Where do you start when you are reviewing the very first Kristen Ashley book you ever read? I guess at the beginning. I was bored. Bored with the books I was buying, bored with reviewing, just over reading altogether. I contacted one of my two favorite book recommender friends and told her I wanted to read a book about a bad ass alpha and a kick ass heroine. She told me to check out Mystery Man by Ms. Ashley. I was thrilled with how long the book was because sometimes, it seems, you aren’t getting much book for your buck.
So I dove in. I began reading and was instantly enthralled. I couldn’t be bothered to stop. Meals went uncooked, the house went uncleaned. Thank goodness my kids are old enough to take care of themselves. *G* I got about halfway through and sent off a quick message to my friend. “It’s like she looked inside my mind and saw the exact book I wanted to read and wrote it!”
If you have never picked up a book by Ms. Ashley, make it this book.( She has a whole reading order list, you could follow that too. But just pick one up.) I am in love with the world of Hawk and Gwen. She is just too adorable for words. Hawk is the type of man I dream all books have as a hero. This book had action, adventure, hot sex and the kind of emotion that made my chest hurt while reading it.
Ms. Ashley has a way of writing the characters like real people. I was totally with Gwen when she was freaking out when she was broken into. I was right there drinking with the girls in the loft. We are treated to lavish descriptions to setting, appearances and emotions. Some people have said too much describing, but I think that is what makes a Kristin Ashley book. The in depth looks into friendships, families and relationships. It makes for such a complex and rich read. And it’s just plain engrossing. I LIVED in that world for the length of the book.
We also get to meet three other men and they are the ones who star in the other books in the Dream Man series. Each one of them is just as bad ass and manly as Hawk and of course I have since gone on to read them all! In fact after I finished this book I went on a Kristin Ashley reading (and it must be said, BUYING) spree. For a month and a half I lived, breathed and read the fabulous characters in the Rock Chick Series, Colorado Series, The ‘Burg series, Unfinished Hero series, and of course the rest of the Dream Man series. Of course that created a whole new set of problems that I don’t need to get into. *G*
Just go read the book, for crying out loud!