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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

For the Love of Ash was a good read. Both Maggie and Luke have some family issues to deal with, but they end up being able to help each other with them. They have someone to help carry some of the burden which was nice. 

Since Maggie's parents death she has been responsible for her kid brother, Asher. She used to be a mean girl in high school and party and just act out some, but now her priorities have changed. Asher is everything to her and she won't do anything to mess that up. She always puts his needs first. Really she doesn't have much of a life now outside of him. At the beginning of the book she really has a hard time trying to be a parent. She would feel guilty if she were to do something for herself, like go out with friends. She feels like she is an imposter and people will know if she doesn't focus 100% on Asher. It doesn't help that her grandmother is a nightmare. 

Luke has some family troubles of his own. He is still living at his childhood home so he can try and keep his siblings safe. He feels responsible for them and doesn't want them to go through what he did. His parents are not very happy with his chosen career path, a teacher, but that is what will make him happy. If he can just help one struggling student, help one kid who needed it like he did, then it will be worth it. 

Maggie first sees Luke on campus where she is taking some classes. She is attracted to him, but he is one of those really hot guy who she figures is a player. He is in her one class and she tries to keep him away, but it doesn't work so well. She cannot just sleep with random men anymore. She has Asher to think about. 

Luke, however, doesn't let her get away that easy. He is Asher's phys ed teacher and he likes the kid. Asher is his helper, especially with the hockey lessons. There is just something about Maggie that makes Luke want to get to know her more. Really Luke was so sweet with both of them, talking with Asher when he is just hanging out at his moms work, helping him with his homework, etc. He is the sweetest so how could Maggie not fall for him? He was great.

This was a pretty sweet read. Luke was wonderful and Maggie was trying to work out some of her issues. When some things come up for Luke there are a few bumps, but they eventually work everything out. I liked that it wasn't always easy to fix everything, but if they worked at it they were able to.

There was one small thing that I didn't like as much, but it wasn't really that bad. Sometimes I felt like Maggie reacted strangely to things and she seemed a bit too much at times. Like in her one class she makes friends with someone who went to her high school. One day the girl alludes to the fact that she is now caring for her brother, so she asks the girl if she knows about her parents. When the girl replies yes she gathers her things and storms out of the room. It was like she was really angry that that girl knew what happened. It was a strange reaction in the scene and I didn't understand why she would do that. I didn't get it. I know she doesn't like to talk about what happened, she doesn't want anyone to know, but she still lives in a small town where people are bound to find out. It only happened once and a while this strange thinking. It didn't take away from the story much since it was only certain moments, but it was still there. It was a good read regardless and I enjoyed the story. Luke was amazing, Asher so sweet, and they all fit together perfectly.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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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