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From the Ashes - A Forbidden Series Novella

(Forbidden Series 0.5)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  112 reviews
I dance to forget, but I always remember
I taunt and tease, it’s why they’re here

The spotlights, the sleek silver pole
The stage is mine, I own the crowd

Until he walked in

Dark eyes pierce me
A devilish smirk scorches me
Memories brand me

One night was all I gave him
One night wasn’t what he wanted

Was it fate? Was it destiny?
Only time will tell…

It’s time to rise…
From the Ashes.

Published January 28th 2017 by Dani René
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Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
I received an ebook of this novella in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Dani René!

WOW! What an emotionally packed dark romance novella. It was absolutely riveting and captivating. René is able to capture such darkness, yet such light at the same time within her characters. She makes them multifaceted and complex. Makes them human.

Kael and Skyla have so much to overcome in this novella. They are people who want to forget the past. People who want to heal from it. People who want to redeem
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First off, let me say I read many draft copies of From The Ashes this book has had quite a journey and every time I got a new version I fell harder and harder every damn time! Disclaimer: Before I go further into my review you must know I own every aspect that is Mr. Kael Wolfe I mean head to toe! (* insert evil laugh && knife emoji here) lets go on.

If a book was able to fully combust into flames cause of the heat it harbours inside of it, This book would be it! From The Ashes has all th
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-read
This is my first read by this author and it's just oh so good. The author has given us a quick read, a novella, to whet our appetite and she sure did that.

This is Skyla and Kaels story. I'm so looking forward to reading more of this series as I really like these two. The chemistry between them is hot.

I'm off now to read Crave :)
Kate Hastings
This book is aptly titled, as having now come out the other side, I certainly feel like I've been scorched by Skyla & Kael's story.

Raw, gritty & filthy hot - this is a dark erotic romance read that is unapologetic in its story telling - so don't go into it expecting a few hot sex scenes and the hero wooing the heroine with chocolates, red roses and fruity bubble baths. This ain't that kinda book.

It's decadent, taboo & uninhibited, exploring the darker side of the human sexual appeti
Tre Talbot
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The prologue sets the mood for all this story is about, goosebumps in the most beautiful way and then we head into the story of Kael and Skyla and things just get hotter and hotter. I just love a strong alpha male and Kael doesn't disappoint at any point in time. Skyla's story is a bit sad to hear but she's so damn good at what she's been taught to do and when she's into the moment... ooohwiiii. I'm telling you know to be prepared for a hot and sizzling read, keep your B.O.B near by cause you're ...more
Julie's Book Land Reviews
First of all I wanna say that I saw a lot of teasers for this story on the author's  instagram page and thought to myself, I really want to read about Skyla and Kael cause they seem like characters that I could get into and I was right these characters kept me intrigued throughout the whole story from the first page til the very last page. So without giving out any spoilers, I will tell you this, Skyla tries to figure out how Kael knows her throughout the whole novella cause at first she doesn't ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh this book was so dark and erotic in the most delicious of ways..he was an artist and she was an exotic dancer and both have known hell in a previous life..together they are two damaged people who get a second chance at rewriting their past and changing their future ....

Although this was a short story the world, where the action took place, and the characters within it were wonderfully described and believable; even the supporting actors came alive on the page......and the development of the c
Michelle Krystel
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Arc provided by author for honest revirew. I can't get anymore honest than this. Dani you nailed it this one Hun! You definitely have niche to write dark romance I know this is first. And it's grand slam!!
Mackenzie Bibliophile
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint of heart! You’ve been warned! This book is so steamy you may need to shut the heat off. Even in the dead of winter I needed to open a window just to cool down. Skyla and Kael are HOT! With a capital H! I can’t get over these two honestly! The whole book! It’s not something that I would normally pick up, a gentleman's club with so many… well "gentleman's club" scenes and dark undertones, however I did and I loved it! I don’t think this bad boy… and I don’t mean Kael… is for ever ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five Amazing Stars! This story is a dark erotic romance and if you have triggers please be forewarned. Skyla is working as an exotic dancer after being held by a sex slavery organization. Kael was in love with a girl but it has been 5 years since he has seen her. When he goes to the club he can't believe his eyes when he sees the redheaded girl. Kael meets with Skyla and she does not recognize him. When they get together she feels the passion and strong attraction she has with him. Will Kael and ...more
Jane Anthony
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dani Rene is an evil woman! EVIL!! And I mean that in the most loving way possible. Every word of this book is dripping with feeling - whether it's desire, hope, anger, or plain old sensuality - and I was gripped from the start. Kael is not your typical "dirty dom". The sweet nature of his character took me by surprise. That's not to say he's a pansy by any means. He's the perfect mix of naughty and nice. His heart is so beautiful, and the love he has for Skyla makes it hard not to fall for him, ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a faithful follower of this author and from what I knew about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. This story is amazing, hands down. It is full (I mean full) of steamy sex scenes and an even better story line. Just be warned, it is a cliffhanger but, I'm practically giddy with excitement impatiently waiting for the next one.
Due to the nature of this story, I won't delve inside the characters until the series is complete.
Note that this book is labeled as a dark read. I didn't
Kathy Rouchelle
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hell of a lot of hotness happening in this book! First let me say that these characters are so very well defined and well written. Second the storyline is intriguing in that you are offered glimpses into Sky's past and to what has made her who she is today. Some of the glimpses made me feel a little uneasy as I just didn't know what to expect or that I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. One thing I do know, there is much more to her story than what was let out of the bag in this book and I ...more
Christiann Igou
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 stars

OMG!!!! I couldn't put this down, I freaking fell in love with Kael and Skyla! This book was beautifully written and offers no apologies for who Kael & Skyla are or where they came from! Skyla embraces who she is and truly rises from the ashes! This book took sexy to a whole different level!
Nikita Parikh
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I am thoroughly impressed by Dani René. The book is downright raw and gritty and is an exploration of that part of the human that though everyone has but are rarely explored. I loved the fact that she was courageous enough to depict this fact and I kid you not she has successfully accomplished that! Hats off to her. Also I am a huge fan of the Phoenix bird so I think she has appropriately protrayed that in the novella as well. Keeping all of that in mind, I already had seen a lot o ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just WOW! What an awesome novella and lead in story to the Forbidden Series. The author has written a super Hot and Sultry story about the lives of Skyla and Kael, a couple with a past that ended badly. But 5 years later and a lot of “life’s miles” having happened to both of them, Kael finds her working at a strip club. Can he make her forget and forgive him? Will Skyla ever let anyone in again? This is a very erotic, sensual story that will have your heart melting and toes curling. I HIGHLY REC ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark, emotional quick read

I literally stumbled upon this novella a while back but didn't read it at the time. Now I'm sorry I wasted that time.

This book hints at a dark past for Skyla and in the short time it took me to read it, brought me to the verge of tears a couple times. I love those emotional responses. This author does a great job pulling them out.

Can't wait for what is next in this series! Dani René is now on my one-click list!
Tamara Harrington
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was Dani's first steps into dark romance and boy, did she just jump in with both feet and produce some of the sexiest scenes I have ever read. This is just the beginning of the Series and I can already tell that it is going going to get better from here. This is just a novella but I can tell you that there is nothing short about it, it gives you all the feels of a full-length story and more. Word of advice, don't bother wearing knickers because Kael will just melt them right off!
Kim BookJunkie

**Review of the audiobook**

STORY: 2 stars
OVERALL: 3 stars

What a huge disappointment this book was! Skyla is a stripper/hooker working at, “Inferno”. Kyel just happens to visit Inferno where he sees his long-lost love Skyla performing. Of course Skyla is fascinated by the alluring man yet she doesn’t recognize him (even though she calls her by the nicknames he always called her). Aside from that far-fetched, unlikeliness Skyla and her best friend engage in sex acts toget
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hot Damn!! Dani René
From The Ashes is a Short Hot Sexy read that will you panting for more.
This is a great start to this series and although this is a novella it packs a smutty punch right from the first chapter. Because this is a novella and i don't want to give spoilers away i'm not going to give to much away.
Skylar and Kael are both intriguing characters both have a past that they don't discuss with many. When they meet there's an instant connection which both bothers and comforts Skylar, br
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I didn't know where to go with this review. This book took me for a short little ride and then stopped just when it was about to hit the highway. I need the rest of Kael and Skyla's story.

Kael has been in a funk ever since he lost his muse. Never did he think his inspiration was at a club swinging on a pole. Skyla needed somewhere where she could forget her past and be in charge of her future. She chose to be a stripper and felt empowered by doing so. But when a man comes in and starts taking
Emma bramley
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
this is a fantastic short story, I just couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. The characters are fantastic. This is a dark read, which left me wanting more and more. This is a sexy emotional read which will leave you speak less. This book will grip you from the first page, sucking you in till the very last page. I cant wait to read from this author, I absolutely love this author.

Highly recommended
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book
Anne Milne
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish all novellas were this good. This is an introduction to The Forbidden Series and I'm hooked. Skyla and Kael are a matched made in sexy hotness, seriously they are scorching together. We get flashes of Skyla's past and how he fits into it. That ending is not what I'd call a cliffhanger more a you can't leave it there moment.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Just, wow!!

I am blown away. Novella's always, and I mean always, end too soon for me. But I am so glad that I get to jump into the next book. The one that follows these characters. I can't wait to jump into more depth of their past, their relationship, and their future. With the chemistry these too have, there has to be a future. But there is so much hurt, pain, anf heartbreak in their past, I don't know how they will move forward.

Skyla has been taken, trained, and used. She ha
Mona williams
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
omg this book was amazing! so glad i finally got to read it! its about a young woman who has run away from her past life. she meets a hot guy who might just bring her past life back. will she get sucked back into the life she once knew? thanks for giving me a chance to read this book!
Jenny Prose
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the Ashes is a Forbidden Series Novella. I received an ARC of this novella to read and review. I was excited to read this novella in preparation for Dani Rene's new release coming soon, Covet.This is a dark romance that includes Skyla who had been owned in sex slavery, but that was over five years ago. She's working as a exotic dancer and one night HE walks in. Kael can't believe after five years and there she is. While Skyla doesn't realize this man is the one who trained her five years ag ...more
Wendy Fisher
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to a new series. Skyla has a dark past. Saved from a devastating life. Kael used to train submissives. Not a life he wanted for himself. Kael has moved on from that life, but with regrets. Until the night he walks into the club and sees the one woman he never expected to see again. What will happen if he tells her the truth? Will she run or stay? I absolutely loved this novella. Each character has something to offer the other, but the past weighs heavily on how skyla protects ...more
Michelle Brown
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for a voluntary honest review.

Do you know the phrase 'shut up and take my money'?

I'm sure you do as it's a popular one. This is what comes to my mind when I see a book by Dani René. Where in the world have you been hiding all my life?

Delicious, dark, powerful, gripping, scandalous. All of these words are words I use to describe her work. Kael and Skyla are meant for each other. The chemistry and the passion in this book is explosive. The novella is just the righ
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whew, this book! I received an ARC of this story, and let me tell you, it's hot. Definitely a four star read for me! It's short, but powerful in the space given.

What I really liked about this story was the connection between Skye and Kael. They get a second chance to connect, and do they ever connect! When they're together, I didn't want it to stop. The sex scenes were hot, and their emotional connection was great to see as well. I also liked the secondary characters, and can't wait for the nove
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