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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  8,093 ratings  ·  1,077 reviews
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. Confident. Loves to travel. Committed.
~ Talon Valentine

The concept was scary but exciting...

Marry a total strang
ebook, 482 pages
Published November 24th 2015 (first published November 22nd 2015)
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Sleepless Readmore
Women are considered fragile
but I’ve never seen anything as easily
wounded as a man’s ego.

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*CK
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
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, Vanda
“You’re my heart’s hero.”

THIS. I’m literally lost for words…

This book grabbed me from the very start and then took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. The story is full of ups and downs, and the fluctuation of feelings I experienced throughout the entire book was too much for me to find the right words to express them here. It’s been a while since a book made me ugly cry. Gosh, I cried like a baby! My heart was broken and many tears were shed while reading this.

Can you imagine yourself m
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1/14/19 - Listened to the Audio Version and this story is as good as I remember it to be. Narrators did a great job!
10/4/16 - Original review

This is a unique twist to a Rock star romance. The MCs join a marriage experiment at the persuasion of Talon’s Mom, who feels it’s time for him to settle down, and Asia’s best friend, who believes it’s time for her to “air out her vag” and make herself available. The experiment requires them to marry a total stranger and for the next 6 months, talk regular
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
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 to say that I love Cole's writing style, the A&E family and the 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 s
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
Experimental marriage
A hippie heroine
A 11" rockstar
A celebrity cat

First of all, I think the whole idea of they wanting to participant in an expe
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been in absolute awe since the first time I read a Carian Cole book. So far I have read every one she has written to date and after devouring Talon I have to say BRAVO have matured into quite an amazing storyteller and this one is by far my favorite (and that is saying a lot because I adored all of the boys).
A social experiment to partner up compatible couples (much like you might have seen on a reality tv show), have them get married without knowing anything about each other
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book.... It had everything, humor,love,drama all wrapped up in a perfect package.... Talon and Asia are so perfect together.... I simply loved them....

Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Review soon...

This was good...very good...especially cause of the unexpected, refreshing concept of a plot!
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
This book tugged on my heartstrings. I cannot compare it with any other book. It was original, refreshing, well written and emotional.
Talon is a member of Ashes & Embers. Women flock him but they never stick around. He is tired of meaningless hook ups. He wants something else.
Asia is struggling to survive but she is a fighter. Her bad luck with men has led her to believe that something is wrong with her. She has tried everything, even dating s
TJ ☾
2.5 stars

I've been on a kick of Carian Cole books and while this plot was fun, Talon was prob my least fav hero yet. I still liked him bc I don't think she's capable of writing a H I dislike, but his sexual innuendo humor wasn't for me, it felt kind of sleazy. Every time he brought up his 11 inch cock it took me out of the story bc I would just pause like .... 11 inches???? That seems unreasonably large. Eventually I went to get a ruler just to settle this debate w myself and what the fuck???
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
No beginning, no end, just now...

I want to say that this is my favorite book in the series, but then I feel that way every time a new one is released. I flove them all. I want to say that this one ripped out my heart more than the others, but then I have flashbacks of being vandalized. Nope, I still can't choose just one, I love them all.

I found myself smiling and laughing a lot at the beginning, as Talon and Asia got to know each other. I was so intrigued by the idea of a blind marriage without
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I started this series because I found this book, but had to do it in order... Obviously.

So... I didn’t end up loving the whole Asher and Embers series. The first one wasn’t bad but the second was a No for me and I had to DNF on the third because I wasn’t invested in the story and characters, age gap doesn’t really pique my interest. So I very much liked the idea of this one, the plot sounded really good, the idea of an arranged marriage by experts was new to me, and I wanted to see how the char
~ Cariad ~
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book - LOVED - like, soooooo much!

From a few percent in, I was in tears and choking back the odd sob. How rare to say that I could hardly see my Kindle because of crying and rubbing my eyes - I just completely felt this book and Asia's struggle. It was beautifully written as were Talon's struggles later in the story.

The characters, the writing, the story... all awesome, again I've lost sleep for this author! : )

Oh and I loved Pixie too! AND I broke my heart at the real Ta
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5! This could’ve been a solid 4/4.5, but the hero brought this down a bit for me. He was too dumb and careless when it came to the heroine, even up til the end.
4 stars for Asia & Talon!

I'm a sucker for the good old marriage of convenience plot and if you add in a scientific experiment to go alongside it, you know this is going to BANG! Asia and Talon are both unlucky so far in love, after a failed relationship Asia continues to go on first dates with men who are complete douchebags but has finally had enough, Talon on the other hand our famous rock guitarist from the band Ashes
& Embers has slept with enough groupies to last a lifetime but now wants r
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Jelly bean stars

Firstly I love discovering new authors so after reading Storm I couldn't wait to read more from Carian Cole, each book is a stand alone and yes they are categorized as a rock star read but focuses more on their personal lives, each is completely different so whether you like Rock-star reads or not it wouldn't matter.

The concept was scary but exciting...
Marry a total stranger.
Live together for six months.

Andrea Fleury
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talon and Asia

This is the fourth book in the series. I loved them all. It has taken me awhile to write reviews. This one I simply adored. I loved Talon. Carian has the ability to explain a character in a way that gets us so turned on. Talon oozed so much sex appeal. I loved they way he and Asia met. Sometimes the book was sad and sometimes it was really funny.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I simply CAN NOT get enough of these books by Carian Cole!!! We're up to 5 reads

Still a 5 out of 5, four reads later

I’m so taken with this whole series. This is my third book read and I’ve enjoyed it just as much as the first two books. This one is Talon’s story. He is the youngest Valentine brother. His three older brothers, Asher, Storm and Michah as well as their cousin Vandal and occasionally Lukas are in a rock band, Ember & Ashes. Talon has been into the sex, drugs and rock and roll life s
Ivy Deluca
Full 3 star review & giveaway posted at
The premise : Can you let someone else pick your HEA and marry them, sight unseen? Arranged marriages are not that common and they are certainly not your usual fare in a rocker romance, so I dove into this one with both feet, much like Talon and Asia did.

Talon, the guitarist for Ashes & Embers, is known as the partying, not-so-small member (yes, in more ways than one) of the band. He’s living the rock & roll lifes
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfection ! Pure perfection ..... ! This series is love ...... this series is life !
I was listening to Bed of Roses by Jon Bon Jovi the other day and it reminded me of this series which meant it was time to pick one and read it again. Talon was the winner this time. It takes next to nothing to prompt me to read again one of her books.

There are two authors with the same last name, Scarlet Cole and Carian Cole who have both written a series about rock groups and I am completely and totally mad for both of them and have read each book in both series multiple times. I just
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
OMG! I wanna cry so bad.. And I'm trying to hold it in. EVERYTHING about this one, was on point. My heart responded to it all... I don't even think I can articulate my feelings for this one in a way that would do it justice. So, Please just read this one people. And Start at the beginning. I take that back. Start at Lukas' book, like I did, and then go in order. *giggles*

And the real Talon & Asia, actually got a few sobs out of me.

Thanks Carian for penning such a poignant, beautiful story <3

I w
Kitty Thomas
LOVED. Now, on to Storm. These are interlocking standalones. And I've listened completely out of order. First I did book 3, then book 2, now book 4, next I'm doing 1, then 5. I have a system. Don't judge me. But this is proof you can read them in any order and it's fine! ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Talon is part 4 of the Ashes & Embers series and I must say I have not read the first three. I jumped straight to this one because I was intrigued by the blurb. And it was my favourite cover of the four books.

Asia Jensen has been unlucky. She had a traumatic upbringing with all sorts of major drama and now that she's free of all that, her love life is practically non-existent. But she tells herself it doesn’t matter because she is completely focused on making ends meet by working hard in her han
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
I don’t feel it. Here’s my issues:

1. The 2 MCs are thrown together thru an experiment by granted ppl who know them well. But at no point do I feel like they are “meant to be.” It could have been a diff guy for the girl and a diff girl for the guy and might have worked even better together than these 2, which makes me disappointed.

The afterword on the 2 cars who inspired the MCs names have more “destined love” to them than these 2!!

2. Was all that drama at the end necessary? Really?? Issues with
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Talon & Asia.....WOW. This might possibly be my favourite out of all the Ashes & Embers books so far. finished. What do i read now?
Maybe i just need to start right back from book 1 again.

Carian Cole, if youre reading....i need a book from Asher. Pretty please???? <3
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
My favorite so far. Love Talon and Asia! Great enemies to lovers romance.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so onto book four of the Ashes & Embers series.

From the description of Talon's book I was intrigued. It's obvious from the onset of his book, that he wants more than just a roll in the sheets - that he wants love. But the problem with Talon is, that he keeps looking in ALL the WRONG places. When offered a chance at partaking in a social experiment that is expected to find your perfect match, pair you off and oh, yeah. Marry them. Without meeting them first.

For Asia, the money you get for
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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 2

Other books in the series

Ashes & Embers (6 books)
  • Storm (Ashes & Embers, #1)
  • Vandal (Ashes & Embers, #2)
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