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(Modern-Day Fairy Tale #1)
Author: M.K. Harkins
Pub. Date: June 1, 2022
Publisher: M.K. Harkins
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Not your typical Cinderella story…
If she thought college applications were complicated, just wait until she catches feelings for the newest celebrity in town.
Ashley Adams doesn’t have time for haters. Already too busy dealing with dead bodies after her stepmother purchased a mortuary, she is ready to put the lid on her judgmental peers and finally bury her high school experience. But her focus is shattered when a charming pop-star-turned-student needs her help evading his crazed fans.
The last place heartthrob Harry James wants to be is back in school. Sentenced to finish his senior year after a case of accidental arson, the singer longs to return to the stage. But he never expected to meet a girl who could see through the fame to the real person inside.
Surprised by the chemistry between them, Ashley is shocked when Harry gives her the cold shoulder. But with his publicist forbidding him from dating her, Harry must choose between fame or love.
Can Ashley and Harry survive the turmoil threatening to tear them apart?
Ashes is a fun and snarky standalone YA romance. If you like captivating characters, emotional twists and turns, Fairies and Cinderella retellings, then you’ll adore MK Harkins’ fast-paced tale.
*Recommended for readers 13+ (Some mild swearing and off-page violence)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I’m no stranger to retellings of fairytales so my expectations were high. The story is beautifully written with a fresh and modern take on the characters, whilst retaining the true essence of the story.” Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A delightful mix of finding love in the modern world, with a bit of Fairytale magic mixed in. I thought the novel was beautifully written. There really weren’t any plot holes that led to confusion. The elements of a Cinderella retelling were masterfully placed, but not necessarily made the center of the story.” Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a great read! Everything about this book made me want to keep reading! From the great characters, great story line and a Cinderella twist!” NetGalley Reviewer
By the time we arrived at my front porch, the sun was setting, making the sky a show of purple and orange swirls. Harry paused and took hold of both my hands. The warmth radiated up my arms and throughout my body. I inhaled slowly, trying to calm my breathing. My eyes darted through the front windows, making sure everyone was still gone.
“Umm. Thanks. I had a great time.” Ugh. Could I sound any more lame?
A slow smile crept over his face. He leaned closer and focused on my lips. “May I?”
What to say? Part of me wanted to run like a cheetah. But another glance at his tempting lips and intense eyes, and I rethought everything. No, it wasn’t a good idea…
At the very moment of decision, a sparking sound came from the streetlamp, and it exploded, leaving us in semi-darkness. Startled, I jumped toward Harry and his protective arms, putting a hand on his chest.
Harry held me a little closer. “I guess the Universe wants this to happen.” His grin turned mischievous. “So?”
I leaned closer. His eyes darkened, and the electricity between us became a living thing, pulsing and sparking.
His hands reached up to cradle my face, and he leaned closer, his lips a whisper away. “It’s so easy being around you. “
“I feel the same,” I managed to get out.
“It doesn’t hurt that you’re also gorgeous.” His smile broadened into a grin.
Wow. Just wow. My defenses were blown to bits. He hadn’t even kissed me yet, and goosebumps covered every inch of my skin. Every cell came alive, and a thrill shot through my body. Our eyes stayed connected for a second and then…
About M.K. Harkins:
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014) Unintentional, Breaking Braydon, Taking Tiffany and The Reader soon followed. MK’s newest, Famous by Default, an Amazon Bestseller, was released March 2017. The follow-up to The Reader, The Jack, published 2018. Next up- A series of modern-day fairy tales. We’ll start with a Cinderella story: Ashes
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