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From Winter's Ashes: The Girl Next Door Mystery Romance Series - Book Two (The Girl Next Door Crime Romance Series 2) Kindle Edition
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I love Joss's tender heart, she so badly wants to believe in God's goodness but cannot see it in her life. Her relationship with her father and all that she's been through broke my heart and I wanted to badly for her to find the hope and love and peace that can only be found in Jesus. Finn's scars were also heartbreaking. I can only imagine what first responders go through but as a firefighter, Finn is battling his own demons and even though he knows God is good and God can give him peace, he struggles with forgiving himself and letting go of the pain he's going through. I love that both characters were searching for answers in God, and because His power is made string in our weakness, so I knew God would meet them in their darkest times.
When these two broken people are thrown together due to the threat on Joss's life things get even crazier. Their relationship, even before the threat, had always been tumultuous, and with the stakes so high they were bound to either unite as a team or destroy each other. One thing that is evident throughout is that hurt people, hurt people, and the barriers they already had up against each other threatened to destroy them for good several times.Read more ›
Joselyn Whyte, heiress to the Whyte Empire and daughter of a Senatorial hopeful, is targeted by an arsonist and saved by Finn Carson, her high-school nemesis. When Finn is strong-armed by her father into posing as her boyfriend for the purposes of protection detail, the mystery of the arsonist is not the only mystery that begins unraveling.
This was one of those that had me turning the pages to find out what happened next, so tightly wound was the suspense. The characters, too, felt well-rounded and relatable, while the romance was tangible and dreamy. For me, the ending let the book down, as it felt out-of-character (but then, I've never lived in a small town in the US) and left me feeling flat. But if you don't mind your HEAs with a rushed and somewhat obsessive feel to them, this is a great romantic suspense read.
*Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of the book.
I don't like giving away the whole story in reviews but will say that in "From Winter's Ashes" we get an extension of some of the characters from her 1st book We still see some characters from the 1st book but also meet new ones!. This one is more about Sadie's brother Finn, who looks more like a California surfer dude than a firefighter from the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, Missouri! I'm really looking forward to more books by Amy!
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Although mystery romance is not my usual go-to genre, I so enjoyed From Winter's Ashes. The characters, true to Simpson's unique style, are full of spark and sass, yet underneath the sarcasm is something much deeper: layers of secrets that keep the hero and heroine secluded from love (and from each other). There's an intriguing mystery thread and LOTS of danger to be found inside the pages of FWA, and I don't want to spoil anything but....it's not who you think. *insert evil laugh here*
This book has edge and wit and lots and lots of lyrical goodness that made my little writer's heart pitter patter to a happy beat.
A few of my favorite quotes:
- "It was either him or her, and the agony festering within was enough torment for ten lifetimes. He would not be the only one infested with pain. She would suffer hers, a swift justice, and then the retribution would begin and the balance restored."
-"His nose nuzzled against hers; his whisper rumbling against her skin like a warning thunder."
- "Something like panic, or was it anticipation, rent from her chest; the fraudulent feelings making a riot of her senses."
- "Hope slipped loose like a tendril of her hair on the wayward wind. The sound of their struggle like a reverb intruding upon the crisp winter silence."
As the book went on, you got the history, and I connected a bit more, but I still struggled with them.
I felt like the rest of the story got lost in the middle there somehow. So, if you are looking for more of a romance, this is the book for you. A story with meaning. Probably choose another read.