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At Peace (The 'Burg #2)

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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Jo...more
Kindle Edition, 568 pages
Published May 2nd 2011
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Awesome!!!! Kindle Price Drop!

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At Peace has become one of my very favorite Kristen Ashley books, and Joe Callahan has become my favorite, most o...more
Mar 19, 2012 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of alpha heroes
Recommended to Auntee by: All my GR friends
Joe Callahan, also known as "Cal", minus the scars that mar his gorgeous face....

So I'm sitting here, stalling, wondering how to convey my thoughts about this one. So many people have raved about this author, and finally, after a few not-so-gentle nudges, I decided to give KA a try. And oh boy, I've boarded the KA train, and I'm afraid I don't want to get off! I haven't picked up another book since I've finished this one days ago. I just can't get over security expert Joe and his next-door-neig...more
This was a Buddy re-read with Alleskelle and Irene. This book is perfection. I used think Tate was my number one KA hero but Joe "Cal" Callahan has toppled him. There are tears, laughter, suspense, teenagers, dogs, drinks, food. It has it all. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS.

Decided to do a re-read. Was it as good the second time around – even better…..

Sexy Joe Callahan …

He was a dick, Christ he was a dick, he should cut her loose. For the life of him, he just fucking couldn’t.

Loved the way poor Vi was ca...more

When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing. ~Rabindranath Tagore

I knew this book would be great. I was not wrong. Kristen Ashley did it again. She made me fall in love with yet another alpha jerk who is damaged, scarred and hurting. What a beautiful book about love, healing and second chances at life.

Violet has not had an easy run. Her husband was brutally murdered and to escape the psycho killer that committed the murder...more
~ Irene ♥s ~ Søren ~ Ben O'Callahan ~ Joe Callahan ~ Javier ~ Spin ~ Isaac ~

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I have a confession to make ... this is the most read book on my Kindle and my absolute KA favorite. This was the 9th time I read it (I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!?!) and I already want to read it again. Perhaps I have issues or maybe it's because

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Do I think Joe Callahan is the ultimate alpha created by Kristen?? Well ... DUH!

You know how we all have this one book that we find perfect for one reason or another. This is MY perfect book. It's always a sure cure for my book slumps!

What I love about this book i...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Oct 30, 2012 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (out of inspiration) by: Buddy read with Sea and all of the AA peeps
Dear Goodreads Friends,

I'm sorry to have to go against the trend here, but I can't seem to wrap my mind around a 1,000 plus page contemporary romance book. Someone please come let me know if Ms. Ashley ever decides to write one in about half of the space and I might be willing to check it out. Thanks.

Your Exasperated Friend,

I do think there was a good story buried among the rubble of excess character description, shopping scenes, and the home and garden report. However, my patien...more
Duchess Nicole
”You two come with so much baggage, it's a wonder you don't get crushed. And that's the thing, neither of you did. And you found each other. It's time to unload that burden and find some joy.”

I rarely gush and swoon and giggle and lose my ever loving mind for a book. I should have known Kristen Ashley would bring out my inner teenage girl. Joe Callahan and Violet, even Mike and Vi's daughters Kate and Kiera...they all stole my heart. Their story made my emotions run a crazy obstacle course befo...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
4 1/2 to 5 stars

WOW!I loved this book!

I will admit to not fully enjoying the first half of the story because the hero was a complete and utter jerk, but the second half more than made up for it and shined brilliantly.At Peace made me laugh. It made me cry. It made mehappy. It made mesad. It made me giddy. It also made me irate at times. However, At Peace is packed with so much heart and soul it's impossible not to get caught up in all its splendor.

I was captivated and enthralled by the meaningfu...more
Aestas Book Blog

**SQUEEEEE** O.M.G what a SENSATIONAL book!!! My heart is filled to bursting here. Love love LOVE!!

This is a gorgeous book about a second chance at love, life, family and healing. Kristen Ashley never ceases to amaze me with utter brilliance of her books. Just one winner after another!! Damaged Alpha male hero, strong heroine, beautiful story... whats not to love??

"You're mine, the girls are mine. I'm stakin' my claim with you right now..."

"You're unbelievable," I snapped.

"I'm yours."


I didn’t expect this book to rip me apart.

Yes, it was unbelievably sexy and HOLY CANNOLI JOE!!!! The dirty talk is off the charts…but we’ll get to that…

Vi has been dealt a shit deal in life. She is a mother of two teenage girls….and a widow. After losing her husband a year and a half ago, she does what she has to do in order to get by. I loved loved loved her girls, Kate and Keira. They helped make this book for me. They made me laugh through the whole...more
5 Stars!!!

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Can Kristen Ashley write a bad book??? I think not. This may be my new favorite of hers. Couldn’t get enough of Joe and Violet! I fell in love with this story. An amazing read!

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Violet has recently moved to ‘the burg’ with her two teenage daughters from Chicago. Her husband a cop, the man she was with since she was a teenager was murdered over a year ago, so now its just her and her girls. One night, she hears a lot of music coming from her neighbors house in the middle of the night....more
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*



"I got older and that changed and all I wanted was a good woman and a family. All my life, with a slight variation on theme, that's all I ever wanted. Buddy, you've given me both. You think, givin' me that, I could
ever balance those scales?"


Oh Joe Callahan... How I LOVE you!! This guy... seriously... one of my all time favourite Kristen Ashley Alpha males. At first I thought he was a jerk. I was like, 'why do all these people like...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Dean, Tate, Dan, Ty & Hunter
“Without peace of mind, life is just a shadow of its possibilities.”
- by Jean Borysenko -

3.5 stars.

About my rating: Despite my issues it’s a well-written, emotional and engrossing story and therefore I rounded up to 4 stars.

Wow, deep breath...I know, I know, hold your horses, Baba! This was such an emotional rollercoaster and I got worked up. A lot. While reading At Peace I felt angry, annoyed, frustrated, extremely sad, yet at the same time I was happy. Happy for Joe, Violet, and her daughters....more
5+ stars

I think I love Joe (Cal) Callahan, security specialist, as much or at least close to my feelings for Tate from Sweet Dreams!

Why?!?! I’m not sure! Except I do have a weakness for those totally over the top badass hotties. Yeah, like Tate, Hawk, and Ty, Joe fits right in with them. He’s gruff, blunt, callous and can be downright vicious! He appears heartless AND he is a player! He doesn’t do “relationships” and can be very brutal to get this point across. “We’re done” is one way of stating...more
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

My Joe/Cal


My Violet

My Kate & Keira

Vi and her 2 teenage daughters, Kate & Keira, are newcomers to the 'Burg. Escaping a psychopathic criminal stalker who killed her cop husband. Violet is a great mom doing everything a great mom does who doesn't have her partner... gently spoiling her daughters because of that. Vi living for her daughters in grief for over a year.

Joe is a security to the stars, who barely visit his home... a home that is right ne...more
Kristin (KC)
*3.5 Stars*

Another sensuous, action-packed installment to The 'Burg series. At Peace was a fun, exciting read filled with tension, romance, suspense, and one agonizingly sexy alpha-hero.

Cal and Violet are neighbors whose friendship takes a little longer to ignite than their passion. The sexy, brooding, tormented Cal has been burned in a past relationship and is emotionally distant and unattainable. Violet has moved into the neighborhood with her two daughters to escape the threat of her husband...more
Mar 17, 2012 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of KA and tormented, uber alpha heroes
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5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Wow! I loved this! Kristen Ashley is an amazing author warrior queen! Seriously! At Peace is the 8th book of hers that I’ve read and highly enjoyed and it’s one of my favorite KA reads. Although the Colorado Mountain series and my beloved Law Man still hold a definite edge.

Joe Callahan is another extremely domineering, uber alpha asshat and lordy have mercy did he piss me off...until around the 80% mark that is! There were times I swore that even...more
Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

The diary of Mooch, the puppy

Day 1 of my heaven

I have a new home!
So happy!
Two girls Keira and Kate played with me!
So happy!
Then their amazing mom Vi fed me.
My favorite place in the world!

Day 5 of my heaven

A new man, Cal-who-is-also-Joe came over to pay with me!
My favorite thing in the world!
I think he's my mistress's mate. He sniffs her and follows her around. I don't think he marked his territory, though, because there's another male Mike that also comes and sniffs her.
Cal makes me ha...more
Lady Heather
5 ++

This bloody book had me in knots & stitches the whole time! Literally loud sobs coming out of my mouth & tears streaming down my face one minute, then laughing out loud the next.

The only other book to effect me like this was "The Gamble" (also a Kristen Ashley book)... Go figure? .. LOL!


Cal (Joe)- AMAZING! (even though I wanted to kill him a couple of times until he smartened up), then... Compassionate, Caring, Strong, U...more
Turns out, an immediate re-read was in order. I heart this book!
*runs off to re-immerse myself in the wonder*

Thoughts upon turning the last page (first read):

This book had me wanting to set up house within its pages. I loved it!
Then the throwaway background plot just got in the way when the author had to wrap that up.

***spoilerish behavior on my part to follow***

The climactic chapter left me feeling that they had all just been through a tad too much by the time I got to the end. It to...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Jan 14, 2014 Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Lkay ❇✾The one-click buy button addict❇✾
4.5 Badass Alpha Hot Stars!

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Violet, recent cop widow, escapes to the burg to run from the insane lunatic that has stalked her for years. He's killed her husband and her first priority is protecting her two daughters Kate and Kierra. When her next door neighbor's loud music wakes her up at three AM, she dons her tatty robe and waltzes over to his house. She's never seen this guy around but she's got to get some sleep. Enter Joe Callahan.

Joe Callahan, security analyst extraordinaire, pops in and...more
5 Huge Stars for a great romantic story with one amazing hero. A novel for all you "alpha male loving" girls out there...

I should write a long review with a thousand words of praise about this fantastic novel. But I will not because there are already so many great reviews. I don't feel I have the ability to deliver so much more than what many other grateful readers have said. If you want to know what this story is about, something about the plot and a lot more about the MC's - read my friends re...more
Becs - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
I absolutely loved this – this is Kristen Ashley at her finest.

Part 2 in The Burgs series and we have the newly widowed Violet and her two daughters moving in over the street from Feb and Colt to start a new life away from Chicago. Her neighbour, Joe’ Cal’ Callahan working as security to the stars is often away from home and they have never met until one night she has to go over to ask him to turn his music down in a ratty old dressing gown and pink wellies.

He’s instantly captivated by her and t...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This book is the obvious reason Kristen Ashley is my new favorite author <3 Very veeery emotional, I was crying through the whole book, I got totally into the world of Vi and Cal, they both had a difficult past, and through the whole book had problems adjusting with it (well, mostly Cal XD)but the final result was beautiful, I even cried at the happy scenes hahah There wasn't much of the bad guy in this one, and I'm glad, the focus was on Vi/Cal and they got under my skin. The scene (view spo...more
Rating: A very, very generous two stars.

Before I begin my rant (because that's pretty much all this review is), I'd like to clarify something: I adore Kristen Ashley. To me, she's the Walt Disney of adult fiction. Her stories are unforgettable, fulfilling, and utterly beautiful.

That being said, At Peace didn't do it for me. At all. I had a number of issues with this book, and most of them are because of the heroine, Violet.

To begin with, the relationship between Violet and Tim, her first husban...more
I'm finally finished and it was fantastic!!! I don't know how KA does it, but she's truly amazing. I'll add more to this when I have time, but I had to share how much I loved it!!!!!
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 09, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance/KA fans
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: Searock
3.5 … I laughed. I cried. Joe did not become a part of me!

At Peace has sweet, touching, and steamy moments in the story. Joe and Violet have chemistry. Of the three and a half Kristen Ashley books I have read, this story has the best written suspense of all. The secondary characters feel like people I would meet in real life. A couple of those characters have me interested in their upcoming stories, but I am conflicted about the rating for this particular novel. The conflict lies not with the ty...more
Shannon The Show Stopper
I really liked this one a lot and I'm glad after my first KA book was a huge crash and burn for me. It was almost a 5 star read but I did feel like parts of it dragged. The characters were all great so I would definitely recommend it.
RomanceBookVixen ~ Vianca

Thank you! Kristen Ashley for writing another amazing book. This book was brilliant and packed with witty lines, heart pounding suspense, romance, HOT SEX, Italian mob, Great Italian family, two hilarious teenage daughters, one hot momalicious, and the delicious stubborn HOT alpha male Joe Callahan.

I cannot believe I am going to say this ladies. But I think Joe Callahan stole my heart from Tack {shaking my head}. You ladies know that Tack is GOD in Motorcycle Man . Maybe I a...more
Jess-i-ca ~The Gif Witch~

4.5 Momalicious Stars

KA Books are great! This was a wonderful one....My only issues are the total number of characters that are in each book. I understand why the mastermind Ms. Ashley introduces all these characters since I believe almost all her characters wind up getting a book about themselves, but I think it takes away from a little bit of the story and adds a ton onto the book. We have hot, alpha male, all around bad-ass Joe (aka Cal) who I would love to do me on the hood of a car... hot guy joe photo 6609ba6100419253cb8b18ce2eb8ba45_zps10522b08.jpg


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Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends a...more
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“Nothing can fill you up,” she stated.
“Nope,” he agreed again.
“You won’t let it.”
“Barrel’s got a hole in the bottom, buddy, everything leaks out no matter how much you pour in.”
She was silent a moment then she whispered, “Right.”
She turned to the door and his hand gripped his bourbon so hard he had to focus everything on loosening his grip or the glass would shatter.
Before she opened it, she turned back. “You don’t know, Cal, you have no idea.
You’ve shut yourself up for so long in this fucking house with your tragic memories, you have no idea what’s about to walk out your door. Kate, Keira and me, we could have plugged that hole. We could have filled you so full, you’d be bursting. We would have loved that chance. We’d have given it everything we had, no matter the time that slid by, graduations, weddings, grandbabies, you’d have been a part of us and we’d have given everything we had to keep you
so full, you’d be bursting.”
Cal didn’t reply.
“Joe,” she whispered, “you let me walk out this door, you’ll lose your chance.”
Cal didn’t move.
Vi waited.
Cal stayed seated.”
“You’re mine, the girls are mine. I’m stakin’ my claim with you right now and, you force it, I’ll do it with him too.” 46 likes
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