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Ashen eBook Cover,
written by Elle Dusoir
|Publisher||Amazon Digital Services|
|Publication date||June 17, 2021|
Ashen is an eBook written by Elle Dusoir. In this work the character Nathan is an Incubus.
- Title: Ashen
- Author: Elle Dusoir
- Published By: Amazon Digital Services
- Length: 218 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B097HJKNX8
- Publishing Date: June 17, 2021
Iris Hope has seen plenty of horrors in her life. She just returned to her home in Aurora after a traumatic stint as a photojournalist in war-torn Dovaria, cataloging the war crimes of a dictator's bloody coup. She wanted to leave those horrible memories in the past, but they continue to haunt her, day and night.
Meanwhile, Iris is being watched closely by a powerful underworld being who has taken human form and goes by the name Nathan Thorne. She emerged as a prime candidate for him to pursue.
For his purposes, she is perfect in every way. He finds that she is almost completely immune to his infernal charms, a sign that she will be the perfect host for his seed. He will have to find a way to gain access to her heart.
Nathan will have to be careful not to let her into his heart. There was a woman in a past life for him, someone who nearly brought on his ruin. He doesn't want to make the same mistake again.
As Iris gets closer to him, he finds it harder and harder to resist her. She has an undeniable allure that could surely jeopardize his plans, if he doesn't watch himself. His superior, Dax, will take notice if he slips up again and lets himself fall for her. The retribution will be swift.
Iris has her own dilemmas about getting involved with Nathan. In addition to the traumas from Dovaria, she had a horrible break-up prior to her return. She is not eager to rush into anything like that again.
When she's attacked on the street and Nathan comes to her rescue, she grows closer and closer to him, despite her best efforts to resist him.
Will they be able to resist their attraction to each other or will they give in and invite almost certain ruin upon themselves?
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on August 8, 2021
Nathan’s role as an incubus is clear, there’s no question as to what he must do. But encountering Iris, and coming to the realization that his actions were wrong is startling. The upheaval comes when he learns just what Iris means to him, and that, perhaps, there is such a thing as love for the unlovable.
The work overall tells the story of the main characters trying to come to terms with their past before dealing with the complications of their present. The emotional impact that is told for Iris is especially striking and there’s a lot to unpack in her character as the story is told. For Nathan, initially he is somewhat unlikable and as things progress with Iris, the shift from being almost a stereotypical incubus into a far better and more interesting character is well done. He’s not perfect by any means, but he does come to see that redeeming himself can only come from Iris.
It’s a long battle for both of them, Iris having to face the events that Nathan put into motion and what they result in. Similarly the internal struggle for Nathan is well told and the two characters aren’t perfect by any means in their reactions or decisions. That uncertainty does make the resolution of the story better.
I liked the redemption that Nathan went through and the ending was unexpected, but perfect for him and Iris. The ending does leave a question unanswered which would be a place to start a sequel from. Where Nathan’s story leaves him asks a question which I think needs to be answered. That’s not to say the ending isn’t satisfying, for it is. It’s more of a question of what comes next. That would be something to see.
Four out of five pitchforks.
Well written with strong characters and a plot that holds things together well. Some of the incubi and other demon characters are a bit too close to being stereotypical for my liking, but that’s part of the plot. But the main characters make up for that immensely.