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.
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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5 out of 5 Sexy Heels
This book is amazing...heartwrenchingly beautiful story. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! As a new blogger, I read a ton...it takes a lot to pull emotions out of me...this book took me on an emotional roller coaster. Even after finishing the book I still have tears fighting to come out of my eyes.
When Sutton moves in across from Caelan it starts out with this almost comical push pull going on that quickly makes you fall in love with both of them. Despite Caelan's obvious issues, I found myself riveted by their budding relationship and couldn't help but want them to work out. Sutton has her own issues but hers are hidden beneath the surface and it isn't until everything comes to a head that the unthinkable happens. It is from this tragedy that things change.
This book really drives home a few things...1) People come in & out of your life for a reason 2) you are never too broken 3) even through pain there can be healing & joy.