REVIEW of For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati

I've recently read another book with the female lead almost identical to the one here in For the Love of Ash. They both found themselves in a situation wherein they were forced to grow up and change rather quickly. Plots like this appeals to me, because I don't really like reading something full of immaturity, wrongful angst, and whatever common teenage attitude there is. I like seeing a character's growth; learning to be more responsible, not just for his/herself, but also the person/people they now hold accountability for. So how good was this book?

Title: For The Love of Ash
Author: Taylor Lavati
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 9, 2015
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer

Maggie Larken is a reformed party girl. After her parent’s death, she’s left to raise Asher, her nine-year-old brother.

Luke Wilson has done everything his parents have ever asked of him. A new teacher, Luke constantly questions where his life is headed.

When Luke and Maggie meet, neither is in the market for a relationship. But sometimes life has other plans. Both navigate new waters as they try to decide where their priorities should lie, while also seizing what they want.

In this heartbreakingly real tale of love, Maggie and Luke discover what being a family truly means.

*This book is a standalone and NOT part of a series. This book contains mature content.


Maggie Larken is a dedicated sister/mother to her little brother. She's trying to finish her studies, working to financially support her and Ash, as well as doing everything in her power to be a good "mother". She knows her priorities and falling in love isn't one of them. But if she's learned anything, is that life never goes the way you expect it to.

Luke Wilson knows what he wants -- help as many kids as he can. He knows what it's like to be trapped, helpless, and miserable, so he's going to do everything he can to keep others from experiencing that -- especially his siblings. But life is full of hardships and surprises. He just has to learn to open up to everything...and everyone.

Like I've noted earlier, I have read a book whose heroine is similar to Maggie. It's titled 3volve, and I mentioned in my review of it how inspiring and eye-opening stories like these are. The situation Maggie and her little brother find themselves in is more common than people think. Same thing with Luke and his family; abusive and irresponsible parents who hides their rottenness behind prestige and luxury. I absolutely loved how Taylor talks about matters that are real and raw. Subjects that are heartbreaking, painful, but also uplifting, admiring, and inspiring. We are given a really solid and engaging story, with complex and interesting characters, and a swoon-worthy love story. How can you not love a book like that?

For the Love of Ash is paced really well, in my opinion. The author took her time in nurturing her characters and letting them unravel properly. I didn't feel like some things were rushed, while other issues drag on, and that gives everything a sense of balance. Going back to the characters, I liked how they came to be. What do I mean? They didn't just come from out of the blue with no good purpose to the story, then they just vanish. I've encountered lots of books like that, especially ones with tons of characters introduced. It's like they can't keep up to what they started. Taylor Lavati didn't have that problem, so awesome job ma'am.

Whew! I have successfully written a review of For the Love of Ash without giving anything away, and I consider that a victory. I give this beautifully-written creation by a wonderfully talented author 5 stars. I look forward to reading more of Taylor's work.

A college student in her small town in Connecticut, Taylor loves everything having to do with literature. She is an avid reader, a blogger, a writer- obviously, and a reviewer. Her favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and romance.

Twitter: @taylorjlavati

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