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Golden Trail

(The 'Burg #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  20,651 ratings  ·  1,202 reviews
Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever.

Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back.

Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to a
Kindle Edition, 664 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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I think Kristen Ashley's alpha assholes are the picture of mansplaining. Reading one of her books will send feminists into homicidal rages, and would even be good propaganda material to recruit for the cause.

Here is a typical conversation in a KA book:

Girl: I really need to talk to you about your actions last night. When you grabbed me by the wrist and threw me against the wall, it really hurt. I had to go to the hospital after you finally let me leave this morning and -

Guy: Come and listen to
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 Golden stars!!!

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I’ve never read a Kristen Ashely book I didn’t like. Golden Trail was no exception. I loved Layne and Rocky’s second chance love story!

Eighteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the love of Tanner Layne’s life up and left him. Raquel Merrick. Rocky. She was the one for him. They were happy and in love, until one day she was gone. Since then, Layne has had two boys- Jasper and Tripp, who are both teenagers. He’s been married, then divorced. He’s traveled all over fo
Duchess Nicole

I always feel defensive when I don't like a Kristen Ashley book. And I always feel as if I should be very thorough about my expectations, my history with the author, and whatever the hell happened with this particular experience.

Yeah, really...what the heck happened, Duchess?

Well, you see, I'm not really sure. Everything about this book just rubbed me wrong. Maybe it was bad timing, maybe I've read one too many alpha male stories. Maybe I grew t
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"Live this with me, just live it, whatever happens, however it happens, just live it with me..."

**HAPPY DANCE** oooo how I loved this book! It literally made me tremble with joy (yes, literally... and my husband is still teasing me about my incessant squeeing :P ). But seriously, its another gorgeous, swoony, emotional beautifully written KA book that had me in happy tears and clutching my heart more times than I could count.

Tanner Layne wakes up in a hospital bed after being riddled with b
Georgia ♥
5 Kristen Ashley Stars! (Kristen Ashley = amazing)

Just when I thought I've seen it all and there was no way I'd enjoy a book about long separated lovers and teenaged boys, Kristen Ashley turned the tables on me, moved for the win and FRAKKING did it again!!!!!

Ladies fasten your seatbelts, and prepare yourselves... We are inside the mind of Tanner Layne, alpha male extraordinaire!!!!!!!!!!!!


Entirely told in his POV, this book surprises you, captivates you and gives you a rare glimpse at the amazi
5 excuse me while I swoon a little STARS

“Men like you aren’t made, though, Tanner. Men like you just are. ”

LADIES! We got a bad-ass alpha male DILF on our hands. I'm a believer in sharing good new first and this is the best news ever, believe me. And the whole book is written in his POV...what more do you want?

Honestly? This stuff is just perfect which ever way you look at it. Kristen Ashley books are like my safe haven. I come back to them with alarming frequency and once I start I
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
Re read - upgraded from 4-5 stars!

I loved this book the first time around!

I loved it even more the second time around.

Tanner and Rocky had been in love 18 years ago - until Rocky left with no warning and refused to talk to Tanner about it, or speak to Tanner ever again.

At the beginning of the story, Tanner who is now a divorced PI with 2 teen sons, had been shot while working a case, and Rocky could not keep away.

This story is told entirely in Tanner's POV, and here it worked!

He was going in Bl
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
3.75 stars

this how it went...

at first, i was like, fake dating? hmm, that doesnt seem like something a KA alpha male hero would do. they dont do fake pretend anything. as it turned out, it only lasted for two or three chapters, i think (point is it didnt last long). so i was good.

at 40% we get to this,

“Why’d you leave me?”
Her eyes held his, Layne held his breath and she surprised the fuck out of him when she answered.
“I did it,” she stopped and licked her lips, “and I don’t know why I did it.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars!

“If you are nothing else in this life, be wise, be compassionate, and be strong because those three are everything."

The Burg series seems to be a hit or miss for me. I never made it through the first book, the second book was amazing, and this one I liked but didn't love.

Golden Trail is the story of Tanner Layne and Raquel 'Rocky' Merrick. The two were in love at a very young age until Rocky left Layne with no explanation and left him broken hearted. Fast forward eighteen years and
4 ½-5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Another Kristen Ashley winner! Do I even need to say anything more than that? Probably not, so instead of a typical review, I’m going to do some general rambling.

What I Loved:

#1 -- It’s told entirely from the hero’s POV, which is A+wesome!

That brings me to item #2, which is the hero, Tanner Layne. He’s a badass PI, a tough alpha male, and a devoted lover and father struggling to reconcile with his past, one and only, true love and make amends
3 1/2 Stars

Golden Trail is another good book by Kristen Ashley, and though it was not my favorite, it still captured my imagination with vivid characters, a well developed plot, intriguing suspense, and passionate love scenes. That said, I felt something was missing from the story, and it took me some time to figure out what that was. For me, what was missing was the tantalizingly delicious romance between the hero and heroine, that I feel can be deliver only through the heroine the perspective
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

LOVED IT!!! of course...

My Layne

My Rocky

Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

I loved Layne, I liked Rocky, I also enjoyed the male POV but would have liked some insight into Rocky's mind - the reason why she left Layne came to light only late in the book and the way it did...I wasn't a fan of that. I also wasn't a fan of Rocky's dad and brother, not telling Layne the reason why Rocky left and serving up attitude when Layne had to deal with the consequences.

I loved Layne with his sons but involving them into dangerous cases he worked? Uh.

I still liked the story
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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He felt something sweep through him, an emotion that he didn't quite get, but one he liked, and it rushed through him strong, leaving a golden trail..

**sigh**.....so flippin' sweet!!!! Absolutely LOVED IT!!! 5 Golden Shining Stars

This was yet another example of the genius that is Kristen Ashley. And the title literally says it all, because it not only left Golden Trails blazing through Tanner Layne's soul, but in mine as well. There were so many incredible moments and swoon
Mimi Smith
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Note-up to the last 10 percent this book was a 2 star read for me

I can't believe a KA book was so difficult for me to read. The problem was a combination of the drag effect, the annoying qualities of the characters and, well, other things. So, for once, a serious review of a KA book.

So my problems with...


Oh, Layne, you never did redeem yourself. The entire book was written in the first person, his POV, so it was even more pronounced. So my problems:

1) Involving your girlfriend,
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4 STARS ♥♥♥

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“If you are nothing else in this life, be wise, be compassionate, and be strong because those three are everything”

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"You remembered."

His fingers curled around her neck and he put his forehead to hers before sharing, "I remembered, Rocky. I remember everything. I remember every...

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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
The book wasn't bad per se, but it wasn't good either. Though, surprisingly for the first time in a KA book I didn't feel like the book was dragging. Sure, it had its moments of boredom and was long, but it was alright. And it was kinda interesting to read a KA from the male's POV. Raquel “Rocky” Merrick (38)
“Live this with me, just live it, whatever happens, however it happens, live it with me for two days. It doesn’t go the way you like, we’ll talk Monday night. It goes the way you lik
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
*** 3.44 ***

A buddy read with the KA addicts at BB&B

I love KA's ability to come up with and tell a story, as well as the talent to write some absolutely memorable characters... I love the magic she infuses in everything she writers... But this series has been dancing on my nerves!!!

In this book I didn't mind Lane being a possessive and pushy alpha jerk-off, nor that Rocky could be a total bitch with everyone but her man and the kids at school... I didn't love that, but it was OK. I didn't mind
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit even though I love Kristen's books it took me a while to get round to reading this one, I downloaded the sample and started it a few times but something just didn't gel I think it was because after For You and At Peace I expected this book to start with known characters (personally I was hoping for Mike) I eventually got over my snit and got round to actually reading it, once I'd got going I was hooked. I loved Layne but then who doesn't, I also really liked the Jasper/Keira romance ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
While I hate long seperations between couples, Rocky, Layne, and the kids really made up for it. I adored this family. Even though things weren't exactly as they seem in the beginning, to see a couple working together is what I love to read. Add in two teenage mini alpha's, Layne's sons, and you've got a winner.

Drama outside of the relationship is much preferable to me as a reader. Not that they didn't have drama in the relationship because they still had to work through what happened 18 years p
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
OMG,... Oh. My. GAWWWDDDD. I freakin' loved this book. Like LOVED IT!!!! I wish I could give it more stars.

"Somethin' means the world to you, you think one day you'll lose it, you got tow choices. You cut yourself off from it so, when you lose it, that don't destroy you or hold it so close, it can't ever go away but, if it does, you got as many precious memories as you can bag. Thinkin' about your girl, do either of those sound familiar?"

Tanner Layne

"How many time do I have to tell you,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Awesome!!!! Kindle Price Drop!

Gearing up for Frankie and Benny's story!!!

The first 4 books in the series are only $1.99 for a limited time!

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#4 - Games of the Heart - http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Trail-Bu...


I feel soooo guilty writing such short reviews for such fabulous stories, but it's all been said so perfectly b
Seems to me, when I use fewer words you guys appreciate it, so here goes my attempt at brevity (wish me luck cuz I freakin' loved this book).

A wonderful, satiating, KA experience (that's a brand now) with characters I love and a storyline that was complex but not complicated. All the good KA was here including interesting, quirky or familiar side characters and tons of active dialogue. I was laughing, grinning and enjoying every single page!

KA packed a lot of emotional stuff into this one w
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read with my KA loving friends at at Buddies Books & Baubles
“Layne knew he was in love with her. Not only that, he’d never stopped loving her. Not once, not for a second, not for twenty-one years.

A few of my favorite tropes in my cotton candy reading are….Lovers separated for years and then brought back together and a fake marriage that turns into love ♥♥♥ I’m a sucker for both of those. So Golden Trail didn’t even have to work very hard for me to like it because it has long lost lover
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, Romance
4 Stars
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I read this during my epic 30-book binge of Kristen Ashley. This was before I started reviewing. At some point, I will circle back and give my two cents...because this Burg series is one of my favorites of hers.

For You (The 'Burg, #1) by Kristen Ashley For You (The 'Burg, #1)
At Peace (The 'Burg, #2) by Kristen Ashley At Peace (The 'Burg, #2)
Golden Trail (The 'Burg, #3) by Kristen Ashley Golden Trail (The 'Burg, #3)
Games of the Heart (The 'Burg, #4) by Kristen Ashley Games of the Heart (The 'Burg, #4)
Elizabeth (Liz)
5 stars

Still not sure about her parenting techniques (like, not AT ALL), but, again, KA managed to drag me into a fascinating story and keep me riveted to the very end. Rocky's breakdown, toward the end, is very hard to read, and, if you have any triggers for panic/PTSD/etc, be aware that scene might possibly set you off. It was a little too real, in my opinion.

Quite a story. I don't know how she keeps doing this.

*Revised to 5 stars 2/29/12 as I find myself continually thinking about this book,
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
3.5 to 4 stars... As other reviewers have said, this was different than any KA. It was told from the male lead perspective and I think there were a lot of missed opportunities (the Jasper/Keira storyline could have been a lot more IMO) but it was still a KA and very entertaining. Sometimes I felt like there were too many "cases" going on at once, but it's that over the top action that makes her books fun. ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic story with yet another beautiful (inside and out) male lead! And YAY for the Epilogue. I missed those in For You and At Peace & was thrilled to see it back in Golden Trail and what a wonderful epilogue too ... *sigh*

I don't have much to say without having to repeat myself when it comes to raving about KA's books. I will say this though: if you haven't read Kristen's books, you are definitely missing out!

Absolutely 4.5 stars!
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

5 Golden Trail Stars

It feels like I’ve said this at least one thousand times: Kristen Ashley takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. Seriously, I can't get enough. Every single time I sit down with on her books it’s like magic dancing off the pages and into my mind. The ‘Burg series, each a contemporary romance, delivers the usual KA bad ass alphas, the kick ass heroines and non-stop action. This read marks the second time I’ve read Golden Trail and it was even more phenomenal than the f
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I realized there was a KA book that had great ratings that I hadn’t read and I jumped right in! I always liked Layne and Rocky as side characters in At Peace and Games of the Heart, but I think I put off their story because of the long separation. I’m not a fan. Especially when neither of them really moved on and the reason (while needing to be addressed) was lackluster. For 18 years of pining, I felt like I needed a really good reason for them to not just communicate and
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

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

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