Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man #1
Published by Forever on November 11, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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...
For several DG’s, the Dream Man Series is what popped their KA cherry. I think my first KA book was Heaven and Hell. I loved it, but I wish I would have waited for Hawk, Brock, Mitch, and Tack. I loved each and every one of them but for vastly different reasons. You have Hawk, your crazy commando (not crazy fun, crazy whacked but in an alpha, growly, obsessive way), Brock, your do-anything-to-get-the-job done DEA Agent/Cop, Mitch, the big-hearted Law Man, and Tack, the Dirty Girl Biker Guru’s dream biker. I do have to say, the OCD part of me wants me to tell you that you should read the Rock Chick Series first but feel free to ignore that.
The heroines are quirky, the side kicks are freaking hilarious and the story lines will leave you laughing one minute and crying the next. This is a must read 5 Star series.
To help you keep all the characters straight, I put together a character list which tells you which books they appear in, and for many of the characters, actual quotes from the books describing them.
I’ve also put together a play list for the Dream Man series with both songs/bands mentioned in the books and songs that remind me of scenes or characters in the book.
Finally, many of KA’s series are linked so I put together my suggestion for what reading order works best.
Dream Man Series
Mystery Man: I have to admit, the beginning of Mystery Man had me thinking “WTF?- She banged a guy for 1 1/2 years and didn’t know his name. Is she nuts!” I got past this. How? you ask. Because Hawk is awesome (when he wasn’t pissing me off) and we are introduced to Mitch, Brock, and Tack. Plus, shortly into the book I realized I was going to be on one hell of a wild ride.
Prepare for emotional swings when reading this book. I went from being a tad judgy, to feeling her pain caused by her dead beat sibling, to being scared with her, to being insanely pissed at Hawk, to having my heart break for her, to having my heart break for him. All throughout this rollercoaster of emotion, I would randomly laugh out loud because Gwen may be a girly girl who lived for cosmos and LBD’s but she was funny. Hawk…..how do I describe Hawk. Hot, intense, bad ass, scary, controlling, and completely broken. When you find out why, you’ll forgive him for all his asshole ways. WTF-ery or not, Mystery Man is one of my go-to comfort reads.
“I’m here ’cause when you come, you come hard, you don’t hold back but you do hold on and you do it tight. I’m here because, when you call me baby in this bed, I feel it in my dick. And I’m here because you don’t hesitate throwing attitude when every other woman I know doesn’t have the guts to say boo to me. Seein’ you scared and wantin’ to do something about it was just an extra reason that made me want to be here.”
Song: The Other Side of Midnight by Uriah Heep
Wild Man: This book should be subtitled “The Ex’s From Hell”. I have to admit, Brock did not win me over in Mystery Man. I kind of thought he was a douchewaffle with his Hail Mary play that involved Gwen. Still, it was a KA book so I knew she would turn him around for me and she did.
The beginning had me going OMG and again I wasn’t too sure about Brock, but he redeemed himself in a big way. Once he found out what had really happened to Tess, he made it his goal in life to guide her through the healing process. He not only won me over, he made it onto my Top Ten favorite book boyfriend list.
Between psycho ex’s on both sides, kidnappings, shootings and sometimes whacked, sometimes heartbreaking family drama, Tess and Brock’s journey isn’t an easy one. Rest assured, even through the bad times we are treated to a love story that will leave you smiling even when you want to cry. Add in the craziness of the supporting characters, at times you’ll even be laughing your ass off. Trigger Warning View Spoiler » Tess is recovering from a past rape by her ex, plus there is an attempted rape situation. « Hide Spoiler
There’s a wild that’s fucked and there’s a wild that’s just plain wild. You just hooked yourself to a different kind of wild, Tess, and I swear, baby, swear”— his arms squeezed before he finished—“ I’ll show you that’s a good, safe place to be.”
Song: Simple Man by Shinedown
Law Man: An unbelievably sweet book with a freaking awesome H in Mitch. He’s like the Captain America of cops with the big heart to go with it. Mara is not my usual preference for a great h. She was in her head an inordinate amount of time and way too down on herself, but I actually ended up really liking her. Mitch is everything a hero should be. He’s loyal, he’s alpha, and he can definitely be an asshole but only when it’s for a good cause. When you include Mara’s adorable cousins, you just can’t help but fall in love with this book. There is mystery, suspense, a heart-poundingly scary kidnapping, problems with the mob, plus Mara’s crazy Mom and Aunt, aka the trailor trash twins, causing problems every which way they can. Last but not least, if there were awards for awesome epilogues, Law Man would have the top spot.
You’re Mara, you’re sweet, you’re beautiful, and I will not forget until the day I die how beautiful it felt to slide inside you, with you wrapped around me, see your eyes get wet and know straight in my gut that you felt how beautiful it was too.”
Song: Feeling That Way/Anytime by Journey
Motorcycle Man: If I was ever in a nightmare scenario where I could only pick one book from this series to read (which would absolutely suck!), it would be Motorcycle Man. This is one of those comfort reads for me that I reach for time after time. Tack is everything a badass Hero should be. He’s a hot biker, a great dad (even if he does cuss like a sailor), he can be sweet when he needs to, but he’s not a pushover AT ALL. He can take care of business in all ways, and let me tell you, when his business is Tyra, it is HOT. Tyra is not what you would consider a biker bitch, but when she finds her way (and she was definitely lost), she can hold her own with even the bitchiest bitch of all. Biker politics and mob issues are sprinkled throughout this book with our Tyra directly in the crosshairs of a very bad guy. Tyra had the wildest most dangerous ride of all in this series, but her biker king is there to make sure his queen makes it safely home.
Favorite Quote’s: (because I could not pick just one)
“Truth, honesty, perseverance, strength, love of all kinds and forgiveness are all beautiful, Tack. The most beautiful stories ever told are the most difficult to take.”
“Babe, advice. A man expresses his gratitude, you do not throw attitude. You kiss him and, maybe, suck his dick to show your appreciation.”
Song: Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
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