A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: ASHER BLACK by Parker S. Huntington.

Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘ASHER BLACK’ by Parker S. Huntington.


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Author: Parker S. Huntington
Series:  Book #1 of The Five Syndicates Series
Release Date: April 21st, 2017 – (Review based on ARC early copy)


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Synopsis for ASHER BLACK’:

He was supposed to kill me. I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then… we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. When their fixer comes to kill her, he spares her life in exchange for a favor–be his fake fiance or die.

Note: This is a full-length, 90K word novel with sexually mature situations unsuitable for underage audiences. It has an HEA an no cliff-hangers. Please, proceed with caution.

My ‘Blogging Readers ARC-Review’ after reading ‘ASHER BLACK’:

“Asher Black” is the debut novel from new author Parker S. Huntington. I will begin my review by stating that, for a debut novel, this was gripping and enthralling from start to finish. This fast-paced novel is filled with high-volume sexual tension, witty banter, and unknown danger that just keeps this story flowing smoothly. The characters are an enticing blend of: Alluring successful man who potentially has strong ties to the mafia who meets a tough and beautiful college student who uses her guile when necessary. Asher Black is written in the main female character’s P.O.V.(Point of view), Lucy Ives.

Lucy is new to New York. As a new student attending the prestigious and respected Wilton University, her life seems headed in the right direction. She quickly starts up a friendship with her new roommate Aimee. Before long, a night out dancing turns into an unexpected night of twists and turns for Lucy. After experiencing a steamy moment, witnessing an altercation that snowballed, and trying to forget what she witnessed and did, will Lucy be able to move past that night?

Asher Black is known as a dangerous man and someone you do not want to mess with. On top of that, he’s disgustingly rich, successful, and attractive beyond words. His rumored ties to the Romano mafia family, just add to the reasons why you don’t want to cross him. When Lucy unknowingly crosses paths with him, her life gets thrown into a surprising and dangerous tale-spin. Will Asher bring danger to Lucy’s life or will the explosions come from their growing sexual tension?

“Asher Black” is an exciting and enticing story about Lucy and Asher who both grew up with rough childhoods. Now as adults, their paths intersect, leading to a roller-coaster ride in more than one. What is the deal these two will make with each other? Is someone out to get one of them or both? This dangerously entertaining novel delivers on everything you’d hope for from a story-line with a very fierce, at times ruthless, and always sexy man like Asher Black. And, you can’t forget the strong-willed, kindhearted, and beautiful Lucy Ives who is a survivor and not easily breakable despite the rough terrain she’s had to withstand in her past. I recommend this great novel for readers looking to read something with action, romance, and an entertaining story. I definitely am interested in seeing what comes next in The Five Syndicates Series! 😉 Check this one out next! ❤


★★More about ‘The Five Syndicates Series’★★

ASHER BLACK – Book #1 of The Five Syndicates Series – Follows Lucy Ives and Asher Black’s story. (Release Date: April 21st, 2017)
NICCOLAIO ANDRETTI – Book #2 of The Five Syndicates Series – TBA. (Release Date: TBA)
BASTIANO ROMANO – Book #3 of The Five Syndicates Series – TBA. (Release Date: TBA)
MARCO CAMERINO – Book #4 of The Five Syndicates Series – TBA. (Release Date: TBA)
RAFAELLO ROSSI – Book #5 of The Five Syndicates Series – TBA. (Release Date: TBA)


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How I imagined the characters while reading ‘ASHER BLACK’:



Lucy’s thoughts: He’s breathtaking. My eyes trace the defined edges of his jaw, entranced. He has a face that belongs on the big screen, but my intuition tells me he’ll never agree to such exposure. It’s his eyes that convey this to me. They’re intelligent but also guarded.

Lucy’ thoughts: The shallow, senseless part of me tells me to forget who Asher is. To acknowledge and accept that my life will soon be over. That part of me is encouraging me to just take a moment to enjoy the touch of a gorgeous man before it happens. Even if that gorgeous man may eventually be my killer.

Lucy’s thoughts on Asher’s words:  There is nothing I won’t do for the ones I love.
I’ll remember his warning for as long as I live. I was wrong. His love isn’t his weakness.
It’s his greatest strength.

Lucy’s thoughts: I look good. It’s almost weird. Last time I saw Aimee, I was wearing my own raggedy clothes. Now, I’ wearing handmade, one of a kind creations. Is this how Julia Roberts’ character feels like in Pretty Woman? Two parts princess, one part whore?

Lucy and Asher Black:  I’m emotional because he defended me. I can’t tell him this, though. It makes me too vulnerable.
His eyes look earnest and void of judgement when he says, “It’s okay to cry at kindness. This is the first time someone has stood up for you, but it won’t be the last. I’ll always look after you, okay?”
Of course, he figured it out.
This is Asher Black.
“You’re different than I thought you’d be.”
Back then, I thought he was cruel, calculated, and perceptive. A lethal weapon. I was right. But I was also wrong. He’s so much more than that.

Lucy and Asher Black:  “I just… I can’t help but feel like I should be doing this…”
“Don’t.” The harshness in his voice is shocking. “Don’t even think about it, Lucy. Between your life and hers, yours is the one that matters. Every. Single. Time.
Because you’re mine.”

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