Monday, January 9, 2017

Review ~ FROM THE ASHES by Xen Sanders

From the Ashes (Fires of Redemption, #1)
by: Xen Sanders
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Select Otherworld

Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.

Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father's inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford--antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias's hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean--or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?
I love a book that has me perched on the edge of my seat and Xen Sanders hits the ground running with From the Ashes, bringing us a paranormal M/M story, told from the protagonist's POV, with diverse characters and filled with the unpredictable, action, passion, intimacy and emotion.

"No one knows I hurt people, break people, kill people."

Tobias Rutherford is far from your stereotypical hero or in this case, anti-hero. He's a character with many layers and such a breath of fresh air to discover; he may be a killer but he's adorable and with a real edge. Using his position as a graduate researcher to fly under the radar, Tobias is an aberrant--inhuman with superpowers--who has been the driving force behind crimes to protect his father's empire. He keeps his emotions buried, that is until the sparks fly between himself and British University professor, Sean Archer, and unfamiliar feelings deep within him are unleashed.

"We are the storm and the storm is us."

What I loved? These men are strong and powerful without oozing the alpha. They're not exactly on a level footing seeing as one party has superpowers, yet at the same time they very much are and Sean's not without his own arsenal. And running alongside the thrilling storyline of Tobias' quest to assassinate a US Senator, is a romantic journey of two men discovering one another. It's not an easy path for either Tobias or Sean, but it is one that balances perfectly timed humour with content which is touching and passionate.

"We are all monstrous, each and every one. But you’re the only monster I’ve ever let close enough to be able to break my heart."

I've never made a secret that I can't get enough of this author's writing: his descriptive style gives the reader everything they could possibly need to visualise this story, from the general atmosphere to the fight scenes, the intimate moments, the passion and the subtle but important nods at real-life. From the Ashes is absolutely one to grab.

**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 5

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