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Lukas

Ashes & Embers, Book 3
Series: Ashes & Embers, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,485 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

Storm's younger cousin. Vandal's little brother. You've met him in the background. The sweet one. The nice one. The one they can all rely on. In short, the good one.

He's a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin. He's got a body built for sin. And he's 24.

In comes Ivy. She's a 36-year-old single mom who hasn't dated in 18 years. All she wanted was a tattoo. She got a whole lot more.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Carian Cole (P)2016 Tantor

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Loved It! Awesome Story; Stellar Performance!

It's rare to find a series where we get a tasteful story about an older women and a younger man; usually it's the other way around. Way to go Cole! I loved it! I think my heart stopped when Ivy realized her husband was leaving her for a younger women.

Nelson Hobbs and Tatiana Sokolov's performance was Stellar! They had me hanging on to every word, and I could feel the emotions Ivy went through! Kudos!

All I can do is ditto all the positive reviews on this one! Awesome story, well worth the time and credit! Enjoyed every minute.

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Romance at its finest!

Lukas is such an amazing book boyfriend! Carian Cole draws his character as a tough, tattooed and pierced young man with a gentle "old soul". He woos a hesitant Ivy with kindness and honesty and only wants the same back from her.

"Lukas doesn’t belong here, I realize right then. He’s a Knight. A prince. A warrior. A Viking. He’s one of those men that fight for love ’til the end of time."

Ivy is reeling from break up of her marriage and is surprised to find herself so attracted to her young and sexy tattoo artist. Lukas helps her to see herself as a beautiful woman.

“Shh . . . be a kitten tomorrow," he whispers, his hand sliding slowly up my arm. “Be a cougar tonight.”

I can't express how much I adore this book and this series! I could read each book over and over to revel in the beautiful writing and all the amazing feelings as I fall in love with each character.
For this reread, I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrators, Tatiana Sokolov and Nelson Hobbs! They did such a great job of bringing to life Ivy and Lukas. Their seamless narration kept me fully invested in the story right from the opening page!

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love will listen again

older women younger man both finding each other all the problems of this kind of love and how ppl will try to destroy it. totally love how it all unfolds worth the listen couldn't be more pleases

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Great love story!

The third book in the Ashes and Embers series is about Vandal’s brother Lucas and about Ivy, a woman whose husband of 18 years left her for a younger woman. Though Ivy is older than Lucas, in many ways he’s the one who is older in life experience. As they try to find their way in their new romance, meddling teen and jealous ex husband try to derail their love. They have to find a way to be together again and trust each other. Narration was excellent!

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This one may be my favorite

The tattoo artist living in an old church with stained glassed windows. While only 24, he is an old soul and you love him for it. Wanting the wife and family is all Lukas ever wanted. He meets Ivy, an older woman just coming out of an 18 year marriage with 2 kids. He feels the pull, but will she react? The chemistry between Ivy and Lukas is so great, you can't help but root for this couple. He is incredible, literally the perfect man. He has a past with hurt and depression, which he relives with Ivy by his side. She has a jerk(putting it mildly, I wanted to crawl in the book and choke him) of an ex husband, with Lukas showing Ivy her real worth. They are able to work out their age difference, bridge the family, but that is just not enough! There are several twists in this book that were surprising to me...waiting to see how the last one will effect the future of this couple!

Tatiana Sokolov and Nelson Hobbs narrated this dual POV. Love them both. Carian Cole writes incredible emotional books with some humor, gives her characters grit and backbone and picks the best narrators to give the stories life.

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Another winner...

Loved the first one in this series, not a fan of the second, this one, which is the third one, is really good! On to the next now..

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Love Him

Loved this book omg he is so sweet and loveable sexy and sensual
I need me a Lukas

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Awesome Author

Recently started reading Carina Coles books. Her writing allows one to be lost in the characters. One can relate to each in some way. I find myself laughing out loud and then crying . She is able to stir many emotions . Occasionally the performance of one of the narrators can be annoying....has a whiny voice. I often find it difficult to listen to all books in a series at once but not the case with Carina's. That to me speaks volumes!

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Best in the series

I like all the books in this series but this one is the best. Lukas is a great character. Very mature for his age. Ivy is a bit insecure but together they complement each other. No spoilers. If you've listened to the others you must hear this one too.

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book 3 rocks!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lukas, he's so open and awesome.....

What about Nelson Hobbs and Tatiana Sokolov ’s performance did you like?

as always, they both bring the male and female characters to life and set great scenes with there voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh out loud and cried .....

Any additional comments?

so far the whole series has been great.... book three so worth the listen.

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  • hadziah
  • 03-16-17

carian cole does it again!

loved the characters and how their romance and the author's writing captivated me emotionally and had me hooked! i want a sequel with the Ashes & Embers character!

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  • Happy Reader
  • 03-24-19

Best book boyfriend, ever!

It's not often I find romance novels with an older woman. She's 36 to his 24. But what a 24! more mature, more alpha more sensitive and understanding than most men.
Carian Cole writes well and the story was exciting with lots of interesting tiny details like the talking bird. She keeps the focus tight on the couple but with enough from others in the family to make me want to read the rest of the series.
But the best thing in this audiobook was the narrators. really, top notch. Great voices, great performance. This is the way to do it. I'll be looking for more by those two narrators

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  • Amy Elizabeth Jewels
  • 07-25-18

Great.

I can't really fault it. I love everything by this author. The characters are great and the performances were spot on.

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  • Kathryn
  • 09-20-19

Long hair and tattoos

I really enjoyed a good love story and this one good one. As I had read other books by this author, you get tiny glimpes of them in this book. This story has a bird in it which had me smiling. Interwoven into this story are
many of life issues grief, loss, death, suicide, betrayal, and addictions. These enrich the story and despite this it is not a dark novel. Narrators bring the characters to life.

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  • Pussyfoot
  • 03-28-19

AMAZING LOVED IT!

Let me start by saying Ivy gets cheated on by Paul her husand in the being of the book and I don't think I can really put into words just how much I want to drop kick him in the head over an over again he is the sought of man no women should be with, because even with everything he has a beautiful wife two children a house a job he stills feels like it's ok to have an affair WOW what a complete JERK! Then there is Lukas such a sweetheart an lets face it has got some holy hotness going on just trying to fit into ivy's world and make a life together if you like drama you will love this book it really dose tick every box for me page turner tick funny bird tick hot guy tick ect absoulty loved it!

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  • Dim
  • 02-17-17

Ho hum

My least favourite of this authors books. Just a little bit boring after the excitement of her previous books. The narrators did a good job but I felt it was lacking in love scenes.