Review: Storm by Carian Cole

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Review: Storm by Carian Cole

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Series: Ashes & Embers #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 28, 2014
Pages: 308
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

A winter storm throws a polar opposite couple into close quarters of a truck for 48 hours. A lot happened in 48 hours when your attention is focused on each other. Is it fate or just a GPS making a mistake?


I am going to admit I started with the books out of order and a spin-off series. But I am going to review them in order to make it easier. Each book can be read as a stand-alone as you don’t need to know the other stories to enjoy the one you are reading.

The Valentine family is one of music and love. Ronny and Aria are the patriarch and matriarch of this family. Ronny the musician and Aria the romance author. Yeah, I am digging this. There are four sons and one daughter: Asher, Storm, Mikah, Talon, and Rayne. And so starts a series that blew me away.

Storm is much like his name. He came in like a storm into Evelyn’s life and didn’t leave. Evelyn is lost and the GPS her boyfriend got her isn’t helping. When her car slides off the road, Storm comes to her rescue even if she thinks he is a mountain man set on kidnapping her. It gets doubly worse when a deer runs out in front of Storm’s truck and he slides off the road wrecking his truck and now it won’t start. Stuck on a mountain in a truck with a big dog, a bigger man, and one blanket.

Someday, I’m going to tell our kids how I saved your life after you crashed your car off the side of the road because you couldn’t even listen to the GPS.

Now, these two don’t exactly hit it off. She’s anxiety-ridden with a prudish attitude. A rock star used to friends with benefits. Legroom is at a premium so they get closer than Evelyn would like. Storm loves the fact that Evelyn, or Evie as he calls her, doesn’t know who he is. She sees the man, not the rockstar. Evie though finds a spark she isn’t feeling in her relationship with Michael, her boyfriend of 12 years. Yep, 12 fucking long years. He was her high school sweetheart, there when her parents died, but he is also the slob who lets her clean after him and wham bam thank you mam when it comes to sex. Storm shows her passion and forces her to face the reality she is not seeing.

Reality bites though and when they get rescued, Evie goes back to her life with Michael, trying to friend zone Storm. Slowly through being a great guy, he shows her how a man should treat a woman. Michael goes away on a business trip when Evie gets the flu, but Storm comes in to take care of her. Through little ways and really some sneaky ways, Storm gets under her defenses and shows her what she could have if she is with him.

I pick up my fortune cookie and break it open to read my fortune. How can you have a beautiful ending without making beautiful mistakes? Fortune cookie is an insightful bitch. Shut up, cookie.

Now I am not a big fan of cheating. Nope, I can say I don’t like it at all. There is one instance of true all-out cheating on someone, but neither Storm nor Evie is the all-out cheater in this one. Then there is what Storm and Evie go through. It walks a fine line of cheating with one crossover I felt was a definite cheat, but others might not. Not going to get on a soapbox about this, but if you don’t like the fine line, then don’t read this one.

I loved Evie and hated her at the same time. She has anxiety and quite possibly depression. A relationship that is more friendship than love also weighs her down. She lets Michael get away with everything. Like why hasn’t he asked her to marry him after twelve years? Why is he always working or taking trips and when she gets sick, he is put out having to take her to the doctor? I felt like she was his doormat. Easy because she knows what to expect. Dull because nothing changes. When she starts to wake up is probably when I started to like her. Spunky, sassy, and finding her backbone to not just become a rockstar’s girlfriend. She doesn’t jump from one relationship to another expecting it to be the same. Growing up is hard to do right? She became her own person.

Sometimes, the right person comes along at the wrong time, and you have to just trust fate and hope it leads you in the right direction and it all evens out.

Now Storm. Oh, I love me some Storm. He has had heartbreak, fell down the drugs and alcohol path, and now doesn’t know what love is. He is ok with life fucking women who know the score. Meeting Evie sends sparks flying. I loved how he didn’t shy away from it. This man found a woman who intrigued him and he wasn’t letting a shitty boyfriend get in his way. He works on motorcycles, plays guitar in a rock band, has a vacation home in the mountains, but also a home in the city. He is an asshole at times, I am not going to lie, but when a Valentine falls in love, they fall hard, fast, and forever.

Lastly, slut-shaming isn’t a thing I agree with at all and it felt like there was enough of it in the story to mention it.

So a lot going on in this book. There is a follow-up novella later in the series. While this touched on some subjects I am not keen on, it really was a love story that I adored. This couple was polar opposites, but at the core, they were made for each other. Both are strong individuals, but they were also allowed to have their weak moments. Knowing each will catch them when they fall. One of those epic loves stories that make me smile. Like a fairytale!

Challenges Met

Reading Challenge #170
Review Writing Challenge #62
Bad Boys of Romance #28

Series That Never Ends #1 – Ashes and Embers
Literary Pickers #54 – Cord or cordless phone
Books ‘N’ Tunes #30 – Is This Love by Whitesnake


About the book
Storm by Carian ColeSTORM BY CARIAN COLE

I had no idea crashing into a ditch would change my life forever.
Fate had other plans, and I never stood a chance.

A series of weather and road mishaps left 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 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.

I didn’t know I was trapped with America’s favorite bad boy guitarist, Storm Valentine. And he was in no rush to reveal his secret. He’s used to getting everything he wants, and for some reason, he’s decided he wants me.

Some people chase storms for the beautiful thrill. What happens when the storm chases you?


About Carian Cole

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.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014, and I have lots of books planned for this series. The All Torn Up series is a spin off series, but all can be read standalone, and out of order.

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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sherry fundin
1 year ago

great teases that had me laughing.i love when a book can stand alone even when it’s part of a series. glad you enjoyed this one
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1 year ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

I love this series that can pull in family, but you don’t have to read their story to understand another story. Asher the oldest brother has a woozy of a story that they hint at, but it is kept pretty secret. You just know you don’t know their story and that is fine. Storm and Evie get another novel and I enjoyed it just as much.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I’m not big on the cheating stuff, but I’ve learned to like the overall story depending on how the cheating is presented. I’m so glad she got a backbone and figured out what a man should be like who is into a woman.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I am not into cheating either, but the first time something happens they don’t actually touch one another. The second time he only has his hands on hers standing behind her. The third time though it is pretty much full on, but Evie is already making the decision to leave Michael and is just caught up in what happens. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but Michael wasn’t a saint by any stretch.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I’m glad you enjoyed this overall even though there were some things you were not keen on

1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It isn’t bad, just deals with a few things I wish she hadn’t put in there so I wouldn’t have gotten caught up on them.