Friday, August 3, 2018

ARC Review: Admiring Ash by Anyta Sunday

Admiring Ash (Love Letters #1)
A is for Ash Heartford.
Adorable, strong, and independent.
Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister.
Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news.
Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in.

Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart?

A is for Admiring Ash.

Tropes: Slow burn, virgin, one true love, happily ever after, related but not, hurt/comfort, forbidden love
Themes: Sudden inheritance, broken family, insta-dad
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

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Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.
Greenville has them all.
A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low.
Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers.
Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found.

Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.
Welcome to Greenville. Come for the sexy boys. Stay for the HEA.

Todd's rating:

After years of pushing all of his pennies into piles to raise his younger sister the best way that he can, 25 y.o. Ash finally caught a break, when a stranger showed up on his doorstep with an unexpected letter.

Upon the death of his adoptive granddad, 27 y.o. River was tasked with carrying out Lester's dying request. To contact his long-lost grandson and pass along his legacy, a bookstore named Silver Pines.

After having an extremely close relationship with my own grandfather, this story left me with a lot of competing emotions. Happiness that River had such a heartwarming, loving relationship with a man not related by blood, but also sadness that Ash never would.

But River helped provide the next best thing. Helping Ash learn about the amazing man that he'd never get to meet.

While I liked both Ash and River quite a lot, they left me wanting a bit more in the deep feels department. Sure, there were some touching moments, but in the end, their story didn't strike me as entirely unforgettable.

"Admiring Ash" was a *very* low drama, sweet read, so it may feel a bit 'light' for readers who require tons of angst in their books.

In regards to steam, there were definitely some sexy bits, but much more page time was spent on the slow burn than on the hot and fast burn in the bedroom.

I'd rate this one at around 3.5 stars and will definitely be reading the next 2 books in the series, which are in the same Greenville 'universe' as this story.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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