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Night time is the right time... Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away... Hawk Delgado knows more ab Night time is the right time... Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away... Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore....

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Night time is the right time... Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away... Hawk Delgado knows more ab Night time is the right time... Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away... Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore....

30 review for Mystery Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    This will be yet another review where I will show off my fine skills of prioritizing. Forget the hero, the heroine, or the story. We have other stuff to take care of first. Character description taken from the book itself : I didn't expect to see tall, broad, inked-to-the-max, long blond-haired Dog standing at the other side of the counter. HOLD THE PHONE. No one bothered to tell me that Dog the Bounty Hunter was making an appearance in this book. Then...just when I thought it couldn't get any more This will be yet another review where I will show off my fine skills of prioritizing. Forget the hero, the heroine, or the story. We have other stuff to take care of first. Character description taken from the book itself : I didn't expect to see tall, broad, inked-to-the-max, long blond-haired Dog standing at the other side of the counter. HOLD THE PHONE. No one bothered to tell me that Dog the Bounty Hunter was making an appearance in this book. Then...just when I thought it couldn't get any more surreal, I saw this : her sister, Ginger Kidd Wait a sec...is there really a character named ginger kid? Disclaimer : I adore red haired children. Parents of red-haired children, please do not send hate mail because I posted a picture asking for help for ginger kids. I was only pointing out that this is a term not often used for flattery and probably not the best name for a book character. Aw, hell. Let's just kick this review off with the characters. Hawk - a.k.a. - The eighties called and they want their Camaro back. He's a hot man. I'm not gonna lie. The hair, the skin, the dimples, the boots, the multi-national heritage. He's like a taller version of the guy who plays Ranger in the Stephanie Plum movie. Who am I to complain, really? Other than a weird fondness for mid-life crisis muscle cars, he's my kinda man. I don't appreciate that he put cameras in Gwen's house to spy on her (Really?!? You couldn't have monitored her from outside of the house?) but hey. He gives great sex and he's pretty to look at. Sometimes that's about as good as it's going to get. Gwen - a.k.a. - Shallow, ditsy, fluffy girl. How the hell did this woman manage to get three hot guys willing to wage war over her? I could not stand this chick. After reading a book as long as this one was (and it was looooong), all I knew about her was that she drank cosmos, ate copious amounts of cookie dough, liked expensive shoes, and collected little black dresses. FFS, I would not want to hang out with this woman in real life. She had the depth of a potato chip. Although, I guess I can say that her big hair probably worked well with Hawk's camaro. At least they had a retro theme going on. Since I've already figured out that nothing major changes about the men in these books other than how they look and what their jobs are, I'm hoping that the future will bring greater variety in the female lead department. I want to see big personalities, not Sex and the City wannabees. The Story itself was... Up and down. The first 15% was a lot of rambling about pop culture and side characters who weren't really in the story. Then things took off for a while and I was interested. Then we hit a downswing again when a couple of turf war issues repeated themselves. Then we hit an upswing, then a downswing, rinse and repeat. Gwen and Hawk were never really a believable couple to me until after they got back together for the last time and then it got good. The last couple of chapters and the epilogue were excellent. It's too bad that it took almost an entire book before I got excited about what was going on. What interested me the most were the side characters. I'm looking forward to both Mitch and Tack's books. I have the feeling that I might like those books better, so fear not KA groupie girls. All is probably not lost. The terminology was... Eh. I think I'm used to it by now. I get that KA apparently loves nickname usage, which is something I loathe when it's used excessively in books. But I think I know that it's just part of the package and you have to deal with it if you're going to read and enjoy these books. The squishy belly thing was just odd though. Gwen's belly got squishy a lot. I don't know if she was turned on or having indigestion. Every male character sounded the same. I've noticed this in other books of this author's as well. The sentence phrasing is very stilted. I get that it's conversational, so I'm not knocking that, but it's highly unlikely that every single guy you ever come in contact with is going to talk in the same exact style. Especially when you have a commando, a police guy (or whatever Mitch was, don't remember) and a biker all speaking the same way. Last I checked, there is no universal guy phrasing. Example : "I was another type of man, the type they are, I wouldn't hesitate gettin' in there and muddling your head by making my play." However, there's always a silver lining... As stated earlier, the last part of the book was pretty flipping incredible. The epilogue = outstanding. It's a first book to a series. Sure, there were some flaws, but I think there's room for growth. The book entertained me well enough to keep going, and often that's good enough. I have the feeling that my feelings about the series will grow fonder as I continue on with the rest of the stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    -1.000 Stars When I decided to read this book I thought I was in for something, at the very least, interesting if not mind-blowing, since most of my friends seemed to love it. What I got was a messed up relationship, a shallow(and idiotic) heroine and a hero who... a hero... um, I really don't know what to say about the hero. Reasons why the heroine was an impecile who should have died long ago: 1) She was having sex with a guy whose name she didn't even know. Not once or twice, but every week fo -1.000 Stars When I decided to read this book I thought I was in for something, at the very least, interesting if not mind-blowing, since most of my friends seemed to love it. What I got was a messed up relationship, a shallow(and idiotic) heroine and a hero who... a hero... um, I really don't know what to say about the hero. Reasons why the heroine was an impecile who should have died long ago: 1) She was having sex with a guy whose name she didn't even know. Not once or twice, but every week for 1,5 year! 2) Said sex was unprotected even though she suspected the guy had a parade of other lovers. 3) Her sister is in a ton of trouble which will lead at best in jail, at worst in death. Someone broke into her house. Someone set her father's house on fire. Yet all our brilliant heroine thinks about is dresses, shoes, guys. 4) The aforementioned guy knew everything about her even though she knew nothing. He had installed cameras at her house(without asking permission or informing her), he had her followed and he is determined she belongs to him, despite her protests. All that even though he thought of her as a slut who all but dropped her panties to get his attention the first night, and then had sex with him without knowing who he was for 1.5 FUCKING YEAR! Despite these facts she is seriously considering a relationship with him because he installed her a security system(without asking btw), got her a pair of "dreamy" shoes and carried her out of a fire(and I know it sounds all heroic and shit but she could have easily walked out on her own). I guess let's forget his creapiness an his domineering ways since he got her shoes! About the hero...I seriously can't tell you anything about him because at the 40% mark, the heroine doesn't know anything except that he is hot, he has 3 brothers and he used to be in the army(all of which she learned in the last two days, not the 1.5 year they'd been lovers). I love a possessive, hot, Alpha male as much as the next girl but all this girl has seen of the hero so far is stalker-creepy, not sexy. Btw did I mention that this TSTL girl with the fish IQ, this serial killer's victim waiting to happen, this godawful STD's best friend, has 4 hot guys pining for her? And as if she wasn't pathetic already, she also pants after them like some desperate 40 year old virgin. Seriously! And the writing... Don't even get me started about the writing, After I read about 40% of the book I got a little afraid that idiocy is contagious and decided to drop it as a precaution. PS. Did I mention that this guy had been breaking into her house all this time? She hadn't given him keys or anything like that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    HOLY ALPHA MALES!!!!!!! Yowza!!!! *fans self* I'm surprised this book didn't self-combust from the degree of utterly squee/drool/swoon-worthy, bossy, possessive, unapologetic, sweet, tender, badass, HOT UBER ALPHA males in it!! I mean WOW! This book is pure over-the-top deliciousness! This book has it all: to-die-for hero, a sassy, smartass heroine, lots of action, hot hot sex, secret lairs, badass commandos, badass bikers, badass cops, drive-by's, cosmo parties, family time, romance, a few mi HOLY ALPHA MALES!!!!!!! Yowza!!!! *fans self* I'm surprised this book didn't self-combust from the degree of utterly squee/drool/swoon-worthy, bossy, possessive, unapologetic, sweet, tender, badass, HOT UBER ALPHA males in it!! I mean WOW! This book is pure over-the-top deliciousness! This book has it all: to-die-for hero, a sassy, smartass heroine, lots of action, hot hot sex, secret lairs, badass commandos, badass bikers, badass cops, drive-by's, cosmo parties, family time, romance, a few misty-eyed moments, laugh out loud humor, alpha males out the wazoo and just general over the top fun! If you are at all a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, the guys in this series are very much like the human versions of them. Epic alpha badasses! You are kind of thrown right into the story. Gwen met her "Mystery Man" at a bar a year and a half ago. She was just sitting there having a good time with her friends when in walks this big, tall, smoking hot guy that she can't take her eyes off. And after an entire evening what trying to get his attention but being ignored, he gets up to leave and... "I felt a warm hand on the skin of my lower back.” I twisted my neck, looked up and there he was. I held my breath and he asked, “You comin’ or what?” That was it. That was his pickup line. “You comin’ or what?” I went." *swooooooooooon* Yeah... :D He begins to come to her at night every few days, but never shows his face and always leaves before morning... and Gwen, just can't bring herself to end this "relationship" such as it is with her Mystery Man. But trouble brews right from the beginning of the story, namely with her very messed up sister getting herself into some SERIOUS trouble with the wrong people and Gwen is thrown head-first into Badass World where she comes face to face with her Mystery Man, Cabe "Hawk" Delgado and the sparks fly for real, in daylight. Hawk literally defines "alpha"! “You're bossy, arrogant, intrusive, annoying... " His minor grin amplified. See! Totally unrepentant... "Do I have anything going for me?" "... you can be sweet, you're a cuddler, and you carried me out of a burning building..." "I'm a cuddler?" "You spoon." His brows went up. "That's important enough to be on your list?" "Uh... yeah." [He's grinning] "Fuckin' ridiculous what women think is important.” The writing style is very real. Its almost written exactly as someone would speak or think. It flows quite nicely and ends up reading almost as if you are hearing the main character think out loud. "Babe" has always been my favorite term of endearment that a guy can call a girl. There is something just so possessive, and sweet and swoony about it. But Hawk takes it to a whole new level. That one word can mean so many different complete sentences. It takes a good author to make you understand exactly what he means without him saying it with just one word :) And Hawk is not the only Alpha in this story by far. He's the badass commando leader. But we also get to meet drool over Mitch Lawson: badass cop (serious swoon material - can't wait till book 3 to read his story), and Tack: badass biker leader among many many others. ""Are you here to freak me out in any other way?" "Nope." "This would include asking me for a date," I warned. "Babe, don't date," he replied. "You don't?" "Do tequila shots followed by 5 hours of sex count as a date? he asked. "Um... no," I answered. "Then I don't date." I smiled at him. Then, stupidly, I asked. "You can have sex for 5 hours?" He smiled at me. Yikes. Moving on." There is a little bit of repetativeness in the dialogue, and the main couple have one stupid moment where I wanted to throttle them both, but the smooth writing, badass overload, laugh out loud moments, action, tender sweet moments, and uber alpha males kept me turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down! And talk about a HEA! Such a sweet epilogue!!!!! *goes off to join the Kristen Ashley Support Group* How I see Hawk and Gwen: For more of my reviews, go to http://aestasbookblog.com Or join my FB group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aestas-...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️

    Starting off the year with a re-read fave... MYSTERY MAN HAWK GWEN “'You live in your head too much, you curl up and shut shit out and spend so much time doing it, you forget to live your life. You can’t live your life in your head. That isn’t living.'” “'You’re livin’ in Badass World, baby,' he whispered in my ear. 'Fair warning, until I fix what I cut in you, you’re there to stay.'” "'You're in deep with me, aren't you, baby?' I whispered my question just to confirm. 'Drowning.' he whispered back.” Starting off the year with a re-read fave... MYSTERY MAN HAWK GWEN “'You live in your head too much, you curl up and shut shit out and spend so much time doing it, you forget to live your life. You can’t live your life in your head. That isn’t living.'” “'You’re livin’ in Badass World, baby,' he whispered in my ear. 'Fair warning, until I fix what I cut in you, you’re there to stay.'” "'You're in deep with me, aren't you, baby?' I whispered my question just to confirm. 'Drowning.' he whispered back.” Find me at:

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    4/13/18 - ON SALE for $1.99: https://amzn.to/2vaoLTb Right off the bat, if you want to know if this is a book for you, ask yourself this question (and answer it HONESTLY): do you find the idea of meeting a ridiculously hot alpha male--we're talking ex-special forces--at a bar, taking him home for the best sex OF YOUR LIFE, never learning his name, then afterwards him leaving, never to be seen again, except a few days later he's back in your bed, waking you for more of the best sex OF YOUR LIFE, a 4/13/18 - ON SALE for $1.99: https://amzn.to/2vaoLTb Right off the bat, if you want to know if this is a book for you, ask yourself this question (and answer it HONESTLY): do you find the idea of meeting a ridiculously hot alpha male--we're talking ex-special forces--at a bar, taking him home for the best sex OF YOUR LIFE, never learning his name, then afterwards him leaving, never to be seen again, except a few days later he's back in your bed, waking you for more of the best sex OF YOUR LIFE, a pattern that continues for over a year, until a situation with your wild child sister puts you in danger and drags him out of the shadows and into the daylight of your life, b/c Big, Strong Man protects what he considers his (i.e. YOU), and the best sex OF YOUR LIFE turning into something more . . . HOT? I didn't ask if you thought the scenario was wise. I didn't ask if you thought it was realistic. I asked if you thought it was HOT. And if the answer is a resounding YES, then you will love this book. If not, don't waste your time. It'll just make everyone mad. You, b/c you will NOT love the book, and everyone else, b/c OHMYGAWD we do and don't want to feel slut-shamed for OHMYGAWD loving it. Full review to come . . .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Sadly, this book was a DNF for me. I got half way through and had to stop. I really wanted to like this one since it has the kind of hero I love: a mean, over the top alpha jerk. The story of how Hawk and Gwen met is not what bothered me. It's what occurred after that sent me over the edge. It was absolutely ridiculous and I just could not get past it. Gwen has a one night stand with a man, who is presumably to be Hawk...but she's not quite sure and to be honest, neither am I. After that one nig Sadly, this book was a DNF for me. I got half way through and had to stop. I really wanted to like this one since it has the kind of hero I love: a mean, over the top alpha jerk. The story of how Hawk and Gwen met is not what bothered me. It's what occurred after that sent me over the edge. It was absolutely ridiculous and I just could not get past it. Gwen has a one night stand with a man, who is presumably to be Hawk...but she's not quite sure and to be honest, neither am I. After that one night stand, this man appears at night in her bed for sex...whenever he wants! Who in their right mind let's a man break into her house at any given hour of the night to have sex with them and then leave?!? This went on for almost two years! Gwen didn't even know WHO it was or HOW he got into her house either, hence the name Mystery Man. A little creepy and grotesque if you ask me. Gwen opening her legs to random strangers does not work for me, especially if you can't even see his face! Hawk is a man of few words. I don't think his vocabulary consists of more than a five sight words. He mumbled and grunted most of the time and I had no idea what he was trying to say. The suspense part with Gwen's sister didn't really move me either...kind of boring. Don't even get me started on her writing. I find it comical that the heroine is an editor when this book needs serious editing itself. Even though I could not finish this book, there are a few other books I've seen by this author that I still plan to read. Hopefully I can get past her editing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    5 Cabe “Hawk” Delgado Stars!!! I LOVE HAWK! Just going to put that out there before I review this book! How can you not??? What a yummy alpha male! Okay okay now to the book... A year and a half. Thats how long Gwendolyn Kidd has been sleeping with MM, her Mystery Man. A year and a half ago she heard these words at the bar... “You comin’ or what?” She took MM home with her that night, and now he makes regular weekly visits. Sneaks in at night, then disappears. Gwen is having some issues wit 5 Cabe “Hawk” Delgado Stars!!! I LOVE HAWK! Just going to put that out there before I review this book! How can you not??? What a yummy alpha male! Okay okay now to the book... A year and a half. Thats how long Gwendolyn Kidd has been sleeping with MM, her Mystery Man. A year and a half ago she heard these words at the bar... “You comin’ or what?” She took MM home with her that night, and now he makes regular weekly visits. Sneaks in at night, then disappears. Gwen is having some issues with her sister, Ginger. Ginger is bad news. ”Why me? Why? Just innocently being born and seven years later, zap! God curses me with the sister from hell.” 
Ginger is in trouble and Gwen is threatened. She doesn’t know who to turn to, so she goes to the local MC club where Gingers bf Dog is. She meets Tack there. She catches his attention. She also catches the eye of Mitch Lawson, the detective on her sisters case. This same day, she finally sees MM in the light of day. Hawk shows up at Gwen’s house to help. He explains things to her and stakes his claim to Tack and Mitch. Gwen is his woman. She’s a little confused about all this, especially the fact that he knows everything that is going on in her life when they only sleep together. She doesn’t even know his name. ”How do you know so much about me?” 
“Sweet Pea, I know who I fuck.”
 Hawk is a bad ass alpha man. He is sexy, protective, bossy and hot as hell. How he answers a lot of Gwen’s questions:“Babe” and when he leaves its because he’s ”Got shit to do, babe.” Their ‘first date’- “Tonight, you in a little black dress and high heels, I’ll be there at seven thirty.”
“Are you asking me out on a date?” “Sweet Pea, I’ve been fuckin’ you for a year and a half.”
 “I know.” “So no, I’m not askin’. I’m tellin’. You, dress, heels, I’ll be there at seven thirty.” “So you’re not asking me out on a date, you’re telling me we’re going on a date?” 
“That’s about it.”
 “You can’t tell me we’re going out on a date.”
 “Just did, babe.” Love Hawk! Just love him! He wants to make Gwen his. I also really like Gwen. She is funny and spunky. I like her attitude. She is hesitant to be with Hawk. There is so much going on in her life right now, with her family and all the drama. Gwen is still keeping Hawk at arms length. They both have issues from past relationships, but are willing to try to make it work. “Do you promise to handle me with care?” 
“Promise” he whispered “Swear?” I pushed. “Swear, baby.”
 “You had a hand up too, Hawk.” I told him. “Dropped it a while ago, Gwen.” There is a lot going on in this book... I won’t go on and on just READ IT!!! Loved Hawk and Gwen’s story! It was super hot(no woman in their right mind would have kicked Hawk out of bed), lots of action(break ins, drive by shootings, kidnappings, fires...yeah), romance(swoooon Hawk), and steam! I will just say, I can’t wait to read Tack’s book because I kind of love him too!!! :D Some of my favorite quotes (there were so many good ones!): “Sweet Pea, the way you eat means you got tits and ass. This is good because I like tits and ass.”

 “A year and a half. Totally fuckin’ missed out.” “Cookie dough,” I explained. “My booty is carefully crafted from copious intake of cookie dough.”
 “Whatever you’re doin’, sweetheart, it’s workin’, so don’t stop.”

 “You got it wrong, in only a weekI was already tied to you. I wal already in deep. It was only a week, but it happened, you didn’t see it and you wen in for the kill. ”

“You’re in deep with me, aren’t you baby?” I whispered to confirm my question. “Drowning.” He whispered back.

  8. 4 out of 5

    XxTainaxX

    Some of the story premise was a little out there but it had the sexy alpha male you come to expect from KA. Hawk is actually one of the less intense heroes I've read from her as far as possessiveness is concerned. He had enough to play it up but he was pretty cool about it.... Well compared to someone like Knight that is lol The plot did lose me briefly but it wrapped up nicely. Gwen did not win me over like the other heroines have. I'd rate this a 3.5.

  9. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    Just $0.99 today for Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A... Mystery Man is the first book in the Dream Man series and while it has Kristen Ashley written all over it - no pun intended, it’s a little more romantic suspense than the Colorado Mountain series. Cabe “Hawk” Delgado is another hot, over the top, super alpha hero and I love, love, LOVE him! Gwendolyn Kidd is a great heroine; Smart, savvy, independent, and takes no crap from anyone. Though I love how, being wooed by three alpha Just $0.99 today for Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A... Mystery Man is the first book in the Dream Man series and while it has Kristen Ashley written all over it - no pun intended, it’s a little more romantic suspense than the Colorado Mountain series. Cabe “Hawk” Delgado is another hot, over the top, super alpha hero and I love, love, LOVE him! Gwendolyn Kidd is a great heroine; Smart, savvy, independent, and takes no crap from anyone. Though I love how, being wooed by three alpha males, she doesn’t quite know what to think, but that doesn’t stop her from putting them all their places when needs be. I don’t know how she does it, but Kristen Ashley produces book after book of fantastic stories and characters, and I can’t get enough of them! ----- If you're a Kristen Ashley addict, or just interested in checking her books, be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict's Support Group here on Goodreads!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    Re-Read number 100000001. I STILL get all pissed at how KA twists Hawk's being an asshole that dumps Gwen into somehow being Gwen's fault and she has to beg him to forgive her!! And...DO NOT even get me started on his mother coming to yell at Gwen and guilt tripping her when it was HER son that was being the asshole...sigh. Why do I keep re-reading this book?? LMAO There are so many things that annoy me with this book, Gwen's an idiot, Hawk is a douche, but it is still one of my favorite books an Re-Read number 100000001. I STILL get all pissed at how KA twists Hawk's being an asshole that dumps Gwen into somehow being Gwen's fault and she has to beg him to forgive her!! And...DO NOT even get me started on his mother coming to yell at Gwen and guilt tripping her when it was HER son that was being the asshole...sigh. Why do I keep re-reading this book?? LMAO There are so many things that annoy me with this book, Gwen's an idiot, Hawk is a douche, but it is still one of my favorite books and I re-read it often... Re-Read April 2017. My above sentiments are the same. Such a ridiculous book but I still love every minute of it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    3 to 3.5 stars The three star rating is completely due to Gwen's annoying and nitwitted character. Not even Hawk, the swoonalishous hero, could fully save this book for me. I really tried to love this book but the heroine just rubbed me wrong. Really, really wrong! I understand why Hawk was enamored by her, he's the hero after all; but I'm still trying to figure out why Mitch and Tack were so smitten with her. I just don't get it! Of all Kristen Ashley heroines I've read, Gwen had the least subs 3 to 3.5 stars The three star rating is completely due to Gwen's annoying and nitwitted character. Not even Hawk, the swoonalishous hero, could fully save this book for me. I really tried to love this book but the heroine just rubbed me wrong. Really, really wrong! I understand why Hawk was enamored by her, he's the hero after all; but I'm still trying to figure out why Mitch and Tack were so smitten with her. I just don't get it! Of all Kristen Ashley heroines I've read, Gwen had the least substance to her character. And don't get me started on her (figuratively speaking) bed hopping. Ugh! I did, however, like the last 20% of the book, and the epilogue was fantastic!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mimi Smith

    3.5 stars Dear Gwen No, I'm not a stalker. Why would you think that? I just wanted to talk to you about all that's happened in the last couple of weeks. Since you're not available (aka won't meet me), I'll just lay it all here. First of all I'm really sorry about Ginger. She has always been trouble, but I never thought it would come to this. Gangs, cops, FBI. I'm also very sorry you got caught up in it. But, really you could always see there's something wrong with that one... “Ginger. A pain in my a 3.5 stars Dear Gwen No, I'm not a stalker. Why would you think that? I just wanted to talk to you about all that's happened in the last couple of weeks. Since you're not available (aka won't meet me), I'll just lay it all here. First of all I'm really sorry about Ginger. She has always been trouble, but I never thought it would come to this. Gangs, cops, FBI. I'm also very sorry you got caught up in it. But, really you could always see there's something wrong with that one... “Ginger. A pain in my ass. A pain in my ass since the day she cut off all the hair on my Barbies. She was three. I was too old for Barbies but they were mine. She couldn’t leave them alone? What’s with cutting their hair?” I looked up at Dog and said, “I think that’s what psychos do. We should have known then. She’s three, wielding scissors and causing mayhem and heartbreak.” I kept blabbing as I dug in my purse, found my checkbook and then kept scrounging for a pen declaring, “She was always, always a bad seed.” Now, I know you girls have settled your problems, so I'll let off that one. About your Mystery Man. Sweety, a year and a half? Even leaving with him at the bar, after four words spoken is too much. He could've been a serial killer, a psycho! And then, letting him come for so long, just for sex, not knowing his name or anything? That's not all right, girl. Especially since he knew, like, everything. Oh, and don't even get me started on the lack of protection. You don't even know his name...STD, anyone? I know you had Sex Ed, girl. You need to take care of yourself. I didn’t even give him a key. How he got in was as much a mystery as his name. But he did. He didn’t come every night, sometimes it was once a week, sometimes twice, sometimes he’d skip a week, once he’d been gone for three which freaked me out and then it freaked me out that it freaked me out. And, that wasn't a clue for you to do something? Well, I guess the Ginger incident was good for something. It brought you Hawk. And it could've gotten you Mitch or Tack, too. They're all such hunks. What on Earth did you do to get them interested? I can't get one guy, and you got three (4 counting Troy), just by talking to them for a minute! And they're willing to start a war for you or something! I'm sorry, I just found that hard to believe. Just tell me, did you slip them something? 'Cause, if you did I want it. And I think you flitted to them, when you and Hawk had problems, too often. You like a guy and have momentary problems, you sit down and talk to him, you don't jump to another guy's bike and hide. Geez! Still, I'm glad to see he conquered your defense system. You always ran from intimacy, even with him (hence the biker escapade), so I'm glad he saw that and dealt with it. I think you both made some mistakes (you ran when just a hint of a problem showed up, he was, well, Hawk), but I think your love is beautiful. And it was so fun going through all those things with you. “Sweet Pea, what do you think I do for a living?” “Well,” I started. “You fly on your supersonic jet to hot, humid, tropical, war torn nations, execute your duties as a soldier for hire which means doing things like blowing up bridges and beating infidels into submission.” “Hard to do that and get home to take you to dinner,” he noted. “Hawk, your jet is supersonic,” I reminded him. All in all, I think you're a great gal, funny as hell, and damn lucky to have Cabe. Now, because Hawk is a controlling SOB, and is probably afraid this letter is actually just a scam, and holds anthrax or something, he's going to read it. So, I just thought I'd talk to him, just a bit, ok? Dear Hawk You are one of the hottest guys I've ever met. You can be sweet, you buy your girl shoes and you're good in bed. However, there are moments when your bossiness and controlling tendencies win out, and you cross the line into being too controlling and bossy. She is her own person and this isn't the 12th century. You can't just make decisions for her, without talking to her. “I have to do what I have to do to deal with my woman, not a man in your yard will lift a finger to help you.” “Gwen, baby, clue in. I was makin’ you mine. When I make a woman mine, I do my homework.” And that gig at the start, you put cameras on her and had daily reports? Why not just talk to her, for Chrissake? That was just weird. And you're right, that year and a half-totally missed out. I'm very sorry about everything that happened to you and I'm glad you found Gwennie. Keep her happy, keep her safe, and try to control her cookie dough obsession... Love, Mimi P.S-you might ask yourself how I know all this. That's ok, keep asking. ------------------------------------------ And I know this totally breaks the concept but I had to put it here: The newspapers had broken the stories of their adventures, and their love lives, some time ago. This was followed by a bunch of books, a series entitled Rock Chick, that were released sharing intimate detail of these hair-raising yet romantic adventures. Books, incidentally, I owned, read repeatedly and wished I’d edited. I love Kristen Ashley for this. Self promotion, with a dash of humor about the editing problems. My review for book 3 in the series My review for book 2 in the series My review for book 4 in the series

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    PACKING MY BAGS AND MOVING TO DENVER...YOU GET ME? Once there, I'm finding an abandon warehouse tying myself up and waiting for Hawk Delgado to come rescue me. A girl can dream right? Gwendolyn Piper Kidd is a self-employed freelance editor whose marriage fell apart. She is out on the town having cosmos with her girls when she spots super hawt “Mystery Man”. When he gets up and leaves she fears that she didn’t catch his eye. He then stops by her stool on his way out and says: "You comin' or what?" PACKING MY BAGS AND MOVING TO DENVER...YOU GET ME? Once there, I'm finding an abandon warehouse tying myself up and waiting for Hawk Delgado to come rescue me. A girl can dream right? Gwendolyn Piper Kidd is a self-employed freelance editor whose marriage fell apart. She is out on the town having cosmos with her girls when she spots super hawt “Mystery Man”. When he gets up and leaves she fears that she didn’t catch his eye. He then stops by her stool on his way out and says: "You comin' or what?" That was it. That was his pickup line. "You coming' or what?" I went. Gwen and Mystery Man have a sexual relationship for a year and a half. He breaks into her home at night and slips into her bed regulary. The way this relationship plays out during this time is strange for this reader: #1: She never asks his name? and #2:She never speaks to him at all? I would have been waiting at the front door for him or at the least left the windows and doors unlocked! When danger finds Gwen the first person to show to protect her is Mystery Man. She then finds out that he knows all about her and she learns who he is. Cabe “Hawk” Delgado is a badass alpha commando who speaks in phrases like "you with me" and "Babe eyes". Hawk has the means to protect her through his background and his business. Gwen also finds out that he saw her first at the bar that night: I asked to be seated in that booth,” he informed me and I sucked in a breath at what he might be saying. Then I breathed it out on a, “What?” “Clocked you before you clocked me, Gwen.” Gwen’s troubles land her the attention of other hot alphas: Tack from Ride and Detective Mitch Lawson who are interested in protecting her and winning her attention. Conquering explosions, kidnappings and the Russian Mafia, Hawk fights through any obstacles for Gwen. They get to know each other during these life threatening events and fall completely in love. Did I mention Hawk has dimples? Yes, forgot that one!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Splage

    Update 9/10/13 Fabulous!! I have become a big audiobook person lately because real life is crazy and I desperately need my romance fixes!! This audiobook and narrator were spectacular, her voice totally nailed all the crazy personalities...it was SO MUCH FUN!! The story already is one of my favorites, then add the voice of the narrator and it makes the colorful characters and story even more enjoyable. 5+++ STARS -- A non-stop, wild ride! Mystery Man was the land of BADASSES and the testosterone w Update 9/10/13 Fabulous!! I have become a big audiobook person lately because real life is crazy and I desperately need my romance fixes!! This audiobook and narrator were spectacular, her voice totally nailed all the crazy personalities...it was SO MUCH FUN!! The story already is one of my favorites, then add the voice of the narrator and it makes the colorful characters and story even more enjoyable. 5+++ STARS -- A non-stop, wild ride! Mystery Man was the land of BADASSES and the testosterone was overflowing everywhere, I would be surprised after reading this that I don't have hair on my chest. The story had an explosive romance and tons of action plus MAJOR BONUS! another gentle and perfect epilogue. I could see this one on the big screen - heck I could see many of KA books as movies. Hawk, the hero, was Gwen's mystery man and she had been his booty call for a year and a half. He had said like 3 words to her at a restaurant, I think they were"Are you coming?" After that he would just show up in her bed give her lots of "O's" coupled with wild romps and then be gone in the morning. Gwen struggled with her conscience and this pattern, but in the end gave in to it even though this submissive behavior was so far from Gwen's spunky personality. Then Gwen is threatened and dragged into a big mess because of her trashy sister's illegal actions. Gwen marches into a biker shop that houses a very dangerous biker gang to find out where her sister is. She catches the eye of the gang leader who is HOT! then is interrogated by a police detective who is HOT! and then her midnight mystery man shows up (who is HOT!) to scold her. Once Hawk opens his mouth to tell her she has just created a big mess she decides she doesn't like his high handedness and they are over...he shouldn't have opened his mouth. Hawk laughs at her, loves the attitude that she gives him and realizes how much he has missed out of over the pass year and a half with not getting to know her. Such parody, it was hysterical. Hawk was killer, beyond arrogant, I mean if there was a scale from 1 to 10 he would be like 100 and I mean arrogant not just confident. Enter Gwen, Hawk's perfect match, she didn't take his crap (except for the the first year and a half when he didn't open his mouth, at least for talking) At the beginning because Gwen had many other potential leading men, I wasn't even sure I wanted her with Hawk, but as the story progressed there was no questions. I actually think of all of KA alpha men that I have met so far Hawk would be their leader. Mystery Man also had so many other lovable characters from family to friends, a couple a different climaxes, some heart pounders, some heartbreakers--loved them all. I can't wait to read my next Kristen Ashley book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    5 stars – Romantic Suspense All the single ladies, all the single ladies All the single ladies, all the single ladies All the single ladies... Now pack your bags up! Considering there’s not one but four yummy heroes introduced in this first book in the Dream Man series that’s set in Denver, Colorado (all of whom get their own book...YAY!), not to mention the smokin’ hot, badass alpha heroes from Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series, and it definitely wouldn’t be surprising if all the single ladies sudde 5 stars – Romantic Suspense All the single ladies, all the single ladies All the single ladies, all the single ladies All the single ladies... Now pack your bags up! Considering there’s not one but four yummy heroes introduced in this first book in the Dream Man series that’s set in Denver, Colorado (all of whom get their own book...YAY!), not to mention the smokin’ hot, badass alpha heroes from Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series, and it definitely wouldn’t be surprising if all the single ladies suddenly packed up and moved to Colorado. Mystery Man is Cabe “Hawk” Delgado’s book. Initially, I was far more fascinated and smitten with Detective Mitch Lawson and biker badass Tack (two of the aforementioned yummy Dream Men who will have leading roles in Law Man and Motorcycle Man respectively). But of course Hawk soon won me over and left me panting, daydreaming, and swooning like all of KA’s heroes. Hawk is a growly, bossy, arrogant, brooding, domineering, and possessive uber alpha commando who could teach Tate from Sweet Dreams a thing or two about being a badass, including the correct, standard rumbling response to anything and everything...“Babe”. There were several times I wanted to smack both Hawk and Gwen, but they eventually got their sh*t together. Kristen Ashley is a master when it comes to dreamy, gratifying epilogues, and this time was certainly no exception...just heartwarming perfection. 5 stars! Hawk

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    I tried to stick it out because so many adore the series- but between the god awful dialog, "umm... Yeah". "ummmm". Umm" , and the wince worthy 1st person narrative, "then i walked in the front door. Then i walked to the kitchen. Then i pulled out a chair. Then i sat down.". And to say nothing of the fact the main character is an obvious Mary Sue for the author. And last but certainly not least, I can usually handle the uber-alpha hero, love me some Barrons who alot of people can't handle, but t I tried to stick it out because so many adore the series- but between the god awful dialog, "umm... Yeah". "ummmm". Umm" , and the wince worthy 1st person narrative, "then i walked in the front door. Then i walked to the kitchen. Then i pulled out a chair. Then i sat down.". And to say nothing of the fact the main character is an obvious Mary Sue for the author. And last but certainly not least, I can usually handle the uber-alpha hero, love me some Barrons who alot of people can't handle, but the hero in this one is a jackass, plain and simple- WHATEVER THE REASONS FOR HIS BEHAVIOR! Honestly, it was the appalling lack of finesse in the writing that did me in. Uncle. I give up. Ugh

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)

    Meet the guys... ;) ADMIRER #1 : NAME: Mitch Lawson. OCCUPATION: Detective Mitch Lawson ;) "Mitch".I whispered. "What a perfect name ,soft and strong, things a cop need to be... Mitch." He stared at me."Is it?", he asked. "Perfect". He stared at me some more. DESCRIPTION With the perfect cop name that starts with 3 silent constables and ends with 'Lawson' as in 'son of the law.' Mitch is the hot-ass,soft spoken smoldering detective put on the case to bring down Gwendoline's little sister-from-he Meet the guys... ;) ADMIRER #1 : NAME: Mitch Lawson. OCCUPATION: Detective Mitch Lawson ;) "Mitch".I whispered. "What a perfect name ,soft and strong, things a cop need to be... Mitch." He stared at me."Is it?", he asked. "Perfect". He stared at me some more. DESCRIPTION With the perfect cop name that starts with 3 silent constables and ends with 'Lawson' as in 'son of the law.' Mitch is the hot-ass,soft spoken smoldering detective put on the case to bring down Gwendoline's little sister-from-hell 'Ginger' while sticking around to ensure he gets the elder to fall in love with him as well.... ADMIRER #2 : NAME: Cabe "Hawk" Delgado. aka 'Mystery Man.' OCCUPATION: secret-agent extraordinaire. “Don't call me baby when you're pissed, Sweet Pea." "Don't call me Sweet Pea at all, baby.” DESCRIPTION: Possessive,dominant and hot.Hawk is the definition of a beautiful nightmare.After maintaining a strict friends with benefit relationship for over a year with his girl 'Gwen',he's finally decided to come out in the broad daylight and claim her as his own...the outer whole world be damned. ADMIRER #3 : NAME: Tack OCCUPATION: President of MC. "Babe, don't date," he replied. "You don't?" "Do tequila shots followed by 5 hours of sex count as a date?", he asked. "Um... no," I answered. "Then I don't date." I smiled at him. Then, stupidly, I asked. "You can have sex for 5 hours?" He smiled at me.Yikes....Moving on.” DESCRIPTION :This tall ,blue-eyed biker has got it all.Money,brains,power...and now he's decided he wants Gwen too.Tack's decided to take her as a challenge.And a challenge ? Well that's exactly what he lives and breathes for..its just that now its for Gwen too. THOUGHTS: Mystery man was surprisingly a fun read, that kept me laughing while swinging through the chapters from the beginning to its the end..Loved watching all 3 Alpha-Hot males fighting to win over our heroine,Miss Gwendoline Kidd aka 'Queen crash and burn' in all possible ways..whether they had to beg,borrow or steal...(or kidnap her in this case.) I absolutely loved every secondary character, starting from the family members to her best friends,all who I felt came along and added their added personal touches to the final plot. Recommendation: This book has only 5% of angst while the rest 95% consist of every other genre possible.Being a fun but long read.This ones absolutely recommended as an late evening read,for all HEA lovers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    2.5 stars Gwendolyn Kidd and Cabe "Hawk" Delgado. Ordinarily Kristen Ashley's books would not be the type of romances I'd read. Let alone enjoy. Gwen is an annoying heroine at times with really slutty behaviour. She sleeps with the hero for eighteen months and doesn't know his name. Then drools over not one but two other guys. The hero is a bit of a controlling alpha. The plot is OTT and pretty unbelievable. And I am seriously beginning to think that all Kristen Ashley's heroes went to the same sc 2.5 stars Gwendolyn Kidd and Cabe "Hawk" Delgado. Ordinarily Kristen Ashley's books would not be the type of romances I'd read. Let alone enjoy. Gwen is an annoying heroine at times with really slutty behaviour. She sleeps with the hero for eighteen months and doesn't know his name. Then drools over not one but two other guys. The hero is a bit of a controlling alpha. The plot is OTT and pretty unbelievable. And I am seriously beginning to think that all Kristen Ashley's heroes went to the same school - "Babe". And all her heroines swam in the same gene pool - tall, long legs, big hair and all tits and ass. Entertaining as her books are, others may take issue with her writing style that often reads like an unedited draft with typos, rambling sentences and lack of punctuation. Be prepared for an enjoyable read, albeit at times frustrating and wordy. Steam: 2.5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    UPDATE: Rating edited September 21, 2013. From 5 stars downgraded to 4 stars. ********************************************************* Cabe (Hawk) Delgado said: "Don't have that chance so nothin' I can do about that. But I darkened your door, baby, and you lit up my life again, so I'm not lettin' that go." 5 stars. Wow! Mystery Man is another great story and hilariously penned by Kristen Ashley! Kristen swept me right off my feet and directed me straight to reader's heaven. She does it all the time! UPDATE: Rating edited September 21, 2013. From 5 stars downgraded to 4 stars. ********************************************************* Cabe (Hawk) Delgado said: "Don't have that chance so nothin' I can do about that. But I darkened your door, baby, and you lit up my life again, so I'm not lettin' that go." 5 stars. Wow! Mystery Man is another great story and hilariously penned by Kristen Ashley! Kristen swept me right off my feet and directed me straight to reader's heaven. She does it all the time! I can't help it but I just have to gush all the time. Cabe "Hawk" Delgado comes straight from Badass World. Hawk is another great alpha male and very bossy. On top of that, he is hot as all get out! And badass Hawk is locking horns with smartass Gwen! She is feisty, determined and can hold her own. Gwen, you kick ass! You will meet quite a few super hot guys in Mystery Man. Yeesh, the hot-o-meter was extremely busy and wheezing! *wipes eyebrows* I have to say that Hawk made a fine job in staking his claim. If there were any doubts yet then…"Clue in, babe!" "Friendly advice. Next time get your head outta your ass and stake your claim." My body went solid but it still turned woodenly toward Hawk and I snapped loudly, "Hawk!" Hawk looked down at me. "Man to man, babe, he's a man, he can take it and he's gotta know he fucked up." For the first time in my life I was wishing murder wasn't illegal. When Gwen thinks about Cabe's job then she's got that on her mind (um, maybe she was joking, I'm not all that sure, though): "You fly on your supersonic jet to hot, humid, tropical, war torn nations, execute your duties as a soldier for hire which means doing things like blowing up bridges and beating infidels into submission." The first half of the book is absolutely hilarious and the testosterone is all over the book. There were so many laughing-out-loud moments that I had to wipe my eyes. The dialogs were…hilarious. Cool. Wonderful. As always, Kristen does a fine job in developing and portraying all those wonderful characters. The plot got somewhat more serious throughout the second half of the book. Gwen had to unravel Cabe's secret. He is the Mystery Man after all. Hawk is protecting himself from pain and Gwen helped him to find his way back into the light. There's quite a bit of drama weaved into the plot - especially towards the end of the story. Ultimately, Gwen entered Badass World and Cabe entered Cosmo Girl World! YOWZA! Kristen, you were born under a lucky star! Keep the good stories coming! Honestly, I can't wait to read Mitch Lawson and Kane Allen's stories. I totally enjoyed Mystery Man and if you want a good laugh then I highly recommend you to give this story a go! Enjoy! On a personal note: Gwen loves shoes; I am so there, babe! Mmmm…shoes to-die-for… *dreamy sigh* BTW, I love the way Kristen writes about clothes, shoes, furniture, and houses/flats. Seriously, Cabe's lair was the sh*t! Loved it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    5 I'M OFFICIALLY A KA FAN STARS!!!!! (BR with Elizabeth, Melissa, Tiffany, Angie, Lynn, Idelle, & Julie) A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! This was my first KA book and BOY IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I kept seeing all over Good Reads all the rave reviews on so many of her books and more than a few of my friends told me to get on the KA band wagon and quick. Well "Mystery Man" was definitely the PERFECT choice for my first endeavor into KA. Gwendolyn Kidd has been having a hot affair with SEXY and ALL ALPHA MALE, Cab 5 I'M OFFICIALLY A KA FAN STARS!!!!! (BR with Elizabeth, Melissa, Tiffany, Angie, Lynn, Idelle, & Julie) A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! This was my first KA book and BOY IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I kept seeing all over Good Reads all the rave reviews on so many of her books and more than a few of my friends told me to get on the KA band wagon and quick. Well "Mystery Man" was definitely the PERFECT choice for my first endeavor into KA. Gwendolyn Kidd has been having a hot affair with SEXY and ALL ALPHA MALE, Cabe "Hawk" Delgado for the past year and a half. Sounds pretty amazing right? Except, the only time they spend together is when Hawk shows up in her bed at night. How he gets in, is a mystery to her. Biggest Mystery is his NAME!! She doesn't even know what it is!!! OK...this sounds f'd up, but I was totally on board!! Sign me right up for that deal!! Amazing sex on a regular basis with a HOT ALPHA who can give me 4 orgasms a night AT LEAST??!! Gwen met Hawk at a bar one night and took him home and to her bed, never thinking this thing would last over a year and that she'd still not know his name. I loved this chick!! She was a DOLL!!! She knew this situation sounded totally f'd up and that it made her look like a whore and she owned up to it. Her inner monologues were pretty funny. This is one book heroine that I could get behind. Never did she get on my nerves. I found myself relating to her on so many things! The girl loved her some cookie dough!! LOL So things get pretty out of control for Gwen when her little sister gets herself in big trouble with some pretty shady characters. She has pissed off a lot of unsavory characters who seem to think that going after Gwen is the key to getting to the kid sister. Now Hawk comes to Gwen's rescue!! She finally finds out his name and learns this guy is ex military and runs his own type of security company. AND the guy knows EVERYTHING about her! He's been keeping close tabs on her this whole time!!! Gwen has got to be the luckiest gal alive!! She is surrounded by HOTNESS everywhere she turns!! It seems that she has an effect on almost every man she meets. We have Hawk, bad ass Commando. Tack, HOT MC Biker!! And Mitch Lawson, Gorgeous law man!!! Let's throw in an undercover DEA hottie and some private investigators from the "Rock Chick" series, and all the gorgeous ex military men working for Hawk!! I want a one way ticket to wherever this town is!!! Got that Babe?? Gwen and Hawk grow closer during all the craziness as Hawk makes it his main mission to keep her safe, and he also makes it quite clear to all the other men who are in love with her, that she belongs to him alone. This guy has suffered great loss and it explains why he was only the mystery man in Gwen's life for the past year and a half. Gwen's had her heart broken and has been living inside her head for quite a while. It explains why she was always "ok" with the relationship she had with Hawk. But Hawk is seeing now that he "Missed Out" for the past year and a half, when he gets to know this feisty woman, who also can make him laugh like no other. "Mystery Man" has tons of action, suspense, sexy scenes, a terrific heroine, and an ALPHA to top all ALPHAs!! I can't say enough about this one!! It was simply PERFECT!!!! The Epilogue KICKED ASS!!! :) I didn't even know his name. "God," I whispered, "I am such a slut." "You're mine so I keep tabs." "I'm yours?" "Babe, I'm fuckin' you aren't I?" Lordy be, the man had two dimples. The hot-o-meter started ringing like crazy as hot guys descended on me, my car and Tack from two directions. Boy was I glad I curled my hair. "Clocked you before you clocked me, Gwen." He tenderly slid the backs of his knuckles against the skin of my cheek while he muttered, "A year and a half. Totally fuckin' missed out." "You live in your head too much, you curl up and shut shit out and spend so much time doin' it, you forget to live your life. You can't live your life in your head. That isn't livin'. Trust me babe, I know. I've been doin' near the same thing for awhile now, so long I forgot what it feels like to be alive. You got in my face that day you got back from Ride and reminded me what it feels like to be alive. Feels good, Sweet Pea, so I'm not goin' back now." "You should know, I'm living in a daydream. A real one. I've never been this happy. Not ever, baby, not in my whole life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ღFloღ the coffee addict

    3.75 cookie dough solves every problem STARS “You’re livin’ in Badass World, baby,” he whispered in my ear. “Fair warning, until I fix what I cut in you, you’re there to stay.” WHAT A HOT MESS! There was so much going on, ups and downs and people getting kidnapped and shot at and so many characters. I just LOLed all the time. If you follow my review you might know that I started my Kristen Ashley experience with the Unfinished Hero series and those books are essentially a two people character s 3.75 cookie dough solves every problem STARS “You’re livin’ in Badass World, baby,” he whispered in my ear. “Fair warning, until I fix what I cut in you, you’re there to stay.” WHAT A HOT MESS! There was so much going on, ups and downs and people getting kidnapped and shot at and so many characters. I just LOLed all the time. If you follow my review you might know that I started my Kristen Ashley experience with the Unfinished Hero series and those books are essentially a two people character study. That's why Mystery Man was such a complete surprise with all the side characters...and all the drama they brought to the table. Completely new experience and pretty interesting. “I felt a warm hand on the skin of my lower back.” I twisted my neck, looked up and there he was. I held my breath and he asked, “You comin’ or what?” That was it. That was his pickup line. “You comin’ or what?” I went.” It all starts out with Gwendolyn Kidd drinking too much, making googly eyes at the hot guy in the bar and eventually taking him home. Cue in super hot night of sex and the next morning mister mystery is gone. Oh well, it happens, right? Not with this one...turns out he likes to come back for more. He comes back a lot! For a year and a half a few times a week the nameless man comes to Gwen at night...you can imagine the rest. “You're bossy, arrogant, intrusive, annoying... " His minor grin amplified. See! Totally unrepentant... "Do I have anything going for me?" "... you can be sweet, you're a cuddler, and you carried me out of a burning building..." "I'm a cuddler?" "You spoon." His brows went up. "That's important enough to be on your list?" "Uh... yeah." [He's grinning] "Fuckin' ridiculous what women think is important.” Completely bonkers! Seriously. She doesn't even know how he gets into her house. HOT MESS!!! Well, long story short...it takes for Gwen to get into some trouble with the local biker gang, thanks to her no good sister...and finally he shows up during the day and shares his name... which is Cabe “Hawk” Delgado btw, and pretty much turns her life upside down. And everything that happens next is just nuts. I'm giving this book 3.75 stars, simply for being highly entertaining, messy and hilarious in all its fucked-up-ness. Of course the writing is excellent and I like the characters, but wow...what a trip. All in all a nice read, with lots of alpha-male hotness, naughty shenanigans, drama and action and so many hot guys I couldn't keep count. “Are you here to freak me out in any other way?" "Nope." "This would include asking me for a date," I warned. "Babe, don't date," he replied. "You don't?" "Do tequila shots followed by 5 hours of sex count as a date? he asked. "Um... no," I answered. "Then I don't date." I smiled at him. Then, stupidly, I asked. "You can have sex for 5 hours?" He smiled at me. Yikes. Moving on.” My biggest problem, or maybe you can call it the reason why I laughed so hard while reading is....*drum roll*... apparently the heroine has some sort of magnetic pull...I think they call it a golden vagina...literally every male character wanted in her panties. *head desk* As I said HOT MESS! **Sorry for the short review. I have ten thousand things to do and I had too much of my friend caffeine and I'm a bit loopy right now...*giggles* ~insert NO REGRETS gif~

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    5 Stars!! Mystery Man is a mystery no more and he is definitely a superhero!! I’m at a loss for words, other than Kristen Ashley blew me away AGAIN! Just when you think to yourself that she can’t out-do the possessive male jerk from the last book you read…WRONG…let me introduce you to Cabe “Hawk” Delgado. Even his name makes me swoon! Gwen is the object of his fascination and he was the object of mine. She is the consummate fashion plate, funny and as enamored with Cabe as he is with her. These 5 Stars!! Mystery Man is a mystery no more and he is definitely a superhero!! I’m at a loss for words, other than Kristen Ashley blew me away AGAIN! Just when you think to yourself that she can’t out-do the possessive male jerk from the last book you read…WRONG…let me introduce you to Cabe “Hawk” Delgado. Even his name makes me swoon! Gwen is the object of his fascination and he was the object of mine. She is the consummate fashion plate, funny and as enamored with Cabe as he is with her. These two slipped between the sheets every chance they got, and once again, major seat squirming on my part. Somehow when I read a KA book I find that I can’t sit still!! Gwen has a mind of her own, even if it that mind doesn’t think things through and it leads her straight to trouble. When she sets her sights on something there is no stopping her, and of course she does it in style, right down to her shoes. The girl is shoe-ho! I started out highlighting key parts to keep track of quotes and scenes that I liked; well that didn’t work out to well, because I damn near highlighted the whole book. I LOVED it ALL. At times I was laughing so hard that I thought I was going to choke. Warning, read this book in the privacy of your own home and not in public, or you might be at the receiving end of the Heimlich maneuver! Kristen Ashley writes such, that you read yourself right into the book. Her books are spot on when it comes to feelings, emotions, and circumstances. She always throws in that curve ball of unexpected, when revealing what came to pass in the history of her characters, this book being no exception. There was a whole troupe of secondary characters that I would love to see featured in future books. I don’t even feel right calling them secondary, it’s as if I do them a disservice, because they are front and center in the plot, shining stars in their own right. Have a box of Kleenex ready for the epilogue, another thing that KA does so well. It’s as if she herself needs this closure and she gifts it to her readers knowing we need it too. I had to read it twice, the first time it was blurred and after I wiped the wet away I read it again. I had a hard time putting this one away. I did have two issues wondering if I had missed something, (view spoiler)[what happened with Brett? Tack seemed to drop out of the story! (hide spoiler)] or maybe I so absorbed with everything else that I’m just clueless. It’s on to Wild Man and hopefully some wild times!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    Fourth read: February 8-16, 2017 Let me first state that the audio version is a 3 star rating and the printed version is still a 5 star rating. This re-read started out as an audio review, but around the 49% mark I had to go find my place on my Kindle and read the rest of the book from there. There are two reasons why I did this: 1) I could read this book faster than the narrator was speaking. 2) I didn't care for the narration. Don't get me wrong, she did a great job of narrating the story, but in m Fourth read: February 8-16, 2017 Let me first state that the audio version is a 3 star rating and the printed version is still a 5 star rating. This re-read started out as an audio review, but around the 49% mark I had to go find my place on my Kindle and read the rest of the book from there. There are two reasons why I did this: 1) I could read this book faster than the narrator was speaking. 2) I didn't care for the narration. Don't get me wrong, she did a great job of narrating the story, but in my mind how she was reading the characters was not how I heard them in my head. This is one of my favorite books by Kristen Ashley, and I didn't want another interpretation of the story other than the one my imagination and mind created while reading the story. Still a favorite, but I think I'll stick to the printed version. First read: March 1, 2012 I really don't think Ms. Ashley can write a 'bad' book! This was fricken Amazing! Love Hawk & Gwen, and her messed up sister, and the biker dudes, the 'Hot' cops, and all the Commando type guys ..... and where in the world do you find guys that talk all Neanderthal and answer 'Babe' like that's the obvious answer, but it still comes across as Alpha and Sexy as hell? Second read: March 5, 2013 The last couple of days I have been re-introduced to Kristen Ashley's mysterious and fantastic world of Commando's, Motorcycle Bad-Asses, sexy Cop's, and Private Investigator's... and I FRIGGEN LOVED IT...AGAIN!!! It has been exactly a year since I first met Cabe "Hawk" Delgato & Gwen Kidd. In that year I haven't thought of them, but when I started to re-read their story it didn't take long for me to get caught up in them. I LOVE their characters! I love that everything they'd been thru in their pasts & the brokenness & the walls they've put up because if it.... they were finally able to 'put their hands down' and begin to heal one another with their strength, courage, and love. Once Hawk opened his heart to Gwen... that was it! Their story and their ending is .. and the Epilogue had me in tears again. Cabe's sweetness towards Gwen and that bloody intimate kiss behind the ear .. *sigh*.. too much!!! LOVED THIS STORY ALL OVER AGAIN!!! READ IT!!! Third read: August 4, 2014 Love!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jayne

    4.5 ALPHA-TASTIC STARS. Kristen Ashley is an 'Alpha male' writing goddess. I for one think this author deserves a Good Reads prize for handing out these Alpha goodie treats for the world to share! I found myself in a bit of a book slump, and was kindly advised to get my reading bottom into gear and start the 'Dream man' series. So I decided to start a Kristen Ashley book binge, and OH yes what a book to start with, dream man I got. I loved this book ~ EVERY.SINGLE.ALPHA.LOVING. CHAPTER. (so, thank 4.5 ALPHA-TASTIC STARS. Kristen Ashley is an 'Alpha male' writing goddess. I for one think this author deserves a Good Reads prize for handing out these Alpha goodie treats for the world to share! I found myself in a bit of a book slump, and was kindly advised to get my reading bottom into gear and start the 'Dream man' series. So I decided to start a Kristen Ashley book binge, and OH yes what a book to start with, dream man I got. I loved this book ~ EVERY.SINGLE.ALPHA.LOVING. CHAPTER. (so, thank you Good reads friends ~ you did GOOD)! Where to start ~ FAB U LOUS characters, an influx of sexy men this heroine is lucky, lucky, lucky. (KA has an extremely fortunate imagination!). No insta love, HURRAY, Lisa happy dance. Instead a quirky, sexy and somewhat daring relationship between a YUMMY alpha bad boy (yes, I was getting squishy tummy right alongside the heroine). HAWK was THE best kind of book hero, gorgeous, overprotective and smart. coupled with a sassy upfront heroine with great one liners and more than enough attitude to make her a thoroughly enjoyable female lead. I do have a teeny tiny wobble with this book, sometimes (just sometimes) I found the sentences and wording a bit bizarre and found myself re reading sentences to understand and it stopped the easy reading flow, but I loved this book all the same. This book is fast paced and witty with a great storyline, romance and plenty of steam YIPPEE. It may not be for all readers, but check out the blurb, grab your kindle, sit back and prepare for some Biker boy action. This book is NOT short of drama, it was filled to the brim with mishaps and near death experiences. But reader do not fear, Kristen Ashley saved me from pulling out my hair with her chapter to chapter humour so it never felt too heavy or serious. I'm in alpha heaven here. Loved it. Will 100% continue on this series with gusto. 4.5 Delicious 'HAWK' stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gadziala

    Oh, KA... you did it again. Hot, sexy, original premise. On top of that, a likable heroine (can KA write one who isn't likable? Is that even in her wheelhouse?), and another badass alpha male. I will say, I was torn through a good chunk of the book. 'Cause I loved Gwen with Hawk, Tack, and Mitch (kinda how I REALLY loved Jules with Luke. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good love triangle). But in the end... Hawk was a good choice. And he called her "sweet pea". I mean... COME ON lol. I read Dre Oh, KA... you did it again. Hot, sexy, original premise. On top of that, a likable heroine (can KA write one who isn't likable? Is that even in her wheelhouse?), and another badass alpha male. I will say, I was torn through a good chunk of the book. 'Cause I loved Gwen with Hawk, Tack, and Mitch (kinda how I REALLY loved Jules with Luke. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good love triangle). But in the end... Hawk was a good choice. And he called her "sweet pea". I mean... COME ON lol. I read Dream Man before this, so it was cool to see Tack before his story took off. Also, loved seeing Lee, Mace, and Luke here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 Recognizing How Great This Was Stars * * * * * When I first read this, it was during the binge of all KA. I think I had read Motorcycle Man and At Peace first... then did this series or Rock Chicks. I really can't remember right now. The reason I am bring this up is to say.... I Was Wrong.... Yup, I gave this a 4 star. It was during my thinking on the books I read while adding them to GR when I first came on. No reviews, just thinking back on how I felt while reading them. The reason I gave this 5 Recognizing How Great This Was Stars * * * * * When I first read this, it was during the binge of all KA. I think I had read Motorcycle Man and At Peace first... then did this series or Rock Chicks. I really can't remember right now. The reason I am bring this up is to say.... I Was Wrong.... Yup, I gave this a 4 star. It was during my thinking on the books I read while adding them to GR when I first came on. No reviews, just thinking back on how I felt while reading them. The reason I gave this a 4 was the fact it had annoyed me Gwen had this guy come into her house for a year and half and didn't ask his name or anything...just could not relate to it. In Real Life, I still in would never relate to that happening.... but now that I have read so much of KA, I understand the set up and reasons. This book is PURE KA. It is Vintage in all the wordy goodness she does. She will create an environment where kooky things will happen and you believe it. She has these Commando men... all hot, not a dud among them, and you accept it. Gwen is smart- an editor (nod to us readers), has her own girl posse, a back story which gives her vulnerabilities to overcome and sass. She is fully formed; has her quirks, has a complicated family history but a healthy relationship with her Stepmom and Father. So she is capable. Throw her into this scenario of a hook up with Uber hot guy; brings him home and one drunken night turns into surprise stealth booty calls. Add a messed up half-sister and visit from an equally messed up friend of said half-sister which causes Gwen to go to resident biker past boyfriend of half-sister to see what the hell is going on. This, in turn, causes Hot Biker Tack to meet Gwen and put her on his "interest" radar.... Which causes Mystery Man Hot Sexy Booty Call to materialize in the Daylight for the first time to Gwen. All of the above sets in motion a Perfect KA story with heart, sexy-times, sarcasm, terrific descriptions of houses, dresses, shoes and men. It also provides deep revealing moments of both characters and insight to many circumstances that everyday people really could experience and relate to. This is KA's Talent. She gives fantasy which has its core in reality. She does it extremely well. She does it so well that you are so deep into the book, you don't realize how committed you are until Real Life pulls you away...and you do not want to go and do whatever you are supposed to do. So upon re-reading this book, I changed my rating from 4 to 5 stars. Also since I have been reading and now reviewing for over 2 years, had read more of her recent works...this re-read gave me a sense of what she has done in the past... and where she has been going and now writing. I would be remiss if I didn't say they are similar but different. They are diffidently her books, her voice...but the newer books have had even more personal focus then moving forward with action... maybe more introspective. Which isn't a bad thing... just different than these staples. I loved reading this with all of my memories of characters that I knew more of because they had their own books...these characters actions would ring true to me... cause me to think on them, too... adding to my enjoyment. So, If like me, you have read these books, put them on your shelf and continued your reading of other new books of KA.... then maybe it might be time to do a re-read...a refresher in why KA clicked with you...of opening that delightful discussion in your head or on a group here of who is your favorite Dream Man. I am off to visit Tack...Oh, and by my re-reading this book, especially... I know I will get even more out of it... for I never understood the thing about "Peaches" and him... and now I do. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  27. 4 out of 5

    Blacky *Romance Addict*

    This was my first KA <3 And a beginning of a beautiful friendship (addiction XD) The story is an unusual one :) Gwen has a man that she only sees at night, they don't talk, she doesn't even know his name, but what she does know is that he's good in bed XD One day everything changes, her sister gets into a lot of trouble, and that forces Hawk to "come out". And when he does, Gwen decides to end things with him cause he esentially acts like a total jerk XD In the meantime, she meets Tack *drooli This was my first KA <3 And a beginning of a beautiful friendship (addiction XD) The story is an unusual one :) Gwen has a man that she only sees at night, they don't talk, she doesn't even know his name, but what she does know is that he's good in bed XD One day everything changes, her sister gets into a lot of trouble, and that forces Hawk to "come out". And when he does, Gwen decides to end things with him cause he esentially acts like a total jerk XD In the meantime, she meets Tack *drooling all over my PC*, a biker guy who has the hots for her, and Mitch Lawson, a detective who also has the hots for her XD Aaanyway, Hawk and Gwen were great together, they had good times, getting to know each other (view spoiler)[ when they were at her parent's and the story how they met <3 (hide spoiler)] , they had fights (view spoiler)[ the worst was not when Hawk broke it off the first time, but after he told her everything and then broke it off ( I wanted to cry :( ) (hide spoiler)] , they made up <3 (view spoiler)[ talking in the car about having kids <3 I went all mush with that <3 <3 <3 (hide spoiler)] there was some action and suspense (view spoiler)[ the kidnapping, both of them (hide spoiler)] , but the epilogue did it for me <3 It was just beautiful to read from Hawk's perspective <3 <3 <3 That's the most precious chapter here, loved it <3 I think there are too many hearts in this review loool but what can i say, it's just how I feel. And I'm glad I'm doing KA re-reads cause I know I can go no wrong with her, AND because in Mystery Man we get to see the dudes from Rock Chick, and Shirleen! When I first read it I had no idea who those people were. All in all 5+++ stars even for the second reading <3

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Mystery Man is fantastic. It's "laugh out loud" funny, at times quirky and full of hot alpha males, that'll have your "toes curling". Top that off with a wonderful heroine, who has fabulous taste in shoes! What more can you ask for? Cabe "Hawke" Delgado. Kristen Ashley you've done it AGAIN. Loved it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexis *Reality Bites*

    Spoiler Free Review 5 STAR READ Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense-Adult Series: Book 1 in Dream Man series "Sweet Pea, what do you think i do for a living?"- Hawk " You fly on your Super sonic Jet to hot, humid, tropical, war torn nations, execute your duties as a soilder for hire which means doing things like blowing up bridges and beating infidels into submission."- Gwen in Mystery Man I put all other books on pause to read this just to see what all the hype was about and i was not left Spoiler Free Review 5 STAR READ Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense-Adult Series: Book 1 in Dream Man series "Sweet Pea, what do you think i do for a living?"- Hawk " You fly on your Super sonic Jet to hot, humid, tropical, war torn nations, execute your duties as a soilder for hire which means doing things like blowing up bridges and beating infidels into submission."- Gwen in Mystery Man I put all other books on pause to read this just to see what all the hype was about and i was not left disappointed. Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley was a fast paced book that included not one not two but three "HOT AS HELL" men vying for the affections of Gwen. While out with her girlfriends Tracey and Camille sipping Cosmos; Gwen is approached by a man who says a few words to her before they are both out the door and back at her place having sex. Without leaving his name or a number for Gwen he's gone the next day but returns in the middle of the night to give Gwen mind blowing sex for over a year. Because of this he is dubbed Mystery man(MM) by Gwen and her friends. When Darla a biker chick shows up on Gwen's door step looking for Ginger Gwen's little sister Gwen knows something is wrong so she heads to Ride a biker shop/hangout looking for Dog Ginger's boyfriend. While at Ride Gwen meets Tack, Tack is sexy an likes Gwen from the second he saw her. Gwen learns that her little sister is in some deep shit up to her eyeballs and that alot of dangerous people are looking for her. This starts a ripple effect that leaves Gwen in danger. Enter Mystery man stage left! After arriving home Gwen walks in her house and comes face to face with Mystety Man and he is pissed. MM lets Gwen know that by going to Ride she is alerting people to her presence in Ginger's life making all eyes move to her in hopes of pulling Ginger out of hiding. Death threats insue by way of firebombs and drive by's. Thoughts We all want our own superman and Gwen believes Cabe"Hawk"Delgado is her superman. Hawk was everything male protective, sexy, smart, badass, all alpha and no in between. I loved that he felt regret for having only a sexual relationship with Gwen and was quick to correct this error by dating her and spending some quality time. KA did an awesome job with the character dynamics and interactions i loved Tracey, Cam and Elvira even the men created some witty banter. There was no shortage of testostrone that's for sure:)We get to meet some tempting characters one being Mitch Lawson i can't wait to read more on this guy! This book was a good length the pacing was favorable and the HEA(Happily Ever After) had tears streaming down my face. I am officially a KA fan! I can't wait to read book two! My Ratings Characters- Lovable and Witty Writing Style- Savory, Solid and Fast Paced Plot/Storyline- Steamy with some Mystery Steam Factor- Very Steamy Overall- My preferred cup of tea!! I recommend Mystery Man

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shari Kay

    I have absolutely no clue what to rate this book. I ran the gamut of emotions with this one, and though the two main characters brought out some very negative ones, they were also strong ones. K.A. can tell a story, even if I didn't like that story much. I was still turning the pages as fast as I could and thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it. That's gotta mean something. So no way to explain these mixed feelings without ranting. I will spoiler tag anything major. Where to start? Le I have absolutely no clue what to rate this book. I ran the gamut of emotions with this one, and though the two main characters brought out some very negative ones, they were also strong ones. K.A. can tell a story, even if I didn't like that story much. I was still turning the pages as fast as I could and thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it. That's gotta mean something. So no way to explain these mixed feelings without ranting. I will spoiler tag anything major. Where to start? Let's start with the stupid one first; Gwen. I mean... really? She has got to be the dumbest heroine I've ever met. This is not a spoiler as it is the premise of the entire book; she sleeps with a man for a year and a half without knowing his freaking name or anything about him!(view spoiler)[without a condom after the first few times FYI (hide spoiler)] People...a year and a half!! He comes in at night without a key, without an invite, slips into her bed, does the deed, barely speaks and leaves! For a year and a half!! It boggles the mind. BOGGLES! I've read more plausible scenarios in a paranormal than this one. It. Is. Crazy! And I have to say this, old fashion or not, softened and half-assed reasoned away or not, it is slutty.(view spoiler)[that's her word for herself in her brief moments of clarity (hide spoiler)] I don't like my heroines slutty...not one bit. Hawk said exactly four words to her to get her to sleep with him the first time. If that's not slutty, I don't know what is? But I could forgive her a drunken one night stand, Hawk is undeniably hot. Heck, I'd give her an entire weekend, but not this long term, mystery man bootie call. I just can't see it any other way. (view spoiler)[ further evidence of slutdom, her tingly bits are revving up for two other men while she is sleeping with Hawk! I really hated this. Frankly, I could not understand why those two other gorgeous men wanted her at all. They seriously knew nothing about her except she was sleeping with Hawk and she acted cute. I . Do. Not. Get. It. (hide spoiler)] Moving on... stalker; Hawk. He is beautiful, and he is a scumbucket. Yes, I read K.A. for her Alpha jackass males, and I love them! Let me say that again, "I. Love. Them. ", but for three-fourth of this book, I could barely stand Hawk. He is unbelievable.(view spoiler)[tragic past or not (hide spoiler)] I honest to goodness wanted to hit him with a crowbar. Being gorgeous is not everything ladies. He is awful. (view spoiler)[ so, beyond the premise of using Gwen for his personal sex toy, he was still sleeping with other women.(he knew Gwen was not sleeping with other men, btw) Note above spoiler; he did not use a condom with Gwen after the first few times cuz he saw her birth control pills, and duh, apparently he didn't care about double dipping with Gwen. Not even sure he used a condom with his other women. STD possibilities anyone? Stand up guy right? Oh, did I mention that one of the women he was banging while he was sleeping with Gwen, had a man? But her man apparently didn't do it for this OW, so Hawk decided to help her out with that. So not only does he cheat on Gwen(real relationship or not, this IS a romance and being with other women after getting with the heroine is a huge no-no) he is also cuckolding another man. Niiiice! (hide spoiler)] And let's talk some more about his actions during this year and a half and beyond. (view spoiler)[ he is a stalker. If he was not gorgeous and good in bed, we would all be crying, "creepy!" He has cameras on her house, he has men watching and reporting on her daily, he taps her phones and monitors her texts, he even GPS'd her car. He knows everything about her while she knows nothing about him! (hide spoiler)] . This will be one fat spoiler tag if I keep going, so let's round it out by saying everything ends up being Gwen's fault. Hawk is practically blameless in this whole affair. WTF? I hate when Ashley does this. There is hardly any groveling by the heroes in her books, but this one takes the cake. Yes, Gwen is obscenely stupid, but I started to feel sorry for her. Even when she finally had a logical reaction to her own actions and Hawk's treatment of her, somehow it got overturned, forgotten quickly or shoved aside and she ended up the only one in the wrong. Say, what?! Anyway, believe it or not, I can't say I wasn't entertained by reading MM. I was, most definitely. There were really good moments throughout; emotionally wrenching moments, lots of action, hellish family moments and periodically, hot Alpha male moments. There were also things that made me so mad, I contemplated not finishing it. I've all ready read #2-4 in this series having avoided this one like the plague. I knew this premise would push my limits, and it did! But I read the whole book in less than two days, and it is not short. I guess I ended up forgiving both Gwen and Hawk in an ends justifying the means kinda way. So as painful as I find this, I'm still gonna give this one 3 ✭'s, because I couldn't seem to look away from this train wreck, but will I ever reread it? No way in Hell.

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