Title – Mystery Man
Author – Kristen Ashley
Publication Date – July 13, 2011
Series – Dream Man #1
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….
It has taken me forever to finally read a Kristen Ashley novel, and I know plenty of people who are mentally kicking me for it – myself included! There was something the Dream Man series that called to me and after finishing Mystery Man, I’m so insanely curious to see what else Kristen Ashley can do. This first book of the series held so much allure with a variety of alpha men and a saucy heroine that I could not get enough of it.
“But a year and a half slid by and I kept my hope while losing my dignity again and again and again.”
To say that I absolutely adored Gwen’s character would be a roaring understatement. I could relate to her on so many levels that I felt her personality deep in my bones. She had a strong ferocity for her family and her friends, even the ones who had done her wrong, which made her so easy to love. Furthermore, she was such a spitfire and I never knew what was going to come out of her mouth next. She left me guessing and I loved the thrill she gave me when that side of her would come out. Hawk was one of those alpha heroes who took me by surprise. His dominating personality made me want to smack him occasionally, but as the time went on and I learned more about him, I understood it better. The need for control and the possessive mannerisms all became attractive because I realized there was a reason for it all. Not to mention, the chemistry between these two was off the charts. However, it never really ruled their relationship together and I admired that about this author’s writing. It was a bonus to Mystery Man, not the whole purpose.
“Without delay my feet moved me closer to him because I was a woman and when a hot guy told you in a quiet, deep, attractive voice to come to him, you just did it.”
I really am beating myself up for not diving into something by this author sooner. Kristen Ashley has a reputation for being one of the best of the best, and I am starting to see why. Her writing is addictive, and even though the page length deterred me at first, the book flew by in the blink of an eye. Plus, with the introduction of characters happening the way it did, I’m aching to get to the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what else Ashley can do with those possessive alpha males!
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Wild Man (Dream Man #2)
Law Man (Dream Man #3)
Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4)