Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Release + ARC Review + Giveaway: Talon by Carian Cole

Ashes & Embers #4
by Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2015


Caring. Hard-working. A devoted family man, loves kids. Clean cut, funny, smart, quiet, but a good communicator.

                                ~ Asia Jenson


Independent. Tall, blonde, sexy. Outgoing. Intelligent, neat. Unslutty. Confident. Loves to travel. Committed.

                                                ~ Talon Valentine


The concept was scary but exciting...

Marry a total stranger.

Live together for six months.

Journal everything. (Feelings. Fights. All of it.)

After six months, we each get $50K in trade for our journals, whether we stay married or not. But the goal is to commit to the experience and see if the relationship experts could put together the perfect matches.

I have never been lucky in love. This was my chance to find my soulmate.

I couldn’t wait to meet the man the experts felt was perfect for me.

My hopes were immediately dashed when I saw him at the altar.

Shit. I married my worst nightmare.


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5 'laughter and tears' stars

This is my first Carian Cole and even being Book 4 of a series, it still can be read as a standalone. From the blurb, there are mentioned of 'social experiment''marriage'and 'nightmare'. Honestly, I thought is a dark erotica. But it isn't! Actually is a very sweet and lovely read. 

This book has
Experimental marriage
A hippie heroine
A 11" rockstar
A celebrity cat

First of all, I think the whole idea of they wanting to participant in an experimental marriage with a total stranger extremely bizarre. But I enjoyed every moment of them getting to know each other, living together and falling in love.

Asia Jenson is a girl living alone in the ghetto. She is a hippie, the kind who are crafts loving, vegan eating and smoothie drinking. 

Talon Valentine is a rockstar. He had a long wavy hair, tattoos on almost every inch of his body. He is a drinker, a smoker and a recreational drug user. He is basically a stereotypical rockstar. 

When I was younger, I believed if I ever reached famous rock star status I would be as happy as a pig in shit. 

I'm trying to find a picture of a long hair tattoo guy with cat. But it seems like this is the best one I can scavenge. 

When they both ended up paired together, they nearly suffered some serious trauma. What the heck is happening? They are supposed to each get their dream partner, not a total opposite of their heart desire. Some hilarious outcome ensure!

I wanted quiet. Normal. Family man. Suit and tie. Someone stable, not someone wild and crazy. Not a freaking rock star!

"I'm not into the long hair and tattoos. At all."
"I definitely see implants in our future, so I guess we're even, then."

I love Talon. What is it about these endearing tattoo bad boys with a heart of gold that make me into a total mush. He really exceeded my expectation of a rock star. It amazed me that Talon is the positive one, the one that actually believes in the marriage and want it to works. He even try to change himself to be a good husband.

"I'll admit, you can be a real jerk sometimes and I want to slam you in the balls. But when you're good? I can't imagine anything better, and that's the truth."

Asia is more level headed, but she can't help but had an underlying fear that their marriage is doom. But with times, she noticed that although her husband it not what she expect, he might still be perfect for her. 

Their relationship had it ups and downs, but they were both committed to make things work, even with their polar opposite personality. 

"Every part of you taste delicious. I want to fucking eat you alive."
"Mmmm... sexy with a side of serial killer..."

With the addition of Talon's bandmates and family, they bring forth so much warm to the story. Each of them have their distinct personalities without overshadowing the main characters.

My favorite part of the book is the second half when the author thrown in some drama into the story and causes a shift in the romance department. The thing that happened to Talon sounds really unusual and refreshing and I'm a total sucker for vulnerable man and love seeing how the heroine fussing and fawning over the hero.

I actually enjoyed this kind of delicious angst whereby they both are not in a good place, but we knew they still both very much in love and won't be able to stay away for long. I love the fact that the author gave them a do-over and seeing the cute and romantic side of Talon is priceless. 

"It's hard to shine when you're surrounded by stars, baby.
"Then don't be a star, Talon. Be the moon. Shine above all of them.


As if Carian hasn't win me over yet with Talon and Asia, she even thrown in an acknowledge about her cats that make me cry a fucking river.

I know she's waiting for him to come back, and nothing is more heartbreaking to see.

True love never dies. Not for anyone.


At first she doesn't even know I'm there, and I have the pleasure of seeing her lying back, her eyes closed, one leg bent up and peeking out from the bubbles. And damn those fucking bubbles, they're covering everything else.

The universe is doing everything it can to prevent me from seeing my wife naked. I would laugh at that fact if it didn't bug me so damn much. I'm pretty sure karma is slapping me in the face for insulting her so many times, and karma is a bitch who has no fucks to give about my blue balls.
Her eyes suddenly snap open and she jumps when she sees me, water splashing around her.

"Tally, you scared the shit out of me. Why are you creeping around?" She crosses her arms over her chest and a few bubbles float up in the air. I love that my childhood nickname just slipped out of her mouth without her even realizing it. It sounded so intimate on her lips that I want to hear her say it again and again.

"I wasn't creeping; I just walked in. Should I wear a bell around my neck like the Princess?" I lean against the doorframe and gaze at her in the candlelight, her skin dewy from the moist heat, and I can't understand why she doesn't want me in that tub with her.

"What are you doing in here?"

I cross the room and kneel down next to the tub, taking in the way her eyes shift to my naked chest.
"I wanted to see your bath bomb in action." My eyes travel languidly down the length of her in the tub and catch glimpses of pink water under the bubbles.

"This one is actually a bubble bomb. See the bubbles?" She lifts her hand and blows the bubbles up over my head.

I grab her hand and bring it to my lips. "I see that. Pink water, too. Very pretty." I close my eyes as I kiss her hand, tasting the sweet water on her. "What flavor are you tonight? It's yummy."

She swallows and I can feel her hand trembling ever so slightly in mine. "It's cotton candy."
I nod my approval. "I like it. A lot."

She shifts in the water, lowering the leg that was up and raising the other, giving me a quick glimpse of her thigh as she does so.

"Do you think about me when you're in here?" I ask her, releasing her hand so I can dip my fingers into the warm water.

"I think about you all the time."

My heart does a funny lurch I'm pretty sure it ain't never done before. "Well, that's just about the best thing I've ever heard."

I let my hand slide farther into the water until it's gliding over her outer thigh under the bubbles. "The water feels slippery," I comment. "So does your skin."
"It's from the oils."

Stretching my other arm out along the edge of the tub, I lean toward her face. "I like how it feels. I should be in there with you, all slippery and wet."

"You're too big," she murmurs, locking her eyes on to mine.

Laughing, I kiss her vanilla flavored lips. "I'm gonna ignore that big comment, baby."

She smiles against my mouth. "You're so bad."

"I know… So, I'm going to have to do this the hard way, then. Since I can't get in there." I slide my hand farther down her leg, over her knee to her calf, squeezing gently.

"Do what?"

"Give you your first orgasm."

A small gasp of surprise comes out of her, and a seductive little grin graces her lips. "Sorry to disappoint you, but I've had orgasms before."

"Not from me." I rub my nose along hers, feeling her breath against my face. "And that's gonna change right now, Mrs. Valentine."

I cup the back of her head with one hand and press my mouth to hers, licking her lips while slowly dragging my other hand up the inside of her leg beneath the water to finally brush my fingers gently across her lower lips. I silently curse the water for not letting me feel her wetness.

Her mouth opens to mine and I delve my tongue inside, tasting the heat of her breath and catching the sweet moan she lets out when I push my finger into her warmth. Her thighs part and her hand comes up out of the water to caress my cheek as I let my hand own her, my thumb rubbing her pulsing clit while I slip my fingers in and out of her. My cock throbs like mad in my shorts, begging to get into her. Holy fuck, is she tight. Three years of no sex is very, very good.

Her thighs squeeze my hand and she grasps the side of my neck, her breath panting against my mouth, and I know she's there already. I really want to drag this out, tease her and make her crazy, but that seems cruel right now when she's writhing her hot little core all over my hand and devouring my lips. I like little horny Asia. A lot.

I want to pull her out of the tub and take her right here on the floor and put an end to this madness, but I'm hell-bent on sticking to my promise to her, even if my dick hates me.

Her walls clench and drench around my swirling fingers up inside her, while the rest of her body arches up, pressing against me, her muscles tightening and quivering. I kiss her softly as she recovers from the first of many sexual escapades I have planned for her now that the doors have been opened, so to speak.

"Who's my girl?" I whisper against her ear, moving my hand up to caress her stomach.

"Me," she answers breathlessly

"That's right."

My girl. The last thing I thought I would ever want, and now, all I could ever want.

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.

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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