Author: E.M. Abel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Love was my weakness.
In the light of the truth, no one can hide.
Derek had ignited a spark inside of my heart, a hope for a love I never expected to find. However, our connection lacked the substance it needed to burn. Weakened with resentment, our relationship crumbled under deception, slowly dissolving into ash.
I had sacrificed myself for him and paid the price.
By the time Brandon entered into my life, the longing in my heart had turned cold. But fate was not done with me. His crystal blue eyes and fluid touch revived a wish that had been frozen in time. He gave me hope once again.
Hope is a dangerous thing, especially when you dare to dream.
**WARNING: This book contains adult content and drug use.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
Penelope thought she was in love. She was young, but what does it matter when you’ve found your soulmate. After she discovers what Derek’s done, how does she put the pieces back together when her life feels like it’s been burnt to ashes. As she tries to move forward and meets a live in the moment guy, Brandon, where will this new friendship take her? Will she ever feel like her life will go on and trust again?
“The house was quiet and dark, except for the single strip of light lying at my feet, coming from a streetlamp outside. I stared at the glass of vodka on the floor. No matter how much I drank, it couldn’t extinguish the flame of hope. It was my hope that hurt me the most. It was slowly killing me, burning me from the inside out. I’d sold my soul for it. I’d done exactly what I’d sworn I’d never do.
Reaching down, I flicked my remains into the vodka and watched as they descended to the bottom.
All my dreams, my life, my love had been reduced to liquid and ash.”
This story was pretty emotional for me. I could picture myself in Penelope’s shoes because I married pretty young to a charismatic man in college after just 4 months. Life could have turned out like it did for Penelope if things had been different. Marriage is work and unfortunately when Penelope and Derek started drifting apart, they didn’t work together on fixing it. I liked watching Penelope put the pieces back together as she moved forward from the ash. She discovered she was stronger than she ever realized, and I loved how brave she was to want to do that on her own. What a beautiful story.
This story wasn’t really like any other books I’ve read in the past. E.M. Abel always writes wonderful stories and I really enjoyed her Breaking Free series. If you like New Adult Romance, I suggest giving them a chance.
E.M. Abel was born and raised a Marine Corps brat. She spent a large portion of her life moving and living in her mother’s home country, Japan. As a result, she gained independence and a unique perspective on the world. The youngest of three girls, E.M. Abel spent a lot of time alone in her room writing or sketching in her journals and dreaming up stories. Growing up, she wrote poems, short stories and articles for her high school newspaper. She also fell in love with art and discovered her deep need for self-expression.
Now, a Navy wife with two small children of her own, she still loves being creative and most of all translating her stories into novels. E.M. Abel, now referred to as E or Em by her friends and readers, can often be found with her headphones on jamming out to punk rock, in a chair getting tattooed or cooking dinner for her kids and attending gymnastics practice. No matter what she’s doing in her life, she’s always sure to do it her way.