Loose Ends by Kristen Ashley
Series: Rock Chick, Unfinished Hero, The 'Burg Series, Honey Series, Heaven and Hell
Also in this series: Rock Chick Series, Rock Chick Rescue, Rock Chick Redemption, Rock Chick Renegade, Rock Chick Revenge, Rock Chick Reckoning, Rock Chick Regret, Rock Chick Revolution, Rock Chick, Rock Chick Reawakening, Rock Chick Reborn, Knight, Creed, Raid
Published by Self-published on October 23, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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In Kristen Ashley’s first anthology, readers will find three short stories and two novellas taking them back to characters and series in the Kristen Ashley universe.
No Clue , a short story – Visit with Joe and Vi from At Peace of The ’Burg series and learn how Joe breaks up a fight between his sons, what Ryker’s up to and why, exactly, his wife Violet has no clue.
The Stars Aligned , a novella – The long-awaited love story of Hap and Luci. Introduced in Heaven and Hell , readers learned, after a heartbreaking journey through grief, Luci was ready to take another chance at love. But Hap was adhering to “the code” between brothers, unwilling to betray his dead friend Travis by falling for Travis’s widow. Further, Hap can’t quite believe a beauty like Luci could fall for a normal guy like Hap. But for Luci and Hap the heart can’t be denied. Especially when the stars align.
The Favor , a short story – Deacon and Cassidy from Deacon of the Unfinished Hero series go back to their favorite cabin at Glacier Lily, and there, Cassie asks her husband a favor. He’ll give her anything she wants. Including this.
More Than Everything , a novella – Readers left Diesel, Maddox and Molly at a crossroads at the end of The Greatest Risk of the Honey series. Maddox and Molly were all in with their commitment to their unconventional love triangle. But Diesel was letting the pressures and prejudice of family and society sink under his skin, making him hold himself distant from the man he loved. Can Maddox and Molly lead Diesel fully into their lives and give him more than everything?
Rock Chick Renewal , a short story – Tod has been planning Rock Chick weddings for years. He’s got a new one on his hands. And it’s not what he expected.
It’s no secret I’m a Kristen Ashley fan, so I was thrilled to hear her plans to give us a book that tied up some threads left hanging in various books and also gives us a chance to visit some of our favorite characters. A warning though, if you go in thinking you’re getting full-fledged stories you’ll be sorely disappointed. There are two novellas included that are complete stories, but the rest of the book is like being able to get short updates into the lives of some of her characters. Think of it as getting a catch-up phone call from your high school best friend versus going to spend a fun-filled weekend at her place. Thoroughly informative and enjoyable, especially if you have a glass of wine or cocktail in hand, but not as good as an in-person visit.
No Clue was up first and it was super cute and had me smiling throughout. Joe interacting with his youngest kids was exactly what I wanted for his character and absolutely melted my heart. Ryker was his usual hilarious, OTT ridiculous self with the scheme he was planning out, but it also exposed his ooey gooey marshmallow center that I love the most about him. I am glad I got to read this but did feel like I was left hanging a bit wanting to know what happened with Ryker’s grand plan.
Rating: 4.5 Ooey Gooey Marshmallowey Stars
The Stars Aligned finally gives us Hap and Luci’s story from . That poor couple has been left dangling forever so I’m glad we finally get their HEA. I wish they could have had a full length book of their own, but I also understand the material just wasn’t there for KA. This was the perfect solution. The story was full of angst, heartbreak, and introduced a character in Pearl that I absolutely adored. Actually I want to be Pearl when I grow up. My one issue with it was there was a boatload of sex. Seriously hot sex but, just like in Hound and Keely’s book, Wild Like The Wind, this one tipped the scale on the Erotica side and I wasn’t expecting that. Since the plot lines between the two couples stories were so similar, this was a negative for me. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Rating: 4 Finally An HEA For Hap and Luci Stars
The Favor was our little catch up call with Deacon and Cassidy and it was mainly set in the extremely memorable Cabin 11. This was sweet, sexy in a super hot way and almost too short. I had to remind myself this was a catch up call I was on. Sigh. Still, I’m thrilled our favorite ex-bounty hunter has fought all his demons and is now living the dream.
Rating: 4 I Want To Visit Cassidy’s Cabins Stars
More Than Everything is the longest of the two novellas at 200 pages. I’ve never read the Honey series since alpha subs don’t really melt my butter, but I crossed my fingers and dove in anyway since I’d already paid for it and in the end it is still a KA story. Even not having read their first book, I had no trouble following along. Since I don’t have a problem with MM stories and Molly is a sub and not a domme, I wasn’t uncomfortable with the sex scenes which is good since this was chock full of them. This story about love, acceptance, and family prejudices is full of angst which usually isn’t my thing unless there is action to go with it, but I did enjoy it. Getting to know Rebel, Rush’s future heroine was the cherry on top of this BDSM Sundae.
Rating: 3.75 Angsty Stars
Rock Chick Renewal was Tod and Stevie’s story and I adored it. Like The Favor, this was short but packed a sweet little punch. A bit bittersweet actually since Tod is based on KA’s beloved drag queen neighbor who she lost recently. I couldn’t help but think how hard this must have been to write. See, here I am getting teary-eyed at the thought again. Anyway, the whole gang was on hand to give Tod his HEA as was only fitting. If you cry, at least make sure you have waterproof mascara on like a good Burgundy-ette.
Rating: 5 Drag Queens Deserve It All Too Stars
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