Monday, October 13, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Storm by Carian Cole

Series: Ashes & Embers, #1
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 30, 2014


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?

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We move to the couch, and I take the bow off the gift carefully. I want to save it. Soon, it will live in a box in my closet with all things precious to me, little memories I’ve collected. Wrapping off, I lift off the lid. Whatever it is, it’s buried in tissue paper. I move it all aside and lift whatever it is out...
Holy. Wow. I gently turn it over in my hands, and my heart just soars. I can’t even form words as I hold this amazing gift in my hands. It’s a snow globe, and inside is a tiny miniature pick-up truck with two little people holding hands and a dog, all surrounded by trees. The little man even has long hair. Obviously, he paid someone with quite a bit of talent to make this for me.
I remember you said you love snow globes,” he explains. “I thought one with us in it would be cool.”
I hold it between us as I watch the snowflakes fall around the little ‘US’ inside. It’s so unexpected and sweet. I want to climb inside and live in this sweet scene forever.
I lay it on my lap and throw my arms around him. “I love it so much. Thank you. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.” I don’t want to let him go. I know I cling to him for too long, but it feels so good in his arms.
He holds me just as tight. “I’m glad you like it. I’m not usually good with gifts.”
I pull away reluctantly. “It’s the best, really. I can’t tell you how much this means to me.” I kiss his cheek. “I just love it.”
I stand and walk to the mantle and put it next to my mom’s little gingerbread house. “I’m going to keep it out all year round, you know,” I tell him.
Good. Hopefully, it will remind you to call me when you’re supposed to,” he teases.
I shake my head at him and grab my coat. “I call you when I can.” Taking my coat from me, he holds it out for me to slip into, then puts his arms around me from behind, pulling me against his body, his arms crossed in front of me.
Where’s my bow?” he whispers.
My body instinctively sinks back against him. “You promised to behave.”
I lied.” His lips are on my neck, kissing softly. “I didn’t know you would look so delicious.” The slight scruff on his face tickles me. “Tell me you’ve been thinking about me,” he says as his hand travels down my side, over my hip, and rests on my outer thigh, pulling my lower body against his.
We promised no more of this, Storm.
His lips are all over my neck, kissing, licking, and sucking. My mind starts to spin and twirl, blurring the lines between right and wrong, good girl and bad girl.
I don’t like that promise anymore.” His hand grips my leg tighter, inching between my legs now, his lips moving down to my shoulder, my sweater pushed aside. His other hand finds my scarf, and slowly wraps it around my neck, tugging it slightly, pulling my head back to him. A tiny moan escapes me, and I try to pull away, but he tugs it harder, not choking me, but holding me there against his lips.
I like you just like this. You can’t get away.”
His hand moves between my thighs and his finger slides over me, pushing the fabric of my jeans against me.
I can feel how wet you are,” he whispers.
I am lost in his sensuality. I have no defense against it. I am clueless as to how to respond to it. Twelve years of mundane sex has left me a perpetual virgin. I am stagnant, scared, frozen, trembling. Aching. I want to turn around and just let him do anything. Everything. I want to unravel beneath him and be nothing but his. His, his, his.
I turn in his arms to face him. His eyes are dark with lust, his hair falling over his face in the way that I love. I grab his shirt with my hands. It’s unbuttoned almost to the middle of his chest. Not really appropriate for Christmas dinner, but definitely hot. I finally allow my lips to touch his chest, my first kiss to him. His hands come up and hold my head against him.
Yes, baby...” he breathes. “Let yourself want me.” His breathing is ragged, his hands tangling in my hair, yanking my head up toward him, his lips crashing down on mine, devouring me.
It’s he who pulls away. Steps back slightly. But his eyes still hold me... caress me... wanting me.

Evie, you gotta stop living in fear. You can't see the stars unless you go out in the dark. You get what I'm saying?”

5- He can be MY Storm Anytime -Stars ★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

The sweatshirt is huge, like three sizes too big, but it's really soft. There's a big emblem across the front of it that looks like a scrolling A and E.
What's the logo?”
“It's a rock band, Ashes and Embers.”
I've never heard of them. Are they one of those bands that just scream and you can't even hear the words? I hate that crap.”
His laughter fills the truck. “Yeah, I guess they do scream. But at least the shirt is nice, right?"

When Evelyn got in her car to head out to a work seminar, she had no idea how much her life was about to change. The GPS gets her lost and through a series of mishaps she finds herself stranded in the middle of no where, in the midst of a blizzard, in the back of a pickup truck with a total stranger, for forty-eight friggin hours. Cut off from the world in their own little snow-globe proves to be more intimate than Evelyn could have anticipated as these two get to know each other on a level neither are used to. But there are some details that Storm leaves out, and once they get free he makes it clear that he is far from finished with her. Evelyn tries to keep him at a distance, she is in no position to get involved with him and doesn't see where she could possibly fit into his world; but what Storm wants, Storm gets, and right now he has his sights set on Evie.

I want to run. I want to hide under the bed. I want him to kiss me. I want to touch every inch of him. Fuck me. I am so messed up.
Relax, little one. I'm not going to touch you or hurt you. But I will be the ghost that haunts you.”
Shit. Damn. Fuck.

This book brings all new meaning to the slow-build romance ~ the chemistry was insane and I was left a panting, drooling, frustrated hott mess more than once. It was so totally worth it; I'm talking major explosion here. These two characters were AhFrigginMazing ~ Evelyn was far from perfect; she had her own set of insecurities, fears, quirks and imperfections, but that is exactly what I loved about her. Storm was everything I expected, and so much more; he had his own demons and went through his own suffering, when he wanted something he went after it with everything he had, he was surprisingly sweet, close to his family, sexy, tattooed and dirty ~ it was a lethal combination. The progression of the story was smooth and intense, the dialog was fantastic, we were surrounded by a crew of fabulous secondary characters, and some not-so-fabulous, the ending was perfect, and the sexy scenes were just smokin'. I know it sounds like I'm fangirling a bit, and maybe I am, but there really was just so much I loved about this story. Carian Cole has delivered us an awesome debut with STORM; one that spins off what promises to be a spectacular series and has firmly landed her on my One-Click Addiction List one blush at a time.

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.”

 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, will be available in September of 2014.
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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Carian is offering the following giveaways. They are both open internationally. Giveaway ends Oct 20th at 11:59 PM CST.
(2) $25 gift card for either Amazon or B&N. Winner's choice.
(2) Swag Pack with signed copy of Storm. ★ 

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