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I shouldn't have remembered him.

He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn't know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.

But I could feel him.

The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.

The second time was different.

He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.

That was just the beginning.

He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…

Cole Mauricio.

**Full length stand-alone

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153347592
Publisher: Tijan
Publication date: 02/27/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 51,149
File size: 593 KB

About the Author

Tijan didn't start writing till later in life. She's hoping she's doing it right, and if not, she'll continue to keep trying! She is the New York Times , USA Today and Wall Street Journal best selling author of various romances in different genres, which include series and stand alones. She has an English Cocker that she absolutely adores, a man she couldn't be without, and this insatiable need to keep writing the words, all the words!

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Cole 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tijan is my favorite author and this is yet another amazing book. Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read .
Sammyjk More than 1 year ago
5 Stars From Sammy's Book Obsession! I'm so glad I got my hands on this book! I love Tijan insanely! Cole isn't like my beloved Fallen Crest books, but it definitely still has that "Tijan feel" to it. The writing is spot on, as always. The characters are so well developed that you are left feeling like you actually know them! That's gift that this author has in spades! Love it! I recommend Cole to any Tijan fan! Or really just anyone at all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Love Cole & Addison. Great read. Don't miss out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cole is even yummier than he was in Carter Reed. My new book boyfriend! This is a standalone. You don't need to read Carter Reed first, but it's more enjoyable if you do. I loved Fallen Crest, and now these mafia books. Love that Tijan's characters are growing up. Can't wait to see what's next!
IsaLaCroqueusedeLivres More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 STARS I’ve always wanted to read a book of Tijan. And I’m not a big fan of Dark Romance or Mafia plots…. But COLE stole my heart. From the started, I was totally hooked. I felt feel Addison’s grief, all the mourning, and entering this building was like putting my foot on whole world full of mysteries, secrets doors, it was like shadows were whispering to me, warning me about I didn’t know what or whom, feeling that there was an entirely different and parallel world behind some walls or doors. And the connection Addison and Cole at first sight, it was inevitable, pure chemistry, I loved it. It never felt rushed, indeed the building up was perfect, I never wanted to close the book, I always told to myself “one more page, one more chapter”, until my eyes couldn’t remain opened. Since this is an honest review, I have to point out too some aspects I liked a little less, and believe me, it was hard to find some, so I’ll go with the things I would have improved a little more: - Having more Cole’s POV. This way, we could have understand him better. I know he is the mafia, he did more than kill some kittens, but I needed to know a little more about his soft side, or his struggle with the two worlds colliding here: the mafia and the world without it, since the woman he loves is not from it. -The last events/ending/epilogue of the story felt a little too quick maybe… A book a little longer in the end would have been perfect. I’m not more specific since I want to avoid spoilers... I’d just say that my little heart always NEEDS to know there is some kind of unbreakable / everlasting / absolute “Certainty Bubble”. Even in a Dark romance/ mafia storyline. What can I say…. I’m a hopeless romantic… But as you can see, those are not big issues. If it were the case, I wouldn’t have rated Cole with STRONG 4.5 stars. So, Tijan, thank you so much for this story. Now I just want to know about Carter’s and Emma’s story. And of course all you previous books. And I am so glad French readers are about to discover your talent, since Anti-Stepbrother will be released in May (“Toi + Moi + Lui”). So I can’t wait!
micharch More than 1 year ago
Addison and Cole meet when she sees him at a restaurant she and her best friend, Sia, are eating at late at night. She sees him surrounded by a bunch of men and knows something about him seems dangerous but she can't quite pinpoint what it is. Addison then sees Cole again at her new apartment building and he is vague as to whether he lives there or not. Mystery surrounds the owner of the building and Cole so she is intrigued but still stumped as to what is going on. The fact that Cole was getting into an elevator with an entourage holding up a bloody man didn't seem to deter her from wanting to see him again. When she meets up with him at the running track at her apartment, he asks her if she would be interested in running with him every day. She chickens out. She is still in grieving the death of her husband the previous year. Addison was tough to understand at times. She wallowed in grief and pity and then would take baby steps to get out of it. She really had no friends, which made sense up until she was willing to take anything Cole wanted to give her. I had a hard time with that since everything prior to that had her barely functioning. To be able to take off over a year of work and not have any financial difficulties didn't help her cause any. Instead of being forced to have interaction with people through work, etc. she was pretty much a recluse. When Sia convinced her to move it did seem to open up her world some but she was still hesitant to move forward. Cole brought out a different side of her, which was nice to see. He was insistent at first that it was a casual thing but then quickly changed his mind. Addison didn't seem to know whether she was coming or going in his life. She went with the flow because it didn't force her to think or confront her feelings. For a journalist, that just smacked me as unusual. The fact she didn't fully understand why her job wasn't left open to her indefinitely left me wondering how she was so far off of reality. I did like how there were some plot twists and she did show some backbone at points. I wished she would have stopped running at times and just confronted her feelings . She needed to be honest with Cole with what she wanted. The tangled web she found herself caught up in was intriguing but I did not understand how she missed some of the blaring signs that things were not all what they seemed. Cole did try and do the right thing at several points and I gave him credit for that. I did wish he would have fully explained the war between the two families instead of letting her come to her own conclusions. I was glad when they both went for what they wanted at the end.
KnottyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
First, let me say I really wish I'd read the first two Carter books. I'm kicking myself in the fanny for not doing so, especially since a third is coming out. Time to save up my money so I can get a Carter fix because Cole was completely incredible! Addison is still trying to get over the loss of her husband Liam when her friend Sia recommends she move into an exclusive apartment building closer to her work. After putting it off, she finally does it after having awful nightmares. Her new building comes with a friendly doorman, hot neighbors, and a building manager able to do just about anything. Then enter mystery man. Addy meets Cole, a man she'd seen with a group of other men at her favorite restaurant, when she starts getting to know him, he tells her that he can't tell her much of anything about himself. His last name, his job, his life. But Addy goes along with it. Secrets have a way of coming out, and both of them have some pretty big ones that could destroy them both. There were some big twists and turns in this book, and as I said, had I read Carter, I might have been better prepared for a few. But Cole and Addy are one hot couple and I just couldn't put this book down. I sincerely hope there are more because Tijan rocked this big time! Just incredible!
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
Just when you think you're out it pulls you back in … that's a lie, I couldn't tear myself away. "Cole" is just too engrossing, twisty, and intriguing to put down. Tijan's book makes you feel as if you're always on unstable footing; it's secretive, curious, and a touch cryptic. Addison is a widow, of one year, and still grieving. She loved her husband desperately and mourned him as though she herself had died. Now she's slowly entering the land of the living. Addison is strong, smart, and coming back into her own. Cole is a force. He has a presence without saying a word or making eye contact. Cole is a protector foremost, he's a young leader, his men like and respect him. Most of all Cole is attracted to Addy and cares for her. He usually he gets what he wants, but she's not merely a challenge. Tijan populates "Cole" with a myriad of colorful characters. Addison's best friend and force of nature Sia. Apartment building tenants Jake, Derek, and Dawn. The wonderful doorman Kenneth (Ken). One characters who bobs in and out is Carter Reed; a popular hero in a couple of Tijan's books. Cole and Addy's relationship begins as pure magnetism and chemistry and grows to trust, respect, then love. The sex is not descriptive but alluded to, and it's quite robust. The pace of "Cole" is fast and the storyline is laden with twists, turns, thrills, and surprises. My intent was to start reading a couple of chapters and then stop, get some stuff done, and go back. Plans changed. I started reading and didn't stop. Stuff got done when stuff got done. "Cole" blew my mind in so many ways. How good it is, how engrossing it is, and all of it's twists and turns. Tijan is brilliant with this book. I couldn't put the book down for fear it would continue on without me and I'd miss something good. For everything going on in Addison's life she wasn't too angsty. Cole is a mysterious Alpha dreamboat; bloodthirsty and all. He's also a tenderhearted romantic - he's freaking adorable! The secondary characters are also shining stars: Sia, Kenneth, Jake, Carter, and Emma. Dawn however is a super nova! Frying pans! Who knew, right? Tijan finds the perfect balance in "Cole". Starting out at neutral, gets playful, turns serious, playful, dangerous, twists, danger, shock, deadly, playful. It's a freaking rollercoaster! To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author never dissapoints ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this had a bit of everything...suspense, mystery, romance, HEA! The best part is strong characters and a gripping story...something you expect from Tijan and she never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book by this author.
VeraMachado More than 1 year ago
Since the day she witnessed her husband die, Addison Bowman's life lost its color. She's existing, not living. Until the day she moves from the house she shared with her husband to The Mauricio. There, she starts trying to move on. But it's the first time she sees Cole Mauricio that brings a spark back to her life. After meeting Cole, Addison's life regains its color, but is she ready to give her heart to Cole? What secrets is he hiding? I loved Cole! The story hooked me from the first page! It's full of emotion, drama, suspense, mystery, and the right amount of sexiness. The twists and the turns kept me on edge and I couldn't stop reading. I loved the little bits from Cole's POV. And Carter? Loved him! Addison has been through a lot, but she is a very strong woman. She lost her best friend and husband and that affected her a lot. She's now trying to move on, but she's afraid to love again. Cole is the head of the Mauricio family. He isn't just in the mob. He is the mob. He's a dangerous, mysterious bad boy. But he's also very sweet and made me swoon a lot. He's very protective of those he loves and will do anything for them. Once again, Tijan brings us an amazing book with a fantastic story and awesome characters. Her writing style is flawless and she can make the reader connect easily with the characters and the story. I can't wait to read more about Cole and Addison! And bring Carter Reed 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Cole!! Im such a sucker for the mafia guys! Fingers crossed Tijan writes more about Cole!
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
4.5 “I Want Cole!” Stars! Dark and sexy collides with vulnerable and heartbroken, creating an addicting, heart-pouding romance that keeps you guessing and totally consumed! THIS! This is why I love Tijan! Her books completely own me! First off, CARTER REED sighting! YAY!! We met Cole in the Carter Reed books but you DO NOT have to read those books to understand this one. But why wouldn’t you? Those books rocked! ;) I enjoyed Cole so freaking much! The story was well done and you can’t help but fall instantly in love with ALL of these characters. Cole and Addison were spectacular together and their chemistry super HOT! I loved Jake, Sia and Dawn and their subplot and I enjoyed the return to the mafia world. I want to go back right now and reread this book! In fact, I just might once I’m done with this review! Addison Bowman Sailor and her husband moved to Chicago two years prior, so that Liam could be the new counselor at Haven Center. But shortly after, Liam was tragically killed, leaving Addison alone and heartbroken. After months of solitude, Addison’s best friend, Sia, finally talks her into moving from the house she shared with Liam and the place where all their precious memories haunt her. Moving into the sleek, exclusive Mauricio building turns out to be more of an adventure than Addison thought it would be. Cole Mauricio is a shadow. A gorgeous, mysterious shadow and when Addison spots him one evening in her building, recognizing him from one other sighting that left her heart pounding, which is something no one had been able to do since her husband's death, she’s determined to discover all Cole’s secrets. I LOVED the sightings before the actual meet. The build up and intensity was well done and had me incredibly anxious to see how their first face to face meeting would go. Cole and Addison were so much fun. I connected instantly with Addison and her past as well as her shyness. Her situation and her past was different and I appreciated getting to know her character. And I also appreciated that though she was sweet and shy, she was no wilting flower. She didn’t buckle when the pressure was on and she held her own against frightening and horrific circumstances. And Cole... gah! Loved him! Cole was this huge mystery in the beginning. If you hadn’t read the Carter Reed books, then you would have been completely in the dark about Cole and who he was. And even knowing where he came from, I still wasn’t sure how he would be presented. I loved how the author played this part of his background out. He ghosted in and out of scenes and you were left with this awe-inspiring impression of his importance, his danger and his mystery. I just loved it! And then when we finally get a face to face between Cole and Addison, my tummy was in knots and my mind was blown. It was intense and a little bit scary and the eye contact alone had me swooning. As their relationship grows and secrets get discovered, Addison becomes this amazing heroine that you can’t help but root for. And Cole really steps up in his role as protector. His depth, his heartache and caring and his absolute resolve when he needed to take care of business gave me those lovely chest pangs I crave in my romance reads. I also enjoyed that though he was a serious character, he also had a pleasant side that left him open and vulnerable even though he had heavy burdens, giving us some seriously delicious angsts. Amazing read all around!!
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Combine one dark, sultry, mysterious man, one sweet grief-stricken woman, and add tons of smokin-hot chemistry, plenty of suspense and intrigue, a mafioso environment, and you have one heck of an explosive read. Cole is signature Tijan at her very best. I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down. Initially, I was a little concerned that I might not like this book. While I'm a massive fan of this author, I wasn't a big fan of Carter Reed. However, that had nothing to do with the characters or the worldbuilding so I thought I'd give Cole a go. I'm so glad I did. This book was extremely well written and I really enjoyed the mafia world Tijan has created. Cole is dangerous and mysterious and I ADORED that aspect of his personality. He had this aura that bled from the pages and he was swoon worthy in the extreme. I enjoyed watching as Addison slowly started to peel back his layers. The first half of the book introduces us to the characters and lays some subtle clues as to what is going on. The suspense and the action are really ramped up in the second half and I loved it! The climactic scenes were so good and I had chills, peeps, legit chills. So intense. So good. I totally shipped our couple and the romance was very hot. They caved to their monkey lust pretty much straight away but it worked, and I felt the believable connection between our pair. I liked meeting Carter and Emma again, and Jake was a decent side character. I really didn't like Sia. She was a bit of a conundrum of a character - she had the capacity to be both selfless and selfish at the same time. I didn't like how she made comments about Cole when she knew he was her friend's boyfriend. It goes against the girl code and is a big no-no in my opinion. The plot was a wee bit predictable in parts - I guessed who the villain was but not what was driving his behavior so that was a nice surprise along with certain people's backgrounds (being vague on purpose so as not to spoil anything.) I liked that we got some of Cole's perspective toward the end because I was expecting this book to be in his perspective and was surprised initially when it was in Addison's. I'm not sure why I thought it was going to be in his voice but it didn't matter anyway. All in all, this was a superb read and is one of the best books Tijan has written. If you are a fan of this author or a fan of mafia romance in general then you will love Cole. Highly Recommended. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book as supplied by the author and TRSOR promotions. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and I haven't been compensated in any way.