Book: Falling Ashes (Ashes to Ashes #2)
Author: Annie Anderson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mena Constantine is pissed off.
Finally freed from her fifty-year imprisonment by a maniacal leader, she is desperately trying to recover and get her life back. Problem is, the life she had is long gone. Struggling under the weight of her memories and healing from the wounds of her captivity, she can't seem to catch a break. Every waking moment, death seems like a relief she would welcome.
Asher Crane is a dead man.
As a Guardian to the King, his only purpose in life is to keep the King alive. And he's failing. Miserably. With the King ill, the Queen dying, and zero plans for a successor, he's pretty much screwed. Because if the King dies, the law says Asher dies, too.
As these two wounded souls collide in a series of bloody and unfortunate events, they will clutch to the last shreds of life before death beats down their door.
© Copyright 2016 Annie Anderson
She’s going to leave me.
That thought runs on a loop through my head, and I want to rip the house apart in my unmitigated rage. I should go back to John and Olivia and see how I can help, but losing time with her rips apart my chest worse than anything I can imagine. I want to do my duty, but I need her more than my next breath.
She’s going to leave me.
And I can’t remove myself from this hallway. Even when Aidan comes in behind me, I don’t move my eyes from the door separating me from the only woman I could ever want.
“John wants you to get back to the house, Ash,” Aidan says gently from behind me, and I close my eyes to the battle waging in my head, and rest my forehead on her door.
She’s going to leave me. One way or another. She’s going to leave.
“I’ll make sure she stays here, but you have to go,” he says, and it takes a moment to realize I spoke my thoughts aloud. When I finally open my eyes and look at the man I’ve called a friend for so many years, he winces at the look in my eyes.
“I swear it, Ash,” he promises, and I believe he’ll try, but nothing and no one can hold Mena if she doesn’t want to be held.
I can only nod.
“John needs you, Ash.”
I stare at the door a moment longer before traveling to my King, dreading every moment I’m away from Mena. It only takes a few seconds, but it kills me, and I can’t believe John has been away from Olivia for even a minute without losing his fucking mind. How can he stand this? This clawing, gouging ache. It rips at my chest, and I have to focus all my energy on not traveling back to her. I knock on the chamber door, and I cannot fathom what I can do to help when I feel so torn in two.
This is the second book in this series and they must be read in order. At the end of the first book they find Aurelia's sister Mena who has been missing for a long time. They believe they have done away with Iva. However not everyone does believe that Iva is truly gone. Aurelia and Rhys have brought Mena to the wraiths. They are helping Aurelia with overthrowing Iva and now are helping to make sure things get back to the way they belong. Then Mena meets a wraith named Asher, he is one of the King's guards. Asher feels an instant pull towards Mena. While a wraith and a Phoenix have never mated before it's not like they get a choice either. Mena has no clue what is happening between but knows she has never felt safer then when Asher is near. This leads to more problems as the king is dying because his wife is dying. Asher's life is tied to the King's because of the view the guard takes. Asher doesn't want to tie himself to Mena when it would just end in both if their deaths. However he can't seem to stay away from her either. Will Mena and Asher get a chance to be happy when they are surrounded by so much death and trouble? Not to mention there are people after Mena for her powers. The characters in this series are fantastic and I can't get enough of them. I loved getting to read more about the characters in the first book and I can't wait for the third book in this series. Annie writes a fantastic story. I get completely drawn into the story and wish I could be a part of their world. I love the paranormal genre. This book has action, romance, and so much more. Mena struggles with what has happened to her while to was captured and how the world is now. She worries that her being around her friends and family will just put them in danger and that maybe she should just run away. Mena has been through so much and is still so strong. Asher is torn between duty and the woman he loves. It doesn't matter than he barely knows her, she is his mate and will always come first. Aurelia and Rhys want to help Mena but aren't completely sure how. Everyone is going through this together plus dealing with their own things at the same time. I highly recommend this book. Another great job Annie.
Other Books In the Series
Aurelia Constantine is having a rough century. Plagued by visions of murder, death and destruction, she has resigned herself to the nightmare her life has become. When an enemy from her past comes to her rescue, she must let go of old wounds and heal the breach so she may survive the evil poisoning her mind. Rhys Stevens is guilty. Murder. Betrayal. Treason. Take your pick; he’s guilty of them all. On the path of redemption, he must beg for forgiveness from the one person he fought to save - the woman he has always loved. Thrown together in the trenches of war, they must work as a team to stop a monstrous puppet master from pulling their strings. Ashes, ashes. We all fall down. Get ready to burn.
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