Re-release blitz: Beauty in the Ashes by Micalea Smeltzer


Title: Beauty in the Ashes
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2016

Some stories are a fairytale…but this isn’t one.Caelan Gregory’s life fell apart the night he went home and opened the door to find his whole family murdered. Since then, his life has held no meaning. He’s angry. He’s bitter. He’s barely human anymore. There’s nothing left to remind him of the straight A student, and football quarterback he once was…but he wasn’t a good person then, and he’s certainly not a good person now. He’s retreated into a world where all that exists is numbness and his passion for painting.

When Sutton Hale moves into the apartment across the hall from Caelan she’s not prepared for her reaction to him. Something in his broken blue eyes calls to her—after all she’s always had an irrational need to fix everything.

But Caelan doesn’t do relationships or feelings. He does drugs and alcohol. However, he can’t ignore his desire to get to know the raven-haired woman across the hall.

Two broken souls trying to mend one another.

But not everything can be fixed.

In the end, Caelan and Sutton will have to learn that there is beauty in the ashes.

My Review:

3/5 Stars!

Well, I’m not sure what to think about what I just read.  Beauty in the Ashes is beautifully written, poetic and lovely, but the story just didn’t do it for me.  I got sucked in from the start, so that was good.  I loved Sutton and Caelen.  I wanted them to work so badly.  I felt for Caelen and what he went through.  I thought Sutton was so good for him and then…I hated her.  Her character went from someone to root for to someone to despise.  She became selfish and vapid and I didn’t even see it coming.  I didn’t like it, either.

I guess I was just shocked that I was so sucked into the story only to be so let down.  That’s just not okay.

However despite this, the first 80% of the book is so worth it.  I had to give it at least the 3 stars because Micalea Smeltzer is so talented and her writing just slays me sometimes.  Just go into knowing you will be frustrated and disappointed before it is over.

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Author Bio

Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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