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Surprisingly, I ended up loving this book, Talon. To me, it really was a breath of fresh air from everything that is bombarding the book market right now (i.e. MC, stepbrothers, billionaires, etc).To me, every other book out there seems to be a replica of the last one and so this contributed to my reading slump in the last few months. I've yet to come across a romance novel with this plot before so it was engaging right off the bat. I thought that I was going to be put off with the whole "social experiment" that this book is based on, but I wasn't. Is it plausible? Maybe. I mean there are so many reality shows and dating websites that are catered to this type of philosophy so I won't argue.
Additionally, I loved the main characters Talon and Asia. These two were such opposites and wouldn't seem to be well matched. As a result, they clashed a lot on many different things, yet they complemented each other very well. It did take me a bit to warm up to Talon because he was the stereotypical, shallow and insensitive jerk in the beginning , but his character did experience growth and change as the story progressed. As for Asia, she did start off more close minded, but she did change as a result. I think the beauty of this story was not only the romance, but the realism of what a married couple experiences as it tests both individuals' faith and commitment to one another. Not only that, but the ups and downs of a marriage and the amount of effort it takes to make a marriage work. There were times where Talon and Asia could have used a good smack, but they eventually got their s*** together. This book made me experience a variety of emotions and I loved experiencing this journey with Talon and Asia as they navigate married life as strangers to lovers.
This book was simply amazing. Talon is a story full of passion, heartbreak and fierce love. The unique plot and loveable characters made this read unforgettable. Loved every single moment!!! Overall, I can say that all the 5 star ratings are justified after reading this book. This read gets a highly recommend from me and I look forward to reading more of Carian Cole's works in the future.
This is the sweetest, hilarious, and most heartbreaking story of my long 40 some years of reading. And I am a voracious reader!! Tally & Aze became real for me. I absolutely adore Ms. Cole’s use of dialogue in her books, and I have said this many times and in all the reviews I have done for her books. Have you ever had an author who just seemed to get you and satisfy all those needs you crave in a book? Well, she does me. I went through so many emotions with this couple, and I sobbed uncontrollably at the end. Hint: Keep reading after the story to get the truth of Talon & Asia. That broke me down! I still have a major book hangover and it will probably last for days. I wait with anticipation for a follow up story on the couple. To make it short & sweet, I would give this book 100 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Talon focuses on Talon, one of the Valentine brothers and also member of the famous rock group Ashes and Embers. Talon is tired of one night stands and women who only want to use him for sex. His mother suggests he apply for a social experiment that would have him marry a complete stranger chosen by a group of people after getting to know all people in the experiment. Enter Asia. She has never had an easy life. She had no one in her corner other than her best friend. She has always had trouble in the dating scene and wants to find her perfect match so she applies for the experiment.
Each of these characters go into this having an ideal match in their head. When they meet, they quickly agree that they do not think the other is their perfect match. This was an important part of the book for me. I think Carian did an amazing job of discussing how first impressions are not always right. I also loved how she explored the fact that what we might think is perfect for us, might not actually be what we need. What one wants and what one needs is sometimes going to be different and we must accept it.
Both Talon and Asia go through major development. They each change slowly as they get to know one another. Although they are not sure about the other person, they both take the experiment very seriously. I think Talon grows the most though. He had a set thought about what his new wife was going to want from him. When he met Asia and she fought him tooth and nail about everything, he realized that maybe not all women were gold digging women who only wanted him for sex. I think that this set in motion his development and growth for the story.
There is also tragedy within this story. I love that Carian is not afraid to take a serious topic and research it to put it into one of her books. It is obvious that she did her research with this one. I also love how she didn’t shy away from the ugly parts of life. Although it broke my heart and I cried at points, this story felt organic and raw. I love that about Carian’s writing.
I do want to mention that we get to see from the other characters in the series. Asher tends to always make an appearance within all the books so far. He seems like the level headed wise one in the group. I absolutely love his part in this book. Not only does he come out in the beginning and do an amazing thing for Asia, but he speaks wise words throughout the book. I cannot wait to read his story because throughout the series we were able to see glimpses of his life. It seems like he really wants all his siblings and cousins to be happy and find love.
Overall, I loved this book. This would have to be my favorite book in the series, which is hard to say because I loved Lukas. I did not find anything in this book I didn’t like. There was an amazing plot, two very well developed characters, and a lot of heat. I would recommend this book to my friends and others. Thank you Carian Cole for another AMAZING book. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Writing Style: 5/5
“You can barely find your glasses on your own head sometimes. Please don’t try to find me a man.”
“I found Rob, didn’t I?”
“You rear-ended him at a red light while you were texting and driving. You’re lucky you didn’t hurt him.”- Asia and Kat, Talon
“You were sheer perfection,” he says wistfully. “You know the vanity in the bathroom?”
I nod a little. “Yes. We’re not on a first name basis, but we’ve met.”
“Shut up, smartass.”-Asia and Talon, Talon
“Every part of you tastes delicious,” he groans. “I want to f’n eat you alive.”
“Mmmmm… sexy with a side of serial killer…” I tease. – Asia and Talon, Talon.
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