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Vandal (Ashes & Embers Book 2) by [Cole, Carian]
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About the Author

Carian Cole is the author of the Ashes & Embers series, which includes the novels Storm, Vandal, Lukas, and Talon. Born and raised in New Jersey, she now lives in New Hampshire with her husband and a multitude of pets. Visit her at cariancolewrites.com.

Maxine Mitchell is passionate about animals, traveling, coffee, a good bottle of wine, and great stories. Raised an Army brat, she had a mobile childhood (affording her the opportunity to meet people from many different backgrounds) that she would not trade for anything. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Joe Arden's narration has been described as "sensual," "sexy," and "hot." His recordings range from sweet and romantic to steamy and raw. In his spare time, Joe raises and trains rescue pitbulls and restores vintage motorcycles.

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  • File Size: 7943 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carian Cole (February 23, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TZ8A0O4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I waited so impatiently for this second book in the Ashes & Embers series and I have to say that I'm very disappointed with this story. In Storm, which was so romantic and hot, we're introduced to Vandal. He's dark and broody and you just know his story is going to be hot - NOT!! Vandal has a horrific car wreck in which his five year old daughter dies along with one of his f**k buddies. This, of course, sends him into a deep depression. Also, another person died in the crash, a man who was traveling with his wife. Vandal is, of course, consumed with guilt about this. While visiting the gravesite of his daughter, he notices a young woman who is upset at a nearby gravesite and discovers that she is the widow of the man killed in the crash. They meet, he convinces her to come spend a couple of weeks with him to restore her will to live (really). Well, the most unromantic, BDSM relationship between the two begins. Tabitha, the widow is very depressed over the loss of her husband and really doesn't care what happens to her life at this point. Instantly, it seems, she falls for Vandal, who by the way, isn't very likable. You feel for him about the loss of his young daughter but the dude is a tough pill to swallow. His cousins and brother in the band, Ashes & Embers, want him to take some time to heal and get his act together, so this is why he decides to spend this time trying to use this BDSM head trip on Tabitha. He thinks its the least he can do for her to bring her back to life. Oh, by the way, Vandal is a cutter, yes he handles his emotional pain by slicing into his legs with a razor blade. This part of the story just didn't work for me. A person who deals with his terrible childhood by cutting himself does not need to add trying to be a Dom psychoanalyst to his problems.Read more ›
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This book didn't come out too believable for me. Some possible spoilers ahead... I don't want to give too much away but I feel like Tabi fell way too fast for Vandal considering how absolutely devastated she was in the beginning. In one month of being with Vandal she is more devastated by losing him than she was the death of her husband. Sometimes fast works in this case it didn't work for me. I also couldn't really find out what made her fall so fast and hard for Vandal anyway. He would take off all day and leave her an outfit and tell her to be in it when he came home at dinner. Weeks pass at the lake house but we only see glimpses and I certainly didn't feel their big connection. If I have to somehow believe how quickly they fall for each other it has to be more believable to me. I also didn't much care for the end. I did like the first book Storm. This book I wouldn't read again and it wasn't one of my favorites.
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By Amjedi on May 6, 2015
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I'm not sure how I feel about this book. This is the story of Vandal, the sexy, brooding member of the Ashes and Embers band and Tabitha. Van meets Tabitha at a cemetery where she is grieving over the death of her husband. In a cruel twist of fate, Tabitha's husband was killed in a car accident by Van, who was driving and fell asleep at the wheel. Tragically, his daughter was also killed in this crash. Reeked with enormous guilt, Van is drinking and drugging his life away and is forced to take.a sabbatical from the band.

After seeing Tabitha at the cemetery a few times, Van ends up taking Tabitha away to a vacation home he has for a month where he introduces her to some soft BDSM to help ease her pain over her grief. Before long, they both start to develop deep feelings for each other but Van is also deathly afraid she will find out that he is responsible for her husband's death.

This book is very intense and erotic. I don't really like BDSM books and although I intellectually feel it's fine between two consenting adults, in my heart I think it can be emotionally abusive and demeaning, which I really don't get. But I kept on reading the book bc I wanted to see what happened to this couple when Tabitha found out the truth. While this is not something I could personally participate in and Van was dead wrong for not being able to be honest with her up front, this is still a love story, albeit a really different one.

The book has a real surprising twist at the end; I wont give it away but I definitely didn't see that coming. I think this is a book you will either love or hate, I found I couldn't put it down and ultimately , that's a sign of a well written story so I'm giving it 4 stars.
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***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***

Vandal. I haven’t read the Ashes & Embers stories in order. I read Lukas first. And really, though we get hints at the other stories in the series, none of them give away what’s going on in the other stories. SO they can be read alone. BUT honestly, you won’t want to do it that way. But…in reading Lukas and then Storm, I knew Vandal would be a hard read for me. I hate getting the feels. I hate crying. And I won’t lie, I cried at the early parts of the book. It’s eviscerating. But Vandal is broken. He was broken long ago by way too many people. And how he ends up meeting Tabitha is broken. But that’s ok, because she’s broken too. And together they embark on an unconventional but perfect journey for them.

We catch glimpses of Vandal in the other books. But they don’t even hint at the complexity of the character. I wasn’t sure I’d like him much from Lukas and Storm, but honestly, I like him a lot. He is like Sterling in the book, you just want to love on him because it’s obvious that he’s not been loved enough. There is one plot twist I didn’t see happening and I’ll admit that it completely dropped my jaw when it happened. So, kudos, Ms. Cole! I won’t even hint at it here. I’ll just say there is one there. And I’m dying to know what’s up with Asher. With each book we’re peeling back more and more of him, so now I have to question about his own story. So I can’t wait to read that. Talon is getting his story soon, so I can’t wait to see what happens there with him and his social science project.

Ms. Cole tore me up with this book, like I imagined that she would. My heart bled for Vandal. My heart bled for Tabitha.
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