Publisher's Note:  

Ash may have escaped the immortal-worshipping cult that killed her mother, but the love of her life is still under its thrall. Dane has been possessed by his diabolical ancestor Coronado, a man who's fabulously wealthy, dripping with fame, and the leader of Europe's most dangerous immortal network. Dane begs Ash to join him at Coronado's castle in Spain, and swears that his blood bond with Ash is stronger than Coronado's hold over him. Ash is desperate to help Dane vanquish Coronado without having to sacrifice herself to the darkness. But when you're all in, blood and salt, the only way to hold on to the light might just be by setting everything on fire.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Heart of Ash (A Blood and Salt Novel)

by Kim Liggett

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Heart of Ash is a thrilling sequel to Blood and Salt.  This is a duo that I would recommend running out and getting your hands on pronto.

Ash is back.  And so are Dane, Beth and Rhys.  While Dane has quickly become the world’s most eligible bachelor, Rhys has disappeared.  Beth has come back to New York City with Ash and is adjusting to the new world while Ash manufacturers a fortune in gold bricks.  But while Katia is gone, Coronado has made Dane’s body his home…and isn’t in any hurry to leave.

Meanwhile, immortals are being murdered one by one and no one is quite sure who is to blame.  As Ash brokers a tenuous peace between Dane to save her brother, a mystery unravels.  Who is to blame for these deaths?  And who is pulling the strings?  This book is chalk full of suspense that will keep mystery lovers enthralled for hours.  Toss in a whole lot of romance including a marriage proposal that will make the strongest of knees weak and you have the makings of a great book.

This book is definitely shorter than the first installment, but the plot also clips along at a much quicker pace.  The narrative is straight forward and easy to follow which makes for quick reading.  The author only added a few new characters to the story, so even if you haven’t read the first book, you should be able to understand the cast quickly.  The plot will keep you guessing up until the very last chapters.  Liggett also wraps up the ending in a tidy bow, so if you are expecting a third in the series, you may be disappointed.

Overall a great read for those waiting patiently for the ending to Ash and Dane’s story and for those who are want an intriguing romance.

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  12 religious exclamations; 8 mild obscenities; 4 derogatory names; 7 scatological words; 5 anatomical terms; 5 f-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  Blood drips from cut finger; reference of dagger to heart; picture of man who has bled out; glass crushed in hand without injury; 4 verbal threats; reference to a massacre; hands are slapped; ribbon chokes woman on command of another; multiple cuts to hands that drip blood; woman bites man’s lip in lieu of kiss drawing blood; story of woman murdered by being bricked into wall; two bodies found bled out; throat slit but man recovers as is immortal; wrist broken in struggle; two murders via poison; elbow to ribs; blood seeps from woman’s eyes and nose; man viciously stabbed repeatedly with blood painting walls; room full of dead bodies and viscera; multiple instances of drinking blood; house set on fire with immortals still inside; man is stabbed twice; entire castle magically swallowed into earth.

Sex/Nudity:  Boys plays with girl’s hair flirtatiously three times; hands graze knee and leg three times; reference to an affair; 6 instances of sexual innuendo; 13 kisses; kisses down neck and shoulders; two instances of hand to small of back; woman and man lie clothed together in bed; hand is run down length of woman’s leg; 6 instances of holding hands; nudity with sex implied; man and woman share shower with minimal detail.

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Death of family member, incest, infidelity.

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Adults drink champagne and hard liquor.

Reviewed By Beckie
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