So! For those of you that don't use my shelves as a shorthand review, I'll give it to you straight! 5 GLEAMING STARS!
And here's what I'll sSo! For those of you that don't use my shelves as a shorthand review, I'll give it to you straight! 5 GLEAMING STARS!
And here's what I'll say, straight up. I LOVE Kristen Ashley! She IS my rock star. But in this series, you could read this book as a stand-alone. I loved Knight, it was book one - the others in the series, are not my favorites, but let me defend my 5 star rating of Deacon. (I know all you review judges out there are thinking I'm leading with my heart and have zero brain because only the best of the best should have 5 Star ratings! Well, Duh!)
Love the strong Kristen Ashley heroine, and Cassie is no exception. She's a great mix on smart, strong-minded and determined to live out her dreams. We get her story up front. Her dream, her plans, what she wanted out of life.
Love the KA's Alphas, but Deacon was a different Alpha, more egalitarian, less caveman. Smart, interesting and intriguing, his back-story unfolds throughout the book just perfectly, with appropriate conflict thrown in. Don't get me wrong, he's still an Alpha, just a different one from and KA hero, I've ever read.
Deacon and Cassie are such a good pairing. It fits, it's lovely and raw and charming and guts wrenching and makes your heart soar. Some of the words they say to each other, took my breath away. Honestly. And when's the last time a book did that?
The bedroom, we have some D/s play-(view spoiler)[ with a little bit of switch thrown in the mix! Surprise, surprise! And it is hot as hell! A man secure enough to allow himself to surrender in the bedroom only to take the reigns back the next time, very hot! (hide spoiler)]. Like I said, egalitarian.
I like the plot in this series, but it is in serious need of copy editing. It was as if the author had a limited number of periods and commas that sheI like the plot in this series, but it is in serious need of copy editing. It was as if the author had a limited number of periods and commas that she was allowed to use. I had to backtrack so many times, to figure out where the break was supposed to be! that it took away from some of the enjoyment. The sex scenes are hot, but I'd love more character development. It's entirely the hero's POV, which is a change, too.
“Shit I slipped I hadn’t wanted to say that now with all this uncertainty hanging over our heads, I’d wanted to wait until things had been squared away with her dad I thought she would better appreciate it then oh well the cat was out of the bag now wasn’t it?”
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Did you hear that? I was being very SHOUTY, because I freakin' love her! She is so enjoyable to read and I always have to look up nI LOVE LAURA KAYE!
Did you hear that? I was being very SHOUTY, because I freakin' love her! She is so enjoyable to read and I always have to look up new words when reading her books. This book's word? Morass- 1- boggy or muddy ground. 2- a complicated or confused situation. I surely- should have read this word in my favorite genre.
What's so fab? Well, I'm glad you asked. She gives her characters such unique voices. They're all so different. She makes individuals unique and surprising and complex and flawed and wonderful. She makes situations much the same.
Bonus for me - she's a local writer.
Recommended read. Very hot. Very angsty. No cliffy. ;) ...more
Hallelujah! Cum play! Woohoo! Super sexy! Tats, piercings, sexual chemistry thought the roof. An easy read. Not a boring moment. The dedication had meHallelujah! Cum play! Woohoo! Super sexy! Tats, piercings, sexual chemistry thought the roof. An easy read. Not a boring moment. The dedication had me teary. Lola Stark's got skills. I'll be reading book 2.
The first story is between Zondra, a Half Xxan, half human. When she enters her quickening- a sexual maturity marked by a burning that can only be sated by a sexual frenzy by a dominant male, she goes to a human bar to seek out Dominant Male of her choice. She can scent dominance by using tongue scenting. When she finds Evan, her choice is made and the biological imperative begins. I enjoyed this story. It's scifi, world building, and unabashedly sexual. Evan is so hot! Love him.
The second and third story is about Aleek, Zondra's brother, also a dominant cross breed. On a mission to Xxania Uuaath, the Xxan home world, he and his fellow soldiers walk into a trap. There he finds Miri, another crossbreed that was raised by the Xxan to be a sacrificial lamb. Raised in a lab and never cared for, she is perplexed by the caring behavior she receives from Aleek. He eases her into the most beautiful traditions of his family, eventually taking her home to the family nest-a place where the entire family lives, yet having they're own space.
At the center of the nest is a beautiful room, with a bathing pool and moss for grass. It's spiritual center of the house, and it has great effect on the spiritual center of those that spend time there. It brings Miri a peace she's never known. In both stories, Zondra and Aleek must bring home new mates into the nest, where their gran-seir or grandfather, a full blooded Xxan may reject or accept the new additions.
I really loved that the Xxan treasure women above all. They are dominant, but incredibly protective and caring, almost to the point of pampering. Xxan's mate for life with an unbreakable bond.
I would have given the book 3.5 stars, but there's some seriously hot cum play, or the scifi version of it. And I love me some cum play. :)
The writing is well paced and the world building is well done. The author is very creative, not just in the Xxan terms and such. But in the traditions, physical characteristics and sexual practices. Xxan men have two cocks, one that releases a powerful aphrodisiac. Female Xxan also release a powerful pheromone of their own. There's even some science in the book.
Kristen Ashley wrote in the use of condoms and a safe sex talk!!! *twirly-whirlybird-happy-dance*
Ask and ye shall receive.
I wasn't sure I was going tKristen Ashley wrote in the use of condoms and a safe sex talk!!! *twirly-whirlybird-happy-dance*
Ask and ye shall receive.
I wasn't sure I was going to like Raid. I liked Hanna. I thought she was a great heroine. Sweet, funny, quirky. I think that Raid had his good qualities and I admired Hanna's abilities to stick through the tough times. You can look forward to Hanna's great Grandma with her crystal ball Cajun wisdom and of course, a cat. A fat one. The sex was okay, but sparse in this book, in my opinion.
This series isn't my favorite, I've decided. I'm sure I'll still read all of them but I had to push myself to finish this book, which is very unlike KA for me. ...more
I just can't leave the Rock Chicks or the Hot Pack. I hope Tex marries Nance. :)
Ok - I loved this one, more than the last two. Mostly because the sub-I just can't leave the Rock Chicks or the Hot Pack. I hope Tex marries Nance. :)
Ok - I loved this one, more than the last two. Mostly because the sub-plot played out in the background. I also liked that even though Vance Wanted Jules, he gave her space, but did it in an uber-alpha way. Plus, I just love Vance, he looks like a Native American Warrior God! When Jules fears she might be pregnant and thinks that his sperm are probably as intense as Vance is and says that her ovaries are being assaulted now and forming dark haired beautiful bone structured children, I died laughing. I've also already read the Mystery Man series so I know a little more about the future of Vance.
I'm going to take a break in the series to read the new Sinclair and then the new BDB, but then I'll be back....more
Why, oh why did I take so long to read this book?! All of my friends on Goodreads have been praising the writinAs reviewed for Read Our Lips Book Blog
Why, oh why did I take so long to read this book?! All of my friends on Goodreads have been praising the writings of Kristen Ashley for ages. She’s an author who consistently scores above 4 stars, which is almost unheard of. This book was so fantastic, it has sent me on a Kristen Ashley binge. I’m now about to start my sixth tome penned by her.
The book starts off with Gwen Kidd, freelance editor, having a “sort of” normal day when she’s visited by a friend of her no-good sister, Ginger. Said friend shows up on her doorstep spouting nonsense about how Ginger is a dead woman, intimating gunfire and saying Gwen’s next. This alarms Gwen, so she sets off to find Gwen’s biker boyfriend, Dog, who is trouble, but a notch less trouble than Ginger.
After dressing as what Gwen sees as appropriately, which is a hysterically funny running theme throughout the book, she heads off to Dog’s hangout, Ride, a customization/auto parts store/biker bar. Of course, in doing so, she buys herself a new brand of trouble, namely the attention of a hottie biker name Tack, who clearly wants Gwen for his own.
While at Ride trying to sort out Ginger’s troubles, she finds out that her sister owes Tack over 2 million dollars. Uh oh. This is where I got my first taste of Kristen Ashley’s comical genius. About 35 pages in, and I laughed so much while reading this book, sometimes I had to stop reading and collect myself. Tack’s attention wouldn’t be completely unwanted if it weren’t for the fact that Gwen has a Mystery Man (whom she calls MM) that she took home once for a one night stand, but has been breaking into her house in the middle of the night for the last 18 months with his own special brand of booty-call. And she doesn’t even know his name!
Once Gwen gets home, MM is waiting for her and she gets her first good look at him in daylight. Whoa-boy. Handsome is an understatement. Even though Gwen knows nothing except for his exceptional bedroom prowess, he knows EVERYTHING about her. He keeps tabs. He has commandos. He’s an uber-alpha. When he tells her that she should have stayed home and not gone to Ride, they spar and the fireworks fly.
Later, when someone breaks into Gwen’s house and she calls 911, Detective Mitch Lawson shows up. He is gorgeous and kind and makes a play for Gwen. Gwen is clearly perplexed by all of this attention. She feels like she hasn’t had much attention in the last 18 months, save booty calls from MM, and here she is, all in one day, three hotties. Poor Gwen, lol.
Re-enter MM, who of course, gets in a pissing match with Mitch, who thinks MM should have done a better job of protecting Gwen and that if she was his woman, she wouldn’t have to worry because he’d be in bed beside her every night. Escalate pissing match.
When Gwen’s parents enter the scene, MM introduces himself to Gwen’s parents as “Gwen’s man”, to which Gwen replies by catching flies. Her man? Her MAN? She doesn’t even know his name!
All of this is just great set up for a great book of hijinks, suspense, danger and hilarity. I’ve learned that if Kristen Ashley wants to make you laugh, she will. If she wants to make you cry, she will. And if she wants you to feel something in your gut, you will. Ashley is very good at making you feel her writing.
This book is just fantastic in so many ways, I can’t fit it all into a review, but it’s a definite recommended read. As an aside- Books 2&3 are just as good and Book 4 comes out in May. Plus this book is only $3.99 on Amazon. It’s a bargain at twice the price!
What I loved about Mystery Man:
-MM has dimples, two of them. *sigh*
-Kristen Ashley’s brand of Alpha male likes to curl their hand around the back of a woman’s neck to bring her close. Love that!
-Gwen copes with her crazy life by eating raw cookie dough and makes no bones about it! Woman after my own heart!
-The book is So. Damn. Funny. With a great and unique writing style.
-Gwen’s friend’s are multi-cultural. Finally! A book like real life!
-Elvira. She needs her own book. Seriously.
-Gwen’s inner dialogue will have you laughing so . She thinks things like, (when her purse gets taken by a biker to be searched at Ride) “My best lip gloss was in that purse but at that point, if he wanted to give it to one of his bitches, I was willing to let it go.” LMFAO And there’s more where that came from.
-MM’s Mom and Dad! They are a hoot!
-I love Gwen’s stepmom, Meredith. She’s the absolute antithesis of the evil stepmother.
-Gwen’s posse. Her girls have her back and the dialogue is very funny. MM’s pad. It’s a huge, converted warehouse, designed with money. Awe-some!
-It’s hot. Just because its funny, doesn’t mean it’s not hot. It is. MM buys Gwen her dream shoes. $1200 worth.
-Kick ass epilogue.
What I didn’t like about Mystery Man:
-MM stopped practicing safe sex with Gwen during those 18 months that she was his booty-call, once he learned she was on the pill and not seeing anyone else. But he still saw others. Grrr. Hate this. ...more
Feb 2013 reread- I still love this book. The characters, the plot. I think there may have been changes made to the book. The part where Brett gets emoFeb 2013 reread- I still love this book. The characters, the plot. I think there may have been changes made to the book. The part where Brett gets emotional because it had been so long since someone had wanted his touch not just endured it is gone in the kindle edition. I loaned mine out, so it was a redownload. I'm sad that Ms. Nelson took it out. It seemed shorter as well.
Sept 2011-review What great book! I love the characters and the way they're drawn. I thought is was realistic, passionate and touching. I love little Cameron. He was a sweet little boy. Courtney and her mom were so beautiful and full of life. My heart ached for Brett when he made love with Courtney and he was overwhelmed with emotion because it had been so long since someone enjoyed his body and not just endured sex with him. Amy was such a bitch. How she couldn't love him and love making love with him, I'll never understand. I give this book 4.5 stars because of the typos in the Kindle edition. But it is still worth reading. I highly recommend this book....more