Review | Ashes & Wine by Taryn Elliott

This is an Adult Book… please be aware and don’t read if you are underage without parental permissions.  Ok I’ve said my speech & am stepping off the soapbox; let’s get to reviewing!

Ashes & Wine
By Taryn Elliott


Before Tessa met Royal Andreas, her bookstore was on the verge of sinking. And before Tessa met Royal Andreas, she didn't mind being single. But Royal brings in business with monthly wine tastings featuring his family’s signature vintages–and brings Tessa’s heart to a standstill with intense gray eyes that look on her with nothing but cool indifference.

Yet one searing kiss between the stacks gives Tessa a glimpse of the passion smoldering beneath–and a secret pain further revealed when Royal fills in as the musician at a tasting event. Every note of Spanish guitar tells a story of family tragedy, loss, and ongoing suffering that’s made Royal afraid to lean on anyone…even if he needs Tessa’s sweet flavor more than the richest wine. Only her strength can save him when his world crumbles to ashes. 
But has Royal learned trust too late to claim Tessa as his own?

Edition Info:

Title: Ashes and Wine
Author: Taryn Elliott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 190 pages
Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Ever Afters
Purchase:  Amazon  Barnes & Noble


Review copy given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In a nut shell:

Emotional | Not What I Expected | Great Characters

My Rating:

4 stars


I was not expecting what I got out of this book.  The characters are fantastic and the story is just WOW!  I read this book in basically an afternoon/evening…  I was invested in these characters – all of them.  I really liked the value of family in this book and interaction of all the family members throughout the book.  My favorite has to be Blake and Tessa – OMG I was laughing out loud several times!  I loved them together!
I was right there with Tessa the WHOLE TIME – confused, pissed, loving him, then hating him… I was completely engrossed with her.  I love the description of her hair. Now I’ll admit – I apparently have a thing for red haired heroines lately – but Tessa was GREAT regardless of that fact!    She is independent and smart and responsible.  She’s such a hard worker and thinks so much, at times I just wanted her to shut it off and enjoy life, but without the inner monologue it really wouldn’t have been Tessa… so it really worked.
I loved that Royal was artsy and practical… emotional and so closed off.  He frustrated the hell out of me, but when he let loose – WOW – he was amazing.
The flow of this book was really nice and I didn’t ever get lost.  I really liked the pace and the writing style.  Everything really seemed to work well together and it all worked awesome for me.

I recommend this book to Adult Contemporary Romance Lovers. =) 

Go forth and enjoy my fellow readers!


Author Info:

Taryn Elliott is from the great state of New York—upstate NY, thank you very much. Her family consists of a brother who takes care of keeping the snarky side of her alive and a dog that is more spoiled child than mutt. She counts her writer-friends as the glue that keeps her crazy ideas more in the sane category, and her non-writerly friends as the reason she’s not a complete hermit.
She can’t go a day without laughing, and falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she’s writing their book. Music is life and every story has its own soundtrack.
Taryn is shamelessly addicted to the internet and adores hearing from readers. You can email her at or find her on most social media outlets via her website,

bye kitties!


  1. Thanks so much for the awesome review! I'm so glad you loved Tessa! Most of the people that like Ashes talk about Royal and it was so nice to see someone fall for Tessa too. =)

    I'm working on Mercy and Alaric next. =)

    1. OOOOoooooooooooooo!!! I can't wait to read that one!!


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