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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2021 The PageSmith LLC (P)2021 Catherine Cowles

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So captivating!!

I adored this story, Calder and Hadley are adorable together and I was rooting hard for them. Calder is a single dad and a fireman. I could not get enough of his adorable girls. They were so different but both so completely sweet in their own ways. Hadley is Hayes's (from book 1, Tattered Stars) younger sister. She's an adventure seeker, searching for that adrenaline rush all the time. Which all comes from being so overprotective by her parents. All 4 of these amazing characters are hurting and they need the other 3 to help heal.

I fell in love with this group of characters and spent an entire weekend devouring both book 1 and Falling Embers. Catherine Cowles really reminded me of Nora Roberts' latest romantic suspenseful books. There was friendship,  love, and a bad guy. I fell for Cowles writing and am a devoted fan now. The narration by Vanessa Edwin and Joe Arden were beyond amazing. Edwin was able to be fun and carefree, while still being able to show a more vulnerable side. Arden just does no wrong. He could narrate a pig for 6 hours and I'd still listen and rave!

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Captivating & Swoon-Worthy Romance

5/5⭐️ 5/5🎧 3.5/5🌶

I am obsessed with Catherine Cowles’ flavor of romantic suspense! Falling Embers kept me guessing from start to finish and blew me away! It is refreshingly unexpected, pulse-pounding, and enchanting. It is a slow-burn romance intertwined with a brewing storm of suspense. Falling Embers is an adventurous, unrequited love, passionate small-town romance.

“You’re the last person I’d ever want to hurt…You were my air.”

Calder never imagined that the outlet he introduced Hadley to would be the lifeline that fuels her soul. Calder is a single dad firefighter haunted by a horrific incident that upturned his life. Hadley is the EMT he distanced himself from when her lifestyle and his fears created a chasm in their friendship. Now, hidden threats prowl in Wolf Gap that could draw the two together or tear them apart forever. The magnetism between Hadley and Calder is palpable. Cowles has an exquisite talent for writing heartbreaking, exhilarating, steamy romance with a dark twist. She writes amazing characters that stay with you long after you finish her books, Hadley and Calder are no exception. Calder is the consummate book boyfriend you’ll want to curl up with and Hadley is my new favorite book bestie!

Joe Arden & Vanessa Edwin are fantastic in this riveting, heartwarming, emotionally raw audiobook! He brings Calder’s sweet, tormented, protective persona to life so sensationally, that I was affected in a visceral way. Joe seductively growling “little daredevil” is one of my new favorite things. Vanessa embodies the courageous, charismatic, withdrawn, effulgent persona of Hadley. Her organically emotional narration of Hadley’s complex character is incredible. Cathrine Cowles’ vivid imagery and beautiful storytelling brought to life by Joe and Vanessa creates a truly immersive experience for the listener.

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Loved Calder and Hadley so much!!

Catherine Cowles is the queen of small town romantic suspense! Falling Embers was full of mystery, danger, and so much SWOON! Seriously, the town of Wolfgap is full of hunky protective men, that will do whatever it takes for the ones they love, and I am here for it. This audio gripped my attention and latched onto my heart from start to finish, and I didn't want it to end.

Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin narrate this audiobook. Joe and Vanessa are some of my favorites, and they made me feel every bit a part of Calder and Hadley's world. Joe Arden's performance showcased Calder's brave, loyal, and protective sides to put his daughters first, and fall head over heels in love with Hadley. Hadley is such a fierce, strong, and determined heroine that Vanessa Edwin brought to life flawlessly! Vanessa's melodic voice is simply mesmerizing! Joe and Vanessa convey Calder and Hadley's intense passion for each other which will make your heart melt in all best ways!

Overall, I LOVED this book. If you are a fan of small town romantic suspense with a hot hunky single firefighter dad, an independent adamant little daredevil, adorable twin girls, baking, mountain biking, sweet seductive steamy times, plot twists, jealousy, heart pounding danger, and a HEA that will leave you feeling deliciously gooey inside, then you will love Calder and Hadley's story! I'm looking forward to more from Catherine Cowles!

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Awesome Story

I did the audible for this one and I loved Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin. They were perfect for Hadley and Calder😊

My heart just keeps breaking for this family. They went through so much. And you even though the unthinkable happened to her sister, it affected their whole family. And more so Hadley. Her mother was so overprotective, it was so hard to listen to. On the one hand you wanted Hadley to have a life and have her own experience and on the other hand you understood where the mother was coming from.

I loved that Calder even though he was out of his mind worried for her, he just let her be herself and let her have her experiences. It took them a while to get where they needed to be. One for Calder to let Hadley be herself and another for Hadley to understand Calder’s point of view… Loved the suspense in this one and that ending was like WTH, never expected that 😊 I am dying for Shiloh’s story 😊

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Wow!

I have a hard time flowing a series sometimes but this one has been awesome so far. There’s characters that are contours in all the books but each character and story line is so different. There’s no repeating the same thing in each book. The narrators do an amazing job and you really get hit in the feels with the writing and the emotions being brought to life.

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Calder stole my heart!!

Oh my Joe Arden captured Calder as everything I could possibly imagine and then some. Hadley was equally as perfect by Vanessa Edwin. A single dad, and his best friend’s little sister. These two’s used to be friends, Calder taught Hadley to chase the stars, before tragedy changed everything. And let me tell you I had no idea the twits and turns this story was going to have and I loved every single second.

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Wow

This is just perfect. This story gives you everything. Smiles, hope, tears,swoon and most of all love. I experienced it all. Oh how I love Calder and Hadley. The narrators as always brought such emotion feeling to this beautiful story. You won't be disappointed.

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Brilliant

Ahhhh!!! I absolutely DEVOURED this book. Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin nailed the narration and Catherine Cowles wrote an absolute page-turner.

The angst, passion, and suspense had me gripped by the neck! I could not wait to see how the story would unfold. I did reach a point where I suspected who the “bad guy” was but even so, it was so well developed that I still felt invested and curious on how things would play out.

I absolutely LOVED Calder and his little girls. Hadley was equally amazing and it was great to see a character with such a free, strong, and independent spirit.

Guys…this story is a MUST.
Brilliant. Loved it.
5 stars and top 2022 fave!

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can't wait for the next in this series!

great story, good mix of suspense and romance. can't wait for the next book in this series

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Falling For Calder & Hadley

This book is magic. The perfect combination of engaging plot, loveable characters and the ideal narrators to bring it all to life. Joe and Vanessa are splendid as Calder & Hadley. Their voices mesh well together. Voices alone can't make a 5 star review and that is where the ever talented Catherine Cowles knocks it out of the park. Calder is the perfect mix of protective and vulnerable while Hadley is far from your typical damsel in distress. They are so well written that I felt like I actually knew them (as well as Calder's adorable daughters). Don't start this book if you don't have time to finish it fairly quickly because you won't want to put it down!

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  • Jane Woods
  • 04-19-22

Wonderful Book

Falling Embers is book 2 in the Tattered and Torn series. This story focuses on Hadley and Calder. Hadley and Calder had a close bond during childhood but during adulthood they drifted apart. Hadley has overcome so much, a fiercely independent woman who excels at her job. Calder a single dad of twins, who is a firefighter what more could you ask for.
This book has all the feels, romance, drama, suspense, emotions. Fantastic 5 star read!
Audible narration is perfect, emotional, expressive

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  • jd66
  • 04-15-22

Amazing book

Oh my! What an emotional and heartbreaking story. This book had it all. Drama, suspense and intrigue. I wasn’t sure what Hadley and Calder’s backstory was and I couldn’t have guessed it if I’d tried. It was definitely different than I expected but in a great way. The friendship that turned to love altho neither knew, was magical. I adored the twins! The supporting cast as always was great. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen the book took another turn to keep you guessing. Wonderfully written with heart and lots of love. I’m so excited for the next book now. I can’t wait to see what extraordinary storyline Ms Cowles will deliver next. Each book this author writes is suspenseful and also a wonderful love story. The narration was spot on too. I think it enhances my experience of the story immensely. Wonderful narration

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  • Diane S.
  • 04-14-22

I loved this sweet and swoony romance

I loved this sweet and swoony romance. The story is the second standalone in the Tattered and Torn series.

Hadley is a bit of an adrenaline junkie which drives her mom crazy. Both her mom and Calder seem to want to keep her in a bubble and protected from any chance of danger.

“You deserve better. Someone who appreciates you for who you are and doesn’t try to force you to be someone you’re not.”

Calder is fighting his own demons and only wants to keep the people in his life safe. He has been holding Hadley at a distance, keeping her in the friend zone.

“It seemed as if a force born of the two of us carried me to him, a creation that would only ever be ours. My hands found his, and all felt right in the world.”

Falling Embers combines suspense, mystery, second chance swoony romance, a smokin’ hot firefighter single dad of two cute kiddos, and an emotional storyline that will pull you right in and won’t let go.

“I’ve loved you forever.”
His eyes glistened with unshed tears. “Always have, always will.”

I listened to most of this book on audio and the awesome narration only added another dimension to an already wonderful story.
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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 04-13-22

Breathtakingly beautiful small-town romance

Okay, so I’m embarrassed to admit that until this title I had never read/listened to a Catherine Cowles book and oh my goodness, I’ve been missing an absolute treat! I’m looking forward to getting lost in more small-town romances from this fabulous author.
Falling Embers is book two in the Tattered and Torn series and is the story of Hadley Easton and Calder Cruz.
My heart broke for sweet Hadley and all she endured throughout this story. She suffered the most out of her siblings because of her sisters kidnapping years earlier. Hadley has been prevented from experiencing life due to her family’s irrational fear. Hadley was unable to be who she truly is and live her life to its fullest potential without repercussions. The only person who saw her and her needs was Calder, her brother’s best friend. He showed her how to live, how to feel and how to chase the stars and the high of an adrenaline rush. He gave her an outlet to forget the cruel words thrown at her by a woman who should love her unconditionally but has put restrictions on that love. However, tragedy struck, and Calder’s world almost came crashing down around him which caused him to abandon Hads and anything that can remotely be seen as a little dangerous.
Calder is a hero firefighter and single father to twin girls Birdie and Sage. Due to an accident years previous that almost cost him his precious daughters, Calder has sole custody of the twins and even though he backs aways from Hads, she loves the girls so helps out and has a fantastic relationship with them. Calder begins to see Hads in a new light when she risks her life to save an accident victim as part of her job as an EMT and Calder in turn then had to rescue her.
The amazingly talented Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin narrate this phenomenal book. Mr Arden has a way of performing the raw, gritty characters that have you feeling every emotion, plus no one holds a candle to him when it comes to children’s voices, they are just incredible. Ms Edwin truly is remarkable at her craft. I felt everything Hads was feeling. Vanessa portrayed her vulnerabilities, her need to not let her family down but also her wants and desires to be free and chase that high.
Ms Cowles is an incredibly talented writer who has a way of making her readers fully immerse themselves in the story, feel everything and have you on the edge of your seat in suspense, I was captivated from start to finish. I couldn’t have loved this anymore and am now looking forward to sweet Addies story in book three of this series.

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  • Liz Mackie
  • 04-13-22

Amazing Audio Adaptation

The second book in Catherine Cowles Tattered & Torn series, Falling Embers is another amazing friends to lovers, romantic suspense novel that swept me away from the opening chapter. Top marks to Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin for doing such a fantastic job giving voice to Cruz and Hadley. They managed to imbue all the emotions of the story into the characters while slipping seamlessly between the male/female parts. Thank you for sweeping this listener away from her daily work commute to the scenic mountain town of Wolf Gap where danger lurks beneath the surface for Hadley just as she finally finds happiness with the only man she has ever loved.

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  • Zoeb
  • 04-12-22

I love this series.

I am absolutely loving the Tattered & Torn series Catherine has given us so far.

I had the opportunity to listen to the audio book, which I did in tandem with the read, Jo Arden and Vanessa Edwin did a fantastic job.

Falling Embers just ramped the series up with this heartbreakingly beautiful story, it was full of twists and turns throughout!

Catherine knows how to reel us in, I was already on the edge for this paring after Tattered Stars, there was chemistry flowing off them, but we had no idea what their back story was. Catherine gave them a good one. Plus I friggin love Birdie and Sage.

Yet again what’s not to love, all bases covered for me, romance, heartbreak, angst, plot twists and turns, and a HEA!

I didn’t want this to end such a good read.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-12-22

Shiloh & Caldor!

Every time. That is how many times Catherine Cowles draws me into her worlds and keeps me captivated. This story is an easy one to fall into. Single dad of twins, firefighter, yes, I am in! But it's not just the hero that pulls me. It's the stories. Hadley has had it tough. After her sister Shiloh's kidnapping, her parents began smothering her. That is until her brother's best friend, Caldor showed her how to blow off steam. And the adrenaline junkie was born. She and Caldor share a mutual attraction, but he's her brother's best friend. There are boundaries. Until danger shakes some sense into Caldor. Now with threats coming in through her Instagram account, and her mothers incessant abuse regarding her dangerous life, Hadley is at her wits end. Will she and Caldor find their happily ever after? Cowles gives us so much in this story. From Hadley's childhood to the present, friends and adventures, to Caldor's heartache, fear and protectiveness with his own kids. It's full of realistic family problems and current relevant issues including that of social media. I love the way it has just the right amount of angst, a thrilling suspenseful plot and a love story to boot! It's a wonderful listen.

And to make it even better, Joe Arden and Vanessa Edwin bring it all to life! This team is so good! Arden plays the broody Caldor, with his impossibly warm heart. He can make us feel it all just with an inflection! Edwin gives us Hadley, spunky, adventurous and full of love. Each scene is genuine, from parent voices to kids, we are treated to an amazing performance.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 06-30-22

Just beautiful 💞❤️‍🩹

I definitely love this series and these beautiful characters . I can’t get enough of them . Joe and Vanessa did a brilliant job bringing this story to life . ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹

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  • Jade B
  • 04-20-22

Falling Embers

This book is emotional, and sweet and all the things a good romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!