Book Review: “Kaleidoscope” by Kristen Ashley

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“Kaleidoscope” by Kristen Ashley

3 stars

SUMMARY

When old friends become new lovers…anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at “hello.” His relationship with Emme’s best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that’s ever happened to her?

It isn’t easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she’s a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme’s always been the one; she excites Deck’s body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme’s past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she’ll let him . . .

REVIEW

Every time I read a book by Kristen Ashley I want to love it. This one wasn’t one of my favorites. Why? Mostly because of the main female character. But let’s take it from the beginning.

This is the story of Emme and Deck. They knew each other for years and she was secretly in love with him. Back then he was dating her best friend, so as you can see, it wasn’t easy to say something to him. Now, after almost a decade apart it’s time for them to start fresh.

I can’t say that I liked Emme. She’s very distant and a loner but not in a good way. She pushes people away. When she was a little girl she had a very bad experience and that made her be afraid of every kind of relationships. There are many times that she acts crazy and I also found her very irresponsible.

But I liked Deck a lot! He knows what he wants and how to get it. He’s not playing, he’s possessive and protective and wants to settle down.

It wasn’t a bad read but I found it kind of boring. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of this genre, maybe you should give it a try!

Book Review: “Jagged” by Kristen Ashley

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“Jagged” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

REVIEW

I enjoyed this book by Kristen Ashley. Although, it’s not usual for the main couple to know each other before, I didn’t have a problem with that and I found it very interesting.

Zara and Ham know each other and their history can tell us that they care deeply. So, when Zara is in need, Ham is there in order not only to help her but to make amends for what he did some years ago.

I liked Zara, although sometimes she acts before she thinks. She’s a proud woman and a survivor. She had a difficult time but she didn’t want to be a burden to anyone. She’s the kind of woman who takes responsibility for her actions and sometimes even when it’s not her fault.

As for Ham… Of course, I liked him! He’s very protective and possessive (in a good way) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t see his mistakes. He made some bad decisions through his life and he hurt Zara a lot. Also, I have to admit that I didn’t like the way he talked to Zara’s ex-husband, because he really was a nice guy!

This book has a nice plot and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Breath” by Kristen Ashley

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“Breath” by Kristen Ashley

5 stars

SUMMARY

When the local police department’s secrets are revealed and the wife he’s forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal’s hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he’ll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife’s murderer.

But he isn’t the only one looking.

While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town’s quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town’s last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.

Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she’s had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn’t know what to do with her.

REVIEW

One of the best books in the series so far! Really, if you read books by Kristen Ashley it would be hard to have favorites because all of them are very good. But, I liked more this one because it gives hope to all the women who want to wait for their heroes to come!

This is the story of Chace and Faye. Chace is a very good man who found himself in the middle of an awful situation. He saw first-hand what dirty cops can do, he learned some things about his father that made Chace hate him and he was forced to marry a woman he despised. Many months after the events of the previous book, he still feels like he doesn’t deserve anything good. Of course, that’s so not the case here! Chace is definitely a hero and he deserves not only happiness but beauty in his life also. He needs to give and take love and have a great family of his own.

Thankfully, Faye, believes that too. She’s the librarian in this small town and she’s shy and inexperienced in the whole relationship thing! But she’s very smart, funny and the very good kind of geek! She wants Chace since she was a teenager and now is the time to be with him. I liked her very much because not only she’s very brave but because she wants to do the right thing always even if doing it means that she will be unhappy.

I have to admit that this book was very emotional. Especially almost all the scenes with Miah! I am not going to do any spoilers! You really have to read this book! I enjoyed it very much and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Lady Luck” by Kristen Ashley

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“Lady Luck” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Ty Walker was wrongly imprisoned and for the five years he was inside, he honed his plan so when he gets out, he has nothing but vengeance on his mind.

But then he walks straight to stylish, leggy, beautiful, goofy Lexie Berry and he suddenly has something else to think about. He knows within seconds he wants her and within days he can love her but with the filth that was flung at him clinging; he also knows he can’t have her.

Since birth, Lexie Berry has been Lady Luck’s favorite toy and because of that, Lexie is cautious. But within a day, she senses Ty is something special. With her luck, however, she can’t trust it. Then she finds out what was done to Ty and she’s willing to do anything to make it right.

Even what Ty will never forgive her for doing.

Ty clings to vengeance and Lexie goes all out to give him back the time he lost. But Ty is battling demons within and they’re up against dirty cops and criminals who will stop at nothing to sway Lady Luck against them. All Ty and Lexie have is hope Lady Luck will finally swing their way.

REVIEW

This series is definitely a must-read for all the fans of this genre! Although, for some reason these books have too many unnecessary details, the plot and the characters are very interesting and you want to keep reading them!

This story has it all: A man who seeks justice and revenge and a woman who was looking for a home. They found each other and they didn’t found only happiness but they found also the reason to live and don’t look back.

Ty went to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His mind was only to revenge until he saw Lexie. He’s a badass and a man of a few words. He’s also smart and a man who wants to built a future without the shadow of the past. It took him a while to trust again but when he did it, it was magnificent!

Lexie didn’t have the best luck since her first day on earth. When she found herself in the company of a man who just got out of prison and wanted to marry her because of his plan for revenge, she decided to do just that. But it was easy to see the longing to belong with a man, to have a good house and a family. Things that she hadn’t in her life so far. She’s sweet, funny, loyal and determined to help the people she loves.

I really liked this story because it’s a life lesson. No matter what happened, everyone must dream that life is going to be better! Definitely a must-read if you like contemporary romances!

Book Review: “Sweet Dreams” Kristen Ashley

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“Sweet Dreams” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Lauren Grahame has spent her whole life thinking something special was going to happen. She didn’t know what it was, she just knew it would one day be hers. But she learned the hard way that special wasn’t on offer.

So, after divorcing her cheating husband, Lauren searched for nothing special and she thought she found it when she landed a job as a waitress in a biker bar in Carnal. It was perfect: a nothing job in a nowhere bar in Nowheresville.

Then Tatum Jackson walked in. Part-owner of the bar, he took one look at high-class Lauren and wanted nothing to do with her. And he made this known, loudly.

Tate’s angry insults seared in her brain, Lauren decides the feeling is mutual and she doesn’t want anything to do with the gloriously handsome Tate Jackson. The clash of the bartender and barmaid begins but, even though Tate makes his change of mind clear (in biker-speak, a language Lauren is not fluent in), Lauren is intent on going her own way.

Until a serial killer hits Carnal and Lauren finds out Tate isn’t a bartender, he’s a bounty hunter. He stakes his claim for Lauren before he goes on the hunt for a killer but Laurie doesn’t speak biker nor does she understand bounty hunters and Tate comes back from the hunt to find his old lady has moved on.

Life throws curveball after curveball at Laurie and Tate. As secrets are revealed, women are brutally murdered, and Lauren tries to find her inner biker babe.

REVIEW

I just can’t stop reading Kristen Ashley’s books! “Sweet Dreams” is one more very good read, with great plot and interesting characters! It’s so good that for a change the story was about an older woman. Not that forty-two is old, but definitely it’s not about a twenty-something young woman. I love when a woman at this age finds her happily-ever-after because it means that all women must believe that someday they will find their own. That never it’s too late.

So, this is the story of Lauren and Tate. She is trying to find herself after a bad marriage while roaming in the country trying to decide where she is going to live and work. He is a bounty hunter biker, part-owner of a bar and larger-than-life man and he lives in a small city. Their first meet was far from pleasant but after their rocky start it’s easy to see that they belong together.

I have to admit that I respect a woman like Lauren. She realized that she was living in a lie and she decided to find herself. She’s not afraid of work, she doesn’t want to be a trophy wife and she has enough respect for herself not to do the same mistakes. I admit that she had her not-so-good moments but that’s only logical. She’s a good woman, loving and ready to help everyone in need.

As for Tate… What can I say? Badass, sexy, amazing lover and even more amazing father! Possessive, protective, witty and the list can go on! He’s the man of my dreams! I liked him a lot because he was honest and ready to take what he wanted!

Of course, my personal favorite was Jonas, for obvious reasons! Such a great boy! Actually, he’s a mini-Tate and it was fun to read about him!

As you can see, this was one more very good book by Kristen Ashley! I’ve read many reviews that were saying about the editing, the typos etc. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that all the authors must be more careful with the editing, but when the story is so good, I tend to stick to the story and enjoying it!

Novella Review: “Obsession” by Jennifer Lyon

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“Obsession” by Jennifer Lyon

4 stars

SUMMARY

In the explosive conclusion to The Plus One Chronicles Trilogy, obscenely rich, jaggedly handsome and still obsessed with love and vengeance, Sloane Michaels must face an impossible choice: lose the woman he loves or betray his twin sister’s memory.

Watching the man she adores destroy himself for revenge, Kat Thayne knows she should run and never look back. But running isn’t her way anymore. Kat has grown into a fierce fighter, and the man who helped her get there is the very man who needs her strength now. But as the sizzling passion and hard-won love bind Kat and Sloane even tighter together, old secrets and lies explode around them. Danger threatens. And Kat soon realizes that she’s risking more than her heart to be with Sloane…she’s risking her very life.

REVIEW

This novella is the conclusion of the trilogy and it’s as good as the previous two. The two main characters have been through a lot in their lives and it’s time to be happy.

Kat is starting to fulfill her dream and she’s taking back her life. She came to terms with the relationship she has with her parents and she realized that many people loved her for what she truly is.

Sloane realized that there are things more important than vengeance and that the love of a woman is enough to change a man’s plan.

I really liked the plot in this novella, because it kept my interest from the start until the very last page. I laughed and I cried while reading it and I enjoyed it very much! It’s a very nice series novella and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Dinner with a Vampire” by Abigail Gibbs

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“Dinner with a Vampire” by Abigail Gibb

2.5 stars

SUMMARY

One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price..

REVIEW

Well, I really don’t know what to write in this review and that’s a first for me! When I start reading it I thought that this would be an awesome read but after the first half of the book my opinion changed. It wasn’t what I was expecting and mostly because the sticker on the cover said that this book is “the sexiest romance you’ll read this year” and, believe me, this is so not the case here!

Violet finds herself in trouble when she became a witness in a mass murder. She was taken by the man who was responsible for the crime and she came to know a dark world. Soon she becomes a part of this world and her life changes.

I can’t say that Violet is a very likable character. Again I am going to say that at the beginning she was acting kind of normal but after a while I didn’t like her thoughts or her actions.

And as for Kaspar… He wasn’t what I was expecting. He has some serious issues and his behavior is far from good. I can’t say that I was convinced for his love. Too many times he made clear his uncertainty about Violet and in my agenda that is not a sign of love!

The world-building is very interesting and promising but I didn’t like the characterization because there wasn’t a good development of the characters.

It wasn’t my kind of read but maybe you’ll like it!

Novella Review: “Possession” by Jennifer Lyon

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“Possession” by Jennifer Lyon

4 stars

SUMMARY

Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and his need for Kat, his need to possess her at all costs, rivals only his single-minded goal of vengeance for the murder of his sister.

After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.

REVIEW

The second novella in this series is as good as the first one. The story continues and her we can see the development in the relationship of Sloane and Kat.

In this story, Kat is becoming stronger each day. And I don’t mean only physical but emotional also. Yes, she’s still a little insecure but that’s logical. She has goals in her life and she knows that she has to be stronger and determined in order to succeed. She has to put her fears behind. I believe that she’s doing it. She’s trying hard to remember what happened to her because in her case the truth will set her free.

Sloane shows us his possessive side in this novella. It’s easy to see that he doesn’t want Kat only for a small period of time. He’s falling in love with her but he’s afraid of telling her his plans and he’s right to be afraid. He’s worried about Kat and he wants to keep her safe. I like him because he’s the kind of man who is proud for everything his woman is trying to do.

It’s a very nice novella and after the cliffhanger I am very curious about what is going to happen in the next one!

Novella Review: “The Proposition” by Jennifer Lyon

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“The Proposition” by Jennifer Lyon

4 stars

SUMMARY

Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

REVIEW

A very nice read that kept my interest and made me want more! Although, it’s a short read, many things are happening. Kat experienced a brutal attack some years ago and that changed her life. She doesn’t really remember what happened to her and she’s suffering from panic attacks. Sloane is a man who is seeking revenge and when he meets Kat he found one more purpose in his life.

I liked Kat a lot. Although, she experienced something very traumatic, she found the will to change her life and do what she really wants. Yes, she’s still afraid but it’s only logical and that makes her even braver, because strength is to keep going even if you’re afraid. She’s hiding her scars and that makes her insecure but with Sloane’s persistence she showed them to him and that means that she is willing to accept herself.

Sloane is definitely larger than life. He’s mysterious, sexy, powerful and protective. We don’t know the details but we know that he wants revenge for the death of his sister. Although he says that he doesn’t want a relationship, I don’t believe it’s true. I think that he has convinced himself in order to believe that a “plus-one” agreement is enough.

I enjoyed this novella very much and I want to read more! I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “The Gamble” by Kristen Ashley

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“The Gamble” by Kristen Ashley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Nina Sheridan’s on a timeout adventure in the Colorado Mountains. She needs distance from her clueless fiancé, distance to decide whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with a man who doesn’t care enough to learn how she takes her coffee.

Arriving in a blinding snowstorm at the A-Frame she rented, she comes face to face with the most amazing man she’s ever seen. Minutes later, when he kicks her out of his house, she goes head to head with him.

Beyond angry because she’s flown half a world away to start her timeout adventure, not to mention her sinuses hurt, she heads back down the mountain and ends up in a ditch. Unable to extricate herself, she gives up, hopes for rescue and falls asleep in the backseat.

The next morning she wakes up in the amazing man’s bed and she’s sick as a dog.

Holden Maxwell spends days nursing her back to health and then he spends the next two weeks trying to convince her to take her Colorado adventure further, in other words, make it permanent and take a gamble on him.

Nina has a tough time fighting her attraction to Max, especially when it seems all Max’s friends, her mother and stepdad and the whole town want them together and both she and Max get embroiled in the murder of Max’s ex-friend and the town of Gnaw Bone’s most detested resident – a man everyone has motive to kill, especially Max.

REVIEW

I keep reading Ashley’s book and I can’t find something that I don’t like! Yeah, Ι believe that she’s very talented in creating romantic stories! So, this book is another very good start in a contemporary series and now this series has my attention!

This is the story of Nina and Max. She wanted a timeout from her (unhappy) life and she rent a house in the Colorado mountains. He is the owner of the house and by mistake he was at the house and he hadn’t any intentions to have guests. But fate is fate and brought them together!

I have to admit that I liked Nina, although she’s not my favorite. She’s a very good person, but very stubborn and sometimes she speaks before she thinks! But she’s kind and when she cares for someone, friend or love, she will do anything to help!

Max was great! A typical alpha male but more down to earth than other male characters that the author has written about. He’s the man who will take what he wants. Protective and badass, he’s the kind of man who will help everyone in time of need. Definitely a man that you can count on!

As you can see, I liked the book very much! If you are a fan of this genre, then you should try and read it!

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