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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

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The Perfect Storm!


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!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 05-04-16

AN ORIGINAL & WELL WRITTEN ROCKER ROMANCE

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.

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Absolute must read

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.

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Good love story.

I liked the story line about the way people look on the outside is not necessarily what they really are on inside.

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Romantic with a a Slice of Hot a Rocker

Storm and Evelyn are an unlikely pair..a rock star who lives by his feelings and a girl who is frightened, cautious, loyal, honest and very careful.
They meet in a snow storm..she's lost, runs off the road, he picks her up and they land up in a ditch for 2 days. This forces them to get to know each other and builds a bond. She doesn't know he's famous and this helps build their relationship. He hasn't been a relationship for years and she has been stuck, as a result of a tragic loss as a teen, in a relationship for years. I liked Storm, he was loving, and honest. Evelyn was also honest and faithful...frightened but found her courage. I loved Storm's family and hope to see more of Storm and Evelyn in the coming books/audio..Looking forward to seeing about the other band members...already have Vandal and Lucas...just need to listen to them.
The narrator did an EXCELLENT job, she varied the voices and her voice for Storm was perfect!
Get this audio!

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Learning to weather the Storm and find the sun

If you could sum up Storm in three words, what would they be?

Storm is a once troubled, now secure and confident musician, young but scarred by his life, and his early choices in that life. Three words to describe him are self-confident, swoon-worthy, and caring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Storms mother was my favorite character. She was successful, settled and happy and had seen her son through tragedy and now as a confident man. She read Evelyn like a book, gave her a pivotal bit of advise and later a career move. She was a crucial part of the family example Evelyn needed in order to be able to imagine her future.

Which character – as performed by CJ Bloom – was your favorite?

CJ Bloom was best as her role as Evelyn. She "got" the character, naive, insecure, and fairly young. Evelyn had determined her life was going to be as it was, a straight line to the finish, with few bumps along the way, The accident in the snow storm changed her world and she had quite a distance to travel to understand the opportunities before her and how she could change herself to accept a new life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Looking for a life within the snowglobe.

Any additional comments?

This is the first of a series. The other characters are introduced and their complexities are put before the reader. I will read/listen to the other books, but as fair warning, this is an adult book. Respectful sexual experiences occur and are described. No whips, chains, tape, or zip-ties were used in the book, just a sexy, tattooed man and a "virtual virgin" with a lot to learn.

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If only men like this existed in real life....

What a sexy and touching love story. I like the fact that the author didn't rush the journey the two lovers had to go thru, I loved that she let Evie stay true to her morals, I love that Storm respected Evie. It took a few chapters to get used to CJ Bloom's voices for Storm and Evie, but I really can't see anyone else narrating this book by the time it was over. Storm sounded very masculine and sexy and Evie sounded as beautiful and innocent as she was portrayed. I loved the sex scenes, never vulgar, just plane sexy, with a side of wow! I'll probably listen to this book again in a couple of years.

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I'm hooked!

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.

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Epic Love Story

I love this book and the twists and turns! Definitely a mature adult book but still a must read.

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Loved Storm

What did you love best about Storm?

Storm was awesome and Evelyn was so darn cute

What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm?

Being stuck in the blizzard of course. Oh and I loved that Storm loved his dog, that made me happy.

What about CJ Bloom’s performance did you like?

Oh she was amazing. She killed it with Evelyn

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That Storm loved Evelyn so much. Made me all warm and gooshie

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait for for the next books

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • 07-27-16

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

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  • 12-03-17

Storm

The beginning made me laugh out loud lots. Enjoyed the way story unfolded. Will read again

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  • Margarida
  • 07-27-17

The Man Of Romance...

S is the man that I hope to one day meet in my dreams because my reality hasn't happened yet

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  • Lucyanna
  • 04-22-17

Storm (LA) Review

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like the bad boy with golden heart and it girl who's is stupid your like this audiobook
It had the typical it girl whose anonying and sily and hr boyfriend is the typical guy that's NEVER there for her or seems to never care if she's ok. Don't think he care if she was dead makes it easy for us to want her to be with other guy. Who to me doesn't have enough character or layers for me to really care for him or to want them as couple

What will your next listen be?

I'm going to try the second book in the series to see if it was just this book that doesn't work for me. I first read Carian Coles Torn (Devils Wolves #1) and LOVED IT
So thought I try her other book series

What three words best describe CJ Bloom’s voice?

Great she did make her character come to life for me even though I found her annoying and stupid with how's she's written Cj voice helped still make me care

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Storm?

Pretty much about 60% of the book because a lot I didn't like or enjoy and felt like a waste or time wanted things move forward faster and even when they finally did the ending wasn't enough for me to believe the life they had because that's what the middle of book should of been and I would changed a lot too of the characters to make them more real to me and make evcare

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  • R. Baker
  • 01-13-17

Fantastic!!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Storm the most enjoyable?

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.

What other book might you compare Storm to, and why?

Talon. Same series.

Which character – as performed by CJ Bloom – was your favourite?

Storm

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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  • Kerry Critch
  • 05-09-16

WOW

This book was great to read, but it comes alive when you hear it.

Great job !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

absolutely love this book didn't want it to end.

absolutely love this book didn't want it to end. wish it was a movie haha

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  • Dim
  • 02-09-17

Reread

I read this book twice and I'm still not sick of it. Carian Cole keeps her characters real and not too dramatic. The love scenes are good and the CJ Bloom does great voices.

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  • Donna
  • 09-07-16

Loved it. The only problem was it didn't last long

love the story and found myself unable to put ot down. the only problem I had was that the book didn't last long enough.