I really enjoyed this one! It was frustrating how many little things kept them from working something out or from preventing something not so good from happening. It was realistic though, we are all afraid to talk about something, or pride keeps us from asking for help when we need it, or we don’t want to be judged or pitied so we don’t tell those close to us the entire story. No one is immune from having to struggle with communication problems at some point in time. Ash is just gorgeous inside and out. I felt so much empathy for him. He was really wanting to find a way out of his situation and make a better life for himself. In some ways it reminded me of the argument I often have with those born into stable life situations, that are unable to empathize with those who were not… the argument that it is not “easy” or “uncommon” for those who are born in circumstances or have opportunities taken away or kept from them to never rise above those situations. Not because they are lazy or incapable or moochers… but solely because if you have nothing and no one to help you to get out of the hole you are in then how the hell are you supposed to do it alone? You can have all the desire and motivation in the world but without help & hope it’s a sad situation I have seen many, many times. Asher needed help out of the hole, and he wanted help, he just wasn’t sure about how much to ask for and if he would be a burden to those around him who already had a lot of worry on their own plates. He had plenty of hope though and no matter what he is hit with literally and figuratively he continues to try. The relationship between Ash and Audrey was so sweet and makes you want to hug yourself with happiness for them. Really great stuff! I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of this series.