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Evelyn is happy with her life... she's got a good job and she's living with her long-term one and only boyfriend in a committed comfortable relationship. She's on her way to a Seminar but her new Sat Nav has got her hopelessly lost... in the middle of nowhere... in a snow storm and, just when Evie thinks it can't get any worse.... it does and she ends up getting stuck in a ditch - stranded with no food, warmth or cell coverage. Then a huge scary man comes to her rescue but as he gets closer Evie sees he's wearing coal eyeliner, his hair is long with two parts dyed and he's got the whole goth look going on.... but he's also concerned, thoughtful and handsome.... and his name is Storm.
As the snow storm turns into a blizzard they start off in Storm's truck but they don't get far before disaster strikes again and Evie ends up stranded with a total stranger until the snow plough can rescue them. Which takes a few days (first in Storm's truck then in his cabin) and, during those long days of closeness and warmth, a solid bond and lifelong friendship was formed.... which would go on to shake Evie's world and make Storm's dreams come true. Because the stranger turned out to be a famous Rock Star, her boyfriend turned out to be a cheating b'stard and their 'solid' relationship, which she continually resisted and rejected Storm for, was weak and easily shattered.
This listen is so entertaining as Evie battles commitment vs. chemistry.... there's humor as Evie and Storm playfully banter, there's heavy petting as Storm tries hard to win Evie's heart, there's sexy times when he succeeds, there's tenderness and romance when Storm repeatedly comes to Evie's rescue... and there's a touching HEA too. The story is relationship driven as Storm tries to show Evie that she is in fact living in a loveless bubble - a bubble he's ready, willing and eager to burst.... but Evie is concerned that it'll be her heart that Storm's going to break. Evie's a sassy sarcastic stubborn spitfire, Storm's a sexy swoon-worthy seducer... and, at first, Evie comes across as a bit immature in her reactions but she grows up and grows on you too... and Storm's just all kinds of Mr. Wonderful. Told from Evie's POV, some good secondary characters and the narrator was great.
Worth a credit? Yes, it's an enjoyable journey of undeniable and unquenchable chemistry, soul connection, taking chances and risking it all for love. The Rock Band Ashes and Embers are made up of hot moody brothers and an equally moody Cousin who've yet to find 'the one'. Evie has a deaf cat, Storm has rescued an abused dog and further characters will be owners of abused/disabled animals - why the theme?... because a % of the profits from this book will go to worthy Animal Organizations.
29 of 33 people found this review helpful
Storm was the perfect rising rock star character! Down to earth, lovable, caring and didn't play games.
After listening and falling in love with Torn by Carian Cole, I knew I had to go back and start the Ashes and Embers series, and WOW the first book was A W E S O M E ! I can't believe I waited so long to start this series! Cole has a unique way of bringing two characters together. It's not your typical two hurt characters resisting the pull and chemistry between them but rather the story of a character who's in a relationship but falls hard for another who ignites repressed passion and desires. Not knowing each other, these two characters are stranded and forced to be together while they wait out the worst of the blizzard in the back of a truck. They are open, honest, and not trying to impress each other. As they survive and work together, a bond is form along with a spark of chemistry.
The narration was outstanding! I've listened to CJ Bloom before, and enjoyed her performances. She is such an animated narrator who knows how to bring the written words to life. My only constructive criticism would be trying to distinguish between the character's mental internal dialogue and the characters spoken dialogue. Sometimes it was obvious, but Bloom does such a good job at animating all the dialogue, I found myself asking did the character just think that or speak that. This is just a minor observation, and did not impact the rating. I've listened to well over 600 audiobooks and know there is no perfect narrator.
All the positive reviews are spot on. I LOVED Storm (both the story and character)! Well worth the time, and definitely worth a credit. Another amazing author to follow!
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
Yes this book deserves 5 stars all the way, I really enjoyed the story Storm a lead guitarist in a very popular group and a girl who is quiet reserved not the norm they meet in a snow storm and the story develops from there .
You develop a strong bond for both characters quickly and CJ Bloom narrates with real feeling not all narrators do , but she does a great job , will definatly be purchasing more in the series as there are obvious characters that I will look forward to their stories .
I have no hesitation in recommended this read
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The beginning made me laugh out loud lots. Enjoyed the way story unfolded. Will read again
1 of 1 people found this review helpful