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Seared on my Soul

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  73 reviews

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.


Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published June 27th 2016 by Entangled: Embrace
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Kate's Corner
3/4 stars.

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.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'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
ARC received for review

2.5 stars

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?!?!?!
Shannon Moore
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Cue that awkward moment when you wrote the review over a month ago and forgot to post it. Oops!*

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
Okay, I've never read this, but I'm adding it to my Wow, It Looks Like The Female Is Actually Being Sexually Aggressive covers list. It's rare, I like to catalog when it happens. SHE'S standing behind HIM and groping HIS parts. This... usually isn't how covers go.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

**Seared on My Soul generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

**Review may contain mild spoilers, reader beware.**

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
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Seared on My Soul was my first book by Cole Gibsen and, as always with new authors, I went into it hoping for the best but a little afraid of what I might find. What I found was basically pure gold. This book sucked me in from the very first page and compelled me to read it—even when I felt like I was getting gut punch after gut punch—until the inevitably happy conclusion.

Thank God for that happy conclusion.

There were parts of this book that were really tough for me to read. Ms. Gibsen doesn't
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kathleen R.
Title: Seared On my Soul
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangle Embrace
Reviewer: Kathleen
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…
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.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5/5

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
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good read. I had to read till finished.

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
I keep going back and forth between 3 & 3.5 stars.

“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
April Symes
This is a sweet and emotional story of two people - Emily Garret and Reece Montgomery. Of two people who are going thru some really tough times . Emily works at a coffee shop and she has a drinking problem and doesn’t know how to get help. One night while out, she has too much to drink and lets someone else drive her home that stranger had too much to drink too and he wrecks driving her home. A man named Reece comes upon their wrecked car and saves Emily’s life. Reece, as well, has his own ...more
** I received this Ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in anyway. **

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
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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
Danielle from Short and Sassy
There is nothing I love more than a good story about broken people who somehow seem to put themselves back together again when they meet the other half who completes them.

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
Heather 123
Eh...this book was just okay for me. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either.

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
Amber - TBR Book Blog
This was my first Cole Gibsen book and wow what a book!

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
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
She Hearts Books
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emily wasn't very likeable at first. She is deep in the midst of alcohol abuse and all that comes with it. She is horribly judgy and on the road to ruin. Even after something awful happens I didn't see the turn in her just yet. She hadn't hit that bottom. Don't get me wrong. I ended up liking her after awhile. Mostly when she revealed all that was her under the mask of who she'd become. Now I did love Reece from the beginning. This broken man knows what he wants, but can't get past the guilt ...more
This is similar to the other book by this author. I read it many months ago and don't remember that much about it. But when I read the outline, I smiled so I may not remember much but I did like it - that much I know.
Elizabeth Neal
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily, like a lot of people, feels like she's just drifting along in life, no direction, not even an idea of where she's heading. She thought once she tasted freedom, she'd fully embrace it, relish it even, but it's not all she'd thought it would be. She actually misses her protective older brother, Lane, following her around to make sure she's safe. She misses hanging out with her best friend, Ashlyn. But with Lane and Ashlyn now deeply in love, it seems, to Emily at least, that they have more ...more
Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Books Laid Bare
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars
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
T.H. Hernandez
I thoroughly enjoyed Seared on My Soul. This is the story of Emily, the BFF of Ashlyn and sister of Lane, whom we met in Written on My Heart. The things I found lacking in Ashlyn and Lane's story just weren't a factor here. I fell in love with Emily in the previous book so there was no need for the author to endear her to me. But Reece was new and he took a little bit for me to warm up to, not much though. Straight-laced Reece clashes with Emily's free-spiritedness, and should have made these ...more
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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
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Emily Garret is a free spirit by choice, she's traveled the world, and indulged in a lot of pleasure's that most are too scared to get close to. She is damn proud of all she has done, however, her family is not, they've already lost a lot, and can't bring themselves to accept her lifestyle choices and reckless behavior. They want her to embrace a more acceptable lifestyle like going to college, getting an education, and tying herself to a desk for the rest of her life, but Emily just isn't that ...more
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Emily may be a strong woman who looks like she doesn't care what people think on the outside, but on the inside she's a little lost. While her friends have found their loves and paths in life, Emily is stuck with one night stands and a dead-end barista job. She's completely happy with her lifestyle until one drunken hookup leads to almost losing her life.

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
Char Sowers
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Seared On My Soul" hit every note of emotions that you could have experienced and the gamut of steamy and romantic sexy scenes. Cole Gibsen is an author who I've been wanting to read for quite a while and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this novel! The heroine, Em Garret, is stuck at a job is tolerates, has lost her best friend to her brother, and feels like the family screw up. The hero, Reece Montgomery, is ex-military truly haunted by his experience in the desert and is also ...more
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Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn't decide what she loved more--dogs or books. So she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she's the author of over ten books with more on the way.

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