The Beautiful Ashes
Harlequin HQN, Sep 29 2015, $7.99
In heavy rain in Bennington, Vermont, Ivy, following her late parents’ trail that ended here in their accidental deaths, continues the search for her missing sister Jasmine and her sibling’s boyfriend Tommy. She stops at an antique store where the proprietor Mrs. Paulson denies having seen the couple in the photo that Ivy shows her. Just as Ivy envisions her latest weird hallucination of Jasmine, Mrs. Paulson hits her in the head with a picture frame. Ivy escapes.
Back at her motel room, a stranger waiting for her warns Ivy she is going to have a bad night; not that her week has been good when Police Detective Kroger disrupts their discussion. Instead of arresting the intruder, Kroger assaults him before attacking Ivy. The trespasser Adrian rescues Ivy.
The first Broken Destiny urban fantasy starts with the pedal to the metal and never slows down as Adrian escorts the beleaguered, brave and obstinate heroine into a world she never imagined existed while her sisterly quest expands exponentially. Although Adrian’s “support” or lack of needs much more explanation as we wonder about his allegiance; Jeanine Frost’s opening act grips her fans from the fast-paced start to the climatic confrontation.