Wednesday, October 30, 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.

Wild ManSeries: Dream Man #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: SP 10/4/11, now w/Forever 12/11/12
Format: Kindle
Pages: 528
Source: Purchase
Rating: 5 stars

She's about to walk on the wild side . . . While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He's committed to his anti-drug mission, but he's fallen in love with the beautiful woman who's as sweet as her cupcakes-and he'll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who's determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he's lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?

Okay. So Wild Man is the FIFTEENTH Kristen Ashley book I've read since late-June, and my love for her style is not diminishing in the slightest. Honestly, I can't even begin to comprehend how one mind can continue to create so many engaging and dynamic characters. Such fun, sexy, realistic and suspenseful stories filled with heart-stopping moments of beauty, with each story having a unique feel. My mind is boggled, but KA does it, so there you have it.

I am always grateful for a good story that takes me away from reality, but I've been especially grateful right now, because I read Wild Man during the first week of the government shutdown. (Side note:  It's been a very stressful time, considering my husband works for the federal government, and has no idea when he will again be paid for his work.)  I'm not telling this for any other reason than to say, you know you have something special when you can be consumed by a story even when you are stressed to the max. Also, I am pleased to say that I have no read so many KA books that I can now go off an a tangent that would make any of her heroines - particularly Nina Maxwell - proud. I now find myself talking like these chicks and that had me pretty freaking pleased. Bonus: My Guy thinks it's cute.

So back to Wild Man. I obviously loved it, even more than Mystery Man! Brock and Tessa got off to a troubled start, but once they get going, their relationship was terrific. These two were such a... healthy (?) couple. Maybe it's that they were a bit older than a lot of KA's other couples, or perhaps it was just them as characters, but whatever it was, I liked it. Once they got their initial issues sorted, their struggles were mostly external, dealing with exes, families, friends. Brock and Tessa reminded me a lot of Tate and Laurie (from Sweet Dreams). Considering that Tate and Laurie are one of my very favorite couples (along with Luke and Ava), then you know why this is a compliment.

Something I'm really enjoying about Dream Man series is how each story, despite being a companion, is connected to the others. I loved seeing Hawk and Gwen again. I like the tidbits with Mitch, who gets the next book, and Tack. Not only do you get that, but also...this series continues to tie into the Rock Chick world in the best of ways! I almost had a heart attack when the boys from Nightingale Investigation show up, along with Hank and Eddie. And...SHIRLEEN AND DAISY. (If you know Shirleen and Daisy then you recognize my CAP SMASH is warranted.)  I have officially died and gone to KA Heaven.

Every time I try to write a review for a Kristen Ashley book, I feel like I'm going to lock up. I just don't see how I can adequately describe them to the uninitiated. My best friend has asked me about them, and all I can do is gush, blush, bounce, then throw my hands up in the air and shrug. These are books better left to experience.

I can't wait to experience book three, Law Man.

Favorite Quotes:

  Being with Jake was like the ride I once took on a mechanical bull. You could not even begin to guess which way that thing would buck. All you could do was hold on as tight as you could and enjoy the ride for as long as you had it.  

  “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.”  

  “He thinks I'm beautiful and told me so. He thinks I'm funny because I make him laugh all the time. He's fantastic in bed and when I say that not once, not even once have we been together where he's not taken care of me and it's not unheard of he takes care of me twice in one go.”

  “I don't get my tees at a mall, Tess. No decent tee can be bought at a fuckin' mall. A good tee is bought during an experience.”

  "Babe, he took your power. took it back. And it..." His arm gave me a squeeze, "was," his hand gave me a squeeze, "fuckin'," his forehead dropped to rest on mine, "beautiful." I closed my eyes and pulled in a deep breath. Then I opened them and said, "You had my back." "I always have your back."
The Dream Man Series
Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1) Wild Man Law Man Motorcycle Man

Purchase Wild 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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  1. Good book, thank you for your sharing!

  2. I'm so glad to see you on a role with Ashley's books Andrea, especially when things are stressful for you. I'm completely a stress reader too and I'm always on the lookout for something to sweep me away into a completely different world and to forget whats going on around me. Wild Man seems like the perfect book to do that with! Lovely review!

  3. I have to read the one book of hers I have on my shelf because of you

  4. I love when you can find an author that no matter what she writes you just know you will love it. One of these days I'll get started on her books. Great review!

  5. I hope everything works out for Eric and your stress level is brought down a few steps *hugs* I'm glad that this managed to entertain you and bring brightness to your worries. A healthy couple? That's good! It seems like lately a lot of the couples in contemporary lit are a bit unhealthy... Especially in the NA genre. Hahaha. I love it when two words collide and characters are brought back into the picture, even if just for a while. Gorgeous review, hon! I'm glad that KA did it again for you!

  6. I feel you on the writing reviews for Kristen Ashley books. I've read the books in this series numerous times and I'm still chicken shit when it comes to writing my reviews. I just get so freaking nervous writing them because I can never adequately describe the experience Kristen Ashley brings me on. Kristen is in a whole different level from other contemporary romance writers. From her strong heroines to her Alpha males, her books are just so indescribably good. Fantastic review and I can't wait to see what you think about the rest of this series.

  7. I still haven't read anything by her, but sounds great

  8. My oh my, Andrea! That is a lovely gushing review!! ;) You know you've put KA on my TBR and I can't wait to get started. That you say she can write every story with a unique feel - well that is impressive. And I love the sound of Brock and Tessa. There are two quotes above that give me chill bumps! Especially that last one... ah, can't wait! Thanks for sharing your passion for KA with us!

  9. Sometimes you just need to fangirl over a book or author to show others that they should read them! That's awesome the book mentions so many characters from other titles; love that.

  10. OMG! You're like the biggest KAshley fan! I don't know how you do it, if it were me I'd be so exhausted or bored by now but more power and keep it up!

  11. I had a lightbulb moment about this last night...
    I kept reading your reviews of her books and I always confused the author with Katie Ashley. I read one book by her (Music of the Sun) and hated it which is why I never added any of these to my TBR. Ooops! Which is your favorite book/series by Kristen Ashley???
    I really like these covers btw...

  12. I must read this, Andrea! I read Mystery Man some time ago and then stopped reading this series. Not because I don't love KA's writing but because I got distracted. The fact that you loved this even more than the first has me wanting to pick this up ASAP! Wonderful review!

    Btw, I hope everything is getting back to normal in regards to your hubby's employment! It totally sucks that these people can't get their shit together and work things out! *sigh*

  13. I didn't realize that it ties in with the Rock Chick Series. I like it.

  14. I'm gonna have to agree with the name of this series! Dream man for sure!

  15. It's cool how these tie to the previous series. I need a me month or a me season where I just read books I want to read. Great review!

  16. Great Review Andrea! I love when a couple is mature, and can get all their crap sorted out. Out of all these K.A. Series that you have read, which would you recommend I start with? This series looks so Hot! I'm thinking I need to get these or Rock Chick first :)

    1. Hmm...that's so difficult! The series all cross over to some extent. If you're looking for continuity, I suggest: Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, then Dream Man, then Chaos. You could put Colorado Mountain last.

      Let me know if you start!


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