“A top must read for 2022”
—Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author
Falling Embers, an all-new must read moving romance from Catherine Cowles, is available now!
I’ve loved Calder Cruz from the moment he taught me how to fly. Racing down a mountain and giving me the release I so desperately needed. My understanding. My safe space.
Hadley has fought for a life of her own ever since her sister’s kidnapping. When she was drowning in expectations and family pressures, Calder was always the one who understood her.
Until one night changed it all. From best friends to strangers in a single breath.
She’s like a fire that lives inside me. Even when I thought it was all burned out, there were still embers that lived in my bones.
Calder knows what it’s like to almost lose the people he loves most. He’ll never make that kind of mistake again. Working at the fire station and taking care of his daughters are the only things he needs.
All it takes is a single moment to make him realize how wrong he is. A split second of coming close to losing the woman he has always loved.
But as long-buried embers light anew, there are those who lurk in the shadows. And they’ll do whatever it takes to extinguish that flame for good…
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Heat flared to life in Hadley’s eyes, a mix of anger and frustration. She whipped her shirt over her head, leaving her in nothing but a pale pink lacy bra. I wasn’t blind. I knew that Hadley had curves, that she was beautiful, but the sight in front of me had my mouth going dry. I fought the urge to lean in closer.
“Cat got your tongue?”
I scowled at Hadley through the mirror. “Took me by surprise is all.”
I returned my focus to her back, cleaning each scrape meticulously. “Hold your shirt to your chest?”
“Too much boobage on display for you?”
I chuckled, the sound a little rougher than normal. “I need to unhook your bra. That might be too much boobage for you.”
Hadley rolled her eyes but held her t-shirt to her chest, keeping her bra in place. I unhooked the little tines, letting it fall open. I cleaned the rest of the gashes and moved for the antibiotic ointment. As gently as possible I spread it over the worst of her scrapes.
Hadley trembled slightly.
“Did that hurt?”
“No, I’m fine.”
But her breathing was more shallow than usual. Her gaze focused on the counter in front of her. Apparently I wasn’t the only one affected.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I was invested in Hadley and Calder’s story by the time I was done reading Shattered Stars, and Falling Embers did not disappoint!
Everyone in Hadley’s family had a different reaction to how they coped after Shiloh’s kidnapping all those years ago. And Hadley felt like nobody in her family understood her, especially her mom and the right grip Julia kept on her. The only peace she found was in the extreme sports she and Calder did together, but after an accident ripped his world apart and he focused on being a single dad, Hadley felt adrift without her anchor. She finds a new family of friends in the secret life she led doing bike stunts, but when Calder finds out, it widens the gap between them even more.
A scary situation for Hadley and the return of Calder’s ex, however, brings these two back together and they realize just how much they mean to each other. Of course, it’s not quite smooth sailing, but I loved how these two came to depend on one another and worked things out. Hadley had such a wonderful, nurturing relationship with Calder’s daughters, Sage and Birdie, and my heart melted when they became a family of their own.
As for the narration, Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin brilliantly brought this story to life. They each perfectly captured the nuances of Calder and Hadley’s personalities, and I enjoyed getting lost in their telling of the story.
I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily left a review.
About Catherine Cowles
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.
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