mardi 20 juin 2017

LIKE ASHES WE SCATTER by Bradon Nave : Release + Review

Like Ashes We ScatterLike Ashes We Scatter by Bradon Nave
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like Ashes We Scatter is typically the kind of books I (almost) never read, and yet, I really enjoyed it.

Alex is a young woman who takes care of her dying younger brother who needs a lungs transplant. When all hope seems lost they received a phone call urging them to go to the hospital for the so awaited surgery. Clearly, if the young man can be given new organs, that means that someone died. Meet Bishop, the brother of Nathan, the young man that just commited suicide.

This book is the story of Alex and Bishop who, through their sorrow, guilt, doubts will built a bubble of joy and well being. Little by little their complicity and attraction grows but will it last when Bishop discovers that Alex knew who he was from the beginning and that their first encounter wasn't so random?

The topics are not easy but Bradon Nave wrote a beautiful story, with enthralling characters whose emotions felt real and even if Bishop's Mom got on my nerves pretty much all along, I totally understood her point.

Suicide, organ donation, illness, depression are tough matters but really well handled, the author made an incredible job at instilling sweetness, light moments and even some craziness in the storyline. Well done!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review, thank you!*

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Title: Like Ashes We Scatter
Author: Bradon Nave
Genre: NA Romance Standalone
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Bishop Holloway is woken by an unsettling telephone call. Minutes later, tragedy strikes.
​Across town, Alex Ayers is watching a loved one succumb to a horrible illness, helpless to stop it.
​But out of scattered ashes, hope can bloom, and sometimes tragedy can beget a miracle.
​Alex can't bear to tell Bishop about the fateful connection that binds them. She fears his love for her isn't strong enough to survive if he knew. But no secret stays hidden forever, and now Alex might lose the man she loves, and the family she's fought so hard to save.
23yo Alex and her dying 17yo brother, Tyson at the baseball field. 
There was no field, only a blanket of snow and a thousand memories dancing in her brother’s eyes. His smile—classically beautiful—was perfection. Absent their mother and sitting in the warmed car nestled to the chain-link fence, Alex and Tyson silently watched the numerous snowflakes falling fat from the sky to cover their world. There was no wind—no biting, bitter agony about the atmosphere. There was only a calming peace that nearly resembled acceptance.
Taking her brother’s hand, she squeezed it lightly. “Tyson Kade Ayers…you have no idea how proud I am to be your sister. You’re my everything.”
“You know…” His words all but trailed. “That statement might get us arrested. Incest…is…frowned upon.”
Chuckling, she kissed his cheek as his eyes remained fixed on the mound. “You were amazing out there, Ty.”
“Were? Let go of my hand, woman. I can go nine innings right now.” His sarcastic, raspy comments—soft and slow—had her teetering—her eyelids nearly spilling her emotions onto the somber scene. Completely aware that this very conversation would be ever etched on her memory all her days, she carefully contemplated her next words…before they left her mouth, a phone was vibrating.
Looking toward the gearshift, a 0000 flashed on the smartphone screen. “That’s my boss with my new schedule—”
“Alex…that’s my phone. That could be Dr. Jones.”
Reaching for the phone in frantic fashion, Alex pressed the green accept button. “Hello.”
“Alexandra?”
“Dr. Jones?”
“Is Tyson with you?”
“Yes, we’re at the baseball—”
“You’re in town, correct?”
“Yes.”
“I need you to come to the hospital, now…nine one, one. It’s happening.”
The female physician’s words seemed more a cruel joke than a potential pardon.
“You’re…you’re serious?”
“Alexandra! Tyson, to the hospital, now!” 
“Holy shit! We’re on our way!”
Hanging up the phone, she looked to her brother, his skin was a ghostly, pale white—illuminated by the blinding snow behind his beautiful face.
“Alex…” His lip quivered—a sliver of hope cracked through his eyes.
Grabbing either side of his face, she pressed her grinning lips to his forehead. “We’ve got to go now, Baby-Ty.”
“Is this really happening, Alex? Is this…oh my God. Is this really happening?”
His smile—the smile one gives upon learning returning a death sentence might be an option, was beautifully crafted on him. 
“Let’s go, Ty.” 
“Wait! Alex…just…just wait.”

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