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Law Man

(Dream Man #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  41,278 ratings  ·  2,585 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 Non-Snowflake ⚓️
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 coco
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

What is it about KA’s books that you can’t help but love? I’ve only read two of her books. It could be my luck (if so, I hope it never runs out), and it might be too early to generalise her brilliance, but Law Man was a win. It wasn’t smooth sailing, but I ended up loving it nonetheless.

Mara is shy and in love with her 10.5 neighbor. For some f*cked up reason, she got it branded in her brain that she’s a 2.5; and thus, WAY out of his league. Unbeknownst to her, detective Mitch has bee
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,
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
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 amaz
✰ Liz ✰
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 s
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,
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
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
4 Stars (Originally Read 7/23/2016)

3.5 Stars* (Re-Read 5/31/2018)

3.5 Stars** (Re-Read 4/4/2020)

*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
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
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 that 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 wi
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.
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 sam
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
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
Mindy Lou's Book Review
This is by far my favorite in this series. Mitch Lawson is one of the best heroes I've read. The way he handled Mara and the way he didn't hesitate at all to jump right in and help her take care of her two little cousins was amazing. I'm such a sucker for a guy with kids, especially when they are so good with them and how protective Mitch was.

I really liked Mara as well. While she did have some major insecurity issues, she is also valid to have them with the way she was treated as a child. I get
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
4.75 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
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,
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
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
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
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
There are those books that you re-read, but tend to skip through some parts. This is not one of those books for me. I read each chapter, each paragraph and each and every word. I love this book so much! Probably my favorite book, along with Rock Chick Regret, of all time and one of my most read.

***Re-read again.***
I've been on a KA Dream Man series kick and have been re-reading these books. I have to say I LOVE my man Mitch!
NOTE: Last re-read on 8/12/14
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,
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
Just Josie
Someone hug me, please.

This book is PHENOMENAL. My heart is SO HAPPY, and I can’t deal.
Like, WHY is KA such a Queen?!👑

I legit can’t find a single thing about this book I didn’t like. Nothing.

The story is just so well put together. The main characters Mara and Mitch were epic. Mara was sweet, funny, loyal and kind, and Mitch- Oh-Boy DON’T get me started on Mitch.
I swear ALL KA’s men are book-boyfriend material. Not just nice ones, but the FUCKING, INCREDIBLE, WHY-CANT-I-PLEASE-HAVE-ONE
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
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Mara - Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

I enjoyed this book. I loved when Mitch told Mara over and over, "Baby, get their shit. All of it."

I also loved, "If I'm your Mitch then you're my Mara" and "If they make it out of this alive, they're mine."

I adored Mitch and again, a kick ass epilogue.
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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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