REVIEW – LIQUID & ASH by E.M. Abel

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SYNOPSIS

Love was my weakness.
In the light of the truth, no one can hide.

Derek had ignited a spark inside of my heart, a hope for a love I never expected to find. However, our connection lacked the substance it needed to burn. Weakened with resentment, our relationship crumbled under deception, slowly dissolving into ash.

I had sacrificed myself for him and paid the price.

By the time Brandon entered into my life, the longing in my heart had turned cold. But fate was not done with me. His crystal blue eyes and fluid touch revived a wish that had been frozen in time. He gave me hope once again.

Hope is a dangerous thing, especially when you dare to dream.

**WARNING: This book contains adult content and drug use.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 Liquid Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

This was my first book ever by author E.M Abel and I thought her writing style was totally hypnotic. This was a book with a very relatable and powerful plot. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.

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Liquid & Ash is divided into three parts. In the first part of the book, we meet Penelope, a woman who is at the lowest point in her life. She gambled everything for love and lost, she sacrificed her hopes and dreams after marrying her husband. She wanted to become the woman HE wanted, forgetting completely about her and what she wanted out of life.

Now she’s feeling defeated as she’s watching her marriage burn to the ground and the wind taking the ashes of what used to be the love of her life.

Penelope wakes up every day and self-medicates in order to avoid the feeling of deep pain that has completely consumed her. Her days go by in a haze of drugs, alcohol, and tears. One day finally tired of flushing her life down the drain Penelope is ready for a change. She’s reminded of the love she still has in her life and that sparks the courage she’s been searching for, to finally break free and start over.

On the days where she was distracted by the drugs Penelope met a sexy bartender/ drug dealer who fascinated her. Months later she sees him and again and they start a friendship with benefits.

Brandon has had a hard life and he’s not one to believe in love. He lives his life without any complications but since the moment he met Penelope he’s been unable to stop thinking about her. The heartbreak he saw in her eyes that first time they met did something to him, and now that she’s doing so much better, planning big for her life, he’s more drawn to her than ever.

Penelope struggles between the old and new feelings she gets from the life she used to have and the future she wants to achieve, but every day she grows stronger and somehow learns to love again but is it the right time for her to try again?

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E.M Abel delivers a poignant story about hitting rock bottom and the journey of a woman as she picks up the pieces of her life. It’s easy for the reader to relate to this story as we’ve all been there, we’ve all traveled the dark paths of disillusionment. Even though the story starts in a hard place, the end delivers a beautiful message of hope and I really enjoyed it!

The only complaint I have would be the epilogue, it felt a little abrupt. I had enjoyed the story so much that I was left parched for more. Hopefully, the author extends the story so we can have a little more…

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