Friday, January 6, 2017

Blog Tour ~ From The Ashes by Xen Sanders ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ From The Ashes by Xen Sanders ~ (Review + Giveaway)

From the Ashes

by Xen Sanders 
Fires of Redemption #1
Publication Date: January 2, 2017 
Genres: Entangled: Otherworld, Male/Male, Sci-Fi, Romance



Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford–antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve. But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean–or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains? 


Tobias is an aberrant, an X-men-like type of mutant, a sociopath and a killer. He's been taught by his father from an early age that he's incapable of love. And after his mother's death at the hands of his own father, who is a very powerful aberrant and dictator, he believes this is the truth. Until he meets Sean Asher and a kiss turns Tobias' life upside down.

While I have to admit I wasn't too sure of what to think of Tobias at first, I quickly found myself not only warming up to him but loving him. He went through a lot throughout the book and his inner turmoil made me want to cuddle him and make it better. It wasn't easy for him, but it was amazing to see him change when he realized he was in love with Sean and the lengths Tobias was willing to go to protect him. He was just like the perfect antihero.

Sean was awesome and I'm looking forward to knowing more of him in the next book(s) in the series. I was completely blindsided by a revelation made further into the story, but in retrospective, it made a lot of sense.

Their chemistry was undeniable and their scenes while in bed or fighting were intense!

I was completely blown away by the author's elegant, descriptive and very captivating writing style. This story combined sci-fi with romance and the execution is nearly flawless. This is my first book by Xen Sanders, but it definitely won't be the last.

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review was not a requirement. ***


Hi. I’m Xen. Cole. Whatever you want to call me; both are true, and both are lies. My pen names are multitudes, my nicknames legion. Tall, bi/queer, introverted, author, and of a brown-ish persuasion made up of various flavors of Black, Asian, and Native American. I’m cuter than Hello Kitty, more bitter than the blackest coffee, and able to trip over cats in a single half-asleep lurch; I’m what happens when a Broody Antihero and a Manic Pixie Dream Boy fight to the death, and someone builds a person from the scraps left behind. Beardless, I look like the uke in every yaoi manga in existence; bearded or not, I sound like Barry White. About half my time is spent as a corporate writer, and the other half riding a train of WTFery that sometimes results in a finished book. Romance, erotica, sci-fi, horror, paranormal; LGBTQIA and cishet; diverse settings and diverse characters from a diverse author.


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