Published: January 15th 2019
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
Author: Marni Mann
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Read : 4 February 2020
Shelved : 5 February 2020
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“No, I don’t want to run. Unless it’s toward you, and then my answer is yes.”― Alix, When Ashes Fall
It’s been said that you can’t love two men at the same time.
You can’t split your heart, soul, and body in half.
But I’m here to tell you, you can.
Dylan Cole is like ice, sharp and unpredictable, the thunder inside a tumultuous storm.
Smith Reid is warmth, soft and gentle, perfect like a sunny day.
Both are mine.
But I can have only one.
There are two sides to this tale.
I’m here to tell you mine.
If you think this story is about a cheater, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Alix Rayne, a 911 dispatcher and ex-first responder, is the main heroine whose job is all about being in the thicket of disaster and trauma. She is takes one day at a time as she battle her own demons that was splashed all over the news that fateful April 2013 day. This incident handicapped her from anything and everything to move on with her life. She was torn up inside between the love two men – one who comes during the day and another during night – the unpredictable, commanding Dylan Cole and the patient, compassionate Smith Reid. She wasn’t ready to let go either of them.
Dylan is a private airplane pilot and comes from money versus Alix’s humble living. Buth both were so drawn on each other upon first meeting that they loved each other immediately.
Smith is a lawyer who had a rough childhood. He works hard and makes sure to keep “on the right side of the law”. Smith met Alix when he called 911 and Alix helps him calm down as the ambulance arrives. During their talks, they end up agreeing to meet and go on a date.
If you think about it, it seems so easy to judge on which one Alix should be with, right?
The story was pretty unexpected. I thought I was dealing with:
1) the case of a bi-polar/Alzheimer (reminded me 50 1st dates) woman who is married and has forgotten etc
2) a badly traumatized woman who was cheated on and has yet to recover the divorce, or
3) an afterlife / reincarnation confused state for Alix
All of those were possibilities…but no! This is NOT one of those stories.
Instead it dove into the paranormal and spiritual side of losing your “soul-mate” that I was overwhelmed with grief.
This one got to me, most especially since the tragedy was a real and relatable on how many lives were lost that day. The language is very raw and intense.
It was heartbreaking but you see how the heroine really fought through all her “demons” with the help of love and friends. I love how Alix’s character developed and although it was killing me on how long the answers were coming for Dylan, I really felt that it was all worth the wait. I love how it all can say that you can love two persons so passionately without having to give up either one of them. It is true of any tragedy.
The ending is not what I thought of and that’s great! I may be a bit disappointed in assuming so simple where it all boiled down to a bigger meaning to love and loss.
I love love love it…thank you, Marni, for sharing Alix, Dylan and Smith’s story for us and show us the other side of PTSD.
“A pilot once told me, he always hoped for sunny days. They were the easiest and safest and the flights with the least amount of concern.” “In some way or another, that’s what we all hope for.”― Marni Mann, When Ashes Fall
About Marni Mann
Marni Mann, USA Today Bestselling author, knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.