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The Heart's Ashes

(Dark Secrets #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,321 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Death never leaves us. Once it's touched our souls, it hungers for our return--waiting for us to fall. And if it finds Ara again, she will have no way to escape.

Moving on from David was hard, forgetting the abduction and torture was almost impossible, but nothing as devastating as the thought that now, because of her, David might face the horrific punishments of the Set.

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Published June 23rd 2012 (first published June 21st 2012)
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Khelsey Jackson
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ara-Rose is finally going to have what she always wanted, to be normal. She is marring a normal guy. Too bad she can’t stop thinking about the vampire that has her soul. Her Life with her new husband isn’t as easy as she wants it to be. Ara is push deeper into the vampire world by Eric. Her new vampire friend. He tells her everything that David wouldn’t. A.M. Hudson will lead you through a lot of ups and downs. But you will wonder if Ara-Rose gets everything she ever wanted.

This is book 3 in th
Tracey (Life and Literature)
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I want to swear so badly right now, because saying this book is good just doesn't cut it!!! But I have never sworn in a book review before. If I had the ability to write the way that this author does, then I would be able to find much better words to say what I feel. But, I can't, so I'm just going to go with the words that I have!!

The Heart's Ashes is so F**cking AMAZING!!!

I love this series and I love this author!! Angie Hudson has this incredible gift. The ability to create these characters
Ashley Williams
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Amara finally starts to get her life on track after her brutal attack, but what is life if your heart isn’t whole? Ara’s inner struggle between what is right, and what she wants is wearing her down. She has to deal with a very complex layer of emotions, including a new found lustful desire. The tangled web that Ara weaves, only thrusts her deeper into the vampire world. She confronts physical pain, emotional anguish, and deception, but the love of her new husband and family help her pull through ...more
Tricia Roy
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was my honor to embark on the journey of Ara-Rose. An amazing addition to this already addictive story line,and characters. The Heart's Ashes will entrap you in its web, hold tight till the last word is read, as you stare unable to turn from the book hoping that if you don't put it down the story will continue. I was connected with my own soul, to read and have nothing else exist, only to feel a tear roll down my own cheek.

"Then do it to save your life- for me, because what he will do to you
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is another hard road for star-crossed lovers, Amara and David. Wondering whether happily ever after is in the cards for them or not, this book will take the reader on an adventure that will leave them breathless. Captivating in its unexpectedness, heartbreaking in the love story of a vampire and a human. The reader will be taken to the top of the roller coaster only to suddenly fall back to earth with the quickly changing storyline. Best friend and first-love Mike, BFF Emily, sexy vampire Dav ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I've loved books one and two in this series and was not so patiently waiting for book three. I was frantic, addicted, and going through withdrawals wondering if Ara and Mike have a happily ever after, will she ever see David again, can he really let her go??? This book just "did" it for me for lack of being more eloquent. I was entrapped, the characters both old and new felt so much more real to me than they had in the previous books. I was proud of them, angered by them, and ashamed of them. T
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Amara faces many challenges. I found times where I wanted to scream for happiness as well as for fustration and sadness. As with real life not everything goes as we plan but it always plays out in the way it was meant to. Amara is learning how true that is. Ms. Hudson has created wonderful characters, those that you can love and those that you can hate but with a twist. You find that one you didn't trust, maybe you should to only find you can't afterall. The Heart's Ashes is a perf ...more
Melissa Williams
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A.M. does it again in book 3 of the Dark Secrets Series, I fell in love with book 1 could not wait for book 2, and finished book 3 with the burning desire for book 4. If it sounds like I am addicted to this series, you NAILED!! First, I would like to Thank Mrs. Hudson for the privilege to read and review the ARC version. She is amazing, she knows exactly how to grab her readers and keep them grounded, and chained to their seats with book in hand and never able to think of anything but what they ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Definitely the best book of the series so far. There were many twists and turns and plot developments that I did not predict. Ara’s character finally starts to grow, though she still spends much of the book confused about which man she should be with, David or Mike. The story delves deeper into the ways of the vampire society and their laws. You also get some insight as to how David used to be and why he did what he did. A new character befriends Ara towards the beginning of t ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written! The storyline gets better and better with each page. The individuals and events that take place within the book steal your breath away, leaving the readers with the feeling that they are living the story. You can see, hear, and taste the creative way the talented author bring each individual to our hearts with every words that is written. As each book comes out, it only gets better and better. Very captivating and blissfully satisfying! Can’t wait for the next book. Have to ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better! Ara is recovering from her attack and is trying to move forward, the twists and turns that follow will leave you on a roller coaster of emotions. One second you want to shake her, the next give her a hug. I laughed, cried and wanted to throw it down..but I couldn't stop reading! I can not wait for the next book since I am still full of questions!
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW!This book is really hard to put down! It has so many twist and turns that you can not guess how it is going to end. And I love that about it! This book will not let you down. I truly felt I was there with them. I love A.M. Hudson's style of writing and can not wait for the next book to come out!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book picks up after Ara is "lost" (I'm trying to avoid the spoiler alert so take what's in quotes as a really under elaborated meaning) and it's incredibly first. It's really all over the map emotion wise and the story gets a bit tangled up at times but it does seem to right itself frequently enough it can be overlooked.

It was nice to watch Ara get a little of what's coming to her for pushing and pulling on two men's hearts and just repeatedly hurting herself and them in th
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4 3/4 Stars!! This series keeps getting better and better! This was a very long book and I DID NOT WANT TO PUT IT DOWN!! Needless to say, I didn't get much done during the few days it took me to read it. Ms. Hudson has such a way with words and she has such an incredible ability to feed your brain each scene with such clarity without overdoing it. Many times I felt like I was living out each experience with the characters. I laughed out loud, I cried, I got angry, etc. The only negative about th ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin. This book has been my favorite so far, i went through endless emotions as the story progressed, expanding my mind and heart. Ara's journey has just began and though she's torn in which direction her heart or her mind for that matter will take her, i'm definitely glad i have the opportunity to feel as though i'm taking it with her. The author has taken such an amazing writing ability and shared it with all of us. I felt as though i was experiencing every heartach ...more
Rachel Palmer
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read some fantasy vampire stories..but I have to say this series is the best by far it keeps you gripped to your seat once you start you just can't put the book down..cannot wait till I can read lies in the blood.. :)
Tara Lee
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
First of all, stellar cover. I love, love, LOVE it. It's gorgeous. Love the font, the colors, everything. Gorgeous.

Ok... so The Heart's Ashes was sent to me as an advanced copy by the author, A.M. Hudson. And I'm really upset with myself that it took so long to read it. Because it truly is a wonderful book. I've just been in this funk which has resulted in a reading slump, so I wasn't doing much of ANYTHING. I got some reading done at my family reunion but that was about it.

Anyway... I'm not s
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another Great Book!!! just loved it!!
I am having a hard time writing a review though I wish I could write like A.M. Hudson then it would be a breeze!
I am one of the ever so lucky ones to of been able to pre read this book before it was published since i liked The Dark Secrets Series on FB I was able to jump in there and get a copy!!I'm so happy I don't think I could of waited much longer for it to be released!! So I had more 2 am nights and reading at work lol.
..I was pulled in immediately and
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First, I would like to say thank you to A. M. Hudson for giving me an ARC of this novel to read, that was so nice and greatly appreciated!

This novel is by far the longest so far in the series and contains so many plot twists that, on more than one occasion, I had to put the book down to stop from screaming. However, that is part of the joy of reading this series, because, as much as Ara, David, and Mike's lives are twisted and changed, there always remains this ever-continuing love.

To give one
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Juli Valenti
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok ... so this one was definitely better than Dark Secrets.

The ending (no spoilers) DID make me cry, and i felt in credibly sad...
But i had a real difficult time with the took me DAYS to finish it, when i usually read one this size in a day or less. I actually, at one point, walked away, with intentions of never finishing it.

Ara is still back and forth. But to me, it got worse. Mike? David? Eric? Jason? There are points in this book that she has 'love' feelings for all the men, and tha
AK Mama Reads
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paralove, favorites
Well talk about gut wrenching, if you thought book one broke your heart, it's nothing compared to The Heart's Ashes. Ouch. Once again we're drawn into Ara and David and Mike's world, and those that love deeply are often the ones that hurt the most. We are certainly seeing Ara start to realize her place in the scheme of things, even if she's reluctant to accept or admit it. I'm certainly hooked on this series at this point there's no way I won't read each book right away, even though I have tons ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This author has ways with words, almost like poetry it's clear she's a talented writer. There were elements I really liked about these books but I came to dislike Ara, even believed she had a personality disorder, bipolar at some point..psychotic and almost gave up on this third book(put it down many times) but the last half was a surprise.

I'm so relief! Everything made more sense and was explained. There were major reasons for these extremely ridiculous nonsenses. I strongly believe
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Carol by: The author!
This was an amazing book! It offered and delivered even more than the other two and they were amazing as well! It was an emotional roller coaster reading this book. As soon as I got used to feeling one emotion and got used to the way things were going BAM! It would though another emotion at me change directions! I drank a bottle of wine while reading this and about a pound of chocolate. I felt slightly bi-polar reading this as my emotions changed several times while reading it... I would be happ ...more
Tristan Kellis
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Tanya Lea
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Ok. I'll be honest, its a YA book, and I am a bit addicted to teenage drama. This is the first time that I have read a series where the books actually get better and better. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book and the second one pulled me in to read the third. However this installment, just wowed me! It was a combo of WTH moments and emotions. Kudos to the author, I cannot wait for the 4th book. Just an overall great vampire series.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. There is not one bad thing i could possibly say about it! A.M. hudson has created a magnificent and breath taking world. This story had me laughing, gasping, and crying my eyes out throughout the whole story. I was on the edge of my seat, literally, the entire time! I can't wait for book four!
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This series is the best one I've read so far. This book is by far the best. Through out the series I have cried, laughed, and been on the edge of my seat but this book was the most heart wrenching one of all. I sobbed like a baby. I felt every emotion through her captivating!!! Can't wait until the next one comes out....I know it's gonna be good.
Shyann sing
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ok im soo sad i have no ides in the world when this is coming out in barensandnobles ebooks and i just finished the other one and i cant wait to see how mike and aras marrage plays out i really wished that she had chosen david i also love how she doesnt refer to it as a book amara says it isnt a novel there are no happy endings and tlks bout how it would be eayrer if it were twighlight
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Other books in the series

Dark Secrets (6 books)
  • Dark Secrets (Dark Secrets, #1)
  • Mark of Betrayal (Dark Secrets, #3)
  • Lies in Blood (Dark Secrets, #4)
  • Echoes: Part One of Echoes & Silence (Dark Secrets, #5)
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