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Title: Asher
Series: Ashes & Embers #6
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Carian Cole
Photo: Hellfox Photo
Models: Kevin Creekman & Runa
Blurb
I should have died.
I should have been
forgotten.
But I didn’t, and I
wasn’t.
Living the life most women only dream about, I was madly in
love with my soulmate—Asher Valentine—amazing husband, loving father, and
rock’s favorite kick-ass front man. A man who loved me every day, in every way,
since we first met as teens fifteen years ago. We were blessed with a beautiful
daughter who was the light of our life. My all-female rock band was tearing up
the charts.
Then tragedy struck, and I lost it all.
Now all I have is a stack of journals, an antique key, and a
big black void where my memories should be.
Used to be.
And I have him—this man with wild hair, tattoos from head to
toe, a soft voice, and an even softer touch that gives me butterflies. He’s
clearly hopelessly in love with his wife.
I’m told that’s me.
But that wife is gone, and she took everything they once
had, leaving me in her place.
A broken replacement. A new version that doesn’t quite fit.
I’m slowly falling in love with him, but will he ever truly
love me? Or will he forever be in love
with her, the phantom woman who
haunts us both?
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Author Bio
Carian Cole
has a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped
jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls who try to tame
them and win their hearts.
Born and raised a Jersey girl, Carian now resides in beautiful New Hampshire
with her husband and their multitude of furry pets. She spends most of her time
writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Weekly Releases

Weekly Releases (Jun 26th, 2017)

Tied by Carian Cole

Tied Ebook CoverHe was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal.  I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything…

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Unashamed by M. Malone & Nana Malone

UnaSHAMEd_CoverHe is the thing that goes bump in the night. He is a liar, a protector…a killer… He is Noah Blake.

…And I love him.

Everything I thought I knew about the night that changed our lives has been turned upside down. I have no idea who to trust, but the one thing I do know is that I am his…And I will do anything to protect him. Lie, betray…kill.

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Stealing First by Weston Parker

Stealing First CoverShe’s saving herself for marriage.

 

Not if I have anything to do with it!

 

I steal bases for a living.  Now watch me steal her v-card.

 

I’ll take it all, over and over, and she’ll beg me not to stop. You don’t get in the batting cage with me and expect to leave unscathed.

 

The minute Terra Harmon walks back into my life, I’m hard for her.

 

She’s always had that effect on me. She’s sweet, she’s innocent, and she’s my best friend’s little sister. She thinks she’s going to take over our pro-league baseball team.  But she’s going to be so busy trying to keep her virginity intact, she won’t have time to deal with anything else.

 

One mistake, and I’ll slide into first.

 

One little slip up, and I’m going deep.  Balls deep.

 

She wants to save herself for marriage?

 

She’s in the wrong game.

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Becoming a Vincent by C.M. Owens

EcoverWhen you live in a place where “turbo speed” internet is a slight step above dial-up, men carry on nine-year beard-growing challenges out of stubborn pride, and your brothers do things like nail all your panties to the outside of your cabin just for funsies, you tend to be a little crazy. You can call it a “locational” hazard, if you will.

That’s Tomahawk for you.

We rank people based on just how crazy they are. And the four craziest families in town are called the Wild Ones.

I’m on the bottom tier of those, so technically I’m not as crazy as the other Wild Ones. In fact, if it wasn’t for my brothers and their endless antics, I wouldn’t be considered a Wild One at all. Ahem. Sure. We’ll go with that.

Anyway, I have a best friend who endures it all with me. Benson Nolans is my one, constant favorite person.

Without him, I’d probably go really crazy, and not the fun kind. It’d be ridiculous, after three years of a flawless friendship, to mess that all up by falling for him.

I mean, even if we did get a little too close one night, it’d be reckless endangerment. Even if we did suddenly feel the chemistry that’s always been there and stop toeing the line, it’d be a foolish risk to take.

It’d be stupid to start hoping a really fun, but completely irrational, night with zero inhibitions might accidentally happen.

Really stupid…

Right?

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Just Until Morning by Dani Wyatt

IMG_3283Taking what he wants has never been a second thought for Lincoln Kirk. His empire of private, high stakes poker rooms has brought him everything he thought he wanted in this life. Until it didn’t. The moment the lush, blond pixie burst into his life with her Mae West hips and Judy Garland smile, all bets were off.

Holli Holliday works a poker room like a swan on a still lake. Gliding through life on a hustle is what’s gotten her this far. Her dreams for the future don’t include poker and worrying about back rent, but she needs one more good score before she can take back the reins on her runaway life.

To settle a debt, Lincoln Kirk offers Holli the option of staying with him just until morning. Can one night turn into forever? Or will dangerous plans for starting a new life end one of theirs?

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Night Games by Alexis Anne

NightGames1600x2400WES

I love women and women love me.

It’s not my fault I’m irresistible. Okay, I may be a little cocky too.

All I have to do is post a picture of myself shirtless with my cat, Snickers, and the women flock to me.

It probably helps that I’m good with my bat and balls.

A selfie, a smile, and I have them in bed—but never in a relationship.

Until Carrie entered the game.

She may not know it, but she owns me. And I’m not letting her go.

CARRIE

I’m a professional. No, not THAT kind of professional.

I’m an orthopedic physician for the St. Pete Mantas and my job is everything.

I love the game and I love my players … but I never fall *in* love with any of them.

Especially not players like Wes. Especially Wes.

He thinks life is one big game.

One sexy, romantic, and sometimes sweet, game that’s left me confused and little bit worried…

*I may have actually fallen for the ultimate player.*

I’ll have to beat him at his own game if I have any shot at walking away with my heart intact.

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America’s Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan

ANRS coverSEEKING THE SMART ONE

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

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Reviews

REVIEW: Tied by Carian Cole

Haunting…

This is a hauntingly beautiful story of two physically and emotionally damaged people who discover in each other the opportunity to heal and to move beyond the past… their lives become intertwined in ways they never could have foreseen…

This is the first book I have read by this author and I was so captivated by her writing style and the characters she has imagined on to the page….Holly’s initial reactions to a world that has moved on, while she was in hell, is wonderfully described and felt heartbreakingly realistic..in particular her first visit to her family home was so moving….Tyler and Holly are such complex and dysfunctional individuals they are yin and yang complete opposites in so many ways and yet conversely they fit perfectly together……

The author has skillfully woven flashbacks of past experiences throughout the narrative; this is such a clever device because it adds a layer of emotion and demonstrates first hand how the simplest of actions or words can trigger an unsolicited and unwanted memory…. the tragic legacy of PTSD….

This is not a fast paced, action packed story but it is just as enthralling; it deals with sensitive subject matter which could have made it so depressing and yet in fact it is uplifting and even joyous in parts ….when all is said and done this is a story of love and longing for a happy ever after….This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…

~Sheena (5/5)
For fans of: Natasha Preston, Michelle Irwin and Amy Harmon

Drama, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Torn – Carian Cole

Torn Ebook CoverTorn by Carian Cole
Series: Devils Wolves #1
Genre: romantic drama
Themes: forbidden love
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He’s loved me since the day I was born.
He’s taken care of me.
He’s awakened me.

Tor. My father’s best friend.
Fifteen years older than me, he’s always been my protector. The one I should never, ever want.
But I was born to be his.

She’s always loved me.
She’s shattered me.
She’s healed me.
Kenzi. My best friend’s daughter.
I held her the day she was born, and I never let go.
She’s forbidden to me. But she’s the only one that really gets me.
We’re slowly being torn apart by everything we love.
Everything we want.
Everything we desire.

And now I want the one thing I can’t have… I want her.

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Review

Heat: ★★
Rating: ★★★

I wish you weren’t who you are…

This forbidden love romance started off strong enough. I haven’t read Cole’s Ashes & Embers series, and although this spin-off does standalone, I feel that I would have had a deeper understanding of Asher’s character in this, and his past.

I’ll start by saying that I’m a sucker for forbidden romances. I love the drama, the inevitable anguish, and frankly, I love the taboo, too. And this novel had plenty of all of that. Mixed in was a rather emotional, heartbreaking subplot, which made this a recipe for a tearjerker. And, regardless of its flaws, the strength of the story really ensured that this was an enjoyable, slow-paced read.

The characters, although interesting, didn’t quite feel fully developed for me. They occasionally acted very out of character, with Asher towards the end saying and doing things that just didn’t fit the character built up for him. Similarly, I just couldn’t quite get Tor. There were a load of supporting characters which seemed to have their own massive problems too, and a lot of this just felt like a load of build-up for the sequels, rather than having relevance to the story.

I have no past without him, and no future without him.

Where I struggled most was with the writing. To me, the dialogue felt stilted, very forced and robotic; like dialogue being used as a narrative device for both telling the story and attempting to add complexities to the characters. For example, there were conversations between characters which, although an everyday occurrence in reality, simply aren’t necessary to the plot within the pages of a book, and rather than successfully make these characters seem more real, more layered, they instead just detracted from the overall storyline. There’s a fine line between attention to detail and the everyday for realism, and just plain overloading.

Similarly, there were a few occasions where it felt like Cole was trying too much with her language, attempting to make parts sound profound. Instead, it felt like I was reading something disjointed, a patchwork quilt with none of it quite matching but being put together regardless. I would have preferred a more relaxed narrative, something more fluid and easier to read.

We all let go. We followed our hearts. And we all ended up together again.

Yes, this novel had its flaws. It was by no means perfect. Yet, despite this, I still very much enjoyed immersing myself within this world and these characters lives, enjoying the storyline, even if parts just weren’t my cup of tea. Would I read the sequel? I think so, yes. And I’d like to read the original series, too.

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RELEASE: Torn – Carian Cole

Torn Ebook CoverTorn – Carian Cole
Series: Devils Wolves #1

Genre: romance
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He’s loved me since the day I was born.
He’s taken care of me.
He’s awakened me.

Tor. My father’s best friend.
Fifteen years older than me, he’s always been my protector. The one I should never, ever want.
But I was born to be his.

She’s always loved me.
She’s shattered me.
She’s healed me.
Kenzi. My best friend’s daughter.
I held her the day she was born, and I never let go.
She’s forbidden to me. But she’s the only one that really gets me.
We’re slowly being torn apart by everything we love.
Everything we want.
Everything we desire.

And now I want the one thing I can’t have… I want her.

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Excerpt

Prologue 

Kenzi one day old
Toren fifteen years old

“We want you to be her Godfather,” Asher says as he gently lays his newborn baby into my arms. I have to tear my gaze away from her spellbinding eyes to look up at him from the chair I’m cradling the baby in.

 “Me?” I repeat, glancing over at Ember in the hospital bed, who beams back at me with a tired, yet genuine smile.

 “Yes, you,” they both say at the same time. “If it wasn’t for you, we probably never would have met,” Ember adds, grabbing Asher’s hand. “And we wouldn’t have this beautiful little baby. We know you’ll always protect her.”

 “That’s right, man. You’re Uncle Tor now.”

 I’m an uncle. And my two best friends are parents. And we’re all fuckin’ under sixteen.

 But Kenzi Allyster Valentine would change us all forever. She needed us.

 “Wow. I’m honored, guys. No doubt, I’ll always be here for her.”

 I kick back the pang that hits my stomach. I didn’t get the girl…but I got something better that I never expected. A gift in the form of a little tiny hand wrapped tightly around my finger, huge eyes like gems staring up into mine like I was the most amazing person in the friggen’ world, and the first glimpse of what I could already tell was going to be a heart-stopping smile. 

 At that moment, a connection was born.

 That was it.
She owned me.
My niece.
My god-daughter.
The love of my life.