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Dark (Beautiful Ashes Series #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This is a dark, erotic, romantic thriller that contains elements which may be disturbing and offensive. If you are bothered or triggered by violence, torture, and abuse, please read with extreme caution. For a mature audience only!

Desperate people commit desperate acts.

All-consuming desperation led her to deceive herself, her sister, and the man she loves.

Keeley K
Published 2016 by The Greatest of These, LLC
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Elfina Renee
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was a first time read by Lora Ann. I'm soooo hooked! Phenomenal writing, the characteristics of the storyline; absolutely amazing!
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To a degree I want to hate Keeley. Her vices and addictions are overpowering. She doesn't care what lies she tells, who she hurts even if the person she hurts the most is herself. The monkey is always on her back and I'm not talking about the drugs you shoot up your veins but from what I've read she's not been a stranger to that either.
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'Q' aka CoCo
Jun 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a ride! This book took me through so many emotions!!
It's true that you don't have to read the Strand Brothers books before reading this one, but I would recommend you do. You get to see all 3 of the brothers and their wives again in this book, and it's just more enjoyable knowing the back story there.
Keeley is such a strong woman, who has been thru so much, but everything she's gone thru has left her so broken. Your heart breaks for her. And Tar (Tarius) is this super strong, alpha ma
Danielle Harris
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was absolutely amazing. This is my first book from this author and I fell in love with this dark gritty ride. I will read more from her and check out the Strand Brother series.
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)

DNF at 44%.

I'm sorry... I tried, but I just can't do it. I might have whiplash from this book being all over the place.


I bought this book because of all the amazing reviews, that sexy fucking cover, the synopsis and that glorious warning. I love warnings like that. I love that dark and fucked up shit! That warning is very appropriate and readers should approach with caution because this book does deliver on that promise.

I feel like I also got a little bit of everything else... em
Cynthia Graves
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr
Beautifully titled

Dark is aptly titled! What can I say about Tar & Keely other than they are both so damaged you wonder how it could ever work. Very disturbing subject matter dealing with sadistic sexual demons waiting, watching and wanting to devour your soul. Keely is a strong woman who has been to hell and back and feels unworthy of any love from anyone but most especially Tar. Tar is convinced his love will be strong enough to fight her demons and be able to give her the pain/pleasure sh
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GRRRR!!!!!, Lora Ann ?!?! Really!!!

Loved this book!!!!! Keeley is terribly messed up. Her inner dialogue says she's unworthy, unlovable to be loved by Tar. But Tar refuses to give up on her. She's being tormented by a demon who's name is Caleb. Tar is determined to fight Keeleys demons and her self-esteem. Keeley has been deceived by her first love who unbeknownst to her was putting drugs in her drinks, then made her do unspeakable things. After she got hooked on drugs she ended up on the street
Kirsty Adams - Kindle Freak Book Blog
I jumped straight into this book after finishing the Strand Brothers series as I'm addicted to the fast paced, thrilling and overall romantic stories that Lora Ann tells. I was not left disappointed. The title is spot on as the theme throughout is very dark. Powerful scenes are written with care and really deliver a punch. Keeley really is a broken soul and a character who I instantly loved. She is introduced in Lora Ann's Stand Brothers series and I'm glad that Lora Ann chose to continue Keeley ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes.. It's dark. Very dark. But this story really dug itself deep and had me gripped from the beginning. A woman that struggles with the darkness she see's inside herself. Who believes she is worthless to everyone. A man who wants to fight that darkness and help her find that light that she deserves. DARK is what came after the Brother's Strand series.. Even though they still make an appearance, this story is about Keeley who is trying to fight the demon within and Tar, the man who wants to slay ...more
carol ann evans
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story lives up to its name

After everything Keeley has been through she doesn't see how she can be loved or why anyone would want to she is pushing everyone away that wants to help her. She is on the road to self destruction that leads her to put herself in harm's way. All the time trying to fight her own demons as well as a ghost from the past. How can she be saved when she doesn't think she deserves to be. Yet again Lora Ann I've been transported into the story that has left me angry and
Vickie Brown
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark is right

Wasn't sure what to expect with Keeley's story. Lora Ann does not disappoint with this one. Omg the twists and mind benders ......And Tar can not forget way. Their chemistry is palpable. Need book 2 asap. Cause there is a steep cliff at the end, and I'm desperate to know what happens next!!!
Andra Shaw
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is the beginning of Tar and Keely's story and their fight for their love and their souls. The three books in the Beautiful Ashes series; Dark, Fire, and Light, must be read in order and not as standalone books. I read each one and finished the series in three days as I could not stop reading. Dark is filled with dark suspense, erotica, and abuse. Tar and Keely are not in this fight alone as Heaven stands with them, Hell is against them, and the entire Strand clan and Tar's special ops ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book gets No recommendation from me.

This book had no substance, No world building and No logic.
I got thrown into a dark world of torture and demons. Coupled with a love struck hero, for no apparent reason. A self sacrificing heroine, guilt ridden and making one silly decision after another. Again for no apparent reason.
It was a confusing read. No obvious storyline or even a substantial background to back it all up. Here and there you get a glimpse of the past, but it is all overpowered and
Patricia Phillips-Cordovez
Great start to the series

Tarius aka Tar is on a mission to save Keeley.

Keeley is out to destroy herself because of things from her past making her feel worthless and unlovable.
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Angela Ruiu
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Tina Henry
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Lora Ann has certainly got me hanging for the next release I can’t wait to continue Tar and Keeley’s story. Dark/light, hate/love you have it all in this book with twists and turns not for the faint of heart dark thriller. I love the Strand brothers series and Dark was no exception I did not want to put it down until it was finished. What a ride...

Wow where to begin, Lora Ann is amazing writer. Dark just shows another level of the wonderful author. Lora gifted me the ARC for this book in return for my honest thoughts.

I went through a few emotions reading this, wanted to put it down but couldn't I needed to read the next page and the next. Keely oh baby girl, you could feel everything this woman felt. I saw her strong as I saw her weak. Though never her fault. Keely is a ball full of emotions, see sawing through all of them.
Tar is damage
Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
OMG!!! I can’t believe you ended this book like that. I should have known though from the other books that I have read by you! And, I was so happy to see the Strand Brothers & their wives in this book!

You don’t have to have read the Strand Brothers Series to start on this one. It is a bonus though if you have because you will recognize some of the characters that were in it.

This is Keeley Kincaid’s story (Lacey is her twin sister from the Strand Brothers Series). Indescribably bad things hap
Yvonne Evans
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The emotions in this book are raw, they range from elation to loathing. How is one person so damaged that she doesn't believe she is worth living? Can she be saved? Does she want to be saved? You are take on a ride with so much pain, so many ups and downs, twists and turns. There is betrayal, lies, jealousy and love above all a deep in be dedicated pain both physical and mental. Which will win? I can't wait for the next one
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome dark read! What an incredible journey. Love Tar and Keely. The Strand Brothers take us through an emotional journey and it's just getting started. Absolute MUST READ book!
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start? This is one hell of a ride! You don’t have to be familiar with Lora’s previous series, The Strand Brothers, to enjoy the amazing roller coaster of this first in a new series. However, we met Keeley and Tar way back in that series, and knew their story would someday be told.
Lora Ann has created a story so gut wrenching and beautiful, that you feel along with the characters the pain and heartache and your heart starts pumping like you’ve been running. It’s a fast paced thriller wi
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark is the perfect title for this book, This story is about Tar and Keeley, Love these characters, this book also brings in The Strand Brothers and their wives, Keeley is Lacey's twin sister.
As usual the family Ralley around to help Keeley, who has gotten herself into more than she bargained for.
I couldn't put it down, although very dark, there is a true love in the story, Tar loves Keeley and she loves him, but can he really help her to balance out what she thinks she needs and wants.
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