"From the Ashes," by C. M. Valencourt
Gay (M/M) Romance
Hunter and Derek are at a fork in the road...
At their friend Justin's funeral, once-best-friends Derek and Hunter meet again almost four years after their monumental falling out. Hunter kissed Derek, and Derek freaked out and chose a college on the other side of the country.
If they had a choice, both of them would walk away and never see the other again. Except Justin has given them a mission: an epic road trip to scatter his ashes all over the Midwest, complete with cryptic notes, new friends, and a whole lot of sexual tension. Can Derek and Hunter finish Justin's road trip without ripping each other's heads—or clothes—off?
You guys… OMGsh. This book. THIS BOOK. I’m not sure I’m gonna be able to find the right words to describe this experience, but I’m going to try my darnedest. From the Ashes by C.M. Valencourt is one of those books that sends your emotions on a roller coaster ride and demands your undivided attention. From page one. If you think you can plan to just read one chapter… Too bad. It ain’t gonna let you go that easy.
The depth of emotion in this story—from the heartbreaking to the heartwarming—is awe-inspiring. I laughed. I cried. I fell into various pits swirling with vicarious regret, longing, and painfully lost hope. But at the end, I cheered. My cheeks hurt from smiling, because I wanted that HEA more than I’d wanted anything else I could possibly remember in that moment.
The author created some truly wonderful characters. The plot gripped me from the start, and the emotion swirling just under the surface at every turn of the page had me quite literally holding my breath and clenching the edges of my eReader. If I wasn’t curled up in a puddle of my own tears, of course.
I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of the m/m romance genre. Especially those who enjoy a little heartbreak and well-managed angst to make the HEA all the sweeter.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your trusty box of tissues—ideally, a brand new one still fully stocked—and purchase From the Ashes today! It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited!
Until next time,