Review + Giveaway: For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati

May 26, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 3 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review + Giveaway: For the Love of Ash by Taylor LavatiFor the Love of Ash
by Taylor Lavati
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: March 9, 2015 by Self-Published
Format: Paperback
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4.5 Stars
Source: Author

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.


It is so rare to find a book that has very well-developed characters and goes at a pace that everyone will enjoy. The author took her time building and creating each character as well as the story and believe me, it is rare to find books like these.

Maggie is in charge of her 9-year-old brother because her parents died. She is trying to be responsible so she can take her of Asher, which means no partying and no dating. Luke is starting his new job as a PE teacher. It turns out that he is Asher’s new teacher. When Maggie and Luke meet, two different worlds collide. Will they be able to make it work? Or will someone end up hurt?

This story’s romance is not your average type. They usually are so predictable and cliché but this story is not one of them, which I liked a lot. The writing of the author is so beautiful and easy to understand, that it makes each scene so vivid while reading. First of all, I want a cute kid like Ash. He is the most sweetest and adorable kid ever!

“Everyone at school talks about their moms, and I think I don’t want to say ‘Maggie’ ’cause that’s stupid. I just think you’re my mom more than our real mom was before anyway.” (Asher’s explanation for calling Maggie “mom”.)

Luke and his siblings have been dealing with one specific personal issue for a while, which makes him want to stay at his parents house so he can protect them from the abuse that they have been receiving. But we can also see how Luke sometimes needs guidance and all of his siblings are right there to help him out. Luke and Maggie meet at college, in the same class that they are both taking. Maggie doesn’t want a relationship but Luke doesn’t give up easily. I loved how the romance was set to develop at its own time and it wasn’t forced at all, which is really rare to find in books these days.

I felt that the author did a great job with the story. She really took her time developing each and every character. You could feel that there was no rush and you could read it a peaceful pace. Every topic was explored and had their end, which I loved. I do wish that one of the matters had been explored and done justice but it wasn’t, which put me off. All in all, everything was set to be a very great enjoyable story filled with raw emotions and characters that are flawed with real issues, which will have the reader relating to the story in one way or another.

About Taylor Lavati

A college student in her small town in Connecticut, Taylor loves everything having to do with literature. She is an avid reader, a blogger, a writer- obviously, and a reviewer. Her favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and romance.

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3 responses to “Review + Giveaway: For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati

  1. Ohh this one sounds so nice! The type of book to read on a rainy day all cozy and relaxed. I like the idea of a slow romance and the fully fleshed out characters. Sometimes the story isn’t that great but if they have great characters, yay for me. Great review! 🙂

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