What I Thought
For the Love Of Ash is more than a romance story. It’s realistic. It’s a story that includes some unfortunate everyday occuring events, which is why this book is a real page turner!
Maggie Larken is a twenty three year old reformed party girl. Her sole responsibilities have changed from boozing and hooking up with guys to being a parent to her nine year old brother, Asher, after their parents died in a car accident. Maggie is juggling looking after Asher, with working and attending college. Its at college that Maggie meets Luke.
Luke Wilson is at college furthering his career. He has just started a new job at a school as a gym teacher but his dream is to teach under priviliged children abroad. Family circumstances are holding him back right now though. Luke has had to move back in to his family home to protect his younger brother and sisters.
Both Maggie and Luke havent had great upbringings. Maggie’s parents not seeming to be bothered at all, hence acting out by drinking and partying to get their attention. Luke’s dad hitting him and his sister, Lindsey, whilst their mum drank to block it out. With Maggie’s parents gone, she wants to lavish Asher with the attention he never received from them and that she thinks he deserves. Making him feel like number one. Luke still has a tempestuous relationship with his dad and he is worried about his dad hurting his younger siblings. A worry that is soon warranted.
When Luke first spots Maggie in his class he is drawn to her but he doesnt understand why. Maggie thinks Luke is gorgeous but she doesn’t want to feed his ego by flirting back. Luke isn’t going to give up though. Maggie has Asher to think about. She cant have a social life. He is her main priority. Little do they both know, that they unexpectedly have a lot in common. That they could probably help each other heal.
It also turns out that Asher’s new gym teacher is none other than Luke. He spots Maggie at the school picking up Asher and is instantly intrigued to know her story. Luke perserveres and eventually starts to wear Maggie down.
They both have baggage and issues. They are both protecting their siblings. They are both needed by others. Is it the right time to attempt a relationship? Could Luke be a good figure in Asher’s life or will Asher and Maggie be left heartbroken? Is Luke up for taking on a ready made family?
For The Love Of Ash is an emotional roller coaster of a story. It made me giggle…….
“Who wants to start questioning first?” Atwater asked the class, and they began asking in a clockwise circle.
“What do you play with?” A particularly giddy boy who had probably never even touched a girls boob asked.
“Sausage” I responded keeping my face serious.
“What do you eat?”
“Sausage.” No smile.
“What do you love?”
“Sausage.” I had to admit, that one was at least decent. The skin around my eyes crinkled, but I showed no emotion. I was good at this.
“What do you sleep with?”
“Sausage,” I said, holding back my laughter. I pressed my tongue against the roof of my mouth to contain myself.
“What do you like in your mouth?” Luke asked. The class quieted. I looked at acne boy, whose mouth was hanging open, just catching flies.
The romance made me sigh with happiness and I also felt turmoil for the characters. My emotions were just as up and down as the characters. Taylor tackles storylines that unfortunately occur daily. She portrays the storylines directly and descriptively. They are focused and unhurried. There has been some superb research done for this book.
The plot is easy to follow and is written from the male and female point of view. The characters grow throughout the story, adapting to the changes in their lives. They are both from party pasts but they are having to grow up fast and be responsible. They have others relying on them. You see this progress throughout the story.
I love smooth and sweet talker Luke. He can sense how Maggie is feeling. He knows how to make her relax and smile. Which in turn made me smile.
Suddenly a piece of paper was launched onto my desk and landed right on the piece of paper I was doodling on. I smiled at Luke behind me even though he couldn’t see me.
“Stop freaking out, beautiful girl. We’re going to do fine. Plus you’re making me want to reach over my desk and kiss your neck until you moan in front of all these people.”
The writing was descriptive, I felt I was there in the story with Luke and Maggie. It was full of creative imagery. I was definitly sucked in. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. Asher was an adorable boy and Lukes brother and sisters had me intrigued. I would love to read their stories to.
All in all, an emotional, real, flawless story by Taylor Lavati.
About The Author
Taylor Lavati is a twenty-something year old author residing in Connecticut with her husband and dog. She writes both Young Adult and New Adult with ranging genres from fantasy to dark romance and all the niches in between. If she’s not behind a computer screen or scribbling in her notebook, she’s playing video games, going on hikes, or spending time with her family.
Romance with a bit of CHAOS.
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