When the Dark One's malicious agents fumble an attempt to kidnap the famous Maiden, an irresistibly handsome and shamelessly charming young soldier named Hawke is assigned to her detail. You can guess where the story goes from here.
From Blood and Ash starts out with a definitively erotic tone and then immediately falls into 150 pages of redundant slog. Once you soldier past that, the pace picks up again and Hawke enters the picture. Looking back, not a whole lot actually happened in this book until the last few chapters, but you get a good bit of romance in between. This is a pretty steamy book. Though the smut is top-notch, a lot of other aspects fell too far short for me to want to continue this series. My main complaint was that I closed the final chapter feeling... confused. Poppy's emotional whiplash made my neck hurt. "Remember this," he said. "Remember this was real." But does she? Nope.