Saturday, April 11, 2020

Absolving Ash by Chantal Mer Blog Tour

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?

Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a story in the Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid collection and I am really enjoying having a slew of new books to read with a common theme, but different authors.

Ash is now a very successful chef, but ten years ago, after being severely provoked on the ice, he slammed down opponent Isaiah Blake and ended his career. He has lived with the guilt all this time, and reinvented himself and hid. Then at a bachelor auction he finds himself on the stage, facing the one man who will surely never forgive him.

Isaiah Blake spent most of his life in the shadow of his fabulously successful NHL father. The hit on the ice may have ended his career, but he has since learned what a relief it was to step sideways in the sport. He cannot help himself bidding on Ash at the auction, and finally putting the past to rest.

This is such a great set-up for a really delicious romance. And yes, I mean that partly in terms of the lovely food that we get to read about them enjoying, but mostly because these two men really do have a chemistry which needs to be explored and enjoyed. Add in Grinder and Cila, and this is a relationship which may not go smoothly, but really deserves to go the distance.

I think this was a really lovely way to take the hockey angle and give the reader an interesting twist. Thank you, Chantal Mer, for a very enjoyable read.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Absolving Ash (Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid #5) by Chantal Mer to read and review for this tour.

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