5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook Book Contemporary Demons Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Fairies Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Homophobia m/m Magic Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Shifter Standalone vampire Witches/Warlocks/Wizards

Audiobook: Out of the Ashes (Asheville Arcana #1) by Ari McKay Narrated by Andrew McFerrin


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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.


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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.

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


Andrew McFerrin rocked this! He did a fantastic job matching characters with voices and providing an entire CAST with unique and appropriate accents. This was a delight to listen to and absolutely added to my overall enjoyment!

Highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars


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