Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Review: The Lariat by Ashley Dotson

The Lariat by Ashley Dotson

As I am sure you all know by now I am obsessed with Ashley Dotson’s Finding Justus series, and have even been dubbed President of the fan club by the author herself. (Feel free to refer to me as Madam President from now on, no? Okay, fine.) Although I have come to be great friends with Ashley since reading her debut novel, and the first installment in the Finding Justus series, The Beacon, I can promise you when I say her books are breath taking that it is in no way a biased opinion! ;)

In this, the third and final installment of the series (crying because I don’t want it to end. Ever. can we be like Harry potter and have 7 books, 8 movies and a spin off?) we find that there has been a 3 year time hop and Layla is now 21 and in college. After leaving Orrin behind to be with Daisy, Layla has become depressed and drowns her demon in the only thing that can quiet her pain, alcohol. Layla has suffered for years knowing that Orrin chose to stay with and marry another woman instead. She is heartbroken by the fact that she will have to wait a lifetime to have another chance with the man she tied her soul to. Layla is at the point of wanting to end it all to get rid of the pain when she meets Cyrus Williams. She could sense his presence before he even entered the room, she felt a spark when he got near and even touched her. Cyrus was breathtaking and when Layla is with him she starts to feel again. Layla finally might have a change to be happy with this beautiful stranger but now new threats loom over her head as the Beacon and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. Can Layla bring herself to choose one man? Can she move on from her past? Can she make the right choice when it seems there is no right choice? Find out August, 28TH 2015!!!!

Aahhh! You guys! I have been on a book hang over from this series since February earlier this year. I have even gotten totally hooked on the show Supernatural because of this series (and all the hype, but mainly because I want to be Layla. Duh.) I was totally honored to get to read this manuscript early and even help with the cover. I, and Ashley I am sure, can’t wait for you all to be able to read this! If you, like me, loved The Beacon and The Porter then you will LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE The Lariat! It won’t disappoint!

Recommended age:

On to the ratings!

0 = None 10 = Tons

There were a couple of moments when I felt the love and feels. There are moments with Layla and her mother that were touching for me, and also lots of yummy moments with some guy that I won’t name for the sake of not spoiling anything!

There were a few moments that were very cringe worthy. There are some moments that may seem gruesome to some younger readers. But for those like me who like a little gore and fright it’s not too much.

Sexual content:
There are a few kissing scenes and scenes where Layla is in bed with a guy but nothing is graphically described.

Crude language:
There are minor profanities used throughout the book such as, “hell” “damn” and so on, keep in mind this is a book about demons and angels so those two words are used a lot referring to Hell, the place and Damnation.

Other elements/comments:
Layla drinks a lot in the beginning of the book, there are scenes where Layla is less than self-respecting.

Over all I enjoyed the book. It was a really powerful ending to a great series. Now go buy The Beacon and The Porter before the 28th!

YOU CAN FIND ASHLEY'S BOOKS HERE! > Amazon.com/AshleyDotsonBooks


- Sarah

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