Thursday, October 31, 2013


I fell in love with Kristen Ashley's writing with the Rock Chick series. Since then, I've decide to devote a week/month to each of her series. August was Rock Chick. September was Colorado Mountain. October is Dream Man.

Law Man (Dream Man, #3)Series: Dream Man #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: SP 2/3/12, now w/Forever 12/11/12
Format: Kindle
Pages: 362
Source: Purchase
Rating: 4-4.5 stars

Love is just around the corner . . . Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin's kids, she gets pulled back into the life she's tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

Mitch Lawson is the sexy detective I've been wanting more of since Mystery Man. He's got it all, really. Great cop name. Gorgeous. And the signature KA Alpha Man characteristics: bossy, sexy, smart, with a dangerous edge. Seriously,  what's not to love

When I started reading Law Man, I got a lot of comments from those who'd already read it. The consensus was: Mitch Lawson is a BAMF, but Mara is seriously annoying. This didn't worry me because I tend to find a lot of myself in the KA heroines a lot of readers find annoying (think Jet and Ava). And now that I think about it, I'm not sure what that says about me. But when I say annoying, I mean, these heroines tend to lack an abundance of confidence. Sure, she may be sweet and smart and have friends, but when it comes to a great, hot guy falling in love with her, she thinks "Why me?" and "How long until he realizes he's too good for me?" Mara did take this a bit to the extreme, but once she settled in, it got better.

I really liked Law Man. I didn't quite love it like the first two books in the series, particularly Wild Man. This may be because I loved Wild Man so much, it's a favorite of Ashley 's for me. I really liked that this one focused so much on family, with Mitch and Mara's love for her two young cousins. The moments of love and affection between the four never failed to bring a tear to my eyes.

Happily, Law Man did include a fair amount of crossover from other KA books. Elvira is always good for a laugh. Brock, along with Tessa, made me swoon a few times. Hawk brought the heat. We also got the Hot Bunch (LUKE STARK!) And Tack. I had sort of forgotten how hot and mysterious he was in Mystery Man. I've been thoroughly reminded, and now am pumped to start Motorcycle Man.

Favorite Quotes:

  "He was the man of my dreams. I was in love with him and I didn't know him and he definitely didn't know me. This was not in a sick stalker-type way because I was too shy to be a stalker and I liked him too much to put him through something like that."  ~1%

 "Never believed in this shit but now, I'm thinkin' I fell in love with the promise of you the first time I saw you."   ~75%

  "That's me," Tack answered. "Full of surprises. Now, you gonna give Lawson his assurances and make your call or are we gonna get out our knitting needles and chat while we make scarves?"   ~95%
The Dream Man Series
Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1) Wild Man Law Man Motorcycle Man

Purchase Law Man

About the author:

Kristen AshleyKristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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  2. This was my least favorite in the series too but I still seriosuly loved Mitch. I've liked him since MM. I cant wait fot you to read Motorcycle Man. Omg...Tack got my engines roaring.

  3. This was my least favorite in the series too but I still seriosuly loved Mitch. I've liked him since MM. I cant wait fot you to read Motorcycle Man. Omg...Tack got my engines roaring.

  4. Great review Andrea! I am so glad you are enjoying this series so much.... also I have some serious cover love for these books.

  5. I keep hearing such great things and know I have to dive in to this series. I really like the Rock Chick I'm gonna take the plunge on the MAN books...soon! Thanks for the review!

  6. Wow you are just devouring this series! sorry that this one wasn't your favorites. It still sounds interesting. Crossovers can be fun, if done right. I am waiting to see what you think of motorcycle man though :D

  7. I'm glad that Mara was able to win you over in the end Andrea, I usually have the patience for females like Mara too, so I'm glad to know she wasn't too annoying! Also I'm so happy to see you on a roll with these books! Lovely review! :)

  8. I've gathered from your review of the first book in this series that sometime in the future these will be on my reading list. I think that I'd have some troubles with Mara but at the end I'd enjoy the story. Great review :)

  9. Sometimes the female characters can get quite annoying in romances, but I'm glad it doesn't bother you too much. Sorry this wasn't amazing, but that's good you found a lot of great stuff in it.

  10. Now this is a romantic suspense I would enjoy, I love crime thrillers with strong alpha males. Wonderful review!

  11. I'm so glad you're enjoying your KA marathon, Andrea. It's too bad Law Man wasn't quite as good - especially since you were soo looking forward to more Mitch. But the story sounds good nonetheless. Great review!

  12. Okay, now I know to have some extra patience when reading this one. I'm taking a blog break for two weeks in December so maybe I'll do a KA marathon then! :) I'm giddy just thinking about it! Great review, Andrea! :)

  13. Sounds great. Can these me read as standalones?

  14. I love hot, sexy, bossy Alpha's. I love that this book focused on family. Even though it wasn't one of your favs, I'm glad that you still loved it!

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