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Ex Convict

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Hope Manson ruled her school senior year. When a girl in her class, Jenny, spreads a rumor about Hope, an attempt of getting even ends with Jenny dead and Hope in prison for man-slaughter. Six years later, she is let out with one goal in mind- to make a difference.
A difference for Jenny.
Hope will be anything but selfish.

Wes Styles is an asshole.
He is controlling, self obse
Published May 12th 2014 by Ashley Beale (first published May 11th 2014)
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1.75 stars

Long review. I like/hate this book. Why will be apparent, just hang in there.

So before novella began, h decided to roofie a bitchy, mean girl who spread rumors about the h having herpes. As a prank, the h wants to secretly film the MG as a bunch of hot guys hit on her as a joke hoping it will make her embarrass herself. Did I mention this was high school? And that the h is the most horrific of high school Queen B's? You know the one everyone really wished evil on because she was such a
Ashley Beale
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I believe that Ex Convict MAY be the sexiest book I've written to date. Wes Styles is something fierce ;) This book deals with intense situations, such as bullying. We all have a history. We all have regrets. Ex Convict shows how Hope deals with her past- and how it helps mold her into who she is today (six years after accidentally killing someone). This is a book you will either LOVE or a book you'll be shaking your head at... either way, I hope its one you enjoy. One that gets under your skin. ...more
Ajs  Book Reviews
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I was lucky enough to Beta read for the author**

Hope had everything handed to her and was popular. She thought she was cool. She was a bully. Her intentions ended up turning into something bad, landing her in a place that she never thought she would be.

Wes is dominant. Hes cocky, arrogant and most definitely not looking for love. What started as a one night stand, has him catching feelings.

This book is just above and beyond good! I was really sad in the beginning, with what had happened. I
Amy Stephens
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In Ex Convict, we meet Hope and learn why she's spent the last few years locked away. Upon her release from prison, she finds a job working through several schools working and speaking to students all while living in a home that provides assistance to individuals like herself.

Hope meets super hot Wes and sparks fly, but he still doesn't know her secret. An incredible relationship forms between the two of them and you will not be disappointed all the way t
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok

“You know when you watch a movie and there is always that evil girl that never gets a happy ending? That girl, that is me. I am her. I don't deserve a happily ever after.”

Really?! --'
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of any kind of bullying. Even though this book touched on it and it's repercussions. It seemed like it was something you could see in everyday life. I won't sit here and say girls are always nice. Girls can be some of the meanest people walking around. Especially those in high school fighting over some boy. I liked the fact that the principal of the local high school gave Hope a chance to come in and talk with the students and share her story with them. Maybe if someone did that w ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hope Manson is a mean popular girl in high school when she concocts the ultimate plan for humiliation on someone who is spreading rumors about her one night at a party…unfortunately even the best laid plans have a way of not working out. Hope is convicted of manslaughter and serves 6 years in prison wallowing in her own guilt and promising to become a better person for Jenny. Vowing never to fall in love and feeling that she does not deserve to she is released from prison after serving her time. ...more
Angela Ruble Scott
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my 4 star review for Ex Convict by Ashley Beale for Eskimo Princess Book Reviews.

Ex Convict is about Hope Manson and her adjustment to life after 6 years in a woman’s prison. Hope had it all; beauty, popularity, and a loving family. One fatal mistake left her with nothing. Will Hope be able to make a difference in the world telling her story? Will she be able to accept love after what she has done?

Wes Styles is all about himself. He is handsome, successful and doesn’t trust women. He nev
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Tortured Stars

Rumors can be deadly. Just ask Hope Manson. After a girl in her class - Jenny - spreads a rumor about Hope, getting even becomes a main priority. Despite Hope’s intentions, the prank she planned to pull on Jenny turns terribly wrong. The result - Hope is convicted of manslaughter in Jenny’s death. Six years pass and Hope is determined not to let Jenny’s death pass in vain.

Upon her exit from prison, Hope has to live in a half-way house. Everyone in her life abandon her after sh
Linda Dunn chilson
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Hope made a big mistake 6 years ago and it cost someone their life. She goes to prison to pay for that, now she's out but she doesn't feel like she can ever forgive herself or that she deserves to be forgiven. The first night she gets out of prison she meets Wes. He is not very nice but that's fine with Hope since she doesn't feel like she should be treated well. He starts out using her but even right from the first down inside he knew she was di
Cat G.
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I enjoyed reading EX Convict. The blurb got me interested and this was a quick read for me because the story just flowed easily. I had never read anything by this author and was pleasantly suprised with her work. Bullying is a very big issue now days and I'm glad she touched on the subject in this book. It made it more realistic for me and I think more people will read it because of that reason. I felt so bad for Hope and just wanted to smack Wes but the story wouldn't have worked any other way ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC for an honest review**


Ex Convict is a sexy and captivating story of Hope and Wes. Hope is just out of prison and trying to figure out a life after killing someone. She was a bully in high school. Hope was the top-dog and it ended up with murder. Now that she is out of prison, she is continuing her punishment by wanting to feel dirty and used. Wes is hot and an asshole. He uses women, screws them and takes what he wants. Wes wonders what makes Hope keep coming back and
P.L. Jenkins
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was thankful to receive this from Ashley early. I have always have a love for her books. There is always a love story. Well this one was amazing. Your introduce to Hope as a teenager and how she got into the situation. When she gets released we get to meet Wes and let me tell you Wes is mmmmm well MINE haha i love that he is a arrogant asshole. He doesn't do love and he loves to be a dick. This book sent me over the edge with emotion i wanted to hate Hope and Wes but than pages later i would b ...more
Maria Lazarou--Obsessed by Books Blog
**I received an ARC for an honest review**

This is my first book by Ashley and I was pleasantly surprised.
The story follows Hope after she is released from prison after servicing 6 years for manslaughter.

Hope feels extreme remorse for what she has done and now feels like she doesn't deserve anything good.
The story shows the acts of a bully and the consequences of her actions after the bulling goes wrong. It also shows how one person can change for the good.

Wes is a playboy at heart but things cha
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one. I didn’t love it, but I like it a lot. I'm glad that I read this book and I recommend it.

This is a difficult subject, school bullying. I liked how the author wrote this story and that it was through the eyes of a bully.

After the incident Hope become a public speaker and giving speeches against bullying. These speeches were good.

"I was once told, never live life with regrets, but that person never killed anyone," I start my speech.

I'm honest and
Anne Milne
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hope is 'that' girl it school, the popular one, the leader of the pack, the one who thinks everyone is beneath her. When a prank goes tragically wrong Hope's life as she knew it was over. Six years later she is determined to make amends and become a better person for Jenny. She meets Wes, who at the start is a bit of an asshole and treats her badly but Hope thinks that what she deserves. Both of them are sworn off relationships but end up having one anyway, there is a twist in the story concerni ...more
Jeni Finch
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Wow is all that I can say...
This was not what I was expecting when I started this...
But I loved it! It was a very fast read and cannot wait for more of her work.

This book was really great and I enjoyed the characters....
I love how they are portrayed.
I was very glad to know that I never saw that coming
when I started this book.... I was at first worried that it would be predictable....
OH boy was I wrong!
This was a great book and like I said I cannot wai
Linda Rimer-Como
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has several different aspects that lead to an amazing story. A bullying incident turns tragic and lives are forever changed. Hope loses six years of her young life and is forever changed. Wes is dominate, arrogant and doesn't believe in love. Hope feels she deserves to be used by people, The author has written a touching story with detailed characters you follow on their emotional journey. Tragedy brings resolve, you can then find love, for yourself and others. Truly loved this story a ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given an advance copy for my honest review.

Wes and Hope were an unlikely pair. They were both sure they didn't want to find love and were determined to live their lives alone. They fight their attraction to each other but in the end their love conquered their fears.

I would have liked to see a bit more depth in the characters. The events that occurred between the last chapter and the epilogue would have been great to read. I loved the story line and the lessons learned about bullying.
Tricia Vandusen
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started this book expecting a "fantasy" type of story. I was pleasantly surprised to find it very realistic! I really like the way you follow the characters thru their range of emotions. In a perfect world, bullying would never be an issue. Unfortunately, it does. I feel this book was beautifully written!! I know this is a book that I will read again!!!! ...more
Stephanie Marshall
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hope Manson had it all, or at least that is what she thought. She was on top of the world in high school did not believe anything could touch her. Hope found out quickly one night just how you can lose everything in an instance. When a prank goes terribly wrong, Hope must pay for her mistakes. While serving time, she makes a pledge that she would not be selfish and would devote her time after release to help Jenny’s name and memory live on.
Wes Styles is the typical playboy; gorgeous, can get any
Christina Concus  (Midnight Reads)
** I was lucky enough to Beta read this for Ashley.**

After reading this the first thing I thought of was "Tragedy to Love!!!" This is the best way I can describe Ex Convict.

Hope---She had everything she ever wanted handed to her. She thought she was Queen B and that everyone should look up to her and do things her way. The only thing is all of this led to her fall, which ended up landing her in the one place that she never though she would be.

Wes---He is a dominant male, who is also very cocky.
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ex Convict by Ashley Beale was one of those narratives that I got so engrossed and emerged in that I forgot to highlight and bookmark my favourite quotes. A lover of books, and reviewer this isn’t something I usually do. I absolutely loved it the characters had so much heart. This book was full of sexy and I really enjoyed reading. In Ex Convict, the narrative dismantles the after prison sentence of Hope, as she is released from prison. I loved how Hope met Wes and how the narrative grew about l ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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OMG Ashley Beale goes and blows it out of the water yet again! I've read three of Ashley's books so far and with each being very different, I loved them immensely. She did NOT disappoint with Ex Convict. It had drama, excitement, hot, steamy sex and tear at the heart moments. It was so good I kept prolonging the book because I hated it to end.

Hope wanted to be a better person. She wanted to be better for Jenny, the girl Hope went to prison for killing. She meets Wes, who is a hot alpha male and
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I really enjoyed this story and once I started it, I did not want to put it down.

Hope is "that" girl, the popular one who had it all until a bullying incident goes tragically wrong and forever changes her life. 6 years later Hope is determined to become a better person for Jenny.

Wes is an ass. He is all about himself, successful and a man whore. He refuses to lose control of his life and give his heart to anyone, that is until he meets Hope at a party and their chemistry is off the charts.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like it a really lot!

It was a moment at the end that I was screaming at my tablet "no no no no this can't be happening please no!"
It's a book that have u hanging from it till the very end.

I can't lie I I had most light readings till now but I have deep readings too but that was a "new deep" for me.
I was heart broken in many parts of the book and I admit there was scenes a spread a tear.
This book gives a new optic view to me in some topics that I hadn't thought that way till now.

Danielle Calabrese
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
For the most part I really enjoyed this book. I felt the story line was a little different than what is out there right now, but I did feel a little disconnect at times. I wanted to really feel what Hope was feeling in her guilt, but it fell a little short for me. I also was a little put off by the whole side situation with Wes's friend. I don't really think that was needed, but obviously with the four star rating it didn't ruin the book for. I would definitely read more from this author! ...more
Natasha Davis
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in less than 24 hours and loved oh so much in the prologue you meet hope she is the kind of girl I would hate in school after a bullying campaign goes to far she is left facing 6 years in prison after being released you see a new hope who I loved enter the gorgeous wes and wow you have a story I loved that this book had the alpha male role and also had the suspense of a thriller loved from beginning to end will read more by this author
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this down.....

once I was able to sit down and read this book I couldn't stop. it pull you in at every turn. I am left wondering what happen to them all. Wes and Hope are not two people you think would book up but it work so well.

Ashley wonderful book. I'm excite to read more of your work.
Tara Horn
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I enjoyed this book, the message about bullying came across really strongly. It was quite a page turner and towards the end i couldn't put it down as it got really exciting. Wes and Hope are totally different to each other and that's what makes the story so engaging. I like a good HEA story and this one didn't disappoint, wii definitely be reading some more of Ms Beale's books. ...more
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Ashley Beale, 30, lives in the beautiful state of Maine with her children. She is an International Bestselling Author of Forgive Me, with over a dozen other titles- and more to come!

Ashley has always had a hidden passion for writing, and a not-so-hidden fixation of telling stories. She followed her dreams by publishing her first novel, Burning Attraction, in July of 2013.

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