Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: When Ash Remains by Dena Garson

Title: When Ash Remains
Author: Dena Garson
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Unknown
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
Synopsis warrior with a mission

There isn’t a buffalo or deer that Kajika cannot take down. So when his cousin is slaughtered he relishes the chance to track down the killer. The trail leads him to a woman with gifts he has trouble believing in. Despite their differences he cannot fight his instinct to protect her from all threats – even those he cannot see. That drive even rivals his desire to explore every inch of her body.

A woman with a destiny

Knowing the spirits will protect her, Ahyoka allows the handsome warrior to take her to be questioned by his chief about the unexplained deaths in their village. He may not believe in her abilities but he is one of the few who doesn’t treat her like something to be feared or shunned. He awakens feelings that make her yearn for things she thought she’d never have. Her biggest fear is that once he learns the full extent of her gifts he will reject her like most of her tribe did.

A killer twisted by hurt and anger

Kajika and Ahyoka must work together to find the one responsible for the string of deaths in and around their villages. Faith, trust, and even a little bit of love will be needed to defeat the killer and right the wrongs committed in the pursuit of power and revenge.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When Destiny calls... you answer.

Image result for my destiny gif -game

Kajika has taken up the task of finding a killer. But not just any. One who brutally slayed an entire family, child included. A killer who seems to be more of a beast than a man. When the trail leads Kajika to a woman by the river, he isn't sure what to make of her. She doesn't seem like a murderer to him, but he must bring her to his chief, anyway.

Ahyoka knows this stranger will not hurt her because the spirits of nature tell her so. A woman with a rare ability, she is encouraged by powers mightier than her to join Kajika in his hunt for the killer. Together, they must track the murderous beast and try to stop it from killing another.

The path isn't an easy one. Kajika's doubts about Ahyoka's powers make it difficult to know whether he should trust her judgement. But soon, Kajika learns more about Ahyoka and witnesses her power in ways that make it hard for him to deny her claims. Even more impossible is the thought of letting her go once their mission is complete.

This was such a good read! I was immediately immersed in this story from the first page. I really got a sense of connection to the natural setting and felt like I could have been riding on a horse alongside our characters. It was descriptive but not to the point of annoyance. Perfect balance. The paranormal element was unique to me. I haven't read a lot of books about this sort of spiritual magic so it was a nice surprise.

Our main characters were opposites in many ways: a man with courage in every bone and a woman who has been an outcast most of her life. The pair complimented each other in many ways and their chemistry was pretty easy to understand and believe. I rooted for them from the start.

As for the romance... whoa. I wasn't expecting it to be so elaborate and naughty. That was a great surprise. And the love scenes were aplenty, with lots of spicy variety. I ate up every word and may have re-read one scene twice because I wasn't ready for it to end. *blushes*

My only reason for taking off a half star is some of the dialogue I found to be too "British", I guess, for natives to have spoken. Words like "refreshment" kind of surprised me to be used by people who haven't been integrated with other cultures. It isn't a big deal to most readers but did make me pause once or twice to ponder whether this or that word may have been too formal for this setting.

In closing...
A fantastic read! The ending sets up the next book and I'm already itching to get my hands on it and see Ahyoka's stubborn brother's tale. 4.5 suns!

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