Book Reviews

Law Man by Kristen Ashley

Title: Law Man
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man – #3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4555-9922-6
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: February 4 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased Paperback

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Synopsis

Love is just around the corner…

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbour. 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 theres no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can’t fix, it’s Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbour for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin’s kids, she gets pulled back into the life she’s tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past – and build a future with him?

My Thoughts

So I’d have to say that out of three of four books that i’ve read of this series, this one is my least favourite. Don’t get me wrong it was good, damn good, I just didn’t find it as good as the other two.

Since theres a gigantic amount of things that I do love about this book I’ll name the few that made me not like this book.

Number 1: I loved the characters, they were awesome, I liked especially the way characters from the other books were tied in and made appearances. However there were somethings about the female main character: Mara Hanover that I didn’t like. She was a well rounded character but I felt that the way the author wrote her in, her personality it became to repetitive throughout the book. It was always in your face that she was again taking a step back because she was afraid. Every time things got good she’d turn around and run right back into “Mara World”. I felt like I spent too much time in Mara world. Maybe you were supposed to feel like that, but it was something I didn’t like and it made the novel drag a little bit.

Number 2: Elvira. I liked her appearances in the other novels but this time not so much. For the brief appearance she did make in this novel I felt that she was quite overbearing, and despite that being her personality I felt it was too overdone in this novel.

Number 3: In the novel when the “trailer trash twins” showed up, I never really got that. Sure Mara’s mom wanted to one up her daughter and try to put her in her place < her own thoughts, but what was in it for her aunt? Did her mom really spend whatever little money she had to her name to track down her daughter that she hadn’t seen in years just to get under her skin and give some undeserved payback? And again might I mention what did her aunt get out of it? The reasoning for them even showing up in the first place  was a little vague. It didn’t go into detail too much and I kinda felt they popped up out of nowhere and disappeared just as fast.

But like I said at the beginning of my review, it was still a good book.

My Rating: 3.75/5

About the Author

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, the Everly Brothers, ROE Speedwagon and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a housefull of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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The Dream Man Series

Mystery Man
Book #1
My Rating: 4/5 & Review

Synopsis

While drinking cosmopolitans, Gwendolyn Kidd meets the man of her dreams. Then she takes him home. Then she wakes up alone. But her fear that she lost her dream man turns into a relationship with a mystery man when, night after night in the dead of night, he comes back for more. Hoping it will blossom into something real, she lets him.

But she doesn’t even know his name.

Gwen’s struggling with the decision to end their crazy non-relationship when her sister-from-hell Ginger’s best friend pays a visit and warns Gwen that if she and her sister don’t get smart, they’ll both get d-e-a-d, dead. Gwen has no clue what’s going on but she’s used to Ginger’s antics and decided to lay the problem on her sisters biker boyfriend’s doorstep. Bad choice. She hits the Denver Underground radar with a big, loud ping.

This means Gwen’s Mystery Man, Cabe “Hawk” Delgado has to step in to keep her safe. But when Hawk gets a dose of Gwen in the daylight, he makes the decision that he finally wants real with Gwen. However when Gwen gets a dose of badass, bossy, straight-talker Hawk in the daylight, she decides she’s done.

Thus begins the head-to-head of the Commando vs. Cosmo Girl as Hawk woos Gwen in his own unique way, Gwen survives firebombs, drive-bys, kidnappings, hot pursuits by biker hotties and gorgeous police detectives and discovers the heartbreaking reason why Hawk kept her at arm’s length.

And as all this happens, Gwen finds that her sister’s troubles are serious trouble and she must decide who to keep alive: her sister-from-hell or the man of her dreams.
(From Goodreads)

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Wild Man
Book #2
My Rating: 5/5 & Review

Synopsis

While filling her display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up and sees the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. Thirty seconds later, she says yes. But after four months of falling in love, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA Agent investigating the possibility she’s involved in her ex-husband’s drug business.

Obviously Tess decides this means it’s over.

But DEA Agent Brock Lucas disagrees. A man on a mission who’s really committed to his job, he’s spent years in the underbelly of Denver with the dregs of society. And spending four months with Tess who’s as sweet as her cupcakes, he seriously enjoyed his job. But during Tess’s interrogation, Brock learns the devastating secret Tess is carrying and he’s determined to be the man who helps her heal as well as take her back as she walks on the wild side.

As wild and sweet mix, they face challenge after challenge of family struggling with history and terminal illness. Not to mention, Tess’s ex-husband, the drug lord and Brock’s ex-wife, who has a very big playbook are scheming to tear them apart.

But Brock Lucas has wild in him and once in his past on the trail of vengeance he let that wild loose, making a mistake that he would have no idea years later will put his sweet Tess in the position to pay his penance.
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