Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: This Regret by Victoria Ashley

Publication Date: 2/26/2014
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Phoenix has been stumbling through life since her brother Adric's tragic death but after eight years, she is finally piecing what remains together. She has a nice apartment, a steady job and not to mention a fresh new 'relationship' with her childhood friend, Kade Haze. He's the sexy boy next door she never even dreamed of falling for, but can’t seem to stop the pull she feels toward him. 

Just when life began to make sense again and a feeling of normalcy was on the horizon, Phoenix's carefully constructed walls come crashing down. 

When walking into the tattoo shop one day, the last thing she’s expecting to see is Kellan Haze, Adric’s best friend no one has seen or heard from since the day they found her brother’s body. He’s nothing as she remembers him as a child, with his wild messy hair, tattoos that cover most of his undeniably sexy body and eyes so intense it makes her legs quiver with one look. The one thing even she can’t deny is the instant rush she feels just by being in his presence. 

But how can you choose between love and lust when one of these hold a dark secret, one that can crush your world to pieces and leave you gasping for air. Who can you trust when your mind is pulling you in two different directions and your heart has to choose for you? 

The Haze brothers are sexy, daring and possibly . . . dangerous. 

This Regret is a story of love, lust, betrayal and danger with an ending that no one saw coming. Author's Note: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. This is a stand-alone novel that will have more books with side characters that can all be read alone.

Victoria Ashley, you have broken my heart so many times with this book and ignited passions within me that even my husband says thank you. You have literally blown me away with this book. I was a virgin reader of your novels when I came across the Foreplay box set. I can say without a doubt that This Regret has left me tired and sore from its emotional rollercoaster ride. You are an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read more!!

This Regret focuses on a group of people who are mourning a death of a sibling, child, loved one, best friend, etc. Phoenix, Adric’s sister, is the focal point of the story. She was left a broken shell after the death of her brother. His best friend takes off soon after his death and she is forced to trudge on with live in the shadows of his death. Years later, she’s finally moving on with a semi-normal state of life when shit hits the fan. Not only does her longtime friend, Kade, comes onto to her, but Adric’s illusive best friend, Kellen, comes back from hiding. These two brothers want the same woman. Both have a past that they regret and the knowledge of this past will affect Phoenix like they can never imagine. Phoenix is such an amazing and beautifully strong character. She has had to take the weight of her family issues upon her shoulders for years and she deserves a little slice of happiness.

Kellen is by far one of my favorite book boyfriends now. He’s a literary sex god that can give me a dose of sexual healing anytime. He knows he’s wrong in his attractions to Adric’s baby sister, but he’s always been drawn to her. He needs her like a desert flower needs water. Yet his internal battles keep pulling him away from her. His truly dark and broken soul needs someone like Phoenix. On the other hand, where Kellen has sexual energy pouring off his tattooed body, his brother Kade, just didn’t do anything for me. I was very interested into his desires to muddle the lines between best friend and lover with Phoenix, but deep down I knew that if she couldn’t give herself to someone who she’d been close with for so long that maybe something wasn’t right there.

Stating that I loved this book would be the understatement of year. Victoria Ashley’s novel, writing style, and characters have burrowed deeply inside of my soul. I wanted so many times to reach inside the black and white digital pages of my Nook and hug Phoenix. Ashley’s addictive writing keep me so enthralled that I was reading the book in church! You have definitely added a new fan with This Regret. This is one of those books you’ll never regret forgetting about life to read!

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