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Book Review: ‘Lukas’ by Carian Cole

Title: Lukas (Ashes & Embers Book 3)

Published: 28th July 2015

Author: Carian Cole

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cariancoleauthor

Twitter: @CarianCole



Storm’s younger cousin.
Vandal’s little brother.
You’ve met him in the background.

The sweet one.
The nice one.
The one they can all rely on.

The good one.

He’s a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music – on the violin.

He’s got a body built for sin.

He’s 24.

In comes Ivy. She’s a 36 year old single mom who hasn’t dated in 18 years.
All she wanted was a tattoo.

She got a helluva lot more 🙂

Being good has never been so bad.

** can be read entirely standalone, no cliffhanger **



Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book you heard about on Goodreads. Three books in and I’m starting to get a bit addicted to these men. They have tortured souls with darker pasts and are just want to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully right next to the woman they want to keep forever.

Ivy gets a shock when picking up her phone hearing her husband Paul say how much he’s missing – and wanting to fuck – someone else. Seems he wanted to have his cake and eat it – dick! The nerve of that guy, you just wanted to slap him, repeatedly. Swiftly leaving it kind of puts Ivy in a bit of a head spin. She is now a 36 year old single mum of two kids – Macy 17 and Tommy 7 – not knowing where to go from there. Seems her friend has a few ideas, namely by getting on someone new. Next ideas are for Ivy to do all the things Paul didn’t want her to. Top of the list being getting a tattoo and with her friend having a winners voucher with a well-known tattoo artist she all but throws it at her to make sure she goes for it. All she goes for is a tattoo but what she gets when she sees the guy whose doing it is a feeling like lightning hitting her with a spark a mile high. She may be getting more than she bargained for.

Lukas is an old soul in a young body, very well toned young body mind you. He’s creative too with all his tattoos and piercings. A body canvas that Ivy wants to never stop staring at. Well when he’s not looking because he’s far too young for her – well that’s what keeps going round her head. Seems Lukas felt the same spark she did and can’t wait to get his hands on her – for the tattoo that is, well maybe more if he’s lucky. With the design he’s done she will have to come back a few times and it doesn’t take long for him to question his own rule about not dating clients. He can tell she is shy but beyond cute in his eyes and with him being such a good listener doesn’t take long to figure out what she might be afraid of. Mainly being hurt again and also their age difference. She might by nervous and shy around him but he isn’t one to give up on what he wants and from the moment he met her he knew she was it.

The chemistry between them is so strong it would be impossible to miss. Once she finally gets the age thing out of her head and gives them a chance she starts on one fun full ride. Talk about heat just getting hot, hot and hotter! Now Lukas can be the sweetest guy at moments – driving all the way to hers to give her a hug because she said he gives the best and she wanted one – but other times it’s like a beast has been unleashed and she just holds on for the ride of her life. They are slowly starting to build something real but you know things are never going to go completely smoothly. Especially with an ex who suddenly realizes he doesn’t like the idea of her being happy. Think he wanted her to be a hermit forever after he left – again complete dick! Then you have her kids thrown in the mix. Tommy was sweet, you just loved him, but just when you think you have a clue about what Macy is like she throws you a curve ball. Ivy and Lukas just need to believe in each other to keep what they have. Soul mates playing a part in bringing them back together when the time was right. Age is just a number and when Ivy and Lukas are together it becomes irrelevant around what they truly have.

I liked that this one intercepts with the other stories so far but also made me sad, as I knew what was going to happen to Vandal. The ending kind of threw me a bit and got me thinking. Are they really never going to tell?? That would be a big can of worms waiting to pop. Also what’s up with those black feathers and how come Asher is always the one to help the women see things a bit clearer? Interesting series so far so on with the next I say. Talon’s should be good but I do want to know more about Asher, he’s very mysterious to me at the moment.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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