Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Hot, sexy, scary, mysterious and a thoroughly entertaining tale! Out of the Ashes (Asheville Arcana #1) by Ari McKay is all these things. The first in a new subline called Dreamspun Beyond from Dreamspinner Press (be still my heart) this story combines romance, mate bonding, werewolves, fae, vampires, mages, black magic and a mystery to solve all rolled into one for a wonderful read I couldn’t put down.
Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond comes looking for help in Ashville from the supernatural council there when he finds that his pack has been killed with the remaining members missing. When the older members of the council reject him, it’s one of the younger members, Arden Gilmarin who offers his help. Arden, along with that of two of his friends, a mage and a vampire, work with Eli to unravel a mystery that turns nastier and darker with each clue they uncover. That the biggest surprise is that Arden and Eli are mates? That fact maybe one of the hardest things for Eli to adjust to.
McKay lays out a great universe here and community of supernaturals in Asheville, past and present. We have everything from dryads to vampires here and it works charmingly. I love it when you can get pulled into a book with supernatural elements and the author has made you feel that it’s not only possible but absolutely authentic! I believed in those magical elements in and around Asheville, wanted to go peaking and looking for them myself!
Growly Eli and elegant Arden are a wonderful match for each other, each in tune with their environments and quirks. And yes, their interactions together, in and out of bed are very hot indeed.
The mystery here is solved but leaves open an overall arc for the series to continue. Plus there’s a vampire and mage that very much need to find their own mates and romances next. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them and the Asheville Arcana series. What a great way to spring the new Dreamspun Beyond line on the readers! I’ll be gobbling these right up just as I do the Dreamspun Desires regular series! I recommend Out of the Ashes by Ari McKay for all you lovers of shifter romances and romances in general.
Cover art by Aaron Anderson. Another great cover by Aaron Anderson. That certainly is Arden, love the backdrop.
ebook, 220 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesAsheville Arcana #1 setting