Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mystery Man Review

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.

This is the first of Kristen Ashley's Dream Man Series.  I wasn't really sure if I would like this novel, I had been introduced into KA's writing world through the Colorado Mountain Series, and I was afraid this series wouldn't have the same meat to it, if you will.  Surprisingly, it is an intense joyride that goes through all four novels!

Gwen is beautiful, smart, funny and incredibly good at getting herself into situations that make you scratch you head and wonder what the hell is wrong with her.  She makes you laugh, though I don't think she ever really means to.  As a freelance editor she works from home, my dream job, and apparently shops a lot, drinks with friends a lot, and generally is fabulous.  If I had to fault her for anything it would be that she lacks loyalty at times.  She can also be rather shallow.  Pretty things are important to her,and at times, it seems that collecting them are all that matters to her.

Hawk is difficult.  He has a rather tragic past, losing both his wife and daughter in an act of violence, and he is very closed off.  He has some rather great traits about him as well.  He is dedicated to Gwen and to helping her with her screw up of a sister, he can be very charming, he is incredibly strong and brave.  But with the sweet comes the sour.  He can be a complete and utter asshole as well.  Often closing down and not allowing any sort of discussion about his past.

Gwen's sister is a complete idiot.  She gets herself into trouble with almost everyone, including an MC that leads to Gwen getting involved in this mess in the first place.  Hawk does everything he can to help Gwen, but despite herself she keeps getting deeper and deeper into the mess her sister created.  There were times in this novel that I wanted to scream at her to stop being such a moron!  But, as with all of KA's novels, there is a reason.  Gwen's heart is in the right place, even if her actions are not.

Hawk & Gwen can be very hard to read at times, in the beginning she pushes at him, in the middle he pushes at her.  At one point I even found myself wondering why these two would even hook up.  Then I remembered, Gwen never says no.  I think she loved Hawk from the moment she saw him.  And for a year and a half she let him enjoy her body without a word of protest.  My only issue with this really is that Hawk was not as dedicated to their sexual relationship as Gwen was, so he slept with other "days", the nickname given to the other women who shared his bed.  And he never wore a condom with Gwen.  That creeps me out.

Yes I know there is a new cover, I prefer the old one.  That's just me =)

This book I reread a lot.  I enjoy it immensely.  I give it 5 lipsticks!


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