5 out 5 stars
This book absolutely 100% stole my heart. I was instantly in love with Knox and Adam. They both have the sweetest, kindest hearts and souls. This was also my first book by this author. I will tell you that after listening to this audio book, I will either be reading or listening to every book K. M. Neuhold writes! She is now on my must read list.
We meet Knox in the most unimaginable state. He has withstood so many hardships at such a young age that noone should have to go through. He is so vulnerable but meeting Adam on an app gives him hope. He just has to go through hell to get to him.
Adam lost his younger brother to a drug overdose, and now feels such guilt over the secret he’s been hiding his whole life, being bisexual! He feels that maybe if he had told him that he wouldn’t have felt so alone. This leaves him feeling the need to help anyone that reminds him of his brother. When he meets Knox online, he immediately is drawn to him, but when Knox suddenly disappears he feels hopeless and like he let someone else down. He believes Knox is dead.
When Knox shows up at Heathens Ink, Adam has no idea who he is but will not turn away a soul in need. He soon finds out that this is his Knox and the rest is history. This book is so good that you can’t get enough. The past never goes away though and it may just bring everything they have crashing down on them.
HEATHENS INK SERIES, BOOK 3
AUDIO RELEASE: 01.18.18
NARRATOR: Kenneth Obi
COVER DESIGN: K.M. Neuhold
COVER PHOTO: StockPhoto
“When the broken man with scarred skin walked into Heathens, askedfor a job, and showed me a sketch of a phoenix, it felt like fate.”~ Adam
It started with an anonymous post by someone who didn’t want to live anymore. I read it over and over again, unable to get it out of my mind. What if my brother Johnny had posted something like this before he’d taken his own life? Would someone have been able to save him?
I’ve been living a lie for 16 long years and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to keep it up. And when a beautiful, broken man walks into my tattoo shop asking for a second chance at life, I know I’ll never be able to turn him away.
“When I was so far down I couldn’t even see the light, a stranger reached in to save me”~ Nox
I didn’t have anything to live for, until a kind stranger pulled me back from the brink. With physical and emotional scars I have nowhere to turn now but to that same stranger who saved my life without realizing it. But as my feelings for Adam grow, will I ever be anything other than a surrogate for the brother he couldn’t save? Am I even worthy of his love?
**From Ashes is the third book in the Heathens Ink series, each book in the series CAN be read as a standalone.
CAUTION: this book contains graphic descriptions of domestic violence and drug use that may be disturbing to some readers.
The afternoon flies by as quickly as the morning had with a combination of appointments and walk-ins filling up my schedule all the way until closing time.
While Nox and I clean up my workspace Gage pops his head in.
“Hey, I’m going to be heading over to Rainbow House tonight, won’t be home ‘til late.”
“Okay, tell everyone I say hi and that I’ll do my best to stop by soon.”
“Is Rainbow House a bar or something?” Nox asks once Gage is gone.
“No, it’s a halfway house for LGBTQ teens who don’t have anywhere to go.”
Nox’s lips part on a quiet gasp and his eyes glaze over slightly.
“That’s so amazing. You volunteer to help homeless LGBTQ teens?”
“It’s no big deal,” I shrug off the awe in his voice. I love working with the kids down at R.H., but it’s not enough. Nothing will ever be enough.
“It is a big deal. You are like a real-life superhero,” Nox insists.
I feel myself blush and wave off his praise.
“I’m no superhero,” I argue. “I’m just doing what I can so no one has to feel as helpless and alone as Johnny did.”
“I’m going to have to think of a superhero name for you,” Nox carries on as though he didn’t hear my protest. “Hmm, let’s see…what about lumberjack man?”
“What? That’s terrible, what would my superpower even be?”
“The ability to chop wood super-fast.”
“I feel like there’s a sexual innuendo in there somewhere.”
Nox barks out a laugh.
“I’d love to go help out at Rainbow House sometime,”Nox says casually, but his expression is anything but. I can tell it would mean a lot to him to help some kids who are in a position he’s familiar with.
“Do you mind my asking how you ended up on the streets? Were your parent’s dicks about the gay thing or what?”
“It’s kind of embarrassing.”
“You don’t have to tell me if you’re uncomfortable. I was being nosey, forget I even asked,” I backpedal, realizing what a dick question that was.
I’m an author of m/m and new adult romance. I have a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well.