BOOK REVIEW: Soaring by Kristen Ashley

51N7zEIn4xLAmerican heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.

Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.

When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.

Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants it all from him.

The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.

Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.

But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.

She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.

Melanie’s 5-Star Review:

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Kristen Ashley cannot be stopped and for that I am most grateful. I just love, love the fact that I know for a fact even before I can get the full gist of the book that I will walk away from a KA read with nothing less than a stellar opinion about it.. My obsession and my love for her work just continues to grow time and again as soon as I finish another one of her books. Soaring was another one to add to the list.

Amelia’s and Mickey’s story is fueled by so much emotion—deceit, heartbreak, and redemption. This book is about a second chance at life by finding love again. Love between lovers and love between family and friends. Many times, I felt like breaking down for Amelia. My heart was bogged down with sympathy and my stomach was in knots with anxious anticipation. I loved Amelia’s character so much. She showed such courage and humility from the very start of this book. Trying to win her children back after a bitter divorce that turned her into an emotional mess, Amelia realizes that she can no longer live in the past. Packing up her bags and following her children to Magdalene was not only her chance at rebuilding a relationship with her children but at finding herself in the process. Born in an insanely wealthy family, Amelia has always been directed to act and to dress a certain way and it’s when life comes crashing down on her that she realizes just how lost she is. She’s unable to identify who exactly Amelia Hathaway is–  as someone other than an ex-wife, mother, sister and daughter. I loved her journey to eventual self-discovery. She showed immense heart and kindness through it all. Ms. Ashley couldn’t have thought up of a better heroine for this storyline.

If you’ve read the first book in this series, The Will then you would be very familiar with Mickey Donovan. I definitely had starry eyes for him and was so happy to know that Soaring would be his story. And with the way that Kristen Ashley creates her famous alpha males, how could I possibly resist Mickey’s charms?! Oh my goodness, this gorgeous firefighter turned me into a giggling sixteen year old. He is a kick butt dad with a heart of gold and of anyone in town, this guy needed a happy ending. Mickey knew as soon as his eyes landed on Amelia, that his new next door neighbor may just be that happy ending. But as soon as he finds out that she’s a wealthy heiresses, he pulls back, giving into his misconceptions about her. But he soon learns that judging her merely because of the family she was born into, he may just be losing out on the best thing he could have in his life.

The sexual tension between these two was heavy from the start. I loved the cat and mouse game they played—Amelia’s sass to Mickey’s sarcasm. But as time moves along and as they start to get to know one another, it’s plain to see that they are each other’s end games. The game changer to both their lives. I am always in awe of how perfectly attuned KAs couples are to one another. It’s what makes me such an addict to fiction. A match made in heaven that comes with a whole lot of drama and angst but knowing full well that a happily ever after lays await. This was exactly how I felt about Soaring. It had the ups and the downs all of which made me feel like I was soaring right alongside the characters.

Kristen Ashley has done it again for me with Amelia and Mickey’s love story and I cannot wait for the bittersweet finale of this series.

We Like It Big Tunes:

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About the Author:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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