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Talon (Ashes & Embers #4)

4.5  ·  Rating details ·  4,652 Ratings  ·  698 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. Unslutty. Confident. Loves to travel. Committed.

~ Talon Valentine


The concept was scary but exciting...

Marry a
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: arc, favorites
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 mar
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a unique twist to a Rockstar 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 regularly with a relationship coach and document their lives in a journal. At the end of the 6 months, they then decide if they want to continue with ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this one! Gah!! I am totally surprised by how much I loved this! Can't stop smiling :D
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 otr ...more
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
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 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 dati
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books 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
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 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 s
~ 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
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 &
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.

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 li
 ~*~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 &
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfection ! Pure perfection ..... ! This series is love ...... this series is life !
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
Yiota Misiou
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Άλλη μια υπέροχη ιστορία της σειράς Ashes and Embers. Δεν λείπει τίποτα από αυτό το βιβλίο!!!
Περιμένω το επόμενο και είμαι σίγουρη πως Carian Cole δεν θα με απογοητεύσει...
Tiffany Readz
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book in this series I think I've found my favorite Valentine. Storm, Vandal, Lukas and now Talon? There is no way to chose a favorite, so far I love all of the Valentine boys.

Again we are introduced to a member of the rock band Ashes to Embers, Talon, the youngest brother of the Valentine family. I was instantly drawn to the premise of this book and wondered if Carian Cole was going to be able to pull it off, which she did. Beautifully I might add. At first read, the book fee
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
Lea ★
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of bad boys, musicians/rock gods
6 STARS!!!

This book goes straight to my favourites!
I love Carian Cole writing, and I really enjoyed all books in this series, but this one is hands down, the best of them all!
I am completely in love.

Highly recommended!!!!
So freakin' amazing! This was a solid 5 star read for me, and Carian Cole just rocks it again! Loved both main characters and the storyline just pulled me in totally!!!

Full review to be written soon...
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Un très bon moment. Talon est un héros très drôle qui m'a bien fait marrer avec ses remarques d'obsédé :-) (le début m'a fait explosé de rire).
Il m'a un peu fait penser à Mal dans la série Stage Dive de Kylie Scott.
L'héroine, Asia, est un peu agaçante par moment même si au final j'ai compris chacune de ses réactions que je trouve assez réalistes (jalousie et autre...).
L'histoire, enfin, est super originale. Des personnes qui répondent à des questions, des psychologues et autres professionne
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Die aus einfachen Verhältnissen stammende Asia nimmz an einem Experiment teil: Ihr soll der perfekte Partner ausgesucht werden, den sie dann ohne vorheriges Kennenlernen heiraten soll. Nach 6 Monaten können die beiden sich dann entscheiden, ob sie zusammen bleiben sollen, oder nicht.
Ihr schwant bereits komisches, als sie den Gang zum Altar entlangschreitet und auf der Seite des Bräutigams fast ausschließlich langhaarige Rocker sitzen. Sie fällt dann noch mehr aus allen Wolken, als klar wird, das
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's release promotions.

The first book I read in this series was Vandal's, and I loved that book. There was a darkness and a sweetness to it that reminded me of a KA novel, and I am open about how much I love KA. Anyway, back to this series, when I found myself loving Vandal, I just had to find a way to go back and read Storm and Lukas' book.

After I've read all four books, I just can't say wh
While this heroine wasn't my favorite, the author has incredible way with words. I loved their connection, the premise of the story and how gone those two were for each other. It was my first book by this author, and I'm curious to read others.

Safe in my opinion.
Virginia Hill
Oh my God, this story! It was perfect and I loved it SO much! ❤ Be the moon...*sniffs* ...more
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“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.”
“Marrying you doesn't change who I am."
"No, but it changes who we are together.”
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