My review — Ashes & Embers Series

After reading “Torn” by Carian Cole, I went straight to reading the Rock Star Romance Series. I’ll give you my reviews on each book. My reviews will be really short. I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything. I enjoyed reading this series. I can’t wait for more! Let me just say, these men are hot!

Storm — Book 1

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? 

My review: I had to read this book a second time because I went straight to reading the other books right after. I needed to refresh my memory on this one. It’s a good thing that I read it a second time too because my thoughts about it has changed. At first, I thought Storm was my favorite. He became my “book crush.” You meet a hot rock star who wants you…an average person. He treats you better than your boyfriend. Who doesn’t want that? After re-reading, I’ve realized that Storm did a few weird things that made me think, “Wth? Really?” Then there’s Evie who basically cheated on her boyfriend. Yea, that douche deserved it but it just bugs me that she cheated. Then again, it is hard to leave someone who you’ve been with for practically forever. Their story is messed up crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I still say this is a good read. I mean, I did read it twice within 4 weeks.

Vandal — Book 2

She takes my breath away; she is so beautifully damaged. Yes, I had broken her, ravished her life and destroyed her happiness. I brought her to the ultimate despair. 

I was responsible for all the pain and suffering that now brought her to her knees in front of me. 

Reckless in her agony. 

She is a mirror of my own tortured soul. 
But what I took away I can give back, in ways she cannot even begin to imagine. She is everything right in all my wrongs. 

She loves me. She needs me. 

She has no idea I’m the one who wrecked her life. 

My review: I actually skipped this book thanks to Carian Cole’s note in the beginning. She wanted to let her readers know that Vandal is different from the other characters in this series. The other characters are more romantic, sweet, funny whereas Vandal isn’t quite so much. She says, “This is not a sweet romance.” She even gives the okay to skip book 2 and move on to book 3, but encourages to give Vandal a chance. Since I have a kindle, I downloaded the sample because I wanted to give Vandal that chance. I stopped at chapter 3 because of how depressing it starts off. With December being the month of love, joy, and family…I had to stop reading. Now that the holidays are over, I’m ready to continue where I left off.

***UPDATE: I’ve finished reading this book and it’s honestly not bad! If you were okay with reading Fifty Shades of Grey, then you’ll be able to handle Vandal’s sexual needs. When I got to the last chapter, it was a bit late and my eyelids were getting heavy. Not saying that I was bored, I was just super tired that night. Anyway, I was reading a bit too fast and it took me awhile to process what I was reading. I had to re-read that chapter again. OH. MY. GOD! Carrian Cole, you’ve done it again. Hurry up with these sequels! I’m excited.

Lukas — Book 3

Storm’s younger cousin. 
Vandal’s little brother. 
You’ve met him in the background. 

The sweet one. 
The nice one. 
The one they can all rely on. 

The good one. 

He’s a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music – on the violin. 

He’s got a body built for sin. 

He’s 24. 

In comes Ivy. She’s a 36 year old single mom who hasn’t dated in 18 years. 
All she wanted was a tattoo. 

She got a helluva lot more 🙂 

Being good has never been so bad. 

My review: Age difference. He’s young with an old soul, she’s older but doesn’t look her age. This book was predictable, but I do love Lukas. He’s very mature for a 24 year old and super sweet. Way sweeter than storm. I like how he doesn’t hide his feelings and emotions. As much as I want to say that Ivy was annoying..I tried to imagine being in her shoes and how uncomfortable it would feel to be seen with someone younger than me with that much of a gap in age difference. It’s not easy. The story line was predictable, but what happens in the end made my heart melt. And no, it’s not how they get back together. I don’t want to spoil it but it ties in with Vandal.

Talon — Book 4


Caring. Hard-working. A devoted family man, loves kids. Clean cut, funny, smart, quiet, but a good communicator. 

~ Asia Jenson


Independent. Tall, blonde, sexy. Outgoing. Intelligent, neat. Unslutty. Confident. Loves to travel. Committed. 

~ Talon Valentine


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. 


My review:  Talon is my favorite book out of the series! I’ve actually watched Married at First Sight, so I’m familiar with the experiment process. I like how the characters are committed to the experiment even though they’re not each other’s expectations. The effort that Talon puts into their relationship is what made me fall in love with him. He’s made it very clear that Asia isn’t his type yet he still treats her like a princess. The further I get into the book, the stronger their relationship builds. I started asking myself what could possibly go wrong with these two? They’re so cute together and so in love! Then the unexpected plot happens. Dum dum dum..*Gasps!* No surprise, there’s a happy ending and I thought it was super cute. I didn’t want this book to end. I read it twice!


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