Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh

Amber to Ashes

By Gail McHugh

  • Release Date: 2015-06-09
  • Genre: Romance
Score: 4.5
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Collide and Pulse comes a gritty new novel about a shattered young woman who unexpectedly falls for two best friends.

They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff.

Amber Moretti’s life changes in the span of minutes. An orphaned outsider, she is desperate to start fresh the moment she walks onto campus. In the time it takes to cross the university’s dining hall, she meets two men who bring color, air, and light to her darkened world.

They became my addiction, each a needle to my next hit, my high.

Brock Cunningham’s appeal is dizzying, a potent force Amber can’t deny. A green-eyed smooth talker, he instantly attracts Amber. It doesn’t take long for him to consume her every thought, her every breath.

Ryder Ashcroft, a blue-eyed, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, turns Amber off immediately—that is, until he kisses her, stealing a piece of her heart, her soul.

They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally.

Never knowing she could be broken down in so many unexpectedly beautiful yet petrifying ways, Amber finds herself falling for both men.

Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable. Uncontained.

But one devastating event changes everything, shattering each of their lives...and Amber isn’t sure she can recover from it.


  • !!

    By Lolapolisa
    When is the second book coming !??!! 😱
  • Can't breathe..

    By Clousee
    Holy crap! That was...speechless. Desperate for From The Storm. Not sure I'll be able to sleep until then. Gail Mchugh.. No words.. You've completely robbed me of them. Thank you
  • Couldn't bring myself to finish it.

    By Mimler4
    I've only abandoned one out more than a 100 books. This will be the second book. I just read any more. What a disappointment after really liking collide. This was beyond trashy and amateurish. That'll be it for me for any other books by her.

    By Jerrica07
    Truly amazing. Had everything from love to crime suspense, was truly unpredictable!!!! Always kept me wondering what would happen next!
  • Not so much

    By nlmt1976
    Didn't finish reading it but absolutely loved collide series! Unfortunately, lost interest in this book.
  • Need the second book asap!!

    By Kmo679
    Just finished this book last night. Finished the Collide/Pulse series last week. There are some similar phrases, but these books are polar opposites! And both just as breath taking, however, Amber to Ashes is definitely more suspenseful. Not your typical love story. Hurry up with From the Storm! I may go crazy if I don't get it soon! I officially hate cliffhangers :)
  • The Ultimate Love Triangle

    By Art, Books, & Coffee
    Gail McHugh gives the reader raw, dark, emotionally gritty take on a love triangle that will keep you riveted to the last page and leave you wanting more. Well ladies and gentlemen, I didn’t think that Gail could make me love her writing more than she did with her COLLIDE series, but she did. In Amber to Ashes, she took me for a ride that twisted my insides, made me gasp, and then left me hanging anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. She broke past any conceptions of what I thought the book would be or where her writing could go. As soon as I read the Prologue, I knew that this story was going to good. The book opens with Amber’s encounter with both Ryder and Brock. Though both men are very different, she is instantly attracted to both of them. As the pages fly by (and they will), the reader becomes further invested in Amber’s relationships with these two. She is loves them both and they love her. Truthfully, this is the ultimate love triangle. Because the book is written in all three perspectives you will find yourself changing your feelings about the characters. At times you may be on team Brock and then within just a few pages, you might be switching to team Ryder. Or at least, this is what I experienced when I read the it. Amber Brock, and Ryder all have their own set of baggage that they are carrying around. There is no picture perfect childhoods or super happy family stories here. However, it is their life experiences and darkness inside of each that makes these three such a dynamic group to read about. Fear not, you will learn bits and pieces of their stories as you delve further into the book, but I am hoping that the author will expand even more in future books. What I love about Gail McHugh, other than the fact that she is an awesome human being and Facebook friend, is that she writes people and their interactions well. She gets inside their heads and brings these characters to life in a way that makes you feel like you are there watching everything happen. Also, she is not afraid to go deep in order to make the story more complex and authentic. There is darkness and evil that will appear in this book. Without giving anything away, let me just tell you that the last four or so chapters of the book shocked and affected me while reading them. And the end…seriously…you just have to read this book. Amber to Ashes is a darker and grittier love story than most of us are use to from Gail, so if you are thinking that this will be like Collide or Pulse, you may have to switch gears a little bit. However, if you are ready for something that will take to you a new place filled with emotional complexity and sizzling sexiness, then I suggest you pick up this book. Warning: This book does have a cliffhanger ending. You will want to yell at Gail, but resist the urge because we all know that something epic is coming.
  • Wow, wow, wo!!!!!!!!

    By Courtney Simmons
    I didn't think Gail McHugh could top one of the Smexiest book boyfriends EVER created (Gavin Blake will go down in history as one of this generation's finest leading men), but she has, and she's done so x's TWO! Ryder Ashcroft and Brock Cunningham have given Gavin a run for his money! Set against a college backdrop, Amber Moretti is a freshman with a dark past-one in which most people wouldn't survive. At least not without losing their sanity. Within seconds of walking into the dining hall, she meets tatooed, bad-boy Ryder and his best friend, All-American, captain of the football team, Brock. From that moment on, McHugh drops us face-first into a love triangle that makes all the rest that have come before them look like chicken feed. Without spoiling too much, this story packs a wallop of tainted emotions, angst, lies, hurt, danger, and uncertainty as the plot slowly unravels, each page weakening your heart a little more to each beautifully flawed character. I won't lie, I was hesitant to purchase this because I figured McHugh had already hit us with a love triangle in Collide and Pulse. But after seeing way too many friends go on about how this was completely different from Collide and Pulse, I took a shot. Never looking back, I'm happy I did, the brilliant plotline in Amber to Ashes making the one in Collide and Pulse feel boring. After finishing Amber to Ashes, not only was I left breathless, flat on my back, waiting for the second book, but I knew that there wasn't a book that McHugh puts out that I wouldn't stand in line to eagerly buy! From the Storm (the second and supposed final book in this series) can't come soon enough!
  • Amber To Ashes

    By Amber to Ashes
    Loved it!!!! Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh was…. Heart warming. Heart Wrenching. Beautifully Written. Suspenseful. Sexy. And oh so so Hot!! Gail once again, was able to break my heart only to repair and break it again. Her characters were real with real problems. I wanted to be part of their world, be the one to help confront them as stories were told about their childhood. I wanted to jump in, pull each one of them for a hug, relieving their pain. I wanted to be the one to comfort each one of them, to tell them it will be okay. Three friends with a strong connection are fighting to not only save themselves but to save each other. Brock and Ryder are smart, in their final year of college as two of the highest alphas males on campus. Both are hot, sexy and every girl’s desire. They are as different as night and day, one sporting the clean cut college boy look and the other the tattooed bad boy. They are best friends who have always been there for each other, bonded for life. Amber is the new student to college, running from her past and in need of a friend. Someone who will listen, understand, and not judge her past. Brock and Ryder bring Amber into their world, teaching her to trust and live life, not to hide from her demons. Each are able to give a part of themselves to bring Amber from the nightmare of her past into the light of the future. Gail McHugh is a talented writer, able to bring out all of your emotions. Gail brings tears to your eyes from the pain of the trio, following only to give you more tears from the character's hilarious interactions together. The characters are so real, the reader wants to jump into the story to become part of their world. Amber to Ashes is one of the most anticipated books being released this year. Honored, I was allowed an E- Arc for this upcoming Best Seller book, which I am sure will not just reach the heights of her first series, Collide and Pulse, but surpass them. If you haven’t, I highly suggest pre- ordering it. It is defiantly worth the wait. I honestly believe that a book that keeps your attention throughout, then after holds your mind captive, makes a best seller. Trust me- you will not soon forget this book! Congratulations Gail McHugh! You hit it out of the park! I'm excited and cannot wait for the follow up to Amber to Ashes, From the Storm. (less)
  • #MyBookHangoverOfTheYear

    By TeresasBookReviews
    I was given a ARC for a Honest Review,Where to start I don't want to give anything away before It releases but I will say that Author Gail Mchugh as always been and always will be My All Time Favorite Author of all time! #AmberToAshes left my heart in shambles, My Heart felt like it had been Ripped from my very soul. The Writing in this story was flawless and it flowed so brilliantly I never wanted it to end.You will so fall in love with Brock, Ryder and Amber I know I did. I felt every emotion of each Character and what they were going though. This is a brilliant love story that will pull you in like a piece of metal to a magnet. This story has so many twist and turns it captivates you from the very beginning. #AmberToAshes to me deserve's 500 Stars.