Review: “Out of The Ashes” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Out of The Ashes
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Asheville Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

BLURB:

Asheville Arcana

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life


Eli Hammond is an Alpha wolf, after a trip, he comes back to his pack and finds 5 of his pack-mates dead and all the other members missing.
Arden Gilmarin is a Half-Elf, successful business man and a member of the Council of the Sup-Nat.

When Eli comes to Asheville asking for help rescuing his pack, he finds a closed door by the members of the council, except for Arden. His mate.
Eli knows from the beginning that Arden is his mate, but he refuses to claim him. First, he has his pack to rescue and as the Alpha, the pack comes first. Second, the fact that Arden isn’t from the same species, is something that bothers Eli. How can 2 different species be together and mate for life when they are so different?

Arden is adorable, smart, fun, with a big heart. He’s a caretaker, and helping people who need it, it’s second nature to him. So when Eli comes asking for help, he couldn’t refuse him. When he realized that they were mates, Arden tries to understand why Eli doesn’t want him and doesn’t do stupid things and I love that about him.

I loved this book. Eli and Arden are perfect together.

I’ve read a lot of paranormal books, I love this kind, and Out of the Ashes, is a really good book.

The author wrote an interesting story with a good plot, the MC’s a couple that I loved from the beginning, both of them (I was surprised too), the secondary characters were good too, and I wanted to know more about them.
The fact that the book wasn’t all about the mate pair, pleased me. The author wrote two stories in one.

The first story, we have the investigations about Eli’s pack and all the ramifications of it. The second story, Eli and Arden’s love story and mate’s bond.
I also loved that the author didn’t use the mate thing for ugly useless sex scenes (yes, it’s me Ivy, and no I’m not sick). Actually, he took the time to build the bond between them, of course it’s a magical bond, and of course after 4 days they were together for good (and I was doing a little dance), but that doesn’t mean they didn’t talk together or didn’t share their fears and worries.

Besides, like I said, the plot about the missing pack was super good.

For me, it was like reading a paranormal gay’s version of the TV Show Supernatural. Replace the brothers Sam and Dean Winchester by an Alpha Gay Wolf mated to a bossy bottom Half-elf, then add a broody Vampire as expert ès-demon, a wizard as the best friend who is also sex-buddy (I love this book!) and other supernatural creatures like Dryads, Witches and demon hunter.
Shake well, and you have Out of the Ashes.

I will definitely follow this series, and hope that book 2 will come soon.

4 OptimuMM’s for those adorable supernatural misfits

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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