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Cole by Tijan Blog Tour and Review

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 by in Book Tour, review |




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


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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






Once inside the elevator, I stood to one side, watching him. He returned my gaze.

We still did not touch.

My chest tightened, hoping no one would call the elevator at that moment. We sailed past the lobby, the second floor, and stopped at mine. I put in the code, and the doors opened to my home.

I drew in a breath, filling my lungs again. God, it was time.

Stepping out with shaky knees, I bypassed the light switch. The full moon lit up my entire floor. I went to the kitchen and paused at the island. “Did you want something to drink?” I caught sight of the tequila and wine on the counter. There was more than enough.

Cole stepped up behind me and followed my gaze. “Were you going to have a party?” he asked, his breath coating the back of my neck.

I shivered, closing my eyes for one delicious moment. “I stocked up. I thought a friend was coming over tonight.”

His hand rested on my back, nudging my sweater aside to touch my skin. “He?”

“She. Sia.” I looked over my shoulder. He was so close. “She stood me up for a date.”

A faint smile showed. “I need to send her a thank-you card.”

“Please don’t sign it.”

“Why not?”

I turned around, easing my back against the island. Cole placed his hands on either side of me, trapping me in place.

“Because she’s slightly obsessed with you, though she’s in love with someone else now. She could circle back,” I joked.


“We saw you one night.”

“When?” He leaned away, but his hands remained on the counter. It was like he was giving me breathing space on purpose.

“At Gianni’s. We went there the night I moved in.”

He didn’t move, but I could feel him pulling away. A protest started in my head, but I bit back the words. He didn’t reply. He was waiting for me instead.

I continued, “You came in with a bunch of men and went upstairs. That was it.”

His eyes narrowed. “Did you talk to anyone?”

“What do you mean?”

“The staff?”

“About you?”

“About anything.”

My forehead wrinkled. “Sia networked with the hostess. They exchanged cards. Sia said the girl was a model. She recognized her from the Gala. That was it. Oh, well, another server sat with us for a drink later on. But they mostly talked with Sia about the Gala and about photographers—stuff like that.”

He relaxed, his hands loosening their hold on the counter. I was scared to ask what he was so worried they’d told us.

“I don’t know who you are.” I lifted a hand, placing it on his chest. His heart was racing, just like mine. My mouth parted in surprise. “If that’s what you’re worried about.”

He glanced down at my hand and held still. He was thinking something over. I held my tongue, worried it was me, that he was second-guessing this night for us. I wanted to tell him there was nothing to worry about, but it sounded ridiculous. I really had no idea. So I waited it out, my heart pressing against my rib cage.

When he looked back up, the hunger was in his eyes again—dark, primal, and more evident than ever. He took my hand and leaned in, closing the distance between us. With his other hand, he cupped the side of my face. “I wasn’t second-guessing this. I want you to know that.” His touch was tender.

“What were you thinking about?”

“Something else, but it wasn’t you.”

“This is one of those moments where you wish you could tell me, but you can’t? Not yet?”

The corner of his mouth lifted. His eyes moved from mine to my lips. “Something like that, yes.”

“Mmmm-hmmm,” I started to tease, but then his head dipped down, and his lips were on mine.

I gasped. The pleasure was immediate. His mouth was gentle, but as he felt my body’s reaction, he applied pressure. His touch grew more demanding, then I was kissing him back. I wanted more. Someone groaned. That was me.

His hand slid around to the back of my neck. He held me in his grip as his mouth explored mine, opening over me and slipping inside. My hands grasped his shoulders, just holding on. All I could focus on was his tongue. I met his with mine and reveled in the sensation. But it wasn’t enough. Need shot through my whole body.

My hands slid under his shirt and moved over his back and shoulders. His body was just as powerful as his presence. I felt the shift of his muscles. They trembled under my hands. The feeling was intoxicating. I had power over him, and I wanted more. I wanted to see how much power I actually had.

Pulling back, I studied him.

He was panting lightly. So was I.

I could see him wondering what I was going to do, so I reached back to the counter and started to lift myself. His hands caught the backs of my thighs, and he lifted me the rest of the way. Now sitting on the edge of the island, my legs parted, and he was back between them. His mouth went right to mine.

I couldn’t get over what I was doing. I didn’t care.

I didn’t think I would care the next day, the day after, or however long this lasted. I had no clue. I only knew I had one night. One long night.

What I Thought

It’s a given really, anything written by the lovely Tijan is going to be awesome. She never disappoints. Never. She always manages to lure you in with her writing.

Tijan writes amazingly awesome and badass mafia!

After her husband, Liam, is involved in a road traffic accident with a drunk driver and instantly killed, Addison Bowman’s life is turned upside down. For over a year she hardly functions, even down to not being able to care for her and Liam’s dog Frankie who is sent to live with her parents.

It is at another of her best friend Sia’s events, that Addison starts to return to the real world. Sia has happened upon the phone number of an exclusive apartment that has become available in the Mauricio building. Still living in the house her and Liam found together, having nightmares and hearing his voice at night is keeping her down, so Addison decides the move is what she needs to try to take her life back and start living again. The apartment turns out to be a whole floor in the building and quite pricey, but due to receiving an inheritance from Liam’s death of 20 million, that she had no clue would be coming or that he even had, she can more than afford it.

Out for food with Sia to celebrate the move at Gianni’s restaurant, the mood suddenly shifts upon the entrance of a group of guys. One guy in particular captures Addison’s attention and she is instantly entranced by him, long after he is gone from sight. A chance encounter by the lifts in her building gifts Addison with another look at this mysterious guy, she just cant get him out of her head. Another meeting at the running track in her building finally brings interaction between Addison and the devastatingly handsome guy, who informs her his name is Cole.

Things move quickly between Addison and Cole. A first date ends with them sharing a bed, and even though she can sense danger follows him, that he is undoubtedly a bad boy, she just cannot keep away. His allure is enticing. He makes her feel alive, maybe even more so that her husband Liam did. Addison knows she should probably keep away from Cole and the mystery surrounding him, she just cant, and in all honesty she doesn’t want to.

Cole is taken away from her for over a month for business after the death of a close friend, but contact remains with them both. Addison learns he has returned to Chicago at another of Sia’s events. After the shock of seeing Liam’s parents, who always disapproved of her, at the event, she is blindsided when Cole arrives with Carter Reed, she is even more astounded when it appears that Cole and Carter know Liam’s parents. What really devastates her though……after they have all dispersed and left, Jake (a guy that lives in her building and who is dating Addison’s best friend) informs her that Cole is mafia. That he is not only in the mafia. but the head of his family.

Despite knowing all along that there was something, Addison does not know what to do with this information. She needs answers from Cole. Can she really be sleeping with the head of the mafia? But also, how does he know Liam’s parents?

I flew through this book. It was over far too quickly. As I was getting towards the end, I was kind of hoping for a little cliff hanger so we could get another book. I usually don’t like cliff hangers, I am too impatient, but for more Cole Mauricio and Addison Bowman, I would of dealt with it.

Cole is written mainly from the female point of view, and I assume this is to keep us in suspense about Cole Mauricio. Throughout a good chunk of the book, this guy is a mystery to us and we are teased with snippets of his mafia lifestyle to keep us guessing and intrigued. It worked to!!

The genre of this book is definitely New Adult Romance, and I found a bit of humour injected here and there. This story felt a little like forbidden love with Addison moving on from her dead husband and onto someone in the mafia. This book brings us twists, drama, intensity, violence, sexy times and Carter Reed (insert heart eyes emoji)!! Although Carter Reed may have some competition, Cole Mauricio is another sexy package for us to imagine, and with the addition of Tijan bringing us some creative and ingenious wording throughout the whole book, its easy to imagine the story as it plays out and to picture how they look in your head. I would quite happily take the place of Addison Bowman, being at Cole Mauricio’s side would totally be worth the risk to my life!!

The secondary characters, Sia, Addison’s best friend, and Jake, who lives in her building, then becoming the love of Sia’s life, feature quite heavily throughout the story and I would love to read a book on their life together. They sound like a fun couple and I could imagine their story being a fun, flirty, easy romance read.

So, yet another creative, phenomenal read from Tijan.

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About The Author


I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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