Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley | Dream Man #1
Published on July 11th, 2011
| Audiobook Review |
It’s been ages since I’ve read Mystery Man; I’ve also listened to it a gazillion times (can’t you hear Hawk mocking me now?) so I figured it was time to put my thoughts to paper, so to speak. As far as I’m concerned, Gwen was living a fantasy life. She had a job she could do from home, she was redoing an old house, and she was given orgasms on a regular basis without any romantic entanglements. Now I’m not going to say Gwen was the brightest bulb in the tool shed (protection, girl,) but she was a hell of a lot of fun and surrounded herself with good people. Oh – she also had a kick ass shoe collection and a never-ending supply of LBDs.
Gwen’s life takes a turn for the worse when her sister, Ginger, wreaks havoc in Denver and her ‘mystery man’ lover takes on a larger, self-appointed role in her life to keep her safe. Hawk being so in the know about her daytime life is a shock to Gwen and after their first run-in with the sun up, she’s resistant to Hawk being in her life anymore in any way, shape, or form. To say that Gwen and Hawk have chemistry is an understatement. They were sexy as hell together, and it’s never more evident than when they’re at each other’s throats. I really enjoyed the plot of this book (though I think it could have been tightened up,) and the characters were all so much fun. Gwen’s family and friends, as well as Hawk’s family and co-workers added so much to this story. Hawk’s backstory was like a slap to the face; I had absolutely no idea what was coming, and boy was it heartbreaking. This does not mean I think his past justified all of Hawk’s actions. He broke Gwen’s heart and frustrated the hell out of me, laying blame at Gwen’s feet that he had no business putting there. But I do feel like he tried hard to make up for that, and ultimately, I could forgive him. Also, Gwen was a woman who lived in her head, and I loved being there. She was brutally honest with herself, and her thoughts were hilarious.
This book also introduced us to the follow up dream men, Brock, Mitch, and Tack. These men were all charmed by Gwen at some point, and I could see why. She was a good, honest woman, and very likable. A bit naïve at times, but she was in a situation I think most people would be shocked as hell to be in. This was one of the first Kristen Ashley books I read, and it still remains one of my favorites even now. If I could recommend one KA book to a reader, Mystery Man would be it.
Narrator: I loved this narrator for this particular book. She did all of the voices wonderfully, especially Hawk’s. That’s why I’m so confused as to why she didn’t continue that pattern with the rest of this series – I liked all of the men’s voices in this book. But in their own books, they were so exaggerated. Tack’s was the biggest disappointment, because the voice for Tack in this book was stellar, and had she used that for his own book, she’d have knocked it out of the park. My final rec? If you like audio, listen to Mystery Man. But be sure, with subsequent books, listen to the sample. And be sure it includes the heroes voice, or you may be in for a shock.
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