Review: Asher, by Jo Raven

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Part of a series? Yes, but can be read as a standalone.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: New Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Self-published.

Pages: 213.

Blurb:

Now eighteen, Audrey returns to her hometown for the first time after the accident – the car crash that took her dad and scarred her for life. She’s here to start again. Go to college and have fun. Make new friends. Get over the past.
But the past won’t let go. Asher is here – her first kiss, her first heartbreak. More handsome and distant than ever, he’s still the boy who used to be her best friend. That was before he changed into someone she hardly knows anymore – the boy who started getting into fights and gave her the cold shoulder for years.
Asher isn’t what she needs. In fact, she hates him and should try her best to keep away from him.
Yet her body doesn’t seem to care about how she feels, and maybe, just maybe this time her body got it right. Not that she has much of a choice. Asher draws her like a bright flame, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll burn.
And that may not be such a bad thing after all…

This is New Adult erotic romance, dual POV.
******Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

 

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REVIEW:

I read this book because when I saw the cover reveal and read the blurb, I was intrigued. It sounded like a different kind of NA Contemporary Romance.

Is it a different NA Contemporary Romance? In the end, not really as much as I was expecting.

I love it when the characters have a troubled past, when they have hang ups and issues plaguing them still. It’s always thrilling to read a story where you actually see the characters healing. Asher is all of that.

This story is told from two POVs and I think it’s really needed to better understand both characters and to better feel their issues. There are parts that actually made my heart break a little bit. I mean, you can’t stay cold and detached when you read about what happened to Audrey and what is going on in Asher’s life.

Though, I would have loved it if the author would have dug deeper when it comes to the connection between Audrey and Asher to better understand how it is for both of them. I was quite distanced from Audrey for a long while.

The relationship between Audrey and Asher starts a little too soon for my liking and I think the angst could have been used more to better enhance the irrevocable connection between Audrey and Asher. It could have been more epic and that’s what I was expecting.

But don’t get me wrong, I really liked reading this book. It’s a fast read, fast paced and intriguing enough to make me want to even discover the other sets of characters.

My main issue would be Audrey that switches a little too fast for my liking. But I could relate to it to a certain extent so maybe it’s just me.

Asher is really an interesting character and I felt for him. Somehow, I would have loved to read more about him, more of his POV because he’s the real asset in this story.

Just for Asher, I’m glad I read this book!

Who already read Asher? What do you think about it? Are you like me, looking forward to the next installment?

 

RATING:

3 to 3.5

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