Series: Ashes & Embers #1
on September 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The calm before the stormÔÇª
I lived in the quiet stillness.
I felt the wind rustle, warning me, telling me to get out of its path.
But I didnÔÇÖt.
I never stood a chance.
A series of weather and road mishaps leaves me trapped in the middle of a blizzard with a complete stranger. In the back of a pickup truck. For forty-eight freakinÔÇÖ hours.
A stranger with long hair, tattoos, and rippling with muscle.
A stranger with an insanely sexy voice and a wicked smile that turned my insides to jelly.
A stranger who held me in his arms, calmed me, and then set a fire in me that I couldnÔÇÖt put out.
Storm lives up to his name. Beautiful. Dangerously inviting. Tumultuous. Dark. A clash of hot and cold.
HeÔÇÖs used to getting everything he wants.
And now he wants me.
Some people chase storms for the beautiful thrill. What happens when the storm chases you?
After reading Lukas I knew I had to spend more time with the Ashes & Embers guys. And damn, that was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Storm by Carian Cole is very different from Lukas – both the book as well as the character. But it’s also oh-so-good.
Storm rescues Evie from her car, after she crashed it in a snow storm. The result is that they are both stranded in his truck for a couple of days. To make matters worse, they couldn’t be any different if they tried and tension as well as arguments are inevitable. But as the saying goes, opposites attract and despite their differences they have a hard time fighting their attraction for each other as well as the bond that is slowly forming. Being locked into a confined space for that long, allows them to get to know each other in ways that would normally take weeks if not months. So once they are safe and free to go their own ways, they realize that the bond is stronger than they thought and that there is a magnetic pull towards each other that they have a hard time fighting.
The question is if the pull is strong enough to overcome deep-seated fears, insecurities and doubts and if it’s more than lust and attraction that they share.
Honestly, how could one not be attracted to Storm? He’s a bit like his name. Wild, passionate and all-encompassing, while at the same time he’s comforting, romantic and sensual. Despite being a rock star, he is a good guy who wants to be loved for who he really is and not for his fame.
He breathes and lives sarcasm and has a charm about him that’s hard to describe but that will set your panties and heart on fire. He’s honest, direct and goes for what he wants. That happens to be Evie. He’s relentless in his pursuit, fascinated by her innocence and humility and charmed by her quirks and habits. The way he is there for her and understands her issues, accepts them and makes her feel loved and cherished melted my heart in an instant.
Evie was an awesome heroine. She was so different, with a plethora of issues that dictated her life, making things more awkward and harder than they had to be. Those issues make her a little bit of a control-freak and uptight, yet extremely likeable. I totally got her and understood where she was coming from, therefore it wasn’t hard to see that a lot of her behavior came down to coping mechanisms and a need to protect herself. But Storm is a force to be reckoned with and not even the walls she has built around her heart, mind and soul stand a chance against his efforts. I loved how much depth her character had. She was sweet and innocent, a good person at heart. But also person who makes mistakes, who fails her own expectations when confronted with all the emotions she’s not used to. All the emotions that Storm evokes.
Their love story was full of deep emotions, intensity and passion and I was enthralled by it. Completely blown away.
What thrilled me beyond words was the fact that Carian Cole managed something many authors don’t – to create a series with a multitude of characters who do not resemble each other. There is no pattern, no repetition. Each character and each story is unique – just like in real life.
5 Storm-has-swept-me-off-my-feet stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)