Storm (Ashes & Embers # 1)

By Carian Cole

BR Storm


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?


Evelyn meets Storm when he comes to her rescue after she has a slight accident driving in the snow.  But as luck would have it, he also crashes his truck, leaving them stranded for two days until the blizzard stops.  She’s very fearful of him at first but they spend their time together getting to know each other and end up liking each other.  Sort of.  Their meeting might have been unconventional, but their connection was undeniable.  He wants her and she wants him, but she has a long-term boyfriend and is not willing to throw away a 12 year relationship on what might just be a fling.

Initially, Evelyn annoyed me because she acted like a princess throughout their ordeal and she was very rude to Storm several times, even when he was trying to help her.  But I quite liked her by the end of the story because she became more strong and independent.  Once she made her decision to be with Storm, she never went back on it or questioned it.  She stood up for herself during the break-up with her boyfriend as well as Storm’s wannabe-girlfriend.

Storm:  “You’re like a little spastic kitten.  One minute you’re cuddling and purring, and the next, the claws are out and you’re pouncing in five directions.”

Storm I loved because he’s so friggin’ sweet but so friggin’ dirty at the same time.  You could see he was in love with Evelyn because only a man in love would put up with her crap.  He was always there for her whenever she needed him, even when she thought she didn’t need him.  And man oh man, does he have a way with words.

Storm:  “What I want, what I fantasise about with you … is you being my sweet angel during the day and my whore at night.”

I really enjoyed STORM and didn’t realise it was a debut novel until I started writing this review.  I felt that at times the story moved a little slow and for a series based around a band, there’s surprisingly very little band time.  Obviously it’s a series and throughout this story we meet Storm’s brothers and cousins who I assume will be getting their own books.  VANDAL and LUKAS are already out, with TALON coming out in next month.

Storm (Ashes & Embers # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Ashes & Embers Series