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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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I'm in love!!

I loved every second, I felt the struggle Nox was going through. I have read the book and now listened to it and I am completely hooked even more so than I was.

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Superb Read!!

I absolutely love the guys of Heathens Ink, and Adam and Knox are one of my favorite couples. I like that even though it seems like Adam is the one that heals Nox, and he does, Nox also helps heal Adam. This is a story about two amazing guys who appear a bit broken on their own, are complete together. I think the narrator done a wonderful job of bringing this book and characters to life.

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From Ashes

I Love this series and I love the narrations.. However....
Narration - The first two books were narrated by Cooper North which I loved.. I thought he did a really great job with the m/m & then m/m/m narrations and keeping all of the men's voices noticeably different. This book has a new Narrator Kenneth Obi. Now... Let me just say I have listened to a few other books narrated by Kenneth and I Absolutely Positively LOVED them.. But in those books the characters had a softer type feel to them which worked out perfect for them. I think with Nox's voice in this book he did a great job.. My one and only small complaint is I would have liked a little bit of a gruffer voice for Adam since that's how I see him in my head and how he is written in the book. And it has me a little nervous for book 4.. But well wait and see how that one goes. lol. I will still read and listen to every book in this series either way since it has come to be one of my All Time Favorites.
Book - This book Starts with Adam, the owner of Heathens Ink, he's keeping secrets of being closeted (Bi) from his closest friends just because he cant seem to find the words to tell them. He starts talking to Nox "phoenix" through a chat app when he feels phoenix is trying to reach out to someone, anyone for help. Adam offers help, no strings attached. Nox has a lot to deal with, but eventually he makes his way to Adam and they cant fight the attraction to each other. Add in a few Crazy Ex's with some drama, and some good friends who are more like family, and you end up with a great storyline.
I Love these book, so much!! I literally cannot pick my favorite in this series..

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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.

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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.

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  • Troy, NY United States
  • 01-23-18

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

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Definitely not my favorite in this series

Though the author stresses that this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the other books in the series first. I agree that you can figure things out without having read them, but I do think they give a bit of background that is helpful.

Continuing the theme of hurt/comfort – we have another set of people who come together with a tragic past to find love. I was pleased that we didn’t spend pages and pages before everyone’s true identities are revealed. That can get tedious. I was also pleased by the response Adam had when Nox revealed his secret. That was actually one of my favorite parts of the story.

Unfortunately, for a lot of the story Adam really, really made me mad. I didn’t understand his need for secrecy and I couldn’t believe that he’d ask Nox – with his past – to go into hiding like he did. That INFURIATED me and made me want to quit reading.

Nox is soooo sweet and has such an amazing strength to him. Adam not only asked him to hide but was so dismissive of his VERY VALID fears. I couldn’t believe how he brushed aside all Nox’s worries and was so self-involved.

I didn’t care for Adam’s ex and it spoke poorly of him that he’d be willing to spend so many years with her just because the sex was good.

Speaking of the ex – she seemed a bit “too” psychotic – she felt like more of a caricature than an actual person – and she was difficult to take seriously.

I’m very intrigued by the next story – hinted at in this and glimpsed at in the end – but this wasn’t my favorite book in the series by a long shot.

I still recommend the author and series, but I wasn’t a big fan of this installment.

2.75 (rounded to 3) of 5 stars

Audio

Kenneth Obi is a relatively new to me narrator. He is easy to listen to and does a really nice job with the pacing and emotions. He does a valiant job of giving all the characters unique voices and even the females were pretty good.

I miss the dual narration we had from the previous two books in this series but this wasn’t bad. While I wasn’t bowled over with his talent, he was definitely good.

I’d give him a solid B+ - or 4 of 5 stars

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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

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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.

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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!

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  • Millsy Loves Books
  • 02-02-18

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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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 05-27-18

Amazing

Nox and Adam were meant to be. The struggle that brought Nox to Adam I would not wish on anyone, but he copes and becomes a stronger person. Beautifully written and wonderful narration.