Beauty in the Ashes
Standalone Dark Contemporary Romance
Some stories are a fairytale...but this isn't one.
Caelan Gregory’s life fell apart the night he went home and opened the door to find his whole family murdered. Since then, his life has held no meaning. He’s angry. He’s bitter. He’s barely human anymore. There’s nothing le ...more
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How do you expect readers to accept that 1/3 without that much build up. Not to mention, Memphis should have been mentioned at the synopsis from the start. It was unfair for readers to root for him.
I get that this book is about f ...more
It doesn't happen often. It was written well and it was honest and for most of the story I was hovering close to a 5. Not quite there but I was really enjoying myself. I love broken heros and Caelen was devastating. The horrors of his past still haunted him and it seemed the only things he wanted in life were drugs and alcohol. That is utnil Sutton showed up in his life. From their first encounter I was rooting ...more
I think there are many people who will love this story. I was ALMOST one of them. Unfortunately.....(view spoiler)[ I was SO aggravated by the last few chapters that nothing I had already read mattered anymore. Ironically, I thought Memphis was wonderful. I just really wanted Sutton and Caelan to get their HEA. Together, NOT with different people!!! This book is currently second on MY personal 'Books That Seriously Pissed Me Off' list. The first, if you're interested, is Taking Chance ...more
First 80% of story: 41/2 Stars
Last 20% of story: 1Star
Caelan: 5Stars for the majority of the story until his character was let down.
Sutton: 4stars until ‘that which shall not be named happened’ then ✯ Star
‘He was right. What we had…it couldn’t be defined as love. It was different…infinitely more.’
Gitte: You know what; there’s some books where you finish reading and you think…what the hell happened here? When a story suddenly doesn’t play out remotely how you expected, i ...more
Caelan and Sutton are two broken people who are trying to make their way in the world. They happen to find each other at a time when each need someone ...more
Its good that I did not read the GR opening line before I read the book – or else I might not have read Beauty in the Ashes by Micalea Smeltzer at all. As I am not a fan of dark romances.
From the beginning on you feel the whole story is darker and twisted – it never feels like unicorns and rainbows – but it always leaves you hoping.
The characters are incredible even with all their flaws – and flaws is a very nice and soft word for some stuff that is going on here.
I can not say to much about t ...more
Beauty in The Ashes is the new standalone novel by Micalea Smeltzer; I was given this ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review so here goes...
Ok so the good bits...
• Caelan, he’s a tormented soul I wanted to give him a massive hug.
• Sutton, she’s almost as damaged as him and I wanted to hug her too.
• This book made me ugly cry!
And the not so good bits...
• I really disliked Memphis for me he just came across ...more
I don't even know where to start with this review. I both loved and hated this book and I don't know which is greater. I loved the original cover but it is extremely misleading along with the blurb so I understand why the author decided to change it. The new cover is just as gorgeous yet more appropriate for the story.
This story was angsty and dark and emotional and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through but it's the last 20-25% that I didn't really like. That ending came ...more
So, le ...more
I must say this book took me by surprise. The writing was amazing and the story was phenomenal.
Sutton & Cael were both broken ans searching for an escape. They found that in each other however they could only escape for so long before reality came crashing back.
The supporting characters in this story were a perfect blend to the main characters and it made the story flow perfectly.
I will say that this story broke my heart time and time again. I cried, cheered f ...more
We were opposites in every way.
She was the Beauty to my Beast.-Caelan
There is such things I want to say about this book. I had the privilege of being a BETA reader for this book. And, it's the 3rd one I've done for Micalea. I honestly don't know why she needs them because she is such a talented fantastic author who puts everything into her books. It took her 5yrs to write this and I can honestly say I'm glad she did because I got to be a part of it. I know that might s ...more
By Micalea Smeltzer
Gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a standalone.
Caelan & Sutton, what a rollercoaster ride. This is a tear-jerker type of read. Two broken and lost souls cross paths.
Caelan is a druggy and an alcoholic and is very attracted to Sutton but is very much in denial. Coming home to a house that you once called home with your whole family murdered, doesn't sound like you have much to live for. My heart broke f ...more
Beauty in the Ashes is an emotional story about two broken people who are so damaged from their past that they are not sure if they will ever be whole again. I felt for both Caelen and Sutton and wanted them to find their HEA.
Caelan is living his life day by day and drowning himself in drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of this past. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what happened in his life to cause this pain and anger and for him to be in this dark worl ...more
Rating: 5 Wonderful Stars (but it so deserves more)
Reviewed by: Neilliza
This is the story about two broken souls finding each other and saving each other.
I love all the characters in this book, except for Marcus. Who is a real piece of work, which you will find when you read the book. Of course I cannot forget about Memphis, the very hot and understanding friend. Who also helped Sutton out, without asking for anything in return. Even though I loved Caelan, I cannot help but also love Memphis. I
I went into this book expecting a romance of two people with broken pasts who fight and resist, but eventually come together and fall in love. It was not even close to that. This is more on the da ...more
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This book is NOT for everyone. I know Micalea has said it and it's worth repeating. This book is not a fairytale, it's not about two people living happily ever after. At least not in the way conventional books write about. It is a NA Standalone Dark C ...more
Have you ever heard The Fray's lyric: "Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same"? I feel like that lyric encompasses Beauty in the Ashes to a tee. What a beautiful book! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Micalea Smeltzer, for surprising me in the most fantastic way with the ending to this story. Thank you for taking a risk to make a credible and truly worthwhile statement. Thank you for a gritty ...more
Rating: 5 Stars
**Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review**
I'm not usually one for crying through books but this book had me so tied up in knots! It was emotionally draining and i will confess, my eyes did well up on a few occasions.
The story is based around the lives of Caelan and Sutton. They both have really dark pasts and find it hard to live in the world and put the past behind them. Caelan was a popular kid at school and one night, while he sneaks out of hi ...more
I know a lot of people didn't like the ending of this book. But my interpretation of the story is this:
We have Caelan who's tragic event would send anybody into a dark world of drugs and alcohol. Then there's Sutton who's tragic event is every women's nightmare. So we have two badly broken people who are drawn to each other because of these tragic events. They see and feel the pain they each carry with them everyday. They helped bring one another out of their darken worlds and into ...more
The book introduces you to Sutton and Calean. Two people who have had lives that have been nothing short of easy. These two meet in an apartment complex where they live and the story follows them trying to become better people, overcoming their pasts, and trying to move forward. But life is difficult, moving on can be hard, and trying to learn to live again is a huge challen ...more