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(The River Ash Pack #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Cordelia has never known anything but the safety of her fathers guarded compound where she’s lived her entire life. A life that, as the alphas daughter, has always been a privileged one, albeit an incredibly sheltered one.
Until one night, life as she knows it, is flipped entirely upside down when she’s promised to another alpha in order to buy safety for her father’s pack
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published February 28th 2019
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Marguerite (M)
Mar 12, 2019 marked it as dnf
Dropped around 50%
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The book pretty much opens with an explicit gang rape. Even without connecting to the heroine, it was really a horrible scene to read.

Reading the reviews, I admit I didn't give the book a chance. But here's the thing: I do not like Mary Martel's books. I feel like her books are a bunch of ramblings with unlikable characters.
And while a morbid fascination or some obscure siren powers make me come back to the Ariel Kimber series every time despite hating it
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: disliked
This book was recommended, and the dark plot was great. A young, naïve h brutalised by those she should have been able trust. She is rescued by two wolf shifters, and there was a third damaged H wo also rescues her - by knocking her on the head! It continued downhill from there, with pages and pages of descriptive (substitute - tedious) telling. Her men talk, explain and describe their every past, current and future thought, action and emotion - so far removed from how men think and speak. I wan ...more
110%, Absolutely, Definitely, Most Assuredly, Without No Doubts Whatsoever “MY CUP OF TEA”!!!

The only thing I could have possibly asked for was MORE...

The things that Cordelia had to endure and overcome would have broken just about anyone. But there she was trying to be the best person she could be, and even gave those nasty mean girls the benefit of the doubt to only be backstabbed and hurt yet again.

Man oh man then we have Darius, Luca, and Callum who so became her knights
Mar 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
So frustrated with this book

I was truly disappointed in this book - not as it was sold to be - the FMC just has zero consistency and it very much a tell not show kind of book that was very distracting from the few parts in the book that had real potential. The FMC spends 60% of the book with one guy, and in the middle, skips a week and goes from kidnapped to oh, we're fine and now I want him. Skips a week. Nothing inbetween no segway of the relationship actually building. Just insta-love done ba
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I love human-wolf snuggling and this one has it.
Brandy Slaven
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will read ANYTHING from this author, no matter the genre. I absolutely love the way she is able to weave a story that'll have you going from tears, to gripping your seat and back again. This book was no different. Be prepared for the dark hard feels from this one too. It'll hit you out of nowhere and by the end leave you wanting even more! ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Just okay.

I was not impressed with this story. I expected more with the five star rating. The heroine was too immature and had too much angsty inner dialogue. It made the story boring. Additionally, I thought after the heroine’s trauma she would become stronger and in some ways she did. It most other aspects she didn’t. Overall I was just disappointed and upset I spent money on this book.
RH Reader
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Ramblings. Ramblings. Oh my God, the ramblings.

Chapter two had literally no dialogue.


I made it through part of chapter four (after some skimming) before coming back to read some reviews to see if it was worth powering through. Apparently, it wasn't.

So this is a DNF.

Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF 41%. I tried to push through but the overly long inner monologues really didn’t do it for me. Sometimes you only need 100 words instead of 500 to get a point across. Disappointed as I really wanted to love it.
I made it halfway through but I just can't anymore. The FMC is not real bright nor consistent and the MMC's are not all that great. Their interactions just seemed like a hot mess and ultimately I felt Meh about it all. ...more
Michele Hayes
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Worth reading ! The characters are well defined and by The end you feel like you know them.
Love the ending too, just wish we knew when book 2 is outbx
Brandy Dorsch
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartache and beauty

I ache for Cordelia and I know she will come out stronger. Survivors are fighters and she is strong. Cant wait for more.
Apryle Smith
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New beginnings

I liked the plot n the characters. I could easily see this story being a saga with all the different says this story can go. So breathe life into it n let's see if grow to a series.
Miszy Soulstar
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Melinda ~ Twinsie Talk
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
I had to take a few minutes to let this book really sink in. Some scenes were hard to read and had me fighting mad. Ok so let me start with WOW!!! The beginning of this book tore me up. Really how cold can a family be especially a father? What Cordelia had to endure should have broken her but she is one strong woman that can pick herself up and keep going. Everyone she thought loved her or at least cared about her let her down
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jennifer G
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cordelia has led a privileged, sheltered life as the Alpha's daughter. She's never known life outside the safety of her fathers guarded compound and while he may be harsh at times, she's lived comfortably and been allowed to indulge her interests. That all changes when he decides to marry her off in the best interests of himself and the pack. When she tries to stand up for herself she learns just how evil, how depraved he is. Violated, bleeding, broken Cordelia is found by two strangers who have ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashes is the great first book in a new series, The River Ash Pack.

Cordelia has lived a life hidden away from the world. As the daughter of the alpha, she has been protected but never truly felt loved or safe. After surviving the ultimate betrayal and being tremendously abused by her father, she is helped by two strangers and then kidnapped by a third. One night is all it takes for Cordelia's life to completely change, and although she suffers greatly her life begins to take a turn for the better
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jesus lemme get my head straight after reading this book. If there are a few things you need to know about Mary and her stories here they are…..Her men love FIERCE, Her Women are NOT WEAK, The chemistry is crazy in all the r
Libby Fowler
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amanda Cash
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very very good read!

Ashes was a very very good read. Cordelia was then pack princess, but don't let that fool you. Though she might have had more opportunities for education and was safe from unwanted advances, there is a gross double standard for females and she was subject to the same as every other female in her pack.

The heroes are not your typical heroes, but they are perfect for this book. Darius is a brilliant mixture of sweet and psychotic. The arguments between he and Cordelia are hilari
Jocelyn LeDonne
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I start my review please read the trigger warnings in the blurb. With that being said ....I love this so much. Cordelia goes through some soul breakingly traumatic events before meeting her mates. Her father, the alpha of the pack, is an evil man and he got what was coming to him in the end and her little brother was no better. Her mates have their own abusive and heart wrenching pasts to contend with too. They are all broken in some way. I really like how Delia doesn't let her past break ...more
M Robo
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this book, good storyline and characters.

Correction to some reviews: the rape scene isnt the opening scene, its chapter 3 and whilst unpleasant it is not very graphic or detailed and is more about impression. So whilst horrid isnt the worst gang rape scene I've ever read by a long shot. It was mild.

The only criticism I have with this book, and it's a real shame cos it's a great book, is that there is way too much unfettered inner dialogue, it goes on for pages and pages. This detr
Margaux Espinosa
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YES!! Cordelia is one seriously amazing woman. Mary Martel always has me girl crushing on her female leads. But Darius and Callum are seriously straight out of my fantasy man playbook. All dark and brooding, mean and surly, full of dark past hurts and not afraid to get violent and dirty when needed, but sweet and caring to their lady love. Yup, I’m all over that likes bees and honey! Then there is Luca, poor sweetheart Luca, he’s a softy but he’s also got that hard edge. These characters are per ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice one! ✋

Dark(Trigger Warning). Paranormal. Rh. 3 Alpha Wolf Shifters. Mate bond. In this shifter world women are just possession and tools for the male wolves. Cordelia knows that even if she's the Alpha's daughter she is not an exception, that she'll be sold off the a Alpha of her father's choosing but she doesn't have to just be ok with it. So when her father tells her it's time, she argues that they could find another way, one where she's not going to the hands of a rumored to be cruel Alp
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fire, literally hot ashes between Cordelia, Darius, Luca, and Callum, in a good and bad way, too!!! Yes, this book has a trigger warning because Cordelia and her guys have gone through some tough, terrible things, but I bet they’ll come out stronger in the end. They have so much fire in their souls and this insane chemistry between them all. I like shifter books so I might be biased, but this shifter book is really, really good and soo sooo different than any that I’ve read!!! I lo ...more
Chelsea Lenau
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I was hooked before I even bought the book. I love Mary’s Ariel Kimber series and knew this book would be just as amazing. And I wasn’t disappointed.

I was immediately pulled into the book within the first few pages, and had to walk away for a bit to get my head on straight. I will say — while there were definitely trigger warnings, I would consider this book “dark” since it wasn’t just a glossing over of events; not to mention towards the end of the book. HOWEVER, I loved this book.

Danielle Hudak
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of the story but dear lord there was so much inner dialogue and very little speaking. Everything was told 50 different ways and 1 scene took pages upon pages of inner dialogue before we could move on. Don’t get me wrong, obviously that’s important for a book but as someone else said on here “sometimes something can be said in 100 words and not 500” and I think that sums this book up perfectly. Lots of rambling. I skimmed a lot when my eyes started to cross. Also we skipped so ...more
Heather Gilbert
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rough but good

I’ll be totally honest here, this was a HARD book to read, at least in the beginning. There are parts that hurt my heart, broke my brain and wounded my soul - especially as I thought of women who have actually been through that. Oh, not the wolves, of course, but monsters wearing the guise of men. The ending almost makes up for the beginning, but truth be told, this is not a book I would read twice.

- Personal revelations of the soulful kind. The FMC goes through hades and dis
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