overtakes their safe haven. Along the way, they might just find that they need each other more than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943420032
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Surviving Ashes Series , #1
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers—find out how to connect with her at

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Essential Beginnings (Surviving Ashes, Book One) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down . Really enjoyed this book . This story is such a possibility , so scary .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have never read any of Kennedy Layne novels. Terrifyingly real storyline that kept me reading until 3:00 a.m.! Characters were well formed and have unique personalities. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome thriller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book there is a slow burn to start but the story just wow! I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it. Some parts seemed to drag on, but the action scenes were great. A lot of characters, sometimes hard to keep track of. About 200 pages. Is a series, sort of a cliff hanger, but does have an end. Lookinf forward to reading the next.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of apocalyptic romance and it has been awhile since I have read one.  The premise behind Essential Beginnings is solid, with the Yellowstone Caldera erupting, basically a super volcano.  This volcano will throw the planet into an apocalyptic winter that will last 10 years, with falling ash.  The buildup and believability of what was happening was quite scary.  What I found distracting was, Layne was too overly descriptive and wordy in her writing.  Example: “….slid the key into the ignition, turning it until the engine rolled over and started.   She nudged the gearshift into drive and then pressed her foot on the gas pedal.”   This would have been much better served to say she jumped in the truck and drove to her destination.   This excess bogged down the story and quite frankly I skimmed a lot of this.  And there is a lot.  There are so many details that aren’t needed that don’t add to anything, they just cluttered the story.  One author told me that if you give your character a gun at the start of your story, he better have shot somebody by the end.  All details need to have meaning, if they don’t are they really necessary?   The story between Maverick and Henley was interesting but I was more rapt by the survival and their romance really felt secondary.  I am extremely interested in reading the rest of this series because despite the problems I had with this novel I really did enjoy it and want to continue with it and find out what happens next.  I am giving Essential Beginnings 3.5 Boundless stars.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed most of the story but if I'd known it wasn't the full story I wouldn't have read it. The sex scenes were too graphic and didn't seem to fit.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will to wait on rest of books since I read to fast
JanetO More than 1 year ago
An very interesting story with a prepper twist. And I liked it. It has strong characters and plenty of suspenseful action which kept me thoroughly interested throughout the story. If you are looking for something a little different, I would recommend this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kennedy Layne's books. I try to buy them as soon as they come out. For some reason this one I have a harder time getting into it. I haven't finished it yet but it just seems a little slower than her other books. Not bad a read, just not my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome start to her new series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much so. ShelleyMA