Fragments of Ash (A Modern Fairytale, #7)

Fragments of Ash (A Modern Fairytale, #7)

by Katy Regnery

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~"Katy Regnery's latest fairy-tale romance not only challenges the fundamental elements of the trope but puts a high-powered, thrilling twist to Cinderella's story." --Kamrun Nesa, USA Today

~"Fragments of Ash is Katy at her storytelling best and I could not put it down!" --Mia Sheridan, New York Times Bestselling Author

~"A gripping, gritty, unforgettable fairy tale that sets the senses on fire and burns its way into the heart." --Pam Godwin, New York Times Bestselling Author

From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!

My name is Ashley Ellis…

I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched "work" he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier's clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father

…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.** 

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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

~The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast)
~Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel)
~Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood)
~Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot)
~Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid)
~Shear Heaven (Rapunzel)
~Fragments of Ash (Cinderella)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155690276
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: A Modern Fairytale , #7
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,781
File size: 502 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy's first novel was published in September 2013.

Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.

Katy's first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy's boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy's Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.

Katy's books are available in English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish. Her books soon will be available in German and Hebrew.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese cat create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Connect with Katy:

Website: http://www.katyregnery.com

E-mail: katy@katyregnery.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatyRegnery

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katharineregner/

Twitter:@KatyRegnery

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7211470.Katy_Regnery

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Fragments of Ash (A Modern Fairytale, #7) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This is a modern day twist on the fairytale of Cinderella and had me riveted from the first to the last chapter. Katy Regnery wove an intriguing tale that had me on the edge of my seat as I read. Ashley Ellis is running from her wicked stepfather, the head of the Raumann crime family and his son’s who have plans for her that are terrifying. With the help of her godfather Gus, Ashley escapes but hot on her trail determined to take her back, dead or alive. There was so much danger, suspense, heartache and angst that Ms. Regnery had my head spinning at times. The writing was strong and the fear that Ashley felt was at times palpable as she did her best to escape the terror that had become her life. I really loved Ash and her determination, with the help of her Uncle Gus and his boyfriend Jock, to escape the future that her stepfather has mapped out for her. When she meets and falls for Julian I just swooned. Having been hurt in the past, Julian does not intend to allow himself to become vulnerable to love again. However Julian is a man who knows what is right from wrong and he to is determined to help Ashley. One click this book, it’s a little dark, a little twisted but one heck of a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Chloe Trivelpiece More than 1 year ago
A Modern Fairy Tale I really enjoy the retelling of famous fairy tales with a twist. Fragments of Ash is Ms. Regnery's retelling of Cinderella. This is the story of Ashley and Julian.  But it's a story about so much more. This story is gritty and dark.  Not the dancing mice and fairy godmothers.  This is about a young girl that is forced to grow up too soon.  This is about a mother's love and courage. This is a story with sweet romance too, it reminds me of old fashioned love. Julian has been burned and burned bad.  He is scared to trust and scared to let himself feel again.  But he cannot help but feel deeply for Ashley.  It's almost like beauty and the beast when they first meet. I loved how Ms. Regnery put her own spin on this classic tale.  You could see glimpses of the tale in characters names and their personalities.  I wasn't able to put this story down until I was finished. You get your happily ever after.  You get your love amongst all odds.  You get everything you enjoy in a classic fairy tale with a modern twist!  I can't wait to read what comes next from this author!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: I place a premium on being heard, since so few people in my life have cared to listen. That boy gives you tingles in the tinderbox? Well, hell. Let him strike a match already. My Review: A clever title for Ashley’s tragic and angsty tale of woe, one she later learned that had actually been far worse for her deceased mother. In a creative flip from Cinderella, Ashley had a vicious and malevolent stepfather and twin stepbrothers. She fled to her only source of support and found herself in hiding with a sumptuous yet cranky and disgraced ex-Secret Service Agent. I enjoyed this engaging fairytale retelling, which was laced with elements of suspense, a coming of age and slow burn romance, loads of family drama, and a delightful bit of steam near the end. The characters were intriguing, the premise was entertaining, and the writing was emotive, heart-squeezing, and well paced.
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Dani_the_Bookaholic More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and author, Katy Regnery, for sending me a copy of FRAGMENTS OF ASH (A MODERN FAIRYTALE #7) in exchange for my honest review. ~~~ This review was originally posted on my blog: my nickname dot com on October 1, 2018. ~~~ This adaptation of Cinderella is not going to be what you expect it to be. It is more of a hide-and-wait love story than it is a run-for-your-life story like the synopsis suggests its going to be. While the story is kind of a reverse adaptation of Cinderella, with Ashley’s mother dying, Ashley is left with her step-father and step-brothers, who are cruel and mean. But from here, the connections to Cinderella stop - that is other than Ashley finding her prince charming! Ashley’s step-father has made it his mission to take Ashley as his wife, and he will do anything to make this happen. Naturally, Ashley doesn’t want to be married to her cruel and vicious step-father, so she runs away to her Godfather, Gus, who helps hide her away from him. It is in hiding that she meets Julian, her not-so-friendly knight-in-shinning-armor. With Julian, Ashley sits and waits. Either for her step-father to find her or for the FBI to finally get involved and take him down for his crimes. I guess I should have seen it coming that Fragments of Ash was going to have almost zero action in it based on the cover, but I’m not one that likes to judge a book by its cover. And while I did find the beginning to be a little boring and fluffy, I did enjoy the read. It was interesting, because I could see the shift in the book while I was reading. I could tell that author Katy Regnery enjoys and is a lot more comfortable writing the meat of the story, and not so much with the beginning or history behind the story. The beginning was not only a struggle for me to read, but I believe a struggle for Katy to write. Once you hit that turning point (which is right around when Julian’s sister comes to visit), the story takes off running and was an easy, fun, and flirtatious read with a dash of angst. I enjoyed the book so much from here that I have found myself thinking about the characters a few times since, something that only good books can make a person do! If you’re looking for a dark but flirty twist of the old tale Cinderella, then pick up a copy of Fragments of Ash! From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix. —Dani Dani's Score out of 5:
fantasylandblog More than 1 year ago
I have not read or heard of Katy Regnery before. When I saw this cover from another author facebook page I loved it, and then read the blurb I thought WTH. WOW. Where have I been! I loved the twist and turns she gave this book. And I love how she turned Cinderella around. This is a dark and stormy read that brings you into a whole new world. I never have read such a different twist on a fairytale and I loved it. I felt for Ashley right off the bat. That poor girl never had a chance until. Now that she is stuck with her step-father and brothers she is in so much more trouble. When she gets to her fairy godfather. Gus is able to hide her and save her for a while. While Ashley is in hiding she finds her prince in a ruff and rugged ex-secret serviceman named Julian. Who has his own past that he is running from. I loved this story and will be going to purchase the others to read!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A twisted, retelling of Cinderella is exactly up my alley. I am a sucker for fairytale retells of any type but especially when they are twisted. Evil-stepmother is now an evil-stepfather. Evil stepsisters are now evil stepbrothers. Fairy godmother is now fairy godfather. You get the idea. It is awesome, wonderful, and perfect. Ashley was dealt a raw deal on life yet she doesn’t have that oh poor me attitude, she accepts things for what they are, knows that she doesn’t want to settle for the life she is given, and is not willing to bend to the stepfather’s rules. I liked that she did what she had to just to survive but she also did what was needed to become a better person than her mother and achieve the goals that she wanted. I liked that she took a risk in life and knew that it was the only way that she could escape the life her mom left her in. Julian and Ashley together were a slow, hot, and beautiful friendship. They were thrown together by the fairy godfather and were not happy about it but it was in Ashley’s best interested for her to be with Julian. Instantly there was an attraction, a heat, but neither of them acted on it. Julian because he had been burned by a past relationship, Ashley because she was new to relationships. It was wonderful to watch they come together as friends, confidents, and eventually something more. Katy Regnery is an author that I am excited to read more of. I am a fan of fairytales and she has proven to be a talented writer of them.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery is the seventh standalone contemporary romance novel in her Modern Fairytale series. A chilling adaptation of the story of Cinderella that is well-written and well-paced slowly dishing out a secret here and there until finally the story comes together for the reader and for the characters involved. Ashley's mom was a teen mom who hit it big in the modeling world. At some point the world was made to believe that Ashley was the younger sister of Tig, NOT her daughter. This deception continued beyond the death of Ashley's mother and the subsequent advances of her step-father - who believed Ashley to be his sister-in-law. Regardless, the step-father, Mosier, is a dirty, bad man and Ashley manages to escape his clutches and run to the only friend she has left in the world. Julian is comfortable with his peaceful life at the rural farmhouse he is renting from Gus and Jock. He is making his glassware, minding his own business until they inform him they are letting their friend stay there. It is explicit in his lease that they can, at any time, let out the second floor of the home but he never expected such an invasion of privacy. When he lays eyes on the beauty that will be sleeping under the same roof as him, he is even more infuriated as he feels an instant attraction towards her and is annoyed by his inability to control his physical attraction. Ahley's future hangs in the balance and it is up to those closest to her, her forced roommate Julian with the dreamy eyes and her godfather Gus and his Prince Charming, Jock. Will they be enough to keep her evil step-father and his twin sons / henchmen at bay? Enjoy!
WendyBookWhore More than 1 year ago
Fragments of Ash is yet another amazing modern fairytale by Katy Regnery. This novel is a very opposite twist on the classic Cinderella story. Ashley feels all alone in the world and has been sent away to a very strict boarding school. She returns to her home after her mother unexpectedly passed. Her stepfather and stepbrothers are there and things are not anything as she expected. She feels more scared and alone as she returns to school. Ashley confides some of her concerns to the priest at the school whom she views as a true confidant and actual father figure. He encouraged her to seek out her godfather who is the only other person Ashley feels she can trust. She is able to meet her godfather who then sets her up in a home with a man already living in the house. Julien is not happy about his new housemate but eventually comes to terms with her presence. Tensions rise with Ashley's family situation all the while her situation with her housemate is evolving as well. This really is a page turner. The reader becomes so invested in Ashley and Julian while also feeling for the side characters too. This novel certainly has a huge build up. The reader keeps expecting everything to happen sooner but the author really works us up only to hold out just a bit longer. Overall, a great read. Highly recommended. Fragments of Ash is a stand alone. The author does have several other modern fairytale novels which are also all excellent reads but unrelated to this story.
Jess_Bookish_Life More than 1 year ago
"Fragments of Ash" is a Cinderella inspired story, a retelling that took some unexpected changes that I loved and think made this story so awesome and every decision in terms of characters, background story and personality made sense to me. In this book, Ashley's mother is the one that gets married and then passes away, plus she wasn't that motherly towards her and Ashley was consider her sister instead of daughter. So, our heroine is left with her step-father and step-brothers that are cruel and have they own plot going on. Ashley's step-father wants to take her as his wife, and to escape that fate she runs away to her Godfather, Gus. Are you intrigued? Well, it gets better, because it's during her time hiding that she meets Julian, and he's the supposedly knight-in-shinning-armor. And then things get flirtatious. So, oh my, oh my... I loved to read about their relationship developing and how things turned out in the end. And as the slow and intense romance develops through the pages, we get to learn a lot about the characters and page after page, not only the romantic scenes, I got to see Ashley's transformations. That development was something I loved too. Because in the end it all made sense and it made the book feel like real life. It was an emotional rollercoaster with a lot of drama, romance and raw at some points. This story was about helplessness, consent and so many darker subjects, but it was also about hope and friendship and even finding love and learning about our strength and the freedom we have in our minds, hearts and that we had the right to own in our lives. I honestly don't want to give a lot of details about some of the scenes I love because it may bring spoilers, but believe me when I say that despite not being over the top action book, it has some amazing moments that made me happy, excited to know more, cry and even laugh. And all those emotions came because I was invested in knowing more about Ash and in seeing if she could find the happiness she deserved. Overall, this was a book that touched my heart. It was emotional, it was exciting, it was a great romance book, and I liked that it was inspired by one of my favorite fairytales, and I can't wait to read the others.
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
Fragments of Ash is a dark modern retelling of Cinderella, as with the others in the fairytale series. Ashley was the child of a famous model Tig, who had a terrible upbringing with her mother being very young and famous she spent her childhood watching Tig spaced out on drugs and alcohol. When Tig was broke and her career over, and marries Mosier and they move into a mansion which is more like a fortress. Immediately Ash’s life changes and Mosier takes control of their everyday life. After an unhappy time for the last 5 years the only time Ashley felt happy was at Catholic boarding school. Suddenly her mother is dead, and her step-father tells her his plan for her future. Ashley more alone and afraid she escapes to God father Gus as he helps to protect her. This is a great book, I always love Katy’s modern take on the old fairy tales, but I think this is one of my favourites. As we all know our dear Ashley finds more than safety when she hides out with Julien and ex-secret service man who licking his wounds. They both find what they were looking for when they fall in love, but with the her step-father on their tail nothing is easy. 
sheilamiss56 More than 1 year ago
5+stars Oh my goodness! Fragments of Ash is one of the best books I have ever read! It is frightening, suspenseful, sad and romantic. KATY REGNERY has written an emotional masterpiece that will cause you to feel, really feel the journey of discovery that Ashley undertakes. The good characters are wonderful, the bad characters have no souls, and the others? Just flawed people - and very much human. This is a book that I could not put down. My heart raced and my stomach ached, and I prayed for a happy ending. The author tied all loose ends and gave us a lovely HFN ending. She leaves the door open for a sequel, but if she ends the story here, you are not disappointed!
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
Fragments of Ash was such a good read. I finished this book in one sitting. It's hard to write a review for this book without giving much away but I enjoyed the storyline a lot. It has a bit of suspense so that keeps readers on the edge of their seat. I knew something was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. I felt bad for Ashley and Teagan who I think just needed to be loved in the right ways. I also felt bad for Damon and Anders who lost one parent and had to live with their evil dad Mosier. Ashley, Tegan, Damon and Anders deserved better. I never expected that little twist with Anders and in a way I was glad it happened, he deserved to experience love. I enjoyed Ashley, Gus, Jock, Julian and Noelle characters, they were all enjoyable. It took me a while to warm up to Julian but in the end he pulled through and he had his own problems but it wasn't as bad as I thought. The only thing that was missing a little for me what the passion between Ashley and Julian. Yes, I believed they fell in love with each other but I would have loved to see more passion between them and not in a steamy bedroom way but in a more romantic way. Other than that this is a story I think readers will enjoy, I know I did and I look forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — So I’ve had an up and down ride with Ms. Regnery’s fairytales, and I was worried about whether this one was going to be a hit for me or not. I am so extremely relieved to say I LOVED it! It sucked me in right from the start, and made it hard to put down when I got tired reading in bed!! I just wanted to know how our fair Ashley was going to fair, and the ending was so worth it!! As is clearly noted in the blurb, this is a dark story. I’ve added trigger warnings to my review, but I feel that the blurb does an adequate job of giving the correct feel for the book, so there should be no unexpected surprises. I appreciated that while we learn enough to understand the horror that is living with Mosier, and there are a few disturbing and uncomfortable scenes, Ms. Regnery does not sensationalize the darkness, or use it for shock value…or at least I didn’t feel she did. Ashley was an interesting heroine to follow. Her upbringing molded her into a very naive and sheltered young woman…and I truly felt that. The religious views she held often made me uncomfortable, and I’m not sure how I feel about the role religion played in the story…but I tried explaining my feelings in an earlier rendition of this review, and it just got convoluted, so I’ll leave it at that. Ashley was a perfect example of a troubled young woman who’s trying so hard to become the opposite of her mother. I fully understood how she came to be who she was. I can’t decide how I feel about the constant reminders of her beauty. I understand why it was there…it is an element of who Cinderella is. But it felt…odd. However, I loved the way she tackled it when talking to Julian. And she truly exhibited the kindness that Cinderella is also known for. In the end I liked her, but I had reservations about her. Julian, on the other hand, was pretty easy to love. Even though he enters the story further in, I felt like we still got to know who he was and what he was about. I was glad that his cold attitude wasn’t dragged out too long. I thought the glimpses we saw of his backstory, and seeing him with his sister really helped to make him well rounded, and easy to love. Their romance was actually pretty sweet in the end. I mean, yes, we got the steam as well. But the parts I loved the most were their connections over conversations…their smiles and crushing on one another. Even though the romance was fast in some ways, I believed in it, especially under the circumstances in which it developed. They gave me butterflies, and little smiles, and had me rooting for them to work out. Their romance felt true, and selfless. Oftentimes I’m more about the characters than the plot in a story, but I actually felt like the underlying plot was very compelling…it had a great suspense feel, with just enough breaks to give us some character development. I was also surprised that I ended up enjoying the little interludes with Ashley’s mother’s diary, and seeing the twists that story took that, while hinted at, was still more intriguing that I anticipated. Shout out to a strong set of secondary characters, from Father Joe to Gus and Jock to Noelle to even a certain love interest. They all added to the story and to the development of our main characters. So yeah. I’m a pretty happy girl. It’s always nice when you go into a book with reservations and then are pleasantly surprised and blown away!
B2BKristina More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you didn't know, I'm a sucker for fairytale remakes. This one is a bit rough around the edges, dark and a bit twisted. Though so are most fairytales...remade or not. Ash is a sweet, innocent young woman with a messed up childhood. All her life she's made to lie about who she really is and it's rather sad. For not having much stability at all in her life on top of the crazy she sees her mother surrounding herself with, she still turns out to be a genuinely good person. I guess seeing things from her perspective will have you making sure you don't turn out a certain way or take a certain road in life. Unfortunately for Ash, her beauty catches the eye of a really sick mother trucker. It's pretty twisted the way things end up for her mother and her, but it all leads her to Julian. A sexy, broody, mysterious, d-bag, to put it bluntly. Okay, behind his broody exterior, you find out why he portrays himself that way and when he realizes Ash is in danger, his protective nature kicks in and we see the man behind the mask. This story does end with a happily ever after, but for me, tears were shed before I got it. There were a few steamy scenes, but it takes you awhile to get to, a bit of a slow burn. I was filled with so much anticipation, wanting to know when we would face that ugly as sin step-monster once again. My heart hurt for Ash and the life she missed out on living with Tig. But, I was happy that even though life dealt her a disappointing hand, she ended up getting her prince charming and hopefully her forever happily ever after. Looking forward to checking out the other books in this series as well as this authors other works. She has a nice, easy way about the way she writes and it makes it so easy to fly through the pages. #B2BKRISTINA
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
I’ve one read one other ‘Fairytale’ story by Katy Regnery and I really enjoyed it. It didn’t quite prepare me for Fragments of Ash. I really felt for Ash and couldn’t help falling in love with her character. She had a lot to deal with and having a crazy, sexually delinquent step-father didn’t help. Thank goodness for her Godfather Gus and his adorable boyfriend Jock. They took good care of her and saved her from a life of well… we don’t want to think about ‘that’. I adored Julien to, even if he was Mr Grouchy, or tried to be, lol. Julien is living in a self-imposed exile, all alone except for his younger sister when she comes to visit him. He doesn’t know what to do with Ash when she’s suddenly shoved into his care. He’s attracted to her, but thanks to his past he finds it hard to trust anyone. Ash needs help, though and she’s so vulnerable that he can’t stop from blurring his own lines. This was a sweet, sad and sexy story, it had a dash of mystery and suspense thrown in too plus the murky, twisted element that was her step-dad. If you’re looking for something just a little bit different this weekend, then grab yourself a comfy seat and download this little gem today.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. Fragments of Ash is the 7th book in Katy Regnery’s Modern Fairytale series. It’s dark and slightly twisted take on Cinderella. Ashley Ellis was born out of wedlock when her mom was only 16 and has spent most of her life pretending that her mom is her sister. Her ex super model mom dies mysteriously and her puritanical grandparents abandon her to the care of her dangerously evil stepfather. When she finds out that he plans to have her take her mother’s place as his wife she flees to the only safe harbour she has her godfather Gus. To keep her safe Gus and his partner Jock hide her at a property Jock owns but rents out to glass artist and disgraced former secret service agent Julian Ducharme. The chemistry between Ashley and Julian is hotter than the glass he blows. Unfortunately her stepfather is looking for her and he wants her back alive or dead. Quite steamy. Publishing Date October 1, 2018 #FragmentsOfAsh #KatyRegner
BJsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.9 Stars Ash has spent the last five years at a Catholic boarding school. Before that, her life was a little crazy. Her mom - who had her when she was only 16 - was a world-famous supermodel. But drugs and alcohol destroyed her career. Then she was 'saved' by a rich guy when Ash was 13. He married her mom and sent Ash to boarding school. Now her mom is dead. And her stepfather - who thinks she's her mother's little sister - wants to marry her and do unspeakable things to her. WTF? With the help of her favorite priest and her godfather Gus, Ash tries to stay hidden from her crazy stepfather! They put her in a rental property owned by Gus's boyfriend Jock in Vermont as a roommate to a guy who isn't very welcoming ... but very sexy! Let the fun - and dangerous - times begin! ☺ ═══════════════════ Well ... that was ... interesting. And different. I loved it! You immediately fall in love with Ash and you feel sorry for her and her life. And of course we immediately hate her stepdad!! And we love uncle Gus and Jock and ... Julian. Phew. Julian! He's living in that house with his art and his cute dog. He's all alone except for his adorable sister who visits from College now and then. He's extremely attracted to Ashley, but he's been betrayed very badly only recently - which lost him his career ... But he has to help Ashley - he can't just let her get hurt on his watch! So very adorable! I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm not really totally in love with the cover - it didn't fit the story ... it looks like some kind of icy sports romance thing. Even though those are just normal Cinderella shoes and not ice skatey shoe thingies, but still! ☺ I think some people might walk right on by in the bookstore. BUT we don't judge a book by its cover. And the story inside the book was really great. Exciting. Adorable. Sad. Heartbreaking. A bit funny. Sweet. Sparky. Dangerous. A tiny little bit too much religion was in it for me, but it wasn't preachy or anything too bad. I could live with it.☺ It was a great first-love-finding-yourself-romantic-suspense story with some very dark elements in the form of Ashley's stepfather! I even cried some little tears - especially while reading mom's diary entries. Heartbreaking! ► FRAGMENTS OF ASH was such a beautifully sweet & innocent and exciting & dangerous love story! I adored Ashley and Julian! Run to your nearest amazon for your own copy - it will be sold out in no time!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ashley's tale is one of empowerment. Her heart may have been broken, but her spirit would not be contained. She refuses to be a victim of circumstance. That's what makes her an inspiration. Regnery turns one woman's heartache into a never-ending adventure of love loss, hope found and courage revealed. Fragments of Ash combines multiple genres to create a fantastical, captivating, irresistible, unforgettable, must have addition to any bookshelf.