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Peek Inside Seared on My Soul

Reece Montgomery never planned on being anyone’s hero, especially the foul-mouthed, bleach-blonde barista from the local coffee shop. He thinks there’s more to Emily Garret than her tattoos, and lip ring, but getting close means letting her into his past

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Romancing her might be his toughest battle yet.

She’s so young, so full of life…

I couldn’t let her die…

Even if she made the world’s worst coffee.

Emily Garret never asked to be rescued, let alone by a walking JCrew ad whose idea of fun is probably managing his stock portfolio and watching the nightly news. Then again, she never thought she would wind upside-down in a ditch after a night having a little too much fun.

Reece Montgomery never planned on being anyone’s hero, especially the foul-mouthed, bleach-blonde barista from the local coffee shop. He thinks there’s more to Emily than her tattoos, and lip ring, but getting close means letting her into his past and meeting his ghosts.

And he’s not sure she’s ready for that battlefield.


"Very relatable and complex characters that engage you fromthe start and have you rooting for them til the very end." -Katrina B.,NetGalley review

"The chemistry was off the charts and I was quickly turning the pages tofind out what would happen next. Great read!" -Once Upon An Alpha

"Very touching book." -Maria C., Goodreads review

"Awesome banter interlaced with well motivated inner dialogue put Gibsen'swriting in a well deserved spot from me." -She Reads New Adult

"Seared On My Soul was an emotional, tug-of-war type of romance that willleave you very satisfied." -Marie's Tempting Reads

"I thought this was a beautiful story about healing and love...Didn't wantto put it down from the second I picked it up!" -Short and Sassy BookBlurbs

"This story had a good mix of angst, drama, romance and steam."-Amy B., NetGalley review

"I connected with this book brilliantly, especially Emily." -Lost toBooks

"The author plays these two off each other like a well tunedviolin. The backstory works perfectly, the plot line is straightforwardand the characters are deeply developed." -Lori Z., NetGalley review

"Seared on My Sole was a great romance filled with friendship, love andhealing." -Deanna, Goodreads review

"You will feel Emily's stubborn ways, and her directionless life. You'llpanic with Reece about dark corners and lost friends. Their ride isn't for thefaint of heart, but it's a ride so worth taking!" -Victoria T., Goodreadsreview

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756304
Series: Written on my Heart, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 27, 2016
Page Count: 258
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform, new adult
Tropes: blackmail, fish out of water

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I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Seared on My Soul by Cole Gibsen is the story of Emily Garret and Reece Montgomery.
Emily is working at a coffee shop at the age of 21 and has a drinking problem. Not to mention that she feels a failure and think ...more

By Shannon August 07, 2016

*Cue that awkward moment when you wrote the review over a month ago and forgot to post it. Oops!*

A broken soldier and a broken girl. How could these two possibly fix each other?

The entire time I read this book, I felt so strongly for Reece. I'm not sure what it is, but books with a veteran (espe ...more

By TeriLyn June 08, 2016

**Seared on My Soul generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

**Review may contain mild spoilers, reader beware.**

4 "Don't let me go." Stars

This was my first Cole Gibsen book and certainly won't be my last. The premise and plot of the story kept me glued t ...more

Seared on My Soul was my first book by Cole Gibsen and, as always with new authors, I went into it hoping for the best but a little afraid of what I might find. What I found was basically pure gold. This book sucked me in from the very first page and compelled me to read it—even when I felt like I w ...more

By Nicole May 31, 2016

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4^^^^ stars from me

This story is about two broken souls, one retired vet fighting his demons who jump through his memories and a woman who constantly fights herself and making one mistake after another and also been wounded by t ...more

By Kathleen December 08, 2016

Title: Seared On my Soul
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangle Embrace
Reviewer: Kathleen
Release Date: June 27th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count:230 pages
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

She’s so young, so full of life…
I couldn’t let her die…

By Maria11 June 11, 2016

What a good read. I had to read till finished.

Very touching book. How two broken people find each other and kinda in a round about inspire each other to find themselves and heal.

Reece and Emily can't be any more different, but in ways so much the same. Emily is a little lost girl that just wants to ...more

By April July 04, 2016

This is a sweet and emotional story of two people - Emily Garret and Reece Montgomery. Of two people who are going thru some really tough times . Emily works at a coffee shop and she has a drinking problem and doesn’t know how to get help. One night while out, she has too much to drink and lets some ...more

By Jessa June 28, 2016

** I received this Ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in anyway. **

Reece and Emily's relationship starts off with a bang and doesn't slow down one iota throughout the entire story. From the beginning, I felt like Emily was someone who fle ...more

By Danielle June 14, 2016

There is nothing I love more than a good story about broken people who somehow seem to put themselves back together again when they meet the other half who completes them.

Emily Garret is a feisty chick who is broken and not looking to be fixed. She knows she has issues, she sleeps with strange men f ...more

By Cassandra June 07, 2016

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick read with no wasted words. There were several instances of __ month(s) later. I kind of respect that the author didn't force us to sit through endless pining, weeping, and self-pity.

Reece was a wound ...more

By She June 27, 2016

Emily wasn't very likeable at first. She is deep in the midst of alcohol abuse and all that comes with it. She is horribly judgy and on the road to ruin. Even after something awful happens I didn't see the turn in her just yet. She hadn't hit that bottom. Don't get me wrong. I ended up liking her af ...more

By Elizabeth June 25, 2016

Emily, like a lot of people, feels like she's just drifting along in life, no direction, not even an idea of where she's heading. She thought once she tasted freedom, she'd fully embrace it, relish it even, but it's not all she'd thought it would be. She actually misses her protective older brother, ...more

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Emily Garret is a 20 something who isn't really sure what she wants to do with her life. She spends her days serving coffee and her nights having one night stands. Reece Montgomery is a war veteran who spends his days teachin ...more

By Books Laid July 05, 2016

3.75 Stars
The synopsis was intriguing but once I got into the story I realised that the little snippet that the synopsis gave was far from enough. This was more beguiling than I thought it would be.
Reece and Emily were both drowning in life, both suffering with their own personal demons but would th ...more

By T.H. July 24, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed Seared on My Soul. This is the story of Emily, the BFF of Ashlyn and sister of Lane, whom we met in Written on My Heart. The things I found lacking in Ashlyn and Lane's story just weren't a factor here. I fell in love with Emily in the previous book so there was no need for the ...more

By Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) June 15, 2016

Emily may be a strong woman who looks like she doesn't care what people think on the outside, but on the inside she's a little lost. While her friends have found their loves and paths in life, Emily is stuck with one night stands and a dead-end barista job. She's completely happy with her lifestyle ...more

By Misty (Reds Romance Reviews) November 17, 2017

Emily Garret is a free spirit by choice, she's traveled the world, and indulged in a lot of pleasure's that most are too scared to get close to. She is damn proud of all she has done, however, her family is not, they've already lost a lot, and can't bring themselves to accept her lifestyle choices a ...more

By Char June 30, 2016

"Seared On My Soul" hit every note of emotions that you could have experienced and the gamut of steamy and romantic sexy scenes. Cole Gibsen is an author who I've been wanting to read for quite a while and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this novel! The heroine, Em Garret, is stuck a ...more

By Kelly June 24, 2016

4 of 5

ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

Adult Romance (Contains Military Flashbacks & PTSD)

Emily Garret is “foul-mouthed, bleach blonde” 21 year old woman who works as a barista at a local coffee shop and has no plans for the future. She is a failure. She turns to sex, partying and ...more

By Brigitte February 06, 2017

Well meaning parents who appear to be domineering can have a big impact on their children's lives.

Reece escapes death whilst serving in the army. He is now back home and carries guilt around with him. "It should have been me". The guilt and flashbacks stop him from moving on.

Emily is a barrista an ...more

By Paula July 03, 2016

In 2015, we meet Ashlyn and Lane and now in 2016 , we are meeting Reece and Lane's younger sister Emily. Emily has always been the type of girl that flitters around in life, the one with no direction and the one who seems to consider herself a loser as she can never finish what she starts as she get ...more

By Brianne July 08, 2016

Everything happens for a reason, maybe we meet someone because of what life throws us our way. This is so true in the case of Emily Garret, who has given up on life and what it means to her. One fateful night, after throwing caution to the wind, Emily winds up in accident, only to be saved by Reece ...more

By Nayab June 30, 2016

Cole Gibsen is a gift to the writing world, she really is.

Her books have a certain… Charm. A pull. Once you start reading you can’t stop and even though the characters’ lives were so far off my own, I still found myself relating to Emily. I guess that’s one more thing in Cole does well (besides writ ...more

By Nerdy Dirty & Flirty July 10, 2016


Two souls battling their own demons. Will they be able to find peace in one another or are they irreparably damaged?
Party girl, Emily Garret, flits through life without any direction or real appreciation for it. After a few too many drinks she makes a big mistake, one she almost pays for with her li ...more

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Cole Gibsen

About the author

Cole Gibsen

Growing up, Cole Gibsen couldn’t decide what she loved more—dogs or books. Rather than choose, she decided to devote her life to both! Dog trainer (wrangler) by day and author by night, she’s the author of more than ten books with more on the way.

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