ARC Review: Among Ash and Ember by Dani Rene

Overall: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥3/5
Feels: 🔥😣🤨😧😭🥰

Tear jerker: Yes – 😢 1/5
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: Seattle, Washington – USA
Character age range: 18 & mid twenties
Lead: Katerina Nielsen
Love interest(s): Ashton Addington
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: No – stand alone

Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative
Possible triggers: prostitution, death of parents, cancer

The Quick and Dirty:
Kat’s parents died when she was 16. After two years in the system, she has become an escort to try to pay for college. Two of her newest clients, whom she was unaware were brothers, offer to pay for her schooling, essentially saving her from a life of prostitution. She’s suspicious as to their motives, but she could never have imagined what secrets they’re truly hiding from her. Her feelings for one of the brothers complicates things even more when the truth comes to light. She struggles to navigate their relationship through this new information but the tables turn when she has to save him from being consumed by his own darkness as the author delivers a final plot twist that will leave you shocked (and crying!).

I enjoyed the book, though I did find myself confused at certain parts when the author led us to believe there might be a relationship between two other characters – one that did not come to fruition and instead had me feeling really bad for one of the characters. Overall though, it was a good read and I definitely shed a tear or two by the end.

Dani Rene is a new-to-me author whose books I will definitely be checking out again!

** I was graciously offered an ARC of this book in return for a voluntary and honest review.**

From USA Today bestselling author, Dani René, comes a brand new raw, emotional standalone romance that’s like nothing she’s written before. A poignant tear-jerker, with plenty of heart-wrenching moments.

Life is a game, and if you don’t play your cards right, you’ll never win.

Everything Katerina Nielsen knew burned to the ground when she was sixteen. She had nothing but memories to keep her warm at night. At eighteen, life throws her into an inferno and the only choice is to become someone else.

Until she becomes the interest of two strangers.

They offer her a chance at a normal life. But she’s learned everything in life comes at a price and the cost of what they’re giving her may just burn her alive.

With the promise of a future she’s always wanted, she can’t refuse.

But what happens when a dark secret comes to light?
Will she rise from the ashes and embers, or will she burn?


Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writer’s of America (RWA).

A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.

On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.

She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.