Series: Ashes and Embers #6
on June 3rd, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I should have died.
I should have been
But I didn’t, and I
Living the life most women only dream about, I was madly in
love with my soulmate—Asher Valentine—amazing husband, loving father, and
rock’s favorite kick-ass front man. A man who loved me every day, in every way,
since we first met as teens. We were blessed with a beautiful
daughter who was the light of our life. My all-female rock band was tearing up
Then tragedy struck, and I lost it all.
Now all I have is a stack of journals, an antique key, and a
big black void where my memories should be.
Used to be.
And I have him—this man with wild hair, tattoos from head to
toe, a soft voice, and an even softer touch that gives me butterflies. He’s
clearly hopelessly in love with his wife.
I’m told that’s me.
But that wife is gone, and she took everything they once
had, leaving me in her place.
A broken replacement. A new version that doesn’t quite fit.
I’m slowly falling in love with him, but will he ever truly
love me? Or will he forever be in love
with her, the phantom woman who
haunts us both?
Asher is undoubtedly one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and it did not disappoint. In fact, I could not have imagined how this story would evolve and it took the wizardry of Carian Cole to show this tale. The imagery she uses is astounding ( I have so many highlights) and everything made sense. But it is a tale of heartbreak and I only put the book down to allow myself a few breathes. It’s a story about transformation, about recovery, and history and knowing where to put it.
Carian Cole perfectly captures the heartbreak of Embers’ coma, her recovery, and the ensuing confusion that wrecks this beautiful couple. Ember is learning everything again, how to eat, how to walk, and while her body begins to regain strength, her mind is slower to respond, and her heart is somewhere in between. Ashers’ love for Ember is legendary. He’s such a romantic man, truly devoted to her, to them. He finds getting his wife back is not what he thought. Memories are tricky things and he has some expectations that may not be met.
I loved how this played out, even as heartbreaking as some moments were. Their connection is deep and the phrase two hearts beat as one comes to mind. There are such times of joy, set-backs and joy again. For every step forward, there’s a chance they might not make it. But I loved the evolution of this couple, how they learn to embrace the future while allowing the past to serve as a guide.
If you haven’t already read any of the Ashes and Embers series, you could read this as a standalone (by why would you miss this wonderful series?) and I highly recommend readers take in Torn first, to get a good idea of the family dynamics at play. I’m so happy with how this story turned out and it is definitely one of my #mustread recommendations for 2020! 5+++ Stars!
~Review by Cyndi