Ashes to Memories
(Ashes to Ashes #5)
Publication date: October 13th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
What she doesn’t know just might kill her.
Nicola is having trouble settling into her new life.
Memories assault her at every turn – even in her dreams. When a friend comes to her for aid, Nicola is once again thrust into a dangerous world – a world she still cannot remember.
Kyle thought the worst was over.
Sure, his wife can’t remember their beginning, but even with a few bumps, having her is better than not. But keeping Nicola alive is a full-time job even he might not be able to fulfill – especially when his darling wife decides to jump into the fray.
It turns out the worst has only just begun.
Kyle reaches for me, lifting me from the seat and maneuvering my body under the spray while he holds me to him. I try to concentrate on the feel of his skin against mine, but a flash of red catches my eye. Even with my clothes gone, I’m still covered in blood. The steam billows as the lava hot water rinses the scarlet gore from my skin. I watch the water run red for a moment before diluting to a wispy pink and then finally running clear.
Watching it run from my skin causes something inside me to break, and I heave a breath before shattering. I feel it all over again, Talia’s broken bones, my breath lodging in my throat when all I wanted to do was scream, the dizzying realization that I might be dying, and my heart…
I feel wrong in my own skin, feel like I’m wrong. And if I am the one who is different – if I am the one who caused all this mess – how can Kyle want me this close to him? How can the rest of them? Baron and Bella wanted intel on me. They still need me for something, and even though I told them why she was hurt, I don’t think they grasp what Baron and Bella will do to anyone in their way.
Oh, god… I have to go. I have to leave. I can’t be here anymore.
“Breathe, Shortcake,” Kyle demands in my ear, and it is like he has said the magic words and my lungs begin their torturous slog of hauling air to my bloodstream.
I can’t help the shiver of fear that whips across my skin. Kyle hitches me up his body, my feet leaving the tiled shower floor to wrap around his back. He tightens his hold on me, and for a moment, I feel safe. My breath slows, and I make a concerted effort to bury my nose in his neck and inhale his scent. He is warm where I am cold, he is strong where I am weak, he fills in the gaping gaps of my soul.
My lips find the skin of his neck without prompting from my brain. I need him so much – probably more than he needs me, but I don’t care.
“I don’t think you realize that your life is precious – that the very breath in your lungs and beat of your heart is a relief to me. I don’t know what’s going on in your head, and I don’t know what happened to Talia. Honestly, when it comes to anything but you, I really don’t care. You have to start thinking before you act, Nicola.”
“I didn’t mean to…” I try to break in, but he isn’t having it at all.
“It doesn’t matter that our lives are tied together. I knew what it meant to be your husband when I bound you. Hell, I never even expected you to wake up at all, so I knew what I was getting into. But you are worth more than my life. You are more important than just me. You have saved more lives than I could ever hope to count. You’ve done more good than I could ever hope to do.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute.
“What do you mean our lives are tied, Kyle?” I ask, pulling back to look him in the eye and fight against a full-scale panic attack.
“Exactly what I said. My life is tied to your life. If your heart stops beating, my heart stops beating. When you were in the hospital, I bound you to me knowing that I didn’t want to have a life at all without you in it. It was reckless of me, but I don’t regret it,” he replies, his fervent whisper lashing my heart like a whip.
How could he risk himself that way? And for what? A wife who didn’t even remember him when she woke up? If I didn’t love him so much, I would knock some sense into this man.
“Why would you do that? My God, Kyle! People want to kill me. How could you?” I plead with him, grabbing his face, so he’s forced to look at me. The chocolate of his irises bleeds back and forth from black to brown as if he can’t decide which form he wants to take.
“I’m not living without you, Nicola,” his gruff whisper hits me as his lips brush mine.
© Copyright 2017 Annie Anderson
Nikki K’s Review:
Let me start off by saying the Ashes to Ashes series is one of only 3 paranormal series that I read. Being on a blog we are always looking for new books and when we found the first book, Scattered Ashes, it seemed interesting and well a friend suggested it, so I read it. With each new installment I fall a little more in love with the fictional world that author, Annie Anderson has created.
Now on to Ashes to Memories. Nicola and Kyle’s story was one that needed more time to be told. When last we met her, Nicola was still struggling with the evil that the woman who had possession of her body had done, while in her skin. In this book, she is trying to recover from her past and regain her own memories. Being a seer, she is never only aware of her story, but she is often shown the future of those around her. Sometimes knowing is more than she can handle.
Through all of the turmoil and Nicola’s lack of personal memories, Kyle holds strong as her mate. He protects and supports her through it all. She may not remember every detail of their life together, but she deny can’t the love and chemistry between them. Try though she might, she can’t keep Kyle away, even if it is for his own good.
This book….Gah!!! The writing, the evolution of the story and all of the bits that make up this book stole my heart away. I can’t exactly pinpoint what made this book so much better in my mind than the others, but I will say I am in love with it. Scattered Ashes may still be my favorite, but that is truly because I have a bit of a girl crush on Aurelia. Ashes to Memories, for me is the whole package. The love between Nicola and Kyle. The interaction between Nicola and the others in the series. More of her past revealing itself. The high tensions of eminent war. All of it had me on the edge of my seat and glued to my Kindle.
There is one part in particular that I not only wanted to scream at my kindle “Why?”, I also felt great sadness. The sadness had it’s moment, but thankfully the author remembered to give us an HEA and I was once again in love with the story until the end. If you are looking for a book that offers not only all of the feels, but a well written exciting story, than you must read Ashes to Memories.
Yes, I read an ARC of this book, but I loved it so much I one-clicked a copy to add to my collection of beloved books. I happily rate this book 5 stars.
Tanya Rae’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ashes to Memories is the fifth book in the Ashes to Ashes series and is a paranormal. Annie Anderson is a genius to have created this world. It is probably my second favorite book in this series. The first book being the best. Ashes to Memories held my attention all the way through it. I am so happy that Annie has put a glossary in each of these books because they can be a bit complicated. With all the Aegis’, Phoenix’s, Wraith’s, Revenant’s and all the other character’s. So, thank you Annie for that!
This book is action packed. Kyle’s life is attached to Nicola so that if she were to die he would too. He will go to great lengths to keep the love of his life alive and not just because he would die if her life was to end. Nicola is the type of person that would run into a burning building if someone needed to be rescued. I don’t want to say more because I want you to read this book but, you need to start at the beginning. Ashes to Ashes series is very good and I recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, and old man of a dog.
In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced paranormal thrillers with some serious heat.