Sunny Shelly’s Review: Asher, by Carian Cole

 

Title: Asher
Series: Ashes & Embers #6
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 3, 2020
Blurb
I should have died.
I should have been
forgotten.
But I didn’t, and I
wasn’t.
Living the life most women only dream about, I was madly in
love with my soulmate—Asher Valentine—amazing husband, loving father, and
rock’s favorite kick-ass front man. A man who loved me every day, in every way,
since we first met as teens. We were blessed with a beautiful
daughter who was the light of our life. My all-female rock band was tearing up
the charts.
Then tragedy struck, and I lost it all.
Now all I have is a stack of journals, an antique key, and a
big black void where my memories should be.
Used to be.
And I have him—this man with wild hair, tattoos from head to
toe, a soft voice, and an even softer touch that gives me butterflies. He’s
clearly hopelessly in love with his wife.
I’m told that’s me.
But that wife is gone, and she took everything they once
had, leaving me in her place.
A broken replacement. A new version that doesn’t quite fit.
I’m slowly falling in love with him, but will he ever truly
love me? Or will he forever be in love
with her, the phantom woman who
haunts us both?
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I first signed up to read and review Asher a year or so ago, and the release date changed several times. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely! I devoured this book in a day, and it’s taken me a few days to collect my thoughts about Asher and Ember. It was fantastic. And then some.

The prologue absolutely gutted me. Asher literally watches the love of his life plummet to her near-death. The fact that he was not able to prevent her fall has plagued him for the past 8 years while Ember has been in a coma. Every single day, Asher visits his wife, hoping and praying that she will return to him.

Well, she does. But since she has amnesia and doesn’t remember who Asher is or anything about their life together, it’s not pretty. Ember’s recovery is hard on both of them. She feels like a stranger in what everyone is telling her is her life, and Asher is so desperately clinging on to the hope that he his wife will fully return to him.

This story is raw and hard to read at times. Asher has the patience of a saint, and he never gives up on Ember. While I expected her journey to be difficult, I was surprised by how equally difficult Asher’s journey is. All of the memories that she can’t remember are the ones that he can’t forget. The ones that he has been hanging on to, and the only thing that has gotten him through this dark time. But is he in love with a ghost? Can he accept the “new” Ember? And will she fall in love with the tatted, long-haired rock god again?

Having not read any of the other books in this series, I had no frame of reference for Asher and Ember’s situation. There are a few things that I thought were kind of glossed over or could have used more of an explanation (like his family background and parents being famous, for example). But that ultimately didn’t affect how I feel about this book. And Asher and Ember’s story definitely made me want to read Tor, which is about their daughter, Kenzi, and Ash’s best friend Toren.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Author Bio
Carian Cole
has a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped
jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls who try to tame
them and win their hearts.
Born and raised a Jersey girl, Carian now resides in beautiful New Hampshire
with her husband and their multitude of furry pets. She spends most of her time
writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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