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Review: Falling Embers by Catherine Cowles

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…


Hadley and Calder’s story was everything I hoped for these two. She’d always been half in love with her brother’s best friend. Calder wasn’t the only person who realized her family was suffocating her but he was the only one who helped her deal with it. Her overprotective mother would actually allow her to go places with him, never realizing they were pulling extreme stunts and relaxing by being adrenaline junkies. Even when they grew up and Calder got married and had the twins, they had this special bond but when his world turned upside-down, he changed.


After nearly losing the twins, Calder saw everything as a risk and gave it all up, pulling away from Hadley in the process. She continued to indulge her passion for risk and eventually started making a living from it. It’s her secret, one she hides from her family at all costs. But someone is determined to ruin everything for Hadley and all her secrets will come into the light. It was a struggle to find common ground but they couldn’t give up on each other. I love Hadley and Calder together and with the twins. There’s angst and suspense but it’s also funny and hot and everything I wanted. This series is already a favorite and this is only the second book, so I can’t wait for Addie and Beckett’s story to come next. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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