Seared on my Soul
She’s so young, so full of life…
I couldn’t let her die…
Even if she made the world’s worst coffee.
Emily Garret never asked to be rescued, let alone by a walking JCrew ad whose idea of fun is probably managing his stock portfolio and watching the nightly news. Then again, she never thought she would wind upside-down in a ditch after a night having a little too much fun.
I loved the premise of this book and for me in a way the author delivered but also didn’t but I’ll get to that later.
Emily Garrett is the life of the party and I can only recommend that you push past the first chapter because I despised her. She is judgemental, always out for a good time. Most would consider her to be a slut as she likes sex and I like that the author made us aware of the double standards that are still around today. That aspect of her life didn’t bother me at all. ...more
'Seared on My Soul by Cole Gibsen is the story of Emily Garret and Reece Montgomery.
Emily is working at a coffee shop at the age of 21 and has a drinking problem. Not to mention that she feels a failure and thinks her family does to. So one night of drinking she let some stranger who is also drinking drive and wreck. Reece finds them and saves Emily's life. Reece also is fighting his own demons. Reece was in ...more
Meh. I think I speed read most of it.
Reece was yummy and I really liked him. Former solider turned high school teacher with lots of guilt and PTSD. Emily was annoying, childish, but by the last two chapters she did grow on me a little. And her internal thoughts the first time they had sex..'the soft tip hits the spot just below my navel, filling my hidden cup with pulsing warm honey'...what the feathers?!?!?!
A broken soldier and a broken girl. How could these two possibly fix each other?
The entire time I read this book, I felt so strongly for Reece. I'm not sure what it is, but books with a veteran (especially if they're struggling) seem to tug at my heartstrings more than most stories. Probably because of everything they've been through and the fact that they'd so readily give their lives for the ...more
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4 "Don't let me go." Stars
This was my first Cole Gibsen book and certainly won't be my last. The premise and plot of the story kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end. Gibsen's lovely style of storytelling from the alternating first person pov's of the two main characters kept me thoroughly engaged and interested in where the ...more
Thank God for that happy conclusion.
There were parts of this book that were really tough for me to read. Ms. Gibsen doesn't ...more
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4^^^^ stars from me
This story is about two broken souls, one retired vet fighting his demons who jump through his memories and a woman who constantly fights herself and making one mistake after another and also been wounded by the loss of her beloved father. These two people are very realistic and as a reader i connected a lot with both of them, a decision that Emily took and ended up as another mistake brought them ...more
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangle Embrace
Release Date: June 27th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count:230 pages
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
She’s so young, so full of life…...more
I couldn’t let her die…
Even if she made the world’s worst coffee.
Emily Garret never asked to be rescued, let alone by a walking JCrew ad whose idea of fun is probably managing his stock portfolio and watching the nightly news.
An alcoholic 21 year old barista who isn’t sure what to do with her life and a war vet who has seen more than enough death in his service life so is now struggling with civilian life - what an unlikely couple! She’s had a few too many when she lets the drummer take her home, crashing her car en route. He’s out on his motorbike, trying to blow his demons away when he finds the burning, crashed car. Despite his war injuries, Reece rescues Emily from the vehicle. Both characters have ...more
Very touching book. How two broken people find each other and kinda in a round about inspire each other to find themselves and heal.
Reece and Emily can't be any more different, but in ways so much the same. Emily is a little lost girl that just wants to find herself, but you can see the compassion and love she has when she rescues Reece from a PTSD attack and starts his journey to healing. I love her rocking tattoos and her so I like sex that ...more
“That’s the funny thing about dreams, sometimes they live on even when we don’t.”
“His eyes blaze with a dark hunger that sets every nerve in my body aflame. He wants me. Me. And it’s that look in his eyes–like I’m something to be desired–that makes me feel more beautiful than his words ever did.”
Seared on my Soul is a quick and easy read. It is definitely one that you can finish in one sitting. I loved the idea of this book. I loved the ...more
Reece and Emily's relationship starts off with a bang and doesn't slow down one iota throughout the entire story. From the beginning, I felt like Emily was someone who flew through life by the seat of her pants but was still unsure about the bigger things in life, only wanting to drink and chase away her sorrows sleeping with questionable men. Reece is one of those ...more
I can't say that I liked either of these main characters, Reece and Emily, very much, although I felt more sympathetic toward Reece. It's easier to feel sympathy and compassion toward a disabled war veteran, with PTSD and survivor's guilt than an obnoxious, immature young woman, drowning in self-pity and booze, whose challenges are mostly of her own making. To be blunt, I didn't find much to like in Emily. She needed help, but I didn't ...more
Emily Garret is a feisty chick who is broken and not looking to be fixed. She knows she has issues, she sleeps with strange men for comfort. She drinks.... a lot and has little regard for what she is doing. After a bad car accident leaves her an inch away from death, this could be the wake up call she needs to get her life ...more
Speaking of love....I adored Reece; my heart broke for everything he went through when he was injured and then completely shattered reading how his parents didn't even pick him up from the airport when he was sent home after his injury. I loved the scene between Reece and Chad's mother; I think it was exactly the closure and push that Reece needed.
Emily....I hate to admit I didn't care for at all. She was far too ...more
Emily is an immature woman who is basically spiraling out of control, flitting from one thing to another to just enjoy life. Or so she says. Reece ends up saving Emma (you have to read it to find out from what).
Reece and Em's story is powerful. Reece helps Em find herself and what she wants to do and Em helps Reece with his PTSD. She is the first person who doesn't look at him like a freak when he has an episode and just tries to take care ...more
This was a quick read with no wasted words. There were several instances of __ month(s) later. I kind of respect that the author didn't force us to sit through endless pining, weeping, and self-pity.
Reece was a wounded vet with some serious hangups and Emily was an alcoholic. This was a different and interesting pairing for me to read about. I enjoy flawed characters. They seem more human. The author also had a ...more
Emily Garret is a 20 something who isn't really sure what she wants to do with her life. She spends her days serving coffee and her nights having one night stands. Reece Montgomery is a war veteran who spends his days teaching high school and his nights battling his demons. Their lives intersect after Emily has a terrible lapse in judgement, but this one may be her worst yet. She wakes up battered and bruised, having no ...more
The synopsis was intriguing but once I got into the story I realised that the little snippet that the synopsis gave was far from enough. This was more beguiling than I thought it would be.
Reece and Emily were both drowning in life, both suffering with their own personal demons but would they be able to save each other or would their combined woes be enough to sink them both without a trace?
Emily at the tender age of just 21 was struggling to get to grips with alcohol and exactly where ...more
I couldn't wait to read more from Cole Gibsen after reading and loving Written on My Heart. I think my expectations might have been a bit too high here with Seared on My Soul, but I was disappointed with this one and it didn't live up to what I was hoping for. While there were some things I liked, ultimately this one was hard to get through and I found myself skimming more than I should have.
Emily Garret doesn't want or think that she needs ...more
Reece is barely keeping himself together after suffering the loss of his friend and fellow soldier. He may have a teaching job, a place to live ...more
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