Storm (Ashes & Embers #1) by Carian Cole

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?

Pet’s $0.02

Someone recommended Carian Cole to me because they know I love stories with rockers.

Evelyn is hard character for me to review. She just rubbed me wrong from the very beginning. She’s known Storm for less than twenty-four hours and went from prudish and berating Storm for his casual outlook on sex and sleeping with whoever he feels like, to mutual masturbation almost immediately. Within a very short span it went from no, never, you’re disgusting to yes, yes, fuck me! I got whiplash. I’m all about indulging in great sex, but the switch in her attitude towards him and his lifestyle was pretty swift and drastic. She just came across as overly immature and after a while her indecision around her life choices began to drag.

I actually liked Storm. He was just a nice guy helping a girl out. He didn’t have to stop to help her but he did and he got a ton of shit for his trouble.  He never lied about who he was or why he does the things he does. He didn’t tell her who he was, granted. But, I got the reasoning behind that and it made sense. I do think there were some red flags that she should have paid attention to in how Storm deals with adversity that I don’t think that they were resolved by the end of the book. But, of the two he was way more likeable.

As a rocker story it was light on the rock genre and heavy on drama. While Evie did make some positive changes in her life that showed some maturity towards the end, I’d have like to see how Evie fit into Storm’s world, because I think there are more issues that are going to raise their ugly heads when she gets thrown into the thick of it.

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