Talon (Ashes & Embers, #4)by Carian Cole Published 24 Nov 2015
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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.
** can be read as a stand-alone! **
"Talon (Ashes & Embers, #4)" Reviews
Women are considered fragile
but I’ve never seen anything as easily
wounded as a man’s ego.
FIVE I LOVE THIS #COCKSTAR
Laugh with me, Love with me
No beginning, No end
"You really don't recognize my name?"
He asks in disbelief. "Or me? Come on."
Ah. an ego is emerging, it seems.
"No, I'm sorry."
"Marrying you doesn't change who I am."
"No, but it changes who we are together."
So I told myself that I would wait before writing this review to contain all these emotions that are passing through. HOLY F*CKING SH*T .. is Carian Cole for real???? This book was F*CKING PHENOMENAL. I legitimately CAN'T F*CKING EVEN. Normally when I see that the book is coming to an end it's bittersweet. With this NOVEL that was not the case .. I was absolutely DREADING it. I DID NOT WANT IT TO END! I didn't feel like I lost a friend after reading this I feel like I lost a part of MYSELF. This novel made me feel .. OH DID IT EVER! I was a SOBBING mess whether it be out of joy or heartbreak. This series was getting better and better and then when I read this one .. I was DONE for. The whole concept was EXCEPTIONAL .. I was NOT expecting that and Carian Cole truly blew me away.
We're never gonna be perfect, baby,
but we'll always be like this.
Whatever this is between us,
it's always going to be here.
I promise you.
I'm becoming the part that don't last
I'm losing you and it's effortless .. ►♫
"Do I make you happy, though?
I don't mean just sex, I mean, like everything?"
"You've redefined happy for me."
Two strangers that are found compatible are paired and set to be MARRIED. It's a social experiment that is set for 6 months .. they both weren't expecting each other. It was an absolute roller coaster between these two and everything was done backwards however I wouldn't want it any other way. When I read how the story came to be and the basis I started bawling .. AGAIN! I don't even like cats but that was absolutely HEARTF*CKINGBREAKING. I read quite a lot (#Understatement) which I why I come to appreciate and shelf things as #ALLSTARS when they spark something. This one sparked something in my core and truly had me feeling all sorts and that is the work of Carian Cole writing. This book can be read as a standalone which give you no excuse but TO READ it however it's enjoyable to read it as a series and see how the stories intertwine.
"Um, I'm pretty sure mistletoe means give a kiss,
not a blow job," I argue raising my eyebrows at him.
"No, it's a blow job. Santa changed it last year."
"I love you."
"I love you and I don't know why you don't love me back."
"Is that what you think? Then ya know what?
You're stupider than I am."
Talon Carian Cole
I'm writing this review while tears are streaming down my face, that's how purely in love with this story i am. Talon and Asia stole a part of my heart from the beginning and with every new chapter i fell deeper and deeper.
For me this is clearly one of the best books of 2015. The ultimate romance, with an amazing main couple, great supportive characters, a very original concept and the best part? The writing style is phenomenal.
I love all of Carian Cole's books, Storm was sweet and honest, Vandal was dark and heavy, Lukas was light and hopeful, but every time there was something missing, a tiny, little detail. Not in Talon. It was beautiful, painful, heartbreaking, hopeful, funny, unique and insanely romantic.
Asia, her #cockstar -don't laugh that's his hashtag and there is a good reason why- and their tiny fury child Princess Pixie provide the reader with an intense love story and a journey towards family and deep connection. I really felt their hesitations, their doubts and their desperation. They put a smile on my face with their witty comments and had me bawling my eyes out in a matter of a few pages.
So if you want to read an amazing book that will have your heart and your body melt, while also make you think and smile, this is the best book for the job. Asia and Talon's predicament is very unorthodox and their love is anything but ordinary, but 100% genuine. With a few words, a realistic fairytale and who doesn't love those?
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK
- The real story Of Talon and Asia broke my heart so badly.
- I always admire the fact that every book in this series has an animal as a key character.
- So happy to read about all of my favorite characters.
- Now i anxiously wait for Asher's book. After so many new hints about his story i can't wait.
- Those boys possibly have the best grandma ever.
- The dandelion part is utterly beautiful.
- Talon possesses a beautiful, warm heart.
- Asia is guarded but once you get to know her she is a sweet bundle of goodness.
- Her past is disturbing and painful.
- His disease is handled with such care, it was incredible.
- Their dating time was adorable and so sexy.
- I can't believe how cute the story with their first Valentine was.. AWWWW!
- Those guys have a Guns N' Roses feeling. At least for me. But in a good way.
ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review. Thank you Carian again, so much!
LOVED this one! Gah!! I am totally surprised by how much I loved this! Can't stop smiling :D
3,5-4. El mejor libro de la serie hasta ahora con diferencia, que además se puede leer como un stand-alone. La sinopsis prometía mucho y no me ha decepcionado. Por obra y gracia de un experimento sociológico, un tatuado y pelilargo guitarrista de un grupo de rock, con un aire al Thor de Chris Hemsworth y al que las fans apodan Cockstar, y una chica todo corazón, con un duro pasado y un presente complicado, acaban casados sin conocerse ni haberse visto previamente. Aunque ninguno es lo que el otro había pedido ni esperaba y su principio como pareja no puede ser más falso, el desarrollo de su relación como pareja está lleno de verdad, con sus altibajos, sus buenos momentos y sus dramas (que los hay y me han tocado la fibra sensible). Y la historia de los verdaderos Talón y Asia ya ni te cuento. Lo recomiendo.
5 'laughter and tears' stars
This is my first Carian Cole and even being Book 4 of a series, it still can be read as a standalone. From the blurb, there are mentioned of 'social experiment', 'marriage' and 'nightmare'. Honestly, I thought is a dark erotica. But it isn't! Actually is a very sweet and lovely read.
This book has
A hippie heroine
A 11" rockstar
A celebrity cat
First of all, I think the whole idea of they wanting to participant in an experimental marriage with a total stranger extremely bizarre. But I enjoyed every moment of them getting to know each other, living together and falling in love.
Asia Jenson is a girl living alone in the ghetto. She is a hippie, the kind who are crafts loving, vegan eating and smoothie drinking.
Talon Valentine is a rockstar. He had a long wavy hair, tattoos on almost every inch of his body. He is a drinker, a smoker and a recreational drug user. He is basically a stereotypical rockstar.
When I was younger, I believed if I ever reached famous rock star status I would be as happy as a pig in shit.
I'm trying to find a picture of a long hair tattoo guy with cat. But it seems like this is the best one I can scavenge.
When they both ended up paired together, they nearly suffered some serious trauma. What the heck is happening? They are supposed to each get their dream partner, not a total opposite of their heart desire. Some hilarious outcome ensure!
I wanted quiet. Normal. Family man. Suit and tie. Someone stable, not someone wild and crazy. Not a freaking rock star!
"I'm not into the long hair and tattoos. At all."
"I definitely see implants in our future, so I guess we're even, then."
I love Talon. What is it about these endearing tattoo bad boys with a heart of gold that make me into a total mush. He really exceeded my expectation of a rock star. It amazed me that Talon is the positive one, the one that actually believes in the marriage and want it to works. He even try to change himself to be a good husband.
"I'll admit, you can be a real jerk sometimes and I want to slam you in the balls. But when you're good? I can't imagine anything better, and that's the truth."
Asia is more level headed, but she can't help but had an underlying fear that their marriage is doom. But with times, she noticed that although her husband it not what she expect, he might still be perfect for her.
Their relationship had it ups and downs, but they were both committed to make things work, even with their polar opposite personality.
"Every part of you taste delicious. I want to fucking eat you alive."
"Mmmm... sexy with a side of serial killer..."
With the addition of Talon's bandmates and family, they bring forth so much warm to the story. Each of them have their distinct personalities without overshadowing the main characters.
My favorite part of the book is the second half when the author thrown in some drama into the story and causes a shift in the romance department. The thing that happened to Talon sounds really unusual and refreshing and I'm a total sucker for vulnerable man and love seeing how the heroine fussing and fawning over the hero.
I actually enjoyed this kind of delicious angst whereby they both are not in a good place, but we knew they still both very much in love and won't be able to stay away for long. I love the fact that the author gave them a do-over and seeing the cute and romantic side of Talon is priceless.
"It's hard to shine when you're surrounded by stars, baby.
"Then don't be a star, Talon. Be the moon. Shine above all of them.
As if Carian hasn't win me over yet with Talon and Asia, she even thrown in an acknowledge about her cats that make me cry a fucking river.
I know she's waiting for him to come back, and nothing is more heartbreaking to see.
True love never dies. Not for anyone.
Aaaaargh! So much potential, but in the end characters do make or break a book for me, so this was more a miss than a hit.
Still, I'd like ot say that I love Cole's writing style, the A&E family and rock star world/atmosphere. Weirdly enough for me, what I did not like were the main characters. I mean, I liked Asia, but she was the worst possible match for Talon.
So here's my issue with him. At first, I could even excuse his being rude to her, his hurting her feelings because I was expecting some satisfying groveling. He did not deliver. At all. Their relationship was almost abusive. He hurts her feelings so many times and each and every time she's the one who has to take the first step, who has to make the first move toward a reconciliation. Eff that. Eff the eff that!
I loved the idea of a blind arranged marriage as a social experiment and all that came with it. Beside the un-scientificness of it all (who cares, it's romance!) I really was interested in the originality that would add to the plot. And to a certain extent it did, but the main byproduct was that it added unnecessary anxiety regarding their relationship.
Which leads me to the second issue, something that this book kinda shares with the others in the series. Most plot twists are quite predictable. Which is not a huge flaw, but adding something extra, and unexpected, would set this series to a whole new level, IMO.
But back to this story. In truth, I liked Talon's realness. The way he's not good at communicating his main feature. Sex is the way he expresses his feelings, and I could get behind that. All right, that's who you are. FINE! But coupled with Asia's personality and his tendency to run her down every time an issue arises... I could not, for the love of all it's crispy and sugary, like him as a person or even swoon for him. In a nutshell, he comes off as a grade a-hole.
"I never claimed to be fuckin' Romeo, baby."
No shit?! Still, you don't even have to be fuckin' Otello for that matter.
Especially after Lukas' story, Talon stood out as a rude, vulgar, unromantic, abusive a-hole. And yes, I did want them together, but I wanted him to get his heat out of his ass way more. The way he treats Aria throughout the book had me flabbergasted, because I couldn't get past his lack of insight on the damage he was causing her and his inability to properly grovel.
I felt bad for Asia so many times. She is too good for him. Simple as that.
Talon needed a different kind of heroine... or a different kind of story altogether. He needed someone to put him back to his place, to answer his insults with the nad-kick of the century.
In the end, the three stars are for the good writing style, interesting plot device and the few moments in which Talon and Asia were actually happy and real with each other.
"You have redefined happy for me." /b>
Also, Asia's backstory, the semicolon and the whole theme of hope and soldiering through the roughest patches of your life was well treated, with respect.
This is just a pause.
Maybe not tomorrow.
But I will be.
It won't always be this bad. This pain isn't my forever.
This is just a pause.
There's more waiting for me, somewhere down the road of my life. .