Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Liquid and Ash by E.M. Abel

Title: Liquid & Ash
Author: E.M. Abel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: March 1, 2016


Love was my weakness. 
In the light of the truth, no one can hide. 

Derek had ignited a spark inside of my heart, a hope for a love I never expected to find. However, our connection lacked the substance it needed to burn. Weakened with resentment, our relationship crumbled under deception, slowly dissolving into ash.

I had sacrificed myself for him and paid the price.

By the time Brandon entered into my life, the longing in my heart had turned cold. But fate was not done with me. His crystal blue eyes and fluid touch revived a wish that had been frozen in time. He gave me hope once again. 

Hope is a dangerous thing, especially when you dare to dream.

**WARNING: This book contains adult content and drug use.

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4 Stars 
Review by Jen Skewes

I was so excited to read Liquid and Ash.  I have read EM Abel’s other books and just love her writing.  When I first started this book my emotions were all over the place.  I wasn’t sure what to make of the characters and at the same time was a little concerned at how this story would go.  Penny was having a hard time dealing with her failing marriage and the fact that her life is not where she wanted it to be, turning to alcohol and pot to help her cope.  Her husband was a selfish pig who I knew that I did not like from the beginning, her best friend acted like she was still in high school even though she was married and then there was the sexy bartender/drug dealer who I was not so sure about in the beginning.  But I am so glad that I kept reading this one, because in the end my heart went out to Penny and all that she went through.  EM Abel brought out a lot of emotions and threw in a twist that I never saw coming, making this one great emotional ride.  

Penny and Derek married not too long after they met.  But before meeting him she was on her way to fulfilling her dreams of becoming a nurse.  But once Derek proposed to her, she put her plans on hold for him.  But years later she is no longer the woman that she once was.  Because of betrayal and lies and losing herself throughout the years Penny has become a woman who is addicted to pills, pot and alcohol to help her through the day.  When she meets Brandon there is something about him but she is so afraid to go there.  Despite everything going on in her marriage she knows that being with him is wrong.  Until she finally gets the courage to stand up for herself and walk out on her douche of a husband.

Brandon has his own demons that he is fighting. And at first I was so unsure of him and what type of man he would be.  I wasn’t sure if he was good enough for Penny.  I felt for this woman so much.  I wanted to see her pick up the pieces of her life and become the woman that she always was.  She became the woman that she thought her husband wanted her to be and in the process completely lost site of who she really was.  But with Brandon it was so different.  She could be herself and she slowly started to become happy again.  But Penny still wanted to pursue her dreams and in doing so what would that mean for her and Brandon?  But the other big question is whether or not what they had meant anything to Brandon and could he give her more?

I admired Penny so much.  Once she left she was on the right track to making a life for herself.  She quit the addictions, she got a job and planned on getting her life back.  She was a bit hard to love in the beginning but I ended up loving her and admiring her strength.  The decisions that she started making in life were for her.  She was finally thinking of herself.  Everything about her journey just seemed and felt real. 

Brandon was also a little hard to love but he did grow on me.  He had a lot of demons.  I could see that he cared for Penny but I think he was just so scared and broken from his past that he could never see or admit what he felt.  Together they were hot and sexy and I loved that Brandon never wanted to hold her back.  

Liquid and Ash was an emotional read and I don’t mean in a sad way.  It was just that so many emotions surfaced for me in this book.  From anger and frustration to happy and at times sad.  And then there was the shocker!!  The twist that I did not see coming but yet it all made so much sense.  Well done Ms. Abel.  Overall I really loved this book.  I just wish we knew a little more about Brandon.  I think he was a great hero but if we knew more about his past, and even the time before he met Penny I would have felt more connected to him.  The ending also left me wanting more and I really hope to see more of them in the future.  This is a beautiful journey about finding the strength to move on from the hurt and pain and to be able to find yourself again. 

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Author Bio

E.M. Abel was born and raised a Marine Corps brat. She spent a large portion of her life moving and living in her mother's home country, Japan. As a result, she gained independence and a unique perspective on the world. The youngest of three girls, E.M. Abel spent a lot of time alone in her room writing or sketching in her journals and dreaming up stories. Growing up, she wrote poems, short stories and articles for her high school newspaper. She also fell in love with art and discovered her deep need for self-expression.

Now, a Navy wife with two small children of her own, she still loves being creative and most of all translating her stories into novels. E.M. Abel, now referred to as E or Em by her friends and readers, can often be found with her headphones on jamming out to punk rock, in a chair getting tattooed or cooking dinner for her kids and attending gymnastics practice. No matter what she's doing in her life, she's always sure to do it her way.

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