Saturday, November 14, 2015

Lauren & Barb's Review... Scattered Ashes

Scattered Ashes (Ashes to Ashes, #1)
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.

Buy Links:
Amazon  US: AU : CA : UK
Amazon Paperback

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~~ Lauren’s Review~~

First off I want to thank Annie and HEA Book Tours for giving me this in exchange for an honest review.

I could not put this down once I started reading. Annie Anderson did not disappoint.

Scattered Ashes is the story of Aurelia Constantine and her soldier, Rhys, who are both Phenix's.

After escaping the grasp of her Primary after the death of her husband and unborn daughter, Aurelia spends the next century looking over her shoulder waiting for them to find her. Rhys Stevens, the man who killed Aurelia's husband and helped her escape after being forced to make a choice to save the life of his best friend or the woman he loves (who happened to be married to his best mate) he pays for that decision until finally, they are brought together and Rhys makes Aurelia see that there is more to the story then she knows. Just when they start to let their guards down, their primary Iva (the real one behind all this) finds her and sends more soldiers to capture them both. Hurting Aurelia will Rhys and vice versa because of a bond Iva put on them.

With the help of Evan, West and the Wraiths, Aurelia and Rhys set to put things right. Did they succeed or does Iva win?

You should go find that out!

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~~ Barb’s Review ~~

For the love of all that is holy and fiery....

Wait before I get into this let me thank Annie Anderson and HEA Book Tours for allowing me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Annie Anderson and I can promise you it won't be the last. Not even a chance of that happening.

I love paranormal reads. Period. One of my favorites and I've read many wonderful books but this one, Scattered Ashes is different than anything I have read to date. That's saying a lot. In a special new love for the Phoenix. It's not only a mythological creature but one that pulls your attention in. And pair that new found love with a wicked part of me that the wraiths hold and we've got a match made in fire. And I'm sorry but a big ass, hunky man who has to watch the woman he loves but can't touch cause she hates his guts... dynamite!

When we meet Aurelia she is not a happy little damsel in distress. No. Not even close. Girlfriend is one shady, twitchy, trigger happy woman. Ha! Can't blame her though. Know the saying, "fire hot, fire burn"? If you don't, learn it. And Rhys... poor misunderstood, judge man has his work cut out for him. As her warrior he is bonded to Aurelia. Should be a match made in heaven. Two hot tempered warriors fighting side by side.... but it's far from that.

Their past is keeping them apart. But when danger approaches Rhys is there to "save the day". Thing is... Our sweet, feisty little hottie doesn't need much help. And If she did, she'd not admit it. She hates him. He loves her. It's a slow building hurricane that as it grows gets more and more hearty. Aurelia takes them to a "safe house" in the mountains. Her friend Evan (who I frigging love, cause she is bad-ass) has her dad’s place ready when they get there. They are not there alone though. The king of wraiths, aka Evan's dad is there with his minions are hiding out as well.

Thing is it seems the she-bitch, I mean Queen of the Phoenix's is on a mission to use her minions to take out both Ari and Rhys. Bitch should know better than that. It’s not that easy. With her gift of foresight she gets a really good idea of what is going to happen…. but things never go quite as hoped. So when Ari is taken by the queen and held captive for days on end she’s a bit pissy when she wakes up. Seems she doesn’t like being caged anymore than anyone else. Ari gets herself out of dodge just in time to see Rhys, Evan and the gang there to save her. Oops. She took all the fun out of it. Dang stubborn woman.

You think it ends there? Then you would be wrong. The real fight starts then. A game of cat and mouse of the supernatural proportions. Seems while she was captive the queen found a way to push aside the one gift keeping the she beast of of Aurelia’s head. So now it’s a mental fight for her as the others fight to defeat the physical threat that surrounds them. Defeat is not an option. In order to stave off anymore unnecessary killings, saving not only the phoenix's but the wraiths as well. Freedom comes at a cost that they are all willing to put their lives on the line for. But is it too late for them? You will have to see for yourself.


About the Author:

Annie Anderson is originally from Dallas, Texas but has lived in England, Las Vegas (because Las Vegas and the state of Nevada are two very different places), New Mexico, Illinois, Florida and Georgia. 

As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two kids, and an old man of a dog.

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