Review for Hidden in Ashes by Rachel Leigh Smith


Childhood enmity turns to love, with one problem: his heart isn't his to give.

Lorin is a daro, a Lokmane man trained to make humans feel special and valued. As Prime of Arkos House, no one stands between him and the safety of the daros under his care—except his mistress. The dead one, and the new one. He needs to focus on the Essence crisis infiltrating the Houses, and his sister's safety. Not figure out how to balance his duties with falling in love.

When her mother dies, emotionally wounded Sagira Memeos becomes the Marcasian Empire’s newest High Lady. And reluctant owner of the most sought after daro in said empire. He’s her childhood nemesis, and way too sexy for his own good. With his kindness finding its way into her bruised soul, asking for his help to navigate her succession to ruling high lady probably isn't her brightest idea.

Lorin wants Sagira. But not if he has to pay for it with innocent lives. She’s a distraction he can't afford while the bedrock of Marcasian high society is under attack. Not to mention facing losing his sister to the man who wounded Sagira. If the daro houses fall, all hope of freedom goes with them.


My Review

Rachel Leigh Smith's "Hidden in Ashes" is the fifth tale in the A'yen's Legacy series. Again, this series takes my breath away. The web is woven more and more masterfully at each step! I love, love, love the mythology and how the markings and cascades work. Sunny and Lorin...mmmm....so hawt! I hope we get to hear more of their continuing story later. I can't wait to keep reading this series, I hope it never ends!

5 out of 5 stars

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Just in case you missed it, here's my review of the first four books in the series:

Rachel Leigh Smith’s "My Name Is A'yen" and “The King’s Mistress” are the first and second books in her A’yen’s Legacy series. It’s an interesting science fiction romance series. Sort of “Stargate” meets “In Distress” by Caethes Faron (which is a M/M read that’s very well done). The series is daring – I like that she took the chance to have the leading man have a history with another man. The main characters, Fae and A’yen are both complex and multifaceted. Definitely a series for smart readers to really dig into. #2 is definitely not a standalone book, you need to read #1 first in order to understand the intricate details of this mythology and to get to know the full ensemble of characters. My only small issue is that I wish we had gotten more detailed descriptions of the intimate scenes – seems like we get the start of the scene or a recap of what happened, but never a nice, full-on sexy scene.

4 out of 5 stars



Rachel Leigh Smith's "To Save a Life" is the third book in her A'yen's Legacy series. It’s an interesting science fiction romance series. Sort of “Stargate” meets “In Distress” by Caethes Faron (which is a M/M read that’s very well done). This time we get to have a more in depth look at Ro. Ro has been marked as a sex slave and he can get into minds. Once again, all of the characters are amazingly deep and the story line has lots of complex twists and turns. Many of the intimate scenes are done with a more closed door approach, describing the beginning of the act or using only vague terms. Some readers prefer that, but I like a little more naughty stuff! There will be a #4 and I can't wait to read it.

4.5 out of 5 stars


Rachel Leigh Smith's "Freedom's Embrace" is the fourth tale in the A'yen's Legacy series, but you could read it as a standalone. As always, there is a full ensemble cast and amazing storytelling. The way they connect through their minds when far apart is heart wrenching! Once again, the author isn't afraid to mix in M/M relationships and I think that's so brave. The intimate scenes are glorious and powerful. I can't wait to read #5, "Hidden in Ashes."

4.5 out of 5 stars






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