Reds Review: Ashes to Ashes by Zane Michaelson

The final pieces of the puzzle are moving into place, but with more surprises to come, who will live to tell the tale?

Ashes to Ashes: Selling my Soul - Part ThreeAshes to Ashes: Selling my Soul – Part Three by Zane Michaelson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where to start? This is book three of an intense well written dark story, I am assuming designed to make me want to be friends with Tyson and Kyle then rip my heart out because this is exactly what happened. The how’s and why’s are for you to find out for yourself.

I’ve already left my review for Pimped Out/book 1 and In Too Deep/book 2, but I mention them because of the progression Mr. Michaelson was able to build suspense page by page, book by book.

When I reached for Ashes to Ashes I was already in a stunned, heartbroken state after the ending to In Too Deep, steeling myself for more hurt. Reading Ashes to Ashes brought on my tears immediately as I could see there was no way for this story to end with the clouds parting and the sun shining on a new day.

I found myself getting angry and wanting to stop reading, thinking maybe if I picked up my Kindle later the outcome would change. Maybe…

This isn’t a HEA romance, but the love is there in between the pages. It’s the love and loss of it for different people and at different times that causes my heart to break. And it’s not just for the characters you may think.

Read for yourself and see if you can find all of the places and times my heart broke while looking for your own heart stopping moments.

An amazing series which shows the diversity in the writing of Zane Michaelson.


‘Selling my Soul: Part Three – Ashes to Ashes’
by Zane Michaelson

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๐Ÿ’”Blurb
A sickening death shatters Tyson Reeceโ€™s heart into a million pieces, sending him spiralling further into addiction and reliance on Kieran Wayland.
DI Zara Mulaney realises she has lost control and is terrified Tyson will die, either at the hands of Wayland or the drugs he craves to get him through the day.
Worrying about Tyson isnโ€™t the only matter Mulaney must contend withโ€“her boss, Giovanni Mallea, now knows she is working against him.
Terrified she knows enough to send him to jail for life, he carefully weighs up his options.
Is there anything that could lead back to him, Wayland, or worse still, Lena Aarden?
The final pieces of the puzzle are moving into place, but with more surprises to come, who will live to tell the tale?

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Johnny J.A. Huss (Bossy Brothers, #2)

Johnny
J.A. Huss
(Bossy Brothers, #2)
Publication date: September 26th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
She wasnโ€™t supposed to be the princess I wasnโ€™t looking for.
When my father โ€˜diedโ€™ five years ago I took over the โ€˜family businessโ€™. But when I say business, I really mean secret society. Or cult. Or militia. Hell, letโ€™s keep it simple and call it the mob.
Itโ€™s just not that mob.
Itโ€™s much darker, much dirtier, and much more dangerous than any old everyday mob.
And I was perfectly fine with my role in life for a long time. But now my brothers are involved and I need to get them out.
Enter Megan Machette.
When I found her helpless, nearly-naked, and chained to a wall on an island prison I had no intention of being her Prince Charming. But then I found out she had a dirty, dark, dangerous secret that could solve all my family problems.
I was just going to use her. Play her. Tell her everything she wanted to hear.
I never planned on baring my secrets to her in a midnight confession and I certainly never expected her to see past the dark filth inside my soul and find the man underneath.
But she did.
She wasnโ€™t supposed to be the princess I wasnโ€™t looking for.
But she is.
And now I will do anythingโ€”even use her evil secret to take down thousands of peopleโ€”to save my brothers and get what I want.
Her.
Bossy Brothers: Johnny features a prince saving his princess from a life of hell, one or ten romantic gestures from a tattooed bad boy, swimming with glowing dolphins in the Bahamas, and secrets so deep everyone almost drowns. Bossy Brothers: Johnny is book three in the series and can be read alone but should be read in order.

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EXCERPT:

MEGAN

โ€œHow come you donโ€™t mind when I say โ€˜cock?โ€™โ€

He leans in, soft mouth nibbling my ear, and whispers, โ€œBecause a dirty mouth isnโ€™t the same thing as dirty talking. I really like the dirty talk. And if youโ€™re really sincere about asking me why now, why you? Well, then let me take this opportunity to convince you my offer is well thought out and real.โ€

My mouth is open. My heart is racing. My nipples are tight and the sweet spot between my legs is throbbing. I suck in a breath and hold it.

โ€œI want to untie that little string bikini I bought for you this afternoon, throw it out to sea, wrap your legs around my middle, stick my thick, hard cock up inside you, and then fuck you slowly in the light of the moon.โ€

I breathe out. โ€œWe might drown.โ€

He bites my earlobe. His feet making underwater waves as he keeps us afloat.

โ€œSometimes the price of victory is high. But I promise you, it wonโ€™t end in drowning. All you have to do is say yes.โ€

I want to say yes. I wanted him to make this move last night. I thought he would make this move last night. So why am I hesitating?

Maybe itโ€™s because heโ€™s thrown me some curveballs today. Starting with all that chastising about swearing, then the uncharacteristic self-doubt in the restaurant, then he changed the plan and gave me presentsโ€ฆ and tied that ribbon around my wrist like he was claiming me as his.

Jesus Christ. Iโ€™m delusional.

But all that does actually add up to something and it could be thisโ€ฆ gesture.

Or offer. Or whatever it is heโ€™s doing.

It doesnโ€™t add up.

โ€œOr,โ€ he says, his fingers tugging on one of the strings holding my bottoms on until it comes loose, โ€œyou could just tell me no when you want me to stop, if thatโ€™s the way you play submit.โ€

โ€œSubmit?โ€ I laugh. But his hand is already tugging on the other string. And the next thing I know Iโ€™m not wearing bottoms anymore.

Theyโ€™re floating free somewhere down below me. A thing of the sea now.

He just keeps going. His hands reach up to the rhinestone clasp between my breasts, opening it in one swift, well-practiced move, and theyโ€™re free, his palms squeezing them tight until I let out a small moan.

โ€œTell me no,โ€ he whispers into my ear. โ€œBecause unless you tell me no, Iโ€™m gonna keep going like itโ€™s a yes.โ€

I bite my lip, but I donโ€™t say no.

Then his open mouth is on mine. His lips soft, but somehow still demanding and punishing. Both hands come up to my face to hold me there. Captive in his kiss.

We start to sink, and I struggle away, my hands and feet treading water to keep us afloat. But his hands drop down to my thighs, gripping them tight as he opens me up. Immediately, I press my knees around his middle. His fingers tug on his board shorts, and then his cock is between my open legs. Pressing, pushing, insisting on being inside me.

โ€œHold on to me,โ€ he whispers past my lips, our mouths still kissing.

And I do. Desperately. My arms circle his neck and my legs circle his hips. Giving him permission to enter me fully.

Itโ€™s the slowest fuck Iโ€™ve ever experienced. Thereโ€™s barely any friction. Thereโ€™s no forceful pushing and thrusting. Thereโ€™s just not enough resistance in the water for a hard fuck like that.

But I donโ€™t need any of that right now. My body is hot, and alive, and begging for more. And even though heโ€™s not giving me more, he has no more to give while weโ€™re in the ocean like this, I donโ€™t really need it. Every small movement excites me. Every brush of his lips against mine thrills me. And when his hand on my hip lowers down the curve of my ass and presses between my legs, Iโ€™m almost embarrassed at how wonderful that feels.

I gasp a little. Weโ€™re no longer kissing. But our foreheads are pressed together. Our breathing ragged and matched. His feet kicking underwater to keep us afloat.

I let go of him and drop my fingers down between our bodies, pressing against the hard muscles of his stomach, until my fingers flip over so I can play with myself.

Johnny leans in and bites my neck. I gasp, and he pulls back, kissing it softly. But then he bites again, and again, and again until some unknown, never-before-experienced feeling of lust and desire fills my body andโ€ฆ

โ€œOh, shit,โ€ I moan softly. โ€œShit.โ€

I come on my fingers. His hard cock barely inside me.

I bury my head into his neck, embarrassed. Not really understanding how that even happened.

He leans over on his side. One hand gripping my waist, holding us together, the other dragging us towards the shore.

I donโ€™t even know whatโ€™s happening and Iโ€™m starting to feel uncomfortable and weird about what I just did when I realize heโ€™s standing on the sandy ocean floor, lifting me up. Carrying me through the crashing waves to the beach.

He lays me down, half in, half out of the rolling surf. His body covers mine, his hands on both my cheeks once again, his mouth open, tongue inside me.

Then he lets go of my face, grabs both knees with both hands, opens me back up, and slips inside.

And this time his cockโ€”still rock hardโ€”refuses to fuck me slowly.

 

Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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‘A Convenient Deception: The Betrayal Series – Book One’ by W.A. Cooper

Consumed with tracking down Jordanโ€™s supposed lover, Ariana embarks on a collision course which crosses paths with Braer.

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The new novel from the best-selling author of ‘Decree Absolute’

Watercolour artist, Braer McGlashan, has been content with a marriage of convenience to property entrepreneur, David Granger.

But, the death of her father and the guilt she carries about their last conversation before he died, push Braer to explore new artistic opportunities driven by her earlier successes.

Then David starts an affair with a married man, which threatens to derail their cosy marital arrangement.

A mysterious woman enters Braerโ€™s life.

New Zealand born, Ariana Te Ata, was ready to start a family but over the last six months her husband, Jordan Travers, has distanced himself from her, putting the next stage of their lives in jeopardy.

Arianaโ€™s suspicions are aroused when she finds his mobile and a thread of texts that hint at something more than his busy work schedule.

Consumed with tracking down Jordanโ€™s supposed lover, Ariana embarks on a collision course which crosses paths with Braer.

Layers of deception intertwine and disintegrate their lives, only to reveal the possibility of so much more than either of them had dreamed of.

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Jessica Klide: Losing Her

A heavy hand grabs my arm with steely force. I try to snatch away, but the grip only tightens.

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Zane Michaelsonโ€™s โ€˜Selling My Soulโ€™ Series

The saga continues to play out with the clock ticking and the crime lords at large.

In Too Deep is Live!

Selling My Soul – Part Two

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๐Ÿ’”Blurb

Tyson Reece is locked inside a world of depravity. His life held tight at the mercy of his ex-boyfriend, Kieran Wayland.

DI Zara Mulaney continues to work tirelessly in the shadows, hoping to bring Wayland and his partner, her boss, Giovanni Mallea to justice.

Reece is caught in the crosshairs between the undercover work of Mulaney and the evils of Wayland.

Wayland has spies everywhere and one of them is talking.

Has Reeceโ€™s deception been exposed?

The saga continues to play out with the clock ticking and the crime lords at large. What Reece doesnโ€™t realise is his head is already on a platter in this game of deceit, filth, and lies.

With the candle burning quickly, will Reece and Mulaney get the proof they need before Wayland sets his repulsive plan into motion?


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New Release from Maggie Jane Schuler

IN THE SURF BY MAGGIE JANE SCHULER IS LIVE

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Blurb:
Liam recalls the life of his best friend while desperately trying to make sense of the hopelessness he finds himself in after his friend, Byron, takes his own life.
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*This novella was originally released in the Letting Hope Enter Anthology. A foreword and afterword have been added for the re-release as a prequel to Along the Shore.*

 

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Along the Shore Release Date: August 13, 2019
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Blurb:
Eva
The world dulled when you decided the fate of my future. Our son speaks of you as a
superhero, and I grapple with the idea I wasnโ€™t good enough to keep you here, safeโ€”with us. I spend my days working to support our son, and my nights turn into one endless string of reckless decisions because reality provides no comfort. The truth of the situation buried deep down, since youโ€™re gone, and I stand drowning in my own grief.
Reece
Along the shore, thereโ€™s a lady whose torment captured me the first time her aura caught my eye. Her beauty holds steady behind the mask she wears every morning. Something about her piques my interest as the days go by, and I know deep inside my mission beckons to uncover her secret and bring her back among the living. Written in her body language, speaks a familiar road I traveled. A road of sorrow nobody deserves stranded alone in its strangled web.
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