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(Unfinished Hero #4)

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Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owne
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Published September 23rd 2014 by Kristen Ashley
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Re-read 12/17/14...The review below still stands...

2.5-3 Stars of Disappointment

It kills me to rate another KA so low, but that's just how I feel about this book.

I'm going to keep this short...just because.

It started off really strong and I was loving it.


I just knew Deacon was destined for greatness.


Until it wasn't.


The ENTIRE book was about Deacon and Cassidy and their relationship.

No Rock Chick-esque crime/shenanigan aspects.
No Reese or Finn-esque side characters.
Nothing ELSE.

Which would
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Bossy Stars!

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Kristen Ashely’s Unfinished Heroes series is my favorite of hers. Not only do we have Knight- aka the Daddy- aka Christy’s book husband, but we have Creed and Raid which are pretty great as well. When I heard Deacon was getting a book, I was pretty freaking excited. I had very high expectations for this book, and I wasn’t let down. Knight is still my favorite of the series, but this was a close second! Deacon is not only insanely hot, but we have a sexy alpha antihero, a kick a
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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My casting for Deacon.... ;)

Kristen Ashley does it again!! And now we have a new badass Alpha male hero to swoon over :D

Meet Deacon: Tall. Dark. Rugged. Cold on the outside. Closed off from the world. Cassidy could tell with one look that this man was alive on the outside, but dead on the inside. And she wasn't wrong.

Her whole life, she dreamed of owning cabins in the mountains and living a life there. And, being the can-do type of woman that she was
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was “typical” KA. Has the term “KA” been added to any official dictionary yet? It should be! Halfway through I was wanting something more to happen. I think I had a hankering for the exciting stuff that happened in the Colorado series. I read one review that said it was a “slow burn” (Jennifer, I think) and yes, it was. But when we got to about 80% it all sort of took off and we got to know more about Deacon and why he was the way he was.

… dead man walking …

Yes, I love all the flowery,
Jennifer Kyle

"It's a beautiful war, baby."
He dipped so close, the tips of our noses
brushed but his eyes never left mine.
"And I...just won."

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Deacon and Cassidy’s story was a slow burn tale of a mysterious hot guy named John Priest renting the now infamous cabin number 11 sporadically for several years.

One night their dynamics changes and the couple is left with the question of where do they go from here?

”After last night, we changed,” he responded immediately. “And that change can go
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4.5 "It's a beautiful war" stars!

No surprises here - Kristen Ashley rocks it world, that is. Love me some naughty, naughty Deacon.

Love me some Knight, Creed, and Raid...

Can't wait for who's up next!

If you're already a Kristen Ashley addict, or interested in checking out her books, be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict's Support Group here on Goodreads!

Geri Reads
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Don't be fooled by my rating because I actually enjoyed this book. It was shorter than most KA book which I didn't mind. It was also hot, which was a plus. But...there are a few things that bothered me. Let's get to the positives first.

1. Deacon. I am probably one of the few who didn't mind that Deacon was a watered down version of previous KA alphas especially in this series. We all know what this series is about. The male leads in this series have typically been edgier and darker co
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friends, I’m a Kristen Ashley fan, but I’m also first and foremost a woman who speaks her own mind. Therefore the following review isn’t just me gushing over another KA book. If I were to fangirl, I’d simply tell you to read everything KA wrote, that I enjoyed all her books, (Okay, you got me here, I DID) and that there’s no reason you wouldn’t too!
No, this review will be about sharing feelings being delivered to me straight to the heart, without any warning. I need
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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KA has once again delivered a kickass story. I adored Deacon and Cassie. This story focuses on their relationship, unlike most KA books, there are no bad guys waiting in the wings - just two people and a beautiful love story. I loved it.
“Heart and soul, gut and balls, I love you. There’s no one I’d rather hold. Not until I’m eighty. Not until the day I die.”....

“Do you love me too, my Cassie?”...

“Heart and soul, belly and womb, I love you too, Deacon.”
And, this book is steamy. Se


This always happens, Glam sucks me into reading KA whenever I give up on her !

Last 20% I skimmed, more like flew over it, I just couldn't take it anymore, I had no strength in me anymore.

It actually started ok, till it didn't get so sweet that made me almost puke of sweetness and boredom. And nothing happens, seriously nothing at all... no story... nada....

Their dialogues were ridiculous. .. I really don't need to read about her leaking his cum in that weird ridiculous converstion,
5 what are you doing to me KA? STARS

“There was nothing there. He was standing. His blood was coursing through his veins. He was breathing. But that was it. He existed. He did not live. He did not feel. He did not smile. He did not laugh.”

Hands down my favourite Kristen Ashley book I read so far. I really feel like she stepped up her games with this one. Of course there were a few hit and miss things in the last three books, mainly pacing and story flow. But with Deacon I believe she
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Warm, Sweet, Fluffy Cloud Stars ❤

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I’m sure you’re not surprised that I loved this one. KA has yet to disappoint me really. A couple of her recent books have fallen just a tiny bit short for me but I’ll keep going back.

The Unfinished Heroes series is one of my favorites. Each of the hero’s had a sharp edge to them, were off the grid and of course they were badasses. But with Deacon, there was something different about him. For me this difference was his sweetness and I LOVED it.

Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 Beautiful war stars

This is when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. Because this book really is a strong 3.5 and not a 4 for me. But I wouldn't lower it to a 3. So I'll make do.

“Badasses know what they want, definitely know what they need, and don’t settle for anything less.”

At the age of twenty four Cassidy took out a loan and bought a small smattering of 11 run down cabins in the Colorado Mountains. This story takes place over the next 6-8 years and while Cassidy is slowly fixin
Re-read october 2017. Still good,but not my fave KA though.

Withdrawal symptoms are getting stronger. ......I NEED A NEW KA BOOK FRIKKIN NOW!!!!
Dude, I'm in pain! Everythin else I've read lately is shit compared to a KA book and I can't wait till November (Colorado)'s too long!! So dearest Kristen, show some pity on a poor soul and release this book yesterday. Ok, I'll shut up now.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5+ make me happy stars
“Heart and soul, gut and balls, I love you. There’s no one I’d rather hold. Not until I’m eighty. Not until the day I die.”

John Priest. Deacon.
He existed. He did not live. He did not feel. He did not smile. He did not laugh.

Cassidy Swallow. Cassie
“Best lay, bar none. Funniest bitch, bar none. Finest woman, bar none. And all of that better every day.”

At thirteen, Cassidy dreamed up a plan to own peaceful cabins up by the river in
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

I'll admit, I don't read a lot of KA books! Frankly, they're just too damn long! This series is the only one I've been consistent with and it still felt like it took me forever to read this one!

But with that being said, every KA book I do end up reading I end up liking. It's just a matter of taking the plunge!

So....I don't have a lot to compare to, but I enjoyed this one! Even though honestly not much happened!

It's always been Cassidy's dream to live in the mountains if Colora
Full review now posted

Series:Unfinished Hero #4
Author:Kristen Ashley
Release date:September 23, 2014
Rating:3.5 stars
HEA: (view spoiler)

Well. Here I go again, rating another Kristen Ashley book...average?? Kristen Ashley is so much more than average. She's put out many of my all-time favorite books. So amazing that I'm stuck to those pages so hard you couldn't tear me away if my house was on fire. I would still be clutching my book saying in annoyanc
Written June 6, 2015

4.2 Happy Smiling Stars - Sweet story, great narrator and just the right length

The new KA audiobook published in April 2015. Only $6 for 11:20 hrs well written romance narrated by Stella Bloom.

~ My twentieth book by Kristen Ashley.... in two years. ~

A man who thought he lost everything found the woman who gave him everything. Yet another happiness pills from a contemporary romances master. Everything is here, just to soak up and enjoy.

Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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What makes Kristen Ashley’s books unputdownable? The fantastic storyline? The handsome, sexy alpha males? The smart, sassy heroines? The unique style? Or maybe the brilliant writing? Well,…all of the above, because nothing compares with KA’s books, at least for me. Every single book that I read by Kristen Ashley moved me in some way, every single book left me reflecting, every book warmed my heart.

I must admit, this book wasn’t my favorite by this author, (because for me, no book is mor
3.25 to 3.5 Stars but I'm rounding up

I truly liked but didn't love this one. I've been disappointed in the post-douchebag reactions my KA heroines have been exhibiting as of late and I'm happy to say Cassie kinda, sorta in her own way stood firm. I also loved the fact Deacon never blamed Cassidy for his actions because his baggage was all on him. I think my overall mehness with this one comes from the fact that every KA book is indeed heavily laced with KAisms. I'm making that a word, by the way
destini mia
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
It's a sad day when you realize that KA's book just isn't doing it for you. . .


Unpopular Opinion

KA lovers . . . I'm sorry. *ducks away from rotten tomatoes*

I really wanted to like this one. Really. I even tried to ignore the things that I didn't like because, you know, love is blind . . . and I f*cking love Kristen Ashley's books. But it just wasn't working for me.


• I felt like the characters were unoriginal. I feel like I'm reading about the same female MC I did in all her other bo
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it

Title: Deacon
Series: Unfinished Hero #4
Author: Kristen Ashley
Release Date: Sepetember 22, 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

a while, I read one of her books and cannot seem to stop gushing and raving about it. It was that good. And then, I pick up another one of her romances and am like ‘meh’. That hurts. Badly.

Deacon is another example of me feeling all meh and okay. Yes, I did have fun (it’s KA’s book, how could I not have fun?), and I laughed,
Stacey is Sassy
I'm glad I followed the impulse...

It's like that feeling you get when you stand in front of your full wardrobe and complain of nothing to wear. I have heaps of books to read, an Audible membership that gives me discounts, even a credit to satisfy an impulse. So, what do I pick? A good old KA of course.

It's been yonky donks since I read or listened to Deacon. To be honest, I think this was my first listen, but I can't say that for certain because I have a shocking memory. I'm so glad I gave into
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, Romance
4- 4.5 Cabin 11 Stars
* * * * 1/2
Relationships; loving another do we do it? Sometimes it can be so clear... so easy to just connect and know... he is for you, you for him and the both of you figure it out from there.

Other is much more complicated. You see there is something... a hidden sweetness or strength that will call to you... something so strong, it defies logic and you will commit whether you should or not; whether it will be returned with the same response... it
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.5 Big Alpha Submissive Stars!!⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've been intrigued by Deacon since his role in Raid and couldn't wait to meet him, get to know him, and find out about his tragic past which Raid eluded to in his book.

Deacon is definitely a tortured hero, his back story was heartbreaking and he took that burden upon himself, even though it was something way beyond his control. We see what made Deacon the cold isolated man we know.

Cassidy is an ambitious and fearless young woman. At twenty four she l
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4.5 STARS ♥♥♥

This is book four of the Unfinished Hero series. I had read the previous books in this series and had enjoyed them, not loved them, but enjoyed them nonetheless. Deacon, however, I really loved. It was different from the other books in the series, and that is was what I really liked about it. It was refreshing and really hot.

The book starts off with Cassidy, a.k.a. "Cassie", trying to make her dreams come true. She has bought some cabins named Glacier Lily that she wants to turn
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Deacon is a man that has shut himself off from the world. He doesn't feel and he doesn't care. Cassidy loves life and wants to embrace it fully...and that includes Deacon whether he likes it or not.

Cassidy's dream has always been to buy some cabins in Colorado. She finally gets to do that and it's definitely a work in progress but she gives it her all and eventually things start shaping up. I liked Cassidy better in the beginning when she was more independent. It seemed when her and Deacon got
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Deacon's story is heartbreaking. What he went through before his Cassie is unspeakably painful. Cassie wins his heart by being a hard working, sweet and patient woman. He fights it. But thankfully loses cause once he and Cassie get together it's so flipping hot. The best part about Deac? That man is secure enough to be adventurous. That is very sexy. I love how easily he slides into the role of partner and helpmate. He has his flaws. But he growls that "Woman. Here." And I'd totally go a'runnin. ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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☆ I received an ARC from the author/her PA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you SO SO MUCH!! ☆

"What we have, that's beautiful war, Deacon. What you had...was ugly war. And in ugly war, things get ugly."


Deacon was definitely worth its wait. It tells the tale of a broken man with nothing to lose and a dreamer with EVERYTHING to offer...including her heart.

But how can you really build a future with a person whom you don't know anything really about? Or who holds simple trivia about h
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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

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“It's a beautiful war, baby." He dipped so close, the tips of our noses brushed but his eyes never left mine. "And I...just… won.” 25 likes
“Woman, if you don’t already know that you’ve been on my mind every day for the last six years, I got no clue how to communicate that to you. Now that I’ve had you, that shit has not changed. It’s just got worse.” My back straightened and I started glaring. “Worse?” “Worse,” he confirmed on a downward jerk of his chin. “Now it’s not every day. It’s every hour. I don’t fight it, every minute. Fuck, every second, I don’t keep it in check. Every second, I’m thinkin’ of you, thinkin’ of gettin’ shit done, but only so I can get back to you.” That was very, very sweet. I was still pissed. And this was because I got nothing from him, not one thing for a month! “You didn’t tell me that, Deacon.” “I fuckin’ did, Cassidy.” “When?” I snapped. He leaned toward me and shot back, “Every moment I was with you.” 22 likes
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