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Law Man

(Dream Man #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  39,186 ratings  ·  2,461 reviews
Love is just around the corner . . .

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet
Kindle Edition, 535 pages
Published February 4th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mimi Smith
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Dear Ms. Ashley

You probably don't know who I am, but pretty soon you will. Why, you ask yourself. Because I am going to kidnap Mitch Lawson and make him a part of my harem, of course. Now, I know nowadays harems aren't trendy, but as I was reading this book I realized I had a problem. There are just too many men I had already pledged to (including your fabulous heroes Brock and Ty), so I needed to think outside of the box. I realize having all those alpha men at the ready will be very c
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
Just as good, every time.

When on a reading "lull...?" Re-read: 12/5/15







“Best thing that ever happened to me, that shredded washer," he whispered.

"Too bad I didn't know what a washer was or I would have shredded it myself," I whispered back.”


“I'll go gentle, baby," he whispered against my lips. "I promise. You'll always be safe with me."

Oh. My.

"Mitch," I breathed.

His soulful eyes held mine captive as he repeated firmly, "Always.”


“Let's see if I can tear that cocoon wide
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars!!!

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Mitch Lawson may be the dreamiest of the dream men! He wasn’t quite as alpha as Hawk, Tack, or Brock, but he was so damn sweet, loving and kind and that made him super sexy!

Mara comes from trash. She doesn’t communicate with most of her family, except her cousin Bill and his two kids. She left that life 13 years ago and she’s never going back. But the life she grew up living took its toll. She has low self esteem, and even though she’s made something of herself, has great friends, a
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

GAWD I loved this book so much! There are many things that make this a great read but the reasons can be easily summarized in three words repeated over and over again: Detective Mitch Lawson. A Law Man and Dream Man extraordinaire, he is without a doubt my favorite Kristen Ashley alpha hero and one of the most swoonalicious, studtastic, heart thud inducing, and sigh-worthy heroes in Romancelandia. Seriously, Mitch is yummy husband hero material and utterly amazin
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It kills me to write this review because after being on a roll with KA books and loving all of them, this is the first one that didn't impress me. Don't get me wrong, the story was good, Mitch Lawson was KA's usual badass, the other characters were great too, and I was glad to see the ones from other books make an appearance. But when the highlight of the book is when my man Hawk or my dearest biker Tack shows up, then there's definitely something wrong with the book for me.

The main reason woul
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Re-read July 2015


"I'm thinkin' I fell in love with the promise of you the first time I saw you.”-Mitch

Every time I pick up a Kristen Ashley book it is like coming home. For me, she has the ability to sweep me away into another world. I find assurance that I will experience the joy of meeting a new "Alpha Male" and a heroine with some sort of quirk. Although Ms. Ashley's dialogue and style is unique, I am never deterred from spending hours upon hours reading and re-reading her work. She puts a sm
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
4.0 HAWT Alpha Good Guy stars

I love Mitch.

There I said it. I love him, and I don't care if other KA fangirls think he's boring, I think he's awesome:

1. He's a COP. That's always hot.
2. He took on Mara despite her being a HEADCASE, and despite her suddenly deciding to take on guardianship for two small children.

Actually, that's why I love it right there.

Once upon a time, I was one of those kids, and I had my own Mitch.

Then I grew up to marry another Mitch.

Kind of. He's an engineer, not a cop,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Ooooh! Kristen Ashley's LAW MAN is a Kindle Daily Deal - 1/3/2014 - just $0.99!!

Awesome, funny, sexy, poignant, exciting, sexy, awesome, sexy… Law Man, the third book in the Dream Man series is all kinds of greatness! Mitch Lawson is one of my absolute favorite KA heroes and I just adored Mara! She might be shy, but she’s no Shrinking Violet!!!

Besides the suspense of the story plot, there’s the sadness that comes with child neglect, and then the joy th
5+ stars

Full review posted. Finally!

Fantastic! I loved this book. Kristen Ashley created magic when she brought to life this heartfelt story and the amazingly swoonalicious hero, Mitch Lawson. 

This book is chock-full of heart-and-soul. It has an emotional subject matter, humor, suspense, steamy romance, and very endearing characters. Well, Mara, the heroine, did annoy me for a portion of the book with her insecurity. I understand why she had such low self-worth, but I came to love her once she r
UPDATE: Rating edited September 21, 2013. From 5 stars downgraded to 4 stars.


Mitch said to Billy
"What I mean is, I didn't fall in love with you all as a whole. I fell in love with each of you because of who you are. I don't care about you because you come with Mara. I care about you because you're a good kid. You're smart. You're loyal. And you love and look out for your sister and Mara. I know grown men who do not have a character as fine as y
3.5 Stars (Re-Read 5/31/2018)

4 Stars (Originally Read 7/23/2016)

**Re-Read note: It was still an enjoyable read. I loved the H with the kids again, and the epilogue was awesome! However, the h getting bulldozed by the H so easily bugged me in this for some reason this time reading it. Yes, that's typical KA interactions -- BUT it made me want to scream "quit interrupting her, and listen!!" a few times. Her insecurities also bugged. Hence, the reason for my drop in rating after the re-read.**

ღFloღ the coffee addict
2.5 **um and ah** STARS

Ok, we all know I'm a big KA fan, but that was a study in patience. I can't even explain how I managed to get through some of the major parts of this book. It started difficult to stomach and didn't get much better along the way. Although I have to say, the last 20% were right up my alley and seeing all of our old friends made me a little giddy, it didn't help the story as a whole. I'm sorry to say this might just be my least favourite KA book.

The heroine was unbearable.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, Romance
4 What Mitch Sees Makes It Worth It Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
This was a re-read for me and it was interesting to see my reactions were from the first time. I was in a book slump and trying to figure out what to read... and decided to visit a few books that I knew would be like slipping on a warm, comfy top which would surround me with warmth.

Kristen Ashley, for me never disappoints...let me rephrase... She has books which will always be a solid 5 and that will never change... she also has book
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars! Audio book

I’m a total rebel. I’m reading this series out of order. Shhh.

Here’s what I’ve discovered about Kristen Ashley books based on the limited number I’ve read. Kristen writes long-ass books. She takes her time weaving intricate stories, establishing the complexities of unique characters, and delving into ever evolving relationships. That can make for some stellar reading, but a 500 page book requires a lot of dedication. In the case of Law Man, the payoff is worth it.

I’m not on
Aestas Book Blog
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

“Mara, I’m keepin’ you safe. I’m keepin’ those kids safe and you don’t have a choice in that, sweetheart. Thats just the way it’s gonna be… I was made to protect you and you were made in the way that it would always be worth it.” ~Mitch

Oh *swoon*, Mitch has stolen my heart!! Seriously hot, family oriented, loving, swoony, drool-worhty badass Alpha cop

I’ll be honest, the first 70% of the book was a 4 star read for me, but the last 30% was fully 5 stars!

Mara and Mitch live in the same
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mitch was a change in pace from other KA heroes. His book wasn't so much about the sex, though that was hot af, but about the development of their relationship with each other and the kids. I enjoyed the story very much though the whole number system and "Mara's world" with our heroine was meh. Elvira and her nosy behind made me laugh my ass off. I like how all the couples are connected in one way or another. Mitch was patient and understanding with Mara. He was alpha but in a more subtle way. N ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
On one hand you have very strong and sexy police detective Mitch Lawson, aka Mr. Ten Point Five, and on the other hand a very sweet but insecure salesperson Mara Hanover, aka Ms. Two Point Five. How can these two ever work things out so they can be together in the real world?

Well, it takes a jerky police detective to get them there. Now just stay with me...Mara is all kinds of sweet but she's had some things happen in her life that has messed her up and skewed her view of herself. There would n
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans
Recommended to Auntee by: Shawna
I almost gave up on this one. Almost...But with the encouragement of GR buddies/Kristen Ashley fans, I soldiered on, waiting (not so patiently) for the heroine, Mara, to (in Mitch's words) "get her head out of her ass". And I'm so glad I stuck with it, because by about the 60% mark, this book became un-put-down-able!

No big review here, just some thoughts/likes/dislikes...

The book started off well. I mean, who doesn't like a heroine who's a little unsure of herself, only to realize her worth when
Reread Review December 19, 2018


Original Review June 11, 2014

OMG!! Detective Mitchell James Lawson!
Ima try and keep this somewhat short because eeeeeekkkkkkk!!!, I'm finally about to get to Tack!

So... This is a really good book about something that happens way too often. And that is children needing someone to step in and take them out of a horrible situation, take care of them and love them unconditionally. Mara is very annoying at first but wh
4.5 stars.

It has been a while since I have read a Kristen Ashley book and I forgot how crazy good they are and also how much fun I have reading them.
Mitch and Mara's story along with her distorted sense of self worth made for pretty interesting reading. All of her family growing up was trashy and verging on criminals and so even though she had left that life behind more than 13 years ago, her perception of herself hadn't changed with it.
In her eyes Detective Mitch Lawson was a 10.5 and she was a
Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
4 For the Love of Mitch & Billy STARS!!!
(BR w/Melissa, Denisse, Tiffany, and Elizabeth)

Law Man is our hottie Detective Mitch Lawson's story.
I was very much into Detective Lawson when we met him in "Mystery Man".
He's been the secret obsession of his neighbor, Mara (Marabelle Jolene) Hanover for the past four years.
They live across from each other in an apartment development.

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Mara is a very shy, and VERY insecure woman!
I swear that the reason I couldn't give this one a FIVE, was all because of
WOW! Another amazing read by Kristen Ashley!

My hastily written thoughts b/c RL calls:)

Detective Mitch Lawson - I don't know if I have the words! I first met him in Mystery Man. I started falling then. It wasn't deep; - purely superficial lust!

And then he gets his own story - and now there are all kind of emotions I'm feeling! Lust is one of them - yeah! And ladies, who wouldn't?! This man is very nice eye candy! Just the mention of those shoulders and packed abs will make you swoon! Intense – o
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ka-never-fails
“Detective Mitch Lawson.
I also knew that my neighbor Detective Mitch Lawson was at least a Ten, maybe an Eleven so to give him a fair score; I put him at a definite Ten Point Five.
In other words, he was beyond perfect from the top of his dark brown-haired head to his usually boot-clad feet.
He was the man of my dreams.”

Hellllllooooo Mitch ❤
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 - 5 stars.

I love Mitch, and the epilogue was amazing - though, mara's character was a little to wishy washy, which made the story drag a bit for me. but once Mitch broke through her defenses, it all fell into place. I loved how this couple came together, to find love and happiness with the children.

Re-Read Oct 2016 for the billionth time...keeps getting better
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: KA addicts one and all.
Recommended to Nikki by: My KA addiction.

full review:

4.5 stars.

Law Man brought with it lots of swooning, lots of "awwwwh"-ing, lots of contented sighing and lots of tummy whooshing. When I first met Detective Mitch Lawson along with Gwendolyn in Mystery Man, I thought I was in love. Wavy chestnut hair, soulful eyes, strong, silent type... *dreamy eyes*. I had no freaking idea. Give the guy the spotlight in his own story and I was damn near apoplectic.

Mitch lives in the same apartment complex as Mara Hanover, a shy wallflower type wh
Lady Heather
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley fans, contemporary romance, lovers of kick-ass-alpha leads
First read: March 19-20, 2012

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this book from those who have read it and LOVED it?
I don't know what how Kristen Ashley does it, or how she can write so many 'great' stories about such awesome characters...but man I'm hooked!

I haven't read one book of hers that I haven't liked or loved for that matter!
It's not that the stories are complex or brain-draining.. there just really good chick-lit, romantic, humorous, bone-wrenching stories with the ABSOL
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
His eyes were the most beautiful eyes I'd ever seen but when they were warm and his beautiful lips turned up into a smile making his whole face warm; it was too much to take.

That's a perfect description of Mitch, and by far my favorite from the long list of KA's alpha males. This book was so much fun, I just adored it! Loved Mara too, she's sweet and thoughtful and I couldn't have asked for a better heroine for Mitch.



The Epilogue to this is just the best! I can't help but smile like an id
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked it but it was far from being my favorite Kristen Ashley book. I loved Mitch, the story was good, it was funny and the kids were adorable.

My problem was with Mara. She drove me nuts with her rating system and her constant bickering and distrust of Mitch's feelings for her. I understand why she was that way, but by halfway through the book I'd had enough.

All and all still a very good read, it just didn't wow me the way KA's books usually do. Bring on Tack!
DNF @ 20%

*0.75 star because I can round up ratings too just like Mara*


This is on me because I clearly had no business attempting to read this after my experience with The Gamble. The number of times I’ve given ‘no no’ authors a second chance only for it to blow up in my face is just laughable.

Why do I keep doing this? 😩

Pretty much all the same gripes I had in The Gamble happened here. I could go on and on about the absurd writing flaws. The typos, poor grammar, bad punctuation, run-ons,
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 "You're My Dream Man" Stars
(BR with Patty, Denisse, Elizabeth & Tiffany)

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Mara Hanover aka Sweetheart is a 31 year old single woman living in Colorado, working at a mattress store. Mara had a horrible childhood, and left home at the age of 18. As a result of her upbringing, Mara has very low self esteem. She thinks of herself as boring, and not very attractive or desirable. She hasn't had much experience with dating, or had many lovers. She hasn't been in a relationship for over 2 years, s
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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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“I love you, Bud," he whispered to Billy and two more tears escaped.
"I love you too, Mitch," Billy whispered back, my breath hitched and both males' eyes came to me.
I waved my wineglass at them and murmured, "Don't mind me. Have your moment."
Mitch leaned back, letting Billy go and grinning at me. "Men don't have moments."
"You do," I returned. "I'm witnessing one."
"This isn't a moment, honey, it's a meeting of the minds," Mitch contradicted me.”
“I'll go gentle, baby," he whispered against my lips. "I promise. You'll always be safe with me."
Oh. My.
"Mitch," I breathed.
His soulful eyes held mine captive as he repeated firmly, "Always.”
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