'Heart Of Ash' Is The Creepy Romance-Horror You'll Be Dying To Read

By Kerri Jarema

Fans of romance and horror found themselves a new book to obsess over when Kim Liggett's Blood and Salt was released in 2015. Billed as Romeo & Juliet meets Children of the Corn (not a comparison you hear every day, surely) the story follows Ash Larkin, who follows her mother to a spiritual commune in Kansas. While there she is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, and the town's history of unrequited love and murder. Charming traditions give way to gruesome deaths and all the while Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own. Soon Ash must fight to save her mother and herself, all while trying to uncover the truth.

Whether you're running out to the bookstore right now to get your hands on this one, or you're a devoted fan who has been on the edge of your seat waiting for news of a sequel, you're in luck. Because Kim Liggett is back with another seriously creepy and super sexy follow-up, Heart of Ash, which hits shelves in early 2018. That might seem like a long time to wait, but maybe this will hold you over. Bustle's got the exclusive cover reveal for the second release and we're pretty sure you're going to love it. Check it out!

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So, what is Heart Of Ash about? The book opens on Ash, who has escaped the immortal-worshipping cult that killed her mother, but the love of her life is still under its thrall. Dane has been possessed by his diabolical ancestor Coronado, a man who's fabulously wealthy, dripping with fame, and the leader of Europe's most dangerous immortal network. Dane begs Ash to join him at Coronado's castle in Spain, swearing that his blood bond with Ash is stronger than Coronado's hold over him. Ash is desperate to help Dane vanquish Coronado, but she doesn't want to sacrifice herself to the darkness in the process. But when you're all in, blood and salt, the only way to hold on to the light might just be by setting everything on fire.

If cults and possession meets insanely hot romance sounds like your kind of thing...well, get ready to get ahold of this one when it releases on February 20, 2018.

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