Roxy Reviews: Ashley by April Kelley


Title: Ashley: Demon Elite Series Book Five
Author: April Kelley
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 111
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Ashley Wilkins has done some bad things, torturing people until they give him the information he wants, but all that was in his past. Making amends for all those wrong doings will never happen. He knows that, but that doesn’t stop him from trying, which is why he takes a break from interrogation to save Iain Liron’s life. Iain is a recovering drug addict who understands all too well what finding forgiveness means. Can he make Ash see that he’s more than just his past sins?

Review:

I have to mention that I was very excited to get my hands on this one. Going by the blurb what’s not to love?

Ashley, lets go with Ash made his appearance in the other books in this series as the master of interrogations. He used whatever tools and said whatever he needed to, and did whatever he had to, in order to gain the information he was after. So, in this story, which is his, he is beginning to feel the weight of his work and needs a break. Basically he needs to focus on his self. Everyone needs that moment. He is everything I picture in a man of his nature. Big, bold, strong, smart, the rock. He’s quiet, he’s fast, he’s smart, he’s genuine and he is not a bad boy, not in the manner of killing people just to kill them. He’s a team player, he loves the other guys on his Demon Elite team and they love him back.

So, he rescues the little brother of one of his team mates. Iain. And let me tell you, these two just grabbed my little heart and gave it a hug. Talk about the cutest couple! Now, the beginning of the story had me all a jitters. That young man, Iain was taken-kidnapped I believe in book four of this series, I can’t be certain as I didn’t read it, and since I mentioned that, I don’t think you have to read these in order, but it’s suggested just so you can meet each of these characters. They are a great bunch of guys and funny too. Anyway, Ash sees Iain being hung by his arms and being beaten, but let me tell you, we don’t SEE him being hurt, the writer seems to want to show us, but didn’t and that’s fine. Many of you don’t do abuse. Ash manages to figure out where the younger man is being kept and before you know it, the team is on their way to rescue him.

The writer does a great job with the world around them, drawing one in and putting them alongside the characters. I personally didn’t feel apprehension or fear, or even anger, and that’s all because this writer knows how to use her words and make them leave an impact before you realize what she’s done.

I love when a group can work together as one and this Elite team does just that. We see them in action while rescuing the young man, and then we see a side of Ash that probably hasn’t been seen by many of the readers who have kept up with this series. He’s not only a hardass, but he’s a sweet man who loves with his whole heart. And lucky Iain is the man he falls in love with.

Now, for the tech stuff. The editing was fine, I found a couple of small things that don’t impact the story. POV was consistent and written in the third limited. The characters are very well fleshed out, and they even have flaws! I love characters with flaws. Now, I don’t know how long Ash has known Iain so I can’t say if this story was one of those where characters meet and immediately fall in love, or not. They do have a strong connection right from the moment Ash rescued Iain though. They fall into a relationship quite fast but again, I don’t know really what their past is. I gathered Ash knew of Iain because he works with Iain’s older brother Randy, but what did he feel? No clue. Iain is a cutie. He’s a fighter and he worked hard at getting off street drugs, as he was an addict, he went to therapy, etc. So in saying that, the author did a great job with making sure the sub plot and past issues were tied up before ending the story.

Romance and sex: Well done.

It’s a great read, a fast one. I really need to read the other ones in this series now. Overall it’s a solid four kiss from me.

Reviewed By: Roxy

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