Out of the Ashes by Ari McKay

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/out-of-the-ashes-by-ari-mckay-8594-b

Blurb

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life.

Review by Beth

This story is set in an alternative world where, elves, witches, vampires, shifters and humans live side by side. So when a crisis in the paranormal community comes up Eli a shifter, turns to a counsel made up of said paranormal beings. Too bad there has been peace in the region for many a year and the counsel disbelieves it, or are unsure how to help or proceed, except Arden a half elf. The story takes off from there with a few twists and turns along the way.

We have Fated Mates not jumping each other’s bones for over half the book. Add in demons and possessed shifters, with some magic thrown in. The demon hunters and demons were not described very well for me., but the rest of the story flowed well and entertained me in one sitting.

The author’s descriptions of the houses and views from the houses windows are as much part of the story as the character interactions. It’s a great imagination inspiration and leads you to some of the choices the characters make.

So I recommend this as a good shifter and paranormal read, with good story telling and great characters.

4 of 5 stars
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Review by Morgan

OMG this was so unexpected! I’m not sure what I thought this was going to be – exactly – but what it is is a “city boy meets country boy” mixed with a bit of “fated mate but, I can’t have him”. There’s a terrific mystery – it’s actually pretty sad at times- and I’m usually not that interested in the mystery!

I loved all the various fantasy elements like the dryads and the very spiritual qualities that overlaid the basic philosophy – especially of Arden.  (I totally wanted to live in Arden’s house!)

The smexy times are smokin’- definitely a hotter than usual story for this line of books!

(My only complaint was that Eli’s language got a bit tedious – it was a bit too “good ol boy for me.)

I’m super excited to see more from this series!

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

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