Talon : Ashes & Embers

  • by Carian Cole
  • Narrated by Sean Crisden, Elizabeth Hart
  • Series: Ashes & Embers
  • 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A social experiment (a scary but exciting concept): marry a total stranger, live together for six months, and journal everything.
Feelings. Fights. All of it.
After six months, we each get $50,000 in exchange 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. I married my worst nightmare. Right?
Contains mature themes.


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Every time I listen to one of these fantastic books in the A & E series I think "this is the best one"... and then Carian Cole releases another and, again, I end up saying the same thing to myself. But this time she surpassed herself (and my high expectations) by giving her fans the final memorable book in the series.... Asia and Talon's love story.

Talon is a long haired Rocker, he's a tattooed, sexy manwhore whose 11" manhood has every Groupie panting for him - but Talon has become disillusioned, dissatisfied and empty with the 'same shit different day' scene that his life is and longs for a change. That change comes when he signs up for a Social Experiment in matching couples together and the first time they get to see their mysterious partner is at the alter and the first words they say to each other are the marriage vows. Talon is eager and excited to meet the tall, sexy, curvaceous, bubbly busty blonde that he requested - but that soon morphs into shock as he sees his small, brown haired, mousy, nervous and intimidated bride walking slowly and shakily towards him.

Asia had been through Hell in her life, everyone always ended up leaving her but she is a survivor and has worked hard for everything she got. Her supportive best friend had convinced her that this Experiment would change her life... and she wasn't wrong - but not in the ways they'd hoped. Because she'd just married a total stranger, a long haired tattooed sex starved giant and that was so not what she'd been hoping for. They both realized it was a terrible mistake and it was never going to work out but agreed to give their marriage the expected 6 months to see if the 'Experts' may just somehow of got the pairing right.

And what followed was a slow and tender voyage of discovery, the shattering of pre-conceived expectations of what they both thought they wanted in, and from, a partner and the experience of falling in love. Unfortunately this journey took them on very choppy waters at times too but together they sailed through them with understanding, great banter, tenderness, humor, fun and friendship... as well as a marriage consummation that was a long time in err coming! But, it wasn't all plain sailing - like so many love stories before this, Asia and Talon's love was going to be tested in the most heartbreaking of ways.

Worth a credit? I get sooo frustrated when a book from a much loved series slips through undetected by me as this one did - however the excitement and anticipation soon drowns that feeling out and straight away I was hooked by two loveable characters who were thrown together, tried to make the best of it, eventually succeeded and reaped the rewards of a very HEA ending. This listen was also filled with good supportive secondary characters and a very sweet adorable cat. I was not only entertained by this well narrated dual POV listen... I was mesmerized too.... so creditworthy - Hell YEAH.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"


Talon: Wealthy, manwhore and guitarist for Ashes and Embers
Asia: Ghetto poor, artistic and shy

Talon is in a life rut and has a discussion with his mother about where he is in his life. His mom tells him about a study she's been asked to participate with and write about. Marry a complete stranger sight unseen and stay married for 6 months. The couples are paired by questionaires they answered.

When they see each other for the first time their not happy. Their only looking at the visual features they wanted in a spouse but Talon is determined to make it work. Talon of course is very sexual and knows sex is a needed to make a relationship work. But Asia had been in a long term relationship and was hurt so she wants to be in love before having sex.

Asia has a conference with their therapist who explains to Asia the importance of intimacy in a marriage. Once Asia gives in their marriage starts to flourish.

I adore Talon for his determination and patience and enjoyed his chapters . IMO Asia was very whiny and I would fast forward thru a lot of her chapters. I didn't want to hear her whiny ass internal dialogue reiterating what just happened in the previous chapter. It's so irritating. This is why I gave the Story and Overall 4 Stars.

The whole band has parts in the book and are very supportive of Talon and Asia.

Sean Crisden and Elizabeth Hart gave a great performance.

Absolutely worth the credit or $$.

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- Vicki "I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that a fiction book was not realistic...come on now 'really'"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio