Genres: Romance, Adult, Mature, Violence, Erotica,
Published: May 12, 2014
Told in dual POVs
Part of a series
Now eighteen, Audrey returns to her hometown for the first time after the accident – the car crash that took her dad and scarred her for life. She’s here to start again. Go to college and have fun. Make new friends. Get over the past.
But the past won’t let go. Asher is here – her first kiss, her first heartbreak. More handsome and distant than ever, he’s still the boy who used to be her best friend. That was before he changed into someone she hardly knows anymore – the boy who started getting into fights and gave her the cold shoulder for years.
Asher isn’t what she needs. In fact, she hates him and should try her best to keep away from him. Yet her body doesn’t seem to care about how she feels, and maybe, just maybe this time her body got it right. Not that she has much of a choice. Asher draws her like a bright flame, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll burn.
And that may not be such a bad thing after all…
This is New Adult erotic romance, dual POV. Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Asher” Inked Brotherhood One is written by author Jo Raven.
Published: May 12, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars.
First Review August 2014:
This book broke my heart. It was so damn sad. Although I was glad with the happy ending it still makes you wonder if Ash is going to be alright. I’ve never read a book with this type of abuse before. I didn’t expect it when I started reading. But I couldn’t stop I needed to know that everything is going to be okay.
Updated/Revised Review December 2016:
I love Jo Raven. I have five-starred almost every one of her novels with the exception of a couple of four-star ratings. To date I have read all of her titles. She is a “one-click” author for me. One I will buy without knowing what the novel is about. It doesn’t matter because I know I will love it. That said…..
This is my revised and updated review. The first time I read “Asher” was in 2014. Then again in 2015. And again in 2016. It’s one of my favorites that I will read over and over. I just can’t get enough of Asher. With saying that, I decided a more thorough and detailed review from my original was deserved.
This novel starts off the Inked Brotherhood series. A series that tells the story of tragic and horrific pasts to the struggling present, with well deserved HEAs, for five young men. I want to say these are boys because they are young however because of circumstances forcing them to grow up too soon, they are most definitely men. This review belongs to Asher but there is also Tyler, Zane, Dylan and Rafe.
Asher and Audrey….. They share a past and now a present…..
Audrey moves back to her hometown hesitantly but determined to make it on her own; live on her own and attend college. Since her father died in the same automobile accident that nearly killed her, she knew she had to face her past. What she didn’t need to face was the boy she once loved. Asher. Audrey once loved and adored him. Since childhood they were close. Then after one kiss they were even more connected. But soon after that kiss Asher became distant and hurtful. Audrey didn’t know why. She only knew that she hated him now. But what would happen if they ever came face to face again?
Asher is a tormented and tortured man. Figuratively and literally. The physical abuse and emotional pain he endured was utterly heartbreaking. As a reader I can admit I was emotionally moved to tears. I was concerned and shocked at some things. I was greatly afeared for Asher’s well being. Another emotion I felt was anger. My goodness did I cry! The sadness, the darkness, the emotional and physical pain only added to my growing anxiety that Ash and Audrey wouldn’t find a HEA.
Since Asher last interacted with Audrey, he has become a tortured soul. He hated himself for the way he treated his beloved Audrey. But he did what he believed he had to do to protect her. Asher knows that directly and indirectly he was/is the cause of all of Audrey’s pain and heartbreak. Unfortunately now that Audrey is back in town, Asher is drawn to her even though he knows he should stay away.
The struggle for Asher and Audrey to be together is not easy. The road is rutted and dangerous. For Asher, the struggle to just live a normal life doesn’t seem possible. What is even more disturbing is watching Asher just struggle to live. His troubles are dark and deep with angst and danger.
I cannot say enough how much I loved this novel. It was first time I read anything of this subject and it effected me deeply. “Asher” was so poignant, so utterly disturbing BUT absolutely amazing and a must read.
As I mentioned, I have since read and loved this whole series and even the spinoff series (Damage Boyz) that result from it. But by far, Asher has always been my favorite character and my favorite book from Jo Raven.
*At the end of the Inked Brotherhood series, you will find a full length epilogue that features all the boys and what they are currently up to. However you will not only find a continuation of happily ever afters. As in Jo Raven fashion, she has written in a strong element of darkness and suspense revolving around Zane and how the others are struggling to help him. That said you must read the whole series otherwise the epilogue, “Inked Babies” will make no sense to you.
The Inked Brotherhood
#.5 Kiss Me Goodbye: Prequel to Asher
#3.5 What I Want For Christmas: Zane and Dakota short story
Epilogue Inked Babies