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From Ashes: Heathens Ink, Book 3

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"When the broken man with scarred skin walked into Heathens, asked for a job, and showed me a sketch of a phoenix, it felt like fate." - Adam

It started with an anonymous post by someone who didn't want to live anymore. I read it over and over again, unable to get it out of my mind. What if my brother Johnny had posted something like this before he'd taken his own life? Would someone have been able to save him?

I've been living a lie for 16 long years, and I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to keep it up. And when a beautiful, broken man walks into my tattoo shop asking for a second chance at life, I know I'll never be able to turn him away.

"When I was so far down I couldn't even see the light, a stranger reached in to save me." - Nox

I didn't have anything to live for, until a kind stranger pulled me back from the brink. With physical and emotional scars, I have nowhere to turn now but to that same stranger who saved my life without realizing it. But as my feelings for Adam grow, will I ever be anything other than a surrogate for the brother he couldn't save? Am I even worthy of his love?

From Ashes is the third book in the Heathens Ink series; each book in the series can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Caution: This audiobook contains graphic descriptions of domestic violence and drug use that may be disturbing to some listeners.

©2017 Kyleen Neuhold (P)2018 Kyleen Neuhold

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    Millsy Loves Books Manchester UK 02/02/2018
    Millsy Loves Books Manchester UK 02/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "A story of triumph "

    Adam lost his younger brother in a very sad and tragic way. He runs a very successful tattoo shop but since the loss of his brother. He has done all he can to help and support people who are going through the same problems.

    Nox grew up with a drug-addicted mother and was on the streets at a young age. He did what he needed to do to survive, but it's got to the point where he really doesn’t feel like surviving any longer. He has nothing to live for, until one day on a social media site. He engages in a conversation with "Inked". He show him a glimpse of a possibility of a better life.

    There is so much more to this story but to give more away would spoil the angst and build up of friendship and love.

    Adam and Nox are perfect for each other and their journey is a beautiful story of triumph over fears and addictions.

    Warning! The book depicts substance abuse and domestic abuse.

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  • TINA~BOOKALICIOUSBABES
    08/02/18
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    "Absolutely phenomenal "

    This book absolutely 100% stole my heart. I was instantly in love with Knox and Adam. They both have the sweetest, kindest hearts and souls. This was also my first book by this author. I will tell you that after listening to this audio book, I will either be reading or listening to every book K. M. Neuhold writes! She is now on my must read list.

    We meet Knox in the most unimaginable state. He has withstood so many hardships at such a young age that noone should have to go through. He is so vulnerable but meeting Adam on an app gives him hope. He just has to go through hell to get to him.

    Adam lost his younger brother to a drug overdose, and now feels such guilt over the secret he's been hiding his whole life, being bisexual! He feels that maybe if he had told him that he wouldn't have felt so alone. This leaves him feeling the need to help anyone that reminds him of his brother. When he meets Knox online, he immediately is drawn to him, but when Knox suddenly disappears he feels hopeless and like he let someone else down. He believes Knox is dead.

    When Knox shows up at Heathens Ink, Adam has no idea who he is but will not turn away a soul in need. He soon finds out that this is his Knox and the rest is history. This book is so good that you can't get enough. The past never goes away though and it may just bring everything they have crashing down on them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer's Book Obsession
    04/02/18
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    "A sweet story"

    Overall: 4 Stars
    Narrator: 3.5 Stars
    Story: 4 Stars
    Length: 6 hours, 7 minutes

    I'm broadening my horizons on these audiobooks so I'm still new to many of these narrators. I have yet to hear anything by Kenneth Obi and I think that he did an overall good job delivering the story. He did a good job differentiating the characters and it was easy to follow along. There were times where it just came off as a little flat and I would've liked a little bit more emotion but I think that coincides with the story itself as the story lacked the emotional depth I was expecting considering the background story of the MC's. But overall, good job on the narrating.

    This was a good story and I really liked the characters. Adam and Nox were really good together. However, I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a tad more on the emotion side. We don't get much details of the backgrounds either which I would have liked to learn more about. I think the angst/drama part of Adam and Nox's journey were glossed over and just focused on the building of the relationship and the sexual chemistry between the two. I'll never really complain about that part because I'm all about the chemistry and the build up, however, I just would've liked to get to know the characters in more depth.

    Overall, this was a good read and I would really like to read and/or listen to the other books in this series. The author has really made these characters very intriguing and keeps you wanting more. I may go back and read this on ebook just to see if I can get a more feel and connection to the story and characters itself as I just didn't get that through the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HB
    Troy, NY United States
    23/01/18
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    "Agggh! NOOooo..."

    I've REALLY been enjoying KM Neuhold's Heathens Ink series!

    Both the stories and Cooper North's narration happily kept my attention - no easy feat after 1000's of books & about 30 audiobooks a month. This wasn't too surprising after previous insatiable press experiences (heidi cullinan / iggy toma anyone?).

    So while re listening to the first two books, I was delighted to discover a third had been released! And then yelled out loud in disappointment when I heard the new narration. While Cooper North's narration isn't perfect its really good. The voices are enjoyable, distinct, fit the characters and are consistent through the first two books. To be fair to Kenneth Obi his character voices aren't necessarily bad. In another context I would give them a 3 or possibly 4. However, with the possible exception of Nox, the voices just don't fit. I will assume he didn't check out either the written or audio versions of the previous books before starting out to see who the characters were before taking over.

    My biggest problem w/ his narration here is that the voices aren't consistent. During the course of any given conversation his accents etc slip so that it can be very confusing who is talking, which just isn't ok. It also gives you room to notice plot tropes, devices & holes. I support the author's right to choose the best publishing option for their purposes and am really disappointed that in this case we loose out on Cooper North's narration & insatiable's production.

    The series is good enough that I want to find out what happens to the rest of the character's and hope future narration improves!

    Series 5
    Narration 2.5
    Story 3/5: 4

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karentwilson
    17/02/18
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    "A Wonderful Series Continues"

    So, this is another great book in this great series. Adam and Nox are one of my favorite romance couples. Their attraction and their fates were intertwined before they ever met face to face. So many similar interests, experiences and heartbreaks seem to lure them to each other. Adam wants to save every stray that he can find to ease his guilt and heal the loss of his brother, Johnny who drifts through this series as a benevolent ghost shaping and changing lives. Nox is as broken as a stray can be having made it through a horrible past but not really living. They spark each other in a new and special way each saving the other. This is another book where K. M. Neuhold deals with difficult issues such as domestic abuse, suicide and drug addiction and the social and political climate that fosters them in America today. The kind of introspection it takes to change your life in a major way is never easy. When you finally find it in your life it opens you up to every possibility waiting for you. That and some great sex... I would be lying if I let you think I read m/m romance for it’s sociological importance. I don’t, it’s the love, the sex and the ever after I am looking for. In this series I get them all. Each story intertwines the characters and relationships and builds on them, they are stepping stones and each gets better. We get to see how our “families of choice” rather than our families of birth move into the forefront in our adult lives. I rejoice in the role my family of choice has played throughout my life and it is celebrated throughout the Hunter’s Ink series. I had not listened to this voice actor, Kenneth Obi, and was sad at first the Cooper North did not finish the series. Cooper North would be a hard act for anyone to follow, but Kenneth Obi did and he did it well. I am planning to listen to as much of his work as I can find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Martin
    Ohio
    09/02/18
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    "From Ashes"

    From Ashes is Book 3 in K.M. Neuhold’s Heathens Ink series. This is the first audio of the series that I’ve listened to, but I’ve read the entire series. The narrator of this book is Kenneth Obi, and it’s my understanding that the first two books are narrated by someone different. I think reading this series in the appropriate order will give the most enjoyment to the characters and world created by the author. There are some storylines from previous books, and there are characters and couples continuing.

    In Book 3, Adam, the owner of Heathens Ink, is on a quest of trying to save others to make up for the loss of his brother. He makes friends with a stranger in a chat app and can’t resist the offer of help when the other person is struggling. He develops a friendship with Phoenix and when Phoenix disappears from the app, Adam thinks the worst. Phoenix, for his part, is struggling. He has a drug addiction, is working as a prostitute to support his habit and lives with an abusive boyfriend. He sees the hope in what Adam’s offering but he won’t take charity. Then, everything comes to a head and Phoenix has to survive the hardest thing he’s ever experienced. From the ashes, Phoenix (Nox) emerges and begins his new life near Heathens Ink. The attraction between Nox and Adam is felt and seen by everyone around them.

    I love this series and this book, so I was excited to listen to the audio. Unfortunately, I really struggled with listening to the narrator. The narrator was unable to give individual voices to characters, and the voices used were not consistent throughout the narration for the characters. You really need to focus on who is speaking based on the dialogue to keep up with the story, which is difficult to do in audiobooks. And the narration of the texts/chats between the two characters were really difficult to “get” in this audio. I knew from my reading that it was texts, but with the audio it just seemed misplaced.

    I highly recommend you read this series as it’s terrific. I think the characters and the world the author creates is one I’d love to hang out in. Though there are difficult, sad, real-life difficulties the characters are overcoming, I don’t feel that the story weighs on you. The author does a great job of keeping it from being too overwhelming.

    Overall: 4 stars
    Performance: 3 stars
    Story: 5 stars

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starwarslover
    08/02/18
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    "amazing"

    i love this narrator so much.. he does an amazing job with the characters.. i can tell the differences between characters and emotions.. it is all together wonderful.. and this story is perfection of course.. i love this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HockeyfanT
    TX USA
    07/02/18
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    "I love this series!"
    Where does From Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely one I'll listen to again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nox was my favorite character. He pulled himself out of a horrible situation and, with Adam's love and assistance, created a happy life.


    Have you listened to any of Kenneth Obi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have, and I believe that he improves with every new book he performs. I enjoy listening to him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and teared up, and I also felt seriously stressed at the stalker situation. I was also stressed by everyone else finding out about Adam and Nox's relationship before Gage did. As Adam's best friend, he shouldn't have been left out, even though I understood why Adam was nervous about telling him.


    Any additional comments?

    I love everyone connected to Heathens Ink. Great book, great series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan R
    06/02/18
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    "Awesom"

    Narrator has a great smooth voice. Did awesome with the different characters and giving everyone there own tone and sound.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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