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Monday, October 13, 2014

STORM by Carian Cole Blog Tour Review

Title: Storm (Ashes & Embers, #1)
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn

★ Synopsis 

The calm before the storm…

I lived in the quiet stillness.    
I felt the wind rustle, warning me, telling me to get out of its path.

But I didn’t.

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 freakin’ 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 couldn’t put out.

Storm lives up to his name. Beautiful. Dangerously inviting. Tumultuous. Dark. A clash of hot and cold.

He’s 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?

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★ Storm - Excerpt ★

The snow is supposed to stop tonight or tomorrow. I can’t wait to get out of here, and take a nice hot shower, sleep in a nice warm bed, eat some real food and see Michael and Halo. Storm thinks a plow truck will come by tomorrow at some point, and he plans to chase after it when he hears it. I’m a little bit nervous about that. What if the plow doesn’t come? According to Storm, not many people even drive on this road. The plow guy could put off doing this road for a day or two.
“Storm? Is anyone looking for you?”
He pushes his hair out of his face and stares at me. “Why would someone be looking for me?”
“Because you’re missing? Duh.”
“I’m not missing, Evie. I’m hiding.”
I turn in the seat to face him. “Hiding? What do you mean?”
“I told you. I was coming up to my cabin to get away from everyone. They all know not to bother me. They know I won’t answer my phone. So no one knows I’m stranded in the snow.”
“What? Are you serious? We could die out here, Storm. What if the truck doesn’t come to plow?”
I burst into tears before I can stop myself. He scoots over and puts his arm around me, puts his hand on my head, guiding me to rest on his shoulder. “Shh... it’s gonna be okay. I promise. You’re just tired and a little stir crazy. I promise I’ll get us out of here. Don’t cry.” He pulls my head up and wipes my tears away with his thumbs. Holy damn, his eyes are green like a cat. “Evelyn, I know it’s hard but we have to keep our shit together, okay? I’ll get us out of here. Just trust me.” I nod, mesmerized by his eyes. I can barely hear him speaking.
“Your eyes are amazing.”
He laughs and hands me a tissue. “Well, thanks. Are you okay? Don’t be having a fucking meltdown on me, okay?”
I blow my nose a little and wipe at my eyes. “I’m sorry. I just want to go home.”
“We’ll get you home soon. I’m sure your family and Michael are missing you a lot. And your cat.”
I blink back the tears and shake my head at him. “I don’t have any family, Storm. Just Michael and Halo.”
“All right, baby. I get it.” He keeps his arm around me, and I rest my head on his shoulder again. I soon fall asleep listening to the rhythm of his heartbeat.

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★ About Carian ★

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, will be available in September of 2014.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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★ Review 

Storm (Ashes & Embers, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evelyn is a business woman that gets lost in a blizzard. Storm is the man who tries to keep her sane and alive during the bad weather. I really get a kick out of Storm especially when they first meet. I also love her internal monologue during this time. He is a huge, hairy, muscular, tattooed man wearing eye liner and a cowboy hat. Her reaction to him is so comical.
The last thing I want to do is sit in the backseat under a blanket with this long-haired, guy-linered, sunglassed, face-pierced, cowboy hat wearing freak. What strange hell have I fallen into?

"I like being different. I don't feel the need to fuckin' bend."

Evelyn has a lot of issues. They both have a troubled past and obstacles in their way. Both have also been accepting what's available in their lives, but now they may be able to find what they deserve in each other.

How can you have a beautiful ending without making beautiful mistakes?

Storm is super direct and honest, totally himself in all situations. I think those are great qualities.

Besides a couple of hiccups, I really loved the first half of the book. The writer is very witty. I did enjoy the book overall, but I don't feel that the second half kept the great momentum going. I did like the family aspect, and I am interested to find out what happens in all the characters lives.

I give it 4.2 rockstars.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***