Review: Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Mystery ManTitle:  Mystery Man
Series:  Dream Man #1
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 11,  2012
Publisher:  Forever
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle edition
Cover Description:

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.

Read on for my thoughts on Dream Man.  No true spoilers, promise.

I recently received an ARC of Kristen Ashley’s newest Chaos series release, Ride Steady.  In truth, I should be doing that review right now.  But I wanted to go back to the beginning before I tackled Joker’s story.  Back to where I first met up with the Chaos motorcycle club, back to when I first fell in love with the men of this series and Kristen Ashley’s writing.  So I dusted off my Kindle edition of Mystery Man and started reading about 4 hours ago.  Read it in one sitting and re-lived the start of one of my favorite series all over again.

Cabe “Hawk” Delgado is an alpha man without any doubt.  He is a man of very few words, actions speak louder to him in many ways.  He’s also a man who has closed off his emotions, for reasons you will discover within this story.  His work, which is dangerous, is his life – until he walks past a restaurant and sees a beautiful, sexy lady laughing with her friend.  It was the moment he knew he wanted that woman in his bed – he didn’t know if he wanted her in his life yet, but definitely in his bed.

Gwen Kidd has been burned before, but that doesn’t stop her from noticing the handsome man who walked into her friend’s workplace.  She did everything she could think of to bring his gaze over to her.  She crossed her legs, twirled her hair and make herself seem as sexy as she possibly could after a few Cosmos… but he hadn’t looked up from his food.  Until the moment he stood up, walked straight over to her and asked if she was ready to go… and so began a passionate, pleasurable night-time relationship that lasted over a year before she ever saw his face in the daylight.

Gwen’s sister, Ginger was nothing but trouble with a capital T.  And she had gotten Gwen involved in her trouble as well.  That was when her mystery man became very real, very fast.

Mystery Man is a fast paced, sexy, steamy, testosterone overload delight.  Hawk will bulldoze himself into every aspect of her life with the intention of protecting her – and once he got a taste of her bull-headed sassiness, he was in deep.  Their lives were about to careen out of control with bad guys, close friends, crazy mothers.. and a sister at the center of it all who makes some very bad choices and leaves Gwen to deal with the consequences.  I loved this story and go back to this series often.  Yes, I love an alpha male – yet the men of this series are more than good looks and sexy moves (although they have those in abundance).  The ladies they love aren’t airheads, contrary to some scenes when you gotta wonder a bit – but at the core these stories are about strong men loving equally strong women who can put up with their crap and still decide to keep their alpha men no matter what.

This story is a combination of romance, mystery, action thriller and a steamy, sexy ride every single minute.  Mystery Man, the first novel, was released in 2012 and it is as good a read today as it was when I first picked it up years ago.  Some stories stay with you – these did and I loved every second spent with the alpha men of Kristen Ashley’s Dream Men.  If you haven’t discovered them yet, I would highly recommend that you correct that situation because you are missing out on some amazing stories.

Mystery Man is available in paperback, audio and for the Kindle