Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review & Giveaway:Storm by Carian Cole

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


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 ★

My hand wanders up to his broad shoulder. So much muscle. I want to touch him everywhere and explore every beautiful part of him.

“You look scared.” His voice is soft and even. I nod a little. Yes, I’m scared. Scared he will kiss me, and scared he won’t. I’m lost in his gaze, trapped against the couch.

A faint smile touches his lips. “I like you scared. It makes me want to do things to you.”

My stomach flips and my eyes widen. Things? What kind of things? And while I feel scared, it’s not the kind of scared like when you see someone creepy in a dark alley. It’s a pulsing, electric fear that flips a switch deep inside me, making my heart beat faster and sending shivers up and down my spine. I peek up at him to meet his eyes. They are dark and smoky and honed right in on me.

“You have two hands,” he says.

I put my other hand on his arm and slowly move it up toward his neck and do the same with my other hand. His skin is so warm and smooth. I slowly run my hands up and down his inked arms and chest. There is something really fascinating about touching someone who is covered in tattoos, like caressing artwork. He’s waiting, but for what I don’t know. He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. “I love the way you touch me, Evie. Everything you feel comes right through your fingers. I felt it when you were touching my hand in the truck. And I feel it now.”

I pull my hands away. I should not be touching him or making him feel all the things I feel. He opens his eyes and stares down at me for a moment. “I’m going to let you stop because you’re sick.” Let me? Let me?


He leans down even closer to me, and I brace myself for his kiss, but he doesn’t kiss me. “You will touch me, Evie. I want to feel your hands all over me because it’s like a fucking drug for me right now and I need it.” He leans his forehead against mine. “And I’m going to make you beg me to let you because I need that, too.” His lips meet mine so softly... so briefly... that when he pulls away and walks out of the room, I’m left wondering if it actually really happened.

The fuck?

All this talk of touching and making me beg has my girly parts in a quivery wet mess. What the hell just happened? He can’t just come into my own home while I’m sick—breaking and entering, mind you—and tell me I’m going to be touching him and begging for it. I hear the shower running. Is he seriously taking a shower now after getting me all in a frenzy? He’s completely bat shit crazy. I need to get him out of here before I lose my mind and do something stupid. Especially, if he thinks he’s going to boss me around while I’m sick and not able to even think straight.

What I thought about Storm


Storm is a hot and sweet fairy-tale romance about a bad boy rockstar that isn't really bad and a good girl that finally grows up. An unlikely couple, but they worked for me -- there was a lot of steam in that truck stuck in the snow. 

The first 2/3 of Storm progressed nicely around Storm wooing Evie. He swoops in to rescue her in more than one situation and I couldn't help but like him. He was mostly charming and caring and sometimes commanding and possessive. He lit up the pages when he was in the scene.

I liked Evie too, although there were a few times she seemed a bit bi-polar. At the beginning of the book, she's insecure and afraid of a lot of different things, and Storm shakes her up good. Sometimes she likes it, sometimes she doesn't but once he gets her to thaw a little, she takes a good look at her life. I love how she got stronger and more confident as she pulls away from her long time boyfriend.  She got on my nerves a few times, but I totally understood where she was coming from.

The building tension as Storm wins Evie's heart kept the story nicely paced, and there are glimpses of stories to come as we meet Storm's band and family. But once Evie makes her decision, things almost got too gooey for me.  The last bit just missed something for me. The ending felt a bit flat and Storm's  behavior went from charming to almost being possessive in a scary way.

Overall, Storm was a easy, sexy and mostly entertaining read. I'd probably read another book in this series--there was enough of a tease for me to want to read about Ash, Storm's brother.There were things I really liked about Storm, and then there were some parts that could have been better.

A nice debut effort

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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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