Dream Man by Kristen Ashley: Series Review + Giveaway

Posted January 29, 2012 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 32 Comments

Mystery Man is a mystery no more and he is definitely a superhero!! I’m at a loss for words, other than Kristen Ashley blew me away AGAIN! Just when you think to yourself that she can’t out-do the possessive male jerk from the last book you read…WRONG…let me introduce you to Cabe “Hawk” Delgado. Even his name makes me swoon! Gwen is the object of his fascination and he was the object of mine. She is the consummate fashion plate, funny and as enamored with Cabe as he is with her. These two slipped between the sheets every chance they got, and once again, major seat squirming on my part. Somehow when I read a KA book I find that I can’t sit still!!

Gwen has a mind of her own, even if it that mind doesn’t think things through and it leads her straight to trouble. When she sets her sights on something there is no stopping her, and of course she does it in style, right down to her shoes. The girl is shoe-ho!

I started out highlighting key parts to keep track of quotes and scenes that I liked; well that didn’t work out to well, because I damn near highlighted the whole book. I LOVED it ALL. At times I was laughing so hard that I thought I was going to choke. Warning, read this book in the privacy of your own home and not in public, or you might be at the receiving end of the Heimlich maneuver!

Kristen Ashley writes such, that you read yourself right into the book. Her books are spot on when it comes to feelings, emotions, and circumstances. She always throws in that curve ball of unexpected, when revealing what came to pass in the history of her characters, this book being no exception.

There was a whole troupe of secondary characters that I would love to see featured in future books. I don’t even feel right calling them secondary, it’s as if I do them a disservice, because they are front and center in the plot, shining stars in their own right.

Have a box of Kleenex ready for the epilogue, another thing that KA does so well. It’s as if she herself needs this closure and she gifts it to her readers knowing we need it too. I had to read it twice, the first time it was blurred and after I wiped the wet away I read it again. I had a hard time putting this one away.

This book was not at all what I expected, but it had Kristen Ashley’s stamp all over it. Was that a bad thing? No way, because this was a GREAT read! There was little suspense, a rocky start to the relationship, the usual unveiling of the character’s history, and then on to the heart of the story and this one had a HUGE heart and lots of lovin’, lots and lots of lovin’! It came it many different forms, family love, friendship love and the love between Tess and Brock, two irresistible characters that were a dynamite couple!
They never wavered from their relationship; once they were together, they believed in each other, no questions, no doubt, they were ROCK SOLID. Oh, they had the normal hurdles to work through, but unlike other books where the couples might separate, question if they belong together, these two built on what they had. Tess had to overcome a tragic past, work on her self-esteem, and Brock did everything in his power to make her see her full worth and beauty. Of course being a KA man, that meant getting physical, and laying some wet ones on her every chance he got. Wet kisses that is, I was salivating so bad I needed a bib, the kind with the scoop on the bottom to catch the drool!

“Then his head dipped and he gave me a sweet, delicious, long, deep cupcake kiss.”

Brock also liked cake, Tess baked cakes, he got to have his cake and eat it too…uh… not just cake…he was…uh…let’s just say the man could get down and dirty…VERY HOT! Brock was badass and protective when it came to Tess and his family, but she was no slacker. She had her man’s back, and when her hackles came up and she defended Brock…WATCH OUT!! Quiet, but deadly…the girl could kick some major ass, verbally and physically. 

The KA trademarks were all here, the descriptive writing, attention to detail, secondary characters that take front and center, and in this book, it was the kids. They were delicious! I could picture every one of them. I also like the way she propels the story forward. She doesn’t continue from the point where it left off at the last chapter when you get to the next chapter. You think you missed out, and then she takes you back to divulge what took place to bring you to that point. I find it to be very enjoyable, because it adds an extra level of anticipation.
 

Another satisfying epilogue rounded out this warm and beautiful love story!!
“Son of law” is up next…yes the alluring MITCH, another yummy dream man!

Giveaway:
Because we at Swept Away By Romance are huge fans of Kristen Ashley and her Dream Man Series, we want to give away all 3 books to one lucky winner. Yes, you read right. All 3 books! The winner will receive Mystery Man and Wild Man right away. Law Man, the third book in the series, comes out in February and will be sent to you automatically on its release day. For a little taste, you can download the first six chapters of Law Man on Kristen’s website here.
To enter you have to:
  • be a follower or sign up to be one
  • leave a comment with a valid email address
  • let us know why you are interested in this series (maybe you’ve already read Kristen Ashley or have heard of her…anything goes)
The books are only available in ebook format. We’ll get you the format of your choice!
This Giveaway is International and ends on February 2nd.
Good Luck!

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Nancy @ momjustlikeyou
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5 years 9 months ago

I LOVE Kristen Ashley! She writes the best characters and keeps me laughing. Would love to win this series! mommy7fl@yahoo.com

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

I just read Rock Chick, and oh my, I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard. Thanks for stopping by Nancy and good luck!

Trisha
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5 years 9 months ago

One can never have to many HOT alpha men to swoon over…trust me what ever Ms.Kristen Ashley writes is swoon worthy. patriciacatch22@gmail.com

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

So true Trisha…KA write the BEST alpha males and they are unbelievably swoon-worthy! Just thinking about them…well, it's getting HOT in here! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

susan leonard
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5 years 9 months ago

Yay! I know this site will become one of my most stalked soon – lots of book reviews! I found this because of Kristen Ashley – LOVE her books. Every one I have read so far. (Colorado series, Fantasy series, Law Man series…)Can't wait for her next ones to come out! Golden Dynasty may be my favorite though. Hard to beat that one!
Susan

susanleonard31@gmail.com

Steffi
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5 years 9 months ago

Stalk away, Susan! Thanks for stopping by. I haven't even started the Fantasy series yet. I think I'll switch back and forth between the Rock Chicks and the Fantasy series. I can never start a Kristen Ashley during the week because I have a compulsary need to finish it right away.

Again, thanks for stopping by and Good luck, Susan!

Steffi
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5 years 9 months ago

So glad to have you on board with us, Rebeka. Karla and I are just now starting with the Rock Chick series. It's so funny and I love Lee. I'm so lucky to have Karla. She recommended Kristen Ashley to me and I wouldn't want to have missed this for anything!

Thanks for entering, Rebeka. Good Luck!

Rebeka(Iceycold123)
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5 years 9 months ago

OKAY WOMEN.

I have a obsession towards Kristen Ashley books! they are utterly amazing, If you haven't read 'Rock Chick Series' You so HAVE to Karla !.

I've just come upon this website half an hour ago, and have been reading so many reviews, i've made a huge list of 'TOREAD',

Thankyou so much 🙂

I'd love to enter into the competition, it'd be great to own them 🙂
Haven't actually read this series YET.

Good luck to all the fellow reader, you'll be hooked, I can guarantee it!

Email:

rebeka-rox@hotmail.com

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Hi Tracy! Glad that you came by and threw your hat in the ring, it's a great series…good luck!

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for stopping by Natuy29 and good luck!

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

They are fantastic Kimber, and you will enjoy them. Thanks for entering the contest!

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Hey Suzie…thanks for joining the party and good luck!

Tracy
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5 years 9 months ago

Wow! Sounds like a series I'd love. Hot alpha guys, strong relationships, and humor, too? I LOVE humor in my romance and it's so often so hard to find. Great review, great giveaway, great day!! I'll throw my hat in the ring for a chance. Awesome!!

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5 years 9 months ago

Wow thanx 4 the giveaway!!! I'd love to get a chance to Win Ms.Kristen Ashley: Series ! I heard some awesome Talk at http://www.goodreads.com about Mystery Man. 😀 thanx again!

natuy29
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5 years 9 months ago

I would love to win theses books since this would a new series I have not read. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kimber
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5 years 9 months ago

I would love to win these books. From the reviews they sounds FANTASTIC and exactly something I would enjoy!

Hanife Albayrak
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5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for giveaway. I hadn't heard of this series but I'm look forward to read new authors/series. I always enjoy reading Romantic suspense and I think I'll love this series to. And must add I'm addictive of alpha-male-characters 😀 Such a joy to read like this characters!

Mail;
shadownice@windowslive.com

Steffi
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5 years 9 months ago

You will definitely get you dose of alpha male here, Hanife! Kristen Ashley is the Queen of Alphas:)

Anonymous
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5 years 9 months ago

LOVE, love, love KA's books and am looking forward to Law Man!! Thanks to my GR pal Karla for introducing me to KA's books. She has quickly become my favorite "Alpha Male" author and i am looking forward to more of her books!!

Dorsey
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Steffi
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5 years 9 months ago

Karla is the one who got me to read the books, too, Dorsey. Now I'm addicted!

Suzie Quint
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5 years 9 months ago

I've watched so many GR friends rave about KA's books. I think it's time I came to the party.

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Hey Elizabeth! Just when you think you've read KA's best book…wham she writes another one. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Yes Amanda, she is a favorite of ours here too at SABR. Her ladies are loads of fun and they end up with the best men!

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Cynthia, you will love it! Kristen Ashley is an amazing storyteller! She writes the yummiest men!

Elizabeth M
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5 years 9 months ago

Ooops, sorry!! My email is elizm@live.com

Elizabeth M
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5 years 9 months ago

I've been wanting to read this series SO badly! Just haven't been able to yet. I don't know how she does it, but even as much as certain aspects of her stories annoy me, each of her books seems to *somehow* get better and better (though….I've only read two;). She's really an original storyteller, that is for sure.

Thanks, ladies, for running this giveaway!! It's awesome! I'm crossing my fingers:)

Elizabeth (from GR:-)

amandakgc
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5 years 9 months ago

She is my new favorite author! Love her work!! You want to dress like the ladies, have friends like the ladies, live like the ladies
and you definitely want to have the men they have. Me…I want Cabe "Hawk" Delgado…ASAP! Soooo looking forward to Mitch Lawson.

Cynthia Durichek
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Cynthia Durichek
5 years 9 months ago

I haven't read any of this series yet but I am intrigued and would love to win them.
My email is beachlover2@q.com

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

You are going to love KA's Dream Man series. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Anna
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5 years 9 months ago

My GR friends did Buddy Read "Sweet Dreams". Loved her writing so much I read the next book, "Lady Luck". I would love a chance to win her Dream Man series.

saobrienATcoxDOTnet

karla
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5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for stopping by Kristen. It's a great series so far and I am looking forward to Law Man too!
Good Luck!

kpeery1
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5 years 9 months ago

I haven't read this series yet but am excited to start soon. I love the way Kristen Ashley writes romance.

My email is kristendcasto@gmail.com

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