Friday, April 17, 2020

REVIEW TOUR - Absolving Ash (Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid) by Chantal Mer

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 48,050 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


For the last decade, successful restaurant owner and chef, Ash Ariti, has worked to make amends for the career-ending mistake he made when he was young and allowed anger to consume him. Driven to be worthy of the second chance he’s been afforded, Ash built a life centered around giving back to his community, all while maintaining a low profile. When he finds himself thrust into the spotlight of a bachelor auction to help one of his favorite causes, he never expects to come face-to-face with the sexy man who’s career he destroyed.

Isaiah Blake has spent a lifetime proving he’s deserving of what he has. After a hit on the ice prematurely ended his NHL career, he committed to becoming a better version of himself. Now, he’s living an open and honest life. So, when he has an opportunity to interview bachelors participating in the Hockey Allies auction for the Hockey Network, the only thing he’s hoping to gain is exposure for his non-profit. That is, until his former rival Ash, steps onto the auction block. Isaiah sees an opportunity to make amends for the suffering he caused ten years ago. Unfortunately, Ash is wary of Isaiah’s motives, and soon Isaiah realizes there is more to Ash’s cautiousness than the history that binds them.

Attraction takes hold as Ash and Isaiah begin to build a new professional alliance and friendship. They must learn to forgive each other, and most importantly, themselves. With outside forces and public opinion hawking, will their relationship be over before it begins? Or will they discover joy and redemption in each other, and find their happily ever after?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Upon reading Chantel Mer's contribution to the multi-author Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid series, I am blown away. Absolving Ash is an amazing book. 

Everything about this book works for me. A story of second chances in life, it touched my heart early on, and consumed me throughout. 

Ash and Isiah are two men who should hate one another. Instead, their story is one of forgiveness and learning to release oneself from the shackles of guilt.

After an incident years ago, their reunion is awkward and full of hesitancy. Ash is a man with a heart of gold, trying to make amends for his mistakes. Meanwhile, Isiah is a man who's aware of his own mistakes and is trying to move past them. I praise the way this one event in time has shaped both men. And I applaud the back story of each men, explaining what led to this event in the first place. 

These are two men who have grown from their past mistakes, and feel a connection now. They are extremely hot together, but they have a long hard fought journey if they want to be together. They are two men who the world thinks shouldn't be together, and they face many obstacles. 

The author does a wonderful job exploring how holding onto guilt holds one back from truly living. 

As for the ending, it's totally swoon-worthy. 

Absolving Ash is my favorite of the series. As Chantel Ash is a new to me author, I am pleasantly surprised. This romance is hot, sweet, and tender, and will definitely be added to my re-read list. 

Author Bio

Chantal Mer is an author and optimist. Her stories explore relationships and what it means to be family. When she’s not writing about strong women, strong men, and strong love, she can be found walking her adorable dog, volunteering at her kids’ school (in the library, of course), teaching at the local university, and reading.

Chantal lives outside of Philadelphia (home of the Super Bowl LII champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, woot, woot!) with her husband, kids, Toffee the Wonder Dog, and vicious cat, Gracie. 


Hot hockey players on the auction block…

Win a date with a professional hockey player during All Star weekend in Chicago. From leading scorers to fan favorites to guys you love to hate, watch the players strut their stuff in support of the Hockey Allies charity.

Place a bid. You just might find someone to keep you warm.

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