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 leave me trapped in the middle of a blizzard with a complete stranger. In the back of a pickup truck. For 48 freakin' hours.
A stranger with long hair, tattoos, and rippling with muscle. A stranger with an insanely sexy voice and a wicked smile that turns my insides to jelly. A stranger who holds me in his arms, calms me, and then sets a fire in me that I can't put out.
Some people chase storms for the beautiful thrill. What happens when the storm chases you?
Contains mature themes.
©2014 Carian Cole (P)2016 Tantor
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Evelyn is happy with her life... she's got a good job and she's living with her long-term one and only boyfriend in a committed comfortable relationship. She's on her way to a Seminar but her new Sat Nav has got her hopelessly lost... in the middle of nowhere... in a snow storm and, just when Evie thinks it can't get any worse.... it does and she ends up getting stuck in a ditch - stranded with no food, warmth or cell coverage. Then a huge scary man comes to her rescue but as he gets closer Evie sees he's wearing coal eyeliner, his hair is long with two parts dyed and he's got the whole goth look going on.... but he's also concerned, thoughtful and handsome.... and his name is Storm.
As the snow storm turns into a blizzard they start off in Storm's truck but they don't get far before disaster strikes again and Evie ends up stranded with a total stranger until the snow plough can rescue them. Which takes a few days (first in Storm's truck then in his cabin) and, during those long days of closeness and warmth, a solid bond and lifelong friendship was formed.... which would go on to shake Evie's world and make Storm's dreams come true. Because the stranger turned out to be a famous Rock Star, her boyfriend turned out to be a cheating b'stard and their 'solid' relationship, which she continually resisted and rejected Storm for, was weak and easily shattered.
This listen is so entertaining as Evie battles commitment vs. chemistry.... there's humor as Evie and Storm playfully banter, there's heavy petting as Storm tries hard to win Evie's heart, there's sexy times when he succeeds, there's tenderness and romance when Storm repeatedly comes to Evie's rescue... and there's a touching HEA too. The story is relationship driven as Storm tries to show Evie that she is in fact living in a loveless bubble - a bubble he's ready, willing and eager to burst.... but Evie is concerned that it'll be her heart that Storm's going to break. Evie's a sassy sarcastic stubborn spitfire, Storm's a sexy swoon-worthy seducer... and, at first, Evie comes across as a bit immature in her reactions but she grows up and grows on you too... and Storm's just all kinds of Mr. Wonderful. Told from Evie's POV, some good secondary characters and the narrator was great.
Worth a credit? Yes, it's an enjoyable journey of undeniable and unquenchable chemistry, soul connection, taking chances and risking it all for love. The Rock Band Ashes and Embers are made up of hot moody brothers and an equally moody Cousin who've yet to find 'the one'. Evie has a deaf cat, Storm has rescued an abused dog and further characters will be owners of abused/disabled animals - why the theme?... because a % of the profits from this book will go to worthy Animal Organizations.
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
Storm was the perfect rising rock star character! Down to earth, lovable, caring and didn't play games.
After listening and falling in love with Torn by Carian Cole, I knew I had to go back and start the Ashes and Embers series, and WOW the first book was A W E S O M E ! I can't believe I waited so long to start this series! Cole has a unique way of bringing two characters together. It's not your typical two hurt characters resisting the pull and chemistry between them but rather the story of a character who's in a relationship but falls hard for another who ignites repressed passion and desires. Not knowing each other, these two characters are stranded and forced to be together while they wait out the worst of the blizzard in the back of a truck. They are open, honest, and not trying to impress each other. As they survive and work together, a bond is form along with a spark of chemistry.
The narration was outstanding! I've listened to CJ Bloom before, and enjoyed her performances. She is such an animated narrator who knows how to bring the written words to life. My only constructive criticism would be trying to distinguish between the character's mental internal dialogue and the characters spoken dialogue. Sometimes it was obvious, but Bloom does such a good job at animating all the dialogue, I found myself asking did the character just think that or speak that. This is just a minor observation, and did not impact the rating. I've listened to well over 600 audiobooks and know there is no perfect narrator.
All the positive reviews are spot on. I LOVED Storm (both the story and character)! Well worth the time, and definitely worth a credit. Another amazing author to follow!
Oh how I absolutely loved both Storm and Evelyn. Storm is dark and brooding. Evie is vulnerable but strong. They both complement each other perfectly. Aria nailed this book, in my opinion.
Evelyn has been in a dead end relationship for 12 years. He is always away on travel. He is always brash and rather rude to Evie. I found myself wanting to throat punch him so Arian nailed that character too. She is in a snow storm traveling when she has car troubles. Cue the handsome Storm Valentine.
Storm has had a troubled past. He can be moody but he is lovable. He rescues Evie and they get stuck together. Now the fun begins. Evelyn has no idea who Storm really is so he can't help the attraction he has to her. Its not long before Evie starts wondering what is going on at home. He truly does her a favor and helps her see that Michael is all wrong for her.
In short, I absolutely loved this book. Go one click. I'm off to start book 2 this second.
Sales career / married 40 years with 5 grands, I like wholesome romance or mystery type books. I also enjoy self help or motivational books
I liked the story line about the way people look on the outside is not necessarily what they really are on inside.
I like to read! When I do other things (ie: driving, laundry, cooking) I feel like I should be reading. Hence why I love audio books.
I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down and I have the baggage under my eyes to prove it.
I enjoyed the narrator and would definitely listen to her again.
I'm dying to get into the other books in this series. I already got book 2 ready on my Audible app. Now I wait for the other books to be released on Audible.
Storm was awesome and Evelyn was so darn cute
Being stuck in the blizzard of course. Oh and I loved that Storm loved his dog, that made me happy.
Oh she was amazing. She killed it with Evelyn
That Storm loved Evelyn so much. Made me all warm and gooshie
I cannot wait for for the next books
I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.
I am so excited ...... this book is an enjoyable, funny, sexy, perfect listen. It's a slow burn so don't give up on it .... this is definitely not your typical rock star book .... but I promise you will love Evelyn and her insecurities and Storm and his persistence. Warning there is a love triangle ... but the book is so credit worthy. I went to Amazon and downloaded the next three books!! CJ Bloom was the perfect performer for this book!!
The female narrator spoke with expression and at a good speed. The story is gripping. You can't wait for the next chapter. It is sensual and interesting. You believe in the characters. I am really really enjoyoying this book. It is my first audio book. I love it so much that I will download another book in that series. Better to stay with same author.
Talon. Same series.
"Really good listen"
Yes this book deserves 5 stars all the way, I really enjoyed the story Storm a lead guitarist in a very popular group and a girl who is quiet reserved not the norm they meet in a snow storm and the story develops from there .
You develop a strong bond for both characters quickly and CJ Bloom narrates with real feeling not all narrators do , but she does a great job , will definatly be purchasing more in the series as there are obvious characters that I will look forward to their stories .
I have no hesitation in recommended this read
This book was great to read, but it comes alive when you hear it.
Great job !
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