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Fragments of Ash
(A Modern Fairytale #7)

By Katy Regnery


Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Romance


From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!

My name is Ashley Ellis…

I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father

…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.** 

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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now 
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now 
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - available now
Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) - available now
Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) - coming October 1, 2018
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon



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Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Thirty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.

Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Review & Wrap-Up:

This adaptation of Cinderella is not going to be what you expect it to be. It is more of a hide-and-wait love story than it is a run-for-your-life story like the synopsis suggests its going to be.

While the story is kind of a reverse adaptation of Cinderella, with Ashley’s mother dying, Ashley is left with her step-father and step-brothers, who are cruel and mean. But from here, the connections to Cinderella stop - that is other than Ashley finding her prince charming!

Ashley’s step-father has made it his mission to take Ashley as his wife, and he will do anything to make this happen. Naturally, Ashley doesn’t want to be married to her cruel and vicious step-father, so she runs away to her Godfather, Gus, who helps hide her away from him. It is in hiding that she meets Julian, her not-so-friendly knight-in-shinning-armor.

With Julian, Ashley sits and waits. Either for her step-father to find her or for the FBI to finally get involved and take him down for his crimes.

I guess I should have seen it coming that Fragments of Ash was going to have almost zero action in it based on the cover, but I’m not one that likes to judge a book by its cover. And while I did find the beginning to be a little boring and fluffy, I did enjoy the read. It was interesting, because I could see the shift in the book while I was reading. I could tell that author Katy Regnery enjoys and is a lot more comfortable writing the meat of the story, and not so much with the beginning or history behind the story. The beginning was not only a struggle for me to read, but I believe a struggle for Katy to write.

Once you hit that turning point (which is right around when Julian’s sister comes to visit), the story takes off running and was an easy, fun, and flirtatious read with a dash of angst. I enjoyed the book so much from here that I have found myself thinking about the characters a few times since, something that only good books can make a person do!

If you’re looking for a dark but flirty twist of the old tale Cinderella, then pick up a copy of Fragments of Ash!


From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.

Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚


Pair it with: Domaine Jolly Petit Chablis

A pale yellow wine with notes of white fruits, lemon and grapefruit. On the palate, this is a pure and lively wine which has good acidity and notes of ripe apple. Excellent with poultry, grilled seafood, vegetarian dishes and a variety of cheeses, and of course, with Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery.

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