Storm (Ashes & Embers, #1)

Storm (Ashes & Embers, #1)Storm by Carian Cole
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book more than I did because I think the premise is so cool. Two strangers get trapped in a snow storm and are pretty much forced to be friends.

The reasons I was disappointed with this can pretty much be summed up into 2 categories:

A) I recently read The Friend Zone and The Deal. These 2 book are 24 karat new adult fiction. They’re arguably 2 of the best NA novels out there. I loved both of them. This book shouldn’t be in the same library as those 2. Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed Storm more had I not already experienced The Friend Zone and The Deal. For what it is, it’s pretty OK new adult if you can get past the next category in my review.

B) Cheating. Evelyn is a cheater. Starting at 14% into it. Don’t get me wrong, I loathe cheating. I think it’s wrong even if the character’s boyfriend is a total scumbag who treats her like human garbage (which he is and does in Storm). BUT I can tolerate sometimes in novels if it doesn’t go on for too long. The cheating in this book goes on FOREVER. Somehow everyone in the book is at least semi-OK with it and doesn’t think Evelyn is a total jerk. (view spoiler)

Regardless, I could have tolerated the cheating, but it’s basically the whole plot of the book- which sucked. She doesn’t actually leave her boyfriend until 85% into the book and by then it’s mostly over. You don’t get much time to actually get to know Storm and Evelyn as a couple. (hide spoiler)]

Regardless, I think a lot of new adult fans who don’t mind cheating (or even like it) will really enjoy this book. It was pretty standard and didn’t totally make me want to rip my eyeballs out for all the eyerolling NA sometimes makes me want to do.

OK, I lied. One more reason because I am the boss of this and can do what I want.

C) Storm Valentine is Edward Cullen creepy. He does so many creepy things and thinks they’re romantic. He breaks into her house to take care of her. Watches her sleep. Makes super lewd and inappropriate comments to a woman he barely knows. It was not OK and the only reason I ignored it was because I know the difference between right/wrong and fantasy/reality in stories. I can suspend belief and keep reading because it doesn’t change my idea of what an appropriate relationship should actually look like. But to be clear, there were more than a handful of times where Storm did super creepy things that made me yell, “WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK?” at my kindle.

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