REVIEW – Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Mystery Man

Blurb:

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 decides to lay the problem on her sister’s 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.

What Worked For Me:

This was a solid and entertaining read.  Overall, the plot was well thought out and full of suspense and intrigue.  There was just enough angst to keep me on the edge of my seat dying to see what comes next.  Hawk, our Hero, was full of alpha-hotness, was brooding and heroic, if slightly dense when it comes to Gwen.  Not recognizing that he loves her and almost letting her go and losing her was a big wake-up call for his damaged and tortured soul.  Gwen, our heroine, is strong and independent and has a massive stubborn streak.  She lives in a rainbow colored bubble most of the time, loving diamonds and expensive shoes and cosmos.  And the men love her.  Seriously, they all seem to fall under some type of spell the moment they meet her (see below).  She’s strong enough not to be a doormat to Hawk and is strong enough to walk away when he is being stupid and pushing her away (see below).  I absolutely love the interaction between Gwen and her father and stepmom.  It brought tears to my eyes and were truly beautiful interaction to read.  The supporting characters are very entertaining and add a good dose of entertainment, and I really can’t wait to see some of them pop up in future books.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Hawk seriously needs to come out of the past.  While I know everyone has a past, I really do not like my characters having already been in love with someone else because then I feel like the Heroine was never truly his soul-mate.  Gwen….I have to wonder, while she’s charming and funny and smart….is her vagina made of rainbows, sunshine and gold?  Because seriously, it was annoying that every man seemed to fall for her.  No woman is that perfect and that gorgeous.  And when Hawk acted like a jackass, she needed to take her foot and plant if firmly between the cheeks of his rear.  I could also have done without her getting all tingly during their “break-up” over kissing two other men.  That was not cool and I deducted big points off my rating for that alone.

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes….do those reading friends who don’t mind their Hero and Heroine having pasts, break-ups, kissing other people, angst, and acting like total ninnies at the most inopportune moments.

Final Star Rating:

4 of 5 stars

Buy Links: 

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Man-Dream-ebook/dp/B00AHFJABS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381790709&sr=1-1&keywords=mystery+man+kristen+ashley

Barnes and Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mystery-man-kristen-ashley/1104561966?ean=9781455599189