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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Posted by Irish in Review4 Comments

Title: Mystery Man (Goodreads)

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 11 December 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: ebook
Pages: 401

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Place(s) Traveled to: Denver, Colorado

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): I felt the covers slide down my body then a hand light on the small of my back.

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Dream Man Series Order

Book 1: Mystery Man
Book 2: Wild Man
Book 3: Law Man
Book 4: Motorcycle Man

I wasn’t so sure about pick up this series by Kristen Ashley because the covers and the titles were a bit off putting. But then I kept hearing so many people on Twitter and the internet reading and falling in love with them so when the opportunity came up to review Mystery Man I jumped on it. I was curious about the story of Gwen and Hawk that everyone seemed to love so much and I was determined not to let a lackluster title or cover sway me. And let me tell you I am so very glad that I did for I loved this book!

Mystery Man wasn’t a book that I planned to read right now but I found myself flipping it open and it wasn’t long before I was sucked in. Gwen is this feisty female lead who has lots of spunk and sass and Hawk is this crazy alpha man that you shouldn’t like as he’s boss and tight lipped and yet you do. Their chemistry literally leaps off the page and I often found myself laughing out loud at their banter. 

But this story isn’t all about just two characters there is a whole slew of secondary characters that just wiggle their way into your heart as this story moves along. I loved each and every one of them (well most of them), even Ginger, which if you’ve read this book you know is a difficult thing to do. I don’t love her for herself though but for how Gwen reacts to her. Gwen is just such an open and genuine person that you fall a little bit in love with her. So its easy to see why Hawk does even though like all good alpha males he resists mightily. 

Another thing I really liked about Mystery Man was the overall plot of the book. This was wasn’t just a steamy romance novel but it was also filled with lots of suspense. There were times where the events were a little crazy and over the top and yet Kristen Ashley made them work. There was a ton of action in this book that will often have your heart beating like mad as you quickly read the pages needing to know what happens next. Mystery Man wasn’t a total gush fest though as there were times when I wanted to reach into its pages and smack our dear hero and heroine as they made some stupid choices. Mystery Man was filled with so many ups and downs and all the FEELINGS!! 

I also think it should be mentioned that this book started off as a self-published novel until it was picked up recently by Grand Central Publishing. Its always nice to hear stories like that but I wish that when a self-published book got picked up by a major house that it would go through another round of editing prior to being re-released in the world. As a blogger I have become pretty used to skimming over various spelling and grammar errors in an ARC but when I see them running rampant in a book that was previously published and then re-released I expect more than a simple copy and paste of the original and only slapping on an imprint logo to signify the change. Its for that reason that I only gave Mystery Man 4 stars the various errors I noticed were frequent enough to jolt me out of the story. 

Despite the flaws though Mystery Man has totally put Kristen Ashley on my radar and now I want to devour all of her books. Although I am not so sure about the next book in this series, Wild Man, as I really didn’t care for this characters brief appearance in this book. Have any of you read Wild Man? What did you think about it, is it worth reading or should I just skip to the third book, Law Man?

4 Responses to “Review: Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley”

  1. Marg

    I have heard a lot about Motorcycle Man but didn’t know much more so thanks for this post.

    I do know exactly what you mean about the editing. I think it is seen as an easy way to get an already popular book out there with a minimum of work required on the publishers part.

  2. Sarah

    Wild Man is actually my favorite of the entire series. I did not like Law Man because the heroine was such a doormat. SUCH A DOORMAT.

  3. Reading Angel

    I haven’t heard of this one, and definitely wouldn’t have picked it up based on the cover/title. Based on your review though it looks like one I would really enjoy! I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the great review!