Series: Ashes & Embers #4
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2015
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL PARTNER:
Caring. Hard-working. A devoted family man, loves kids.
Clean cut, funny, smart, quiet, but a good communicator.
~ Asia Jenson
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL PARTNER:
Independent. Tall, blonde, sexy. Outgoing. Intelligent,
neat. Unslutty. Confident. Loves to travel. Committed.
~ Talon Valentine
A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT.
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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***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We’ve met Talon way back in Storm, book 1 of Ashes & Embers. He’s the guitarist for the band and Storm’s youngest brother. He’s known for his very impressive kickstand. He see him further in Vandal’s story, and at the end of Lukas’ we find out that he’s signed up for this crazy social experiment, where he gets married to a complete stranger for 6 months and lives a very married life. This is a stranger that is vetted and is supposed to be perfect for him, based on scientific research.
And that is how we meet Asia. She’s poor, makes crazy awesome clothes and soaps, and has a micro-tiny cat who has a larger following on social media than most humans.
He was nothing like what she asked for. She wanted stable, she wanted normal, she wanted and desired, boring. She was nothing like what he asked for. He wanted leggy and blonde and busty, he wanted someone who loved getting freaking between the sheets. Neither of them got what they asked for. Both of them got what they needed.
Talon will break your heart like Vandal but for completely different reasons. Talon will make your heart race and fall in love like Lukas. I really enjoyed this book and these characters and though I found some of the dialogue to be stiff at times, it was still so heartfelt and such an emotional ride for me. We get to see these characters and the previous ones and we get sneak peeks at their lives. 🙂 I will say that Asher has me so curious! I HAVE to know what happened with that man, what’s the secret that NO ONE will talk about.
Ms. Cole continues to build her world of rock stars who define the essence of devotion and love when they find their woman. That’s one thing that stands out greatly in her books. Regardless of the troubles and separations these Valentine’s go through, they maintain being true to their hearts and to their loves’ hearts as well. It’s really awesome to read, especially for as bad as these guys are written to be. So, would I recommend this book? Like all the others, most assuredly I would. But it’s good to read them all in order, though it’s not necessary. It starts with Storm, moves to Vandal, works it’s way to Lukas, and now we’re with Talon. I have no idea who’s next. Maybe Mikah? Maybe Asher? Rayne? Kenzi? Who knows. I just know, I’ll probably be reading it. This isn’t for those who don’t like the naughty or are too young to read it.
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.
“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
My girl. The last thing I thought I would ever want, and now, all I could ever want.
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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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