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? (Dream Man Series, Book 3)
©2012 Kristen Ashley (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Kristen Ashley is a goddess. I swear the woman can write any character in any situation and make me fall in love. Law Man is book #3 in the Dream Man series and it rocked! I am seriously thinking this woman can't write anything wrong.
Mara Hanover has escaped her hell of an upbringing (if that's what you can call it) by the skin of her teeth. Raised by trailer trash she left her home 13 years ago and has never looked back. The only ties she has with her family is through her loser of a cousin's kids. She rescues these kids on a regular basis. When the loser cousin goes on a binder the kids run away and call Auntie Mara to come get them. She feeds them, cleans them and clothes them, then take them back to their father when he's sobered up. This time he has gone too far. He is drugged out and completely oblivious to the children and what he's putting them through. Unlucky for him, this all goes down at the time when Mara seems to have attracted the attention of her super hot police detective neighbor, Mitch Lawson. Mara has to learn to deal with her biggest enemy first...her self image.
"You look nice. You dress nice. You smell nice. You have a fantastic fucking laugh. You're loyal. You're loving. And, honey, every time I'd see you in the breezeway or at a party, it was cute as all fuckin' hell even as it was just as frustrating how you'd tuck that hair behind your ear, avoid me like the plague and get the fuck away from me as fast as you could. Since that moron you used to date left the picture, I've been waitin' for my shot and it sucks that it comes with you cryin' in my arms and those kids learnin' early that life can really suck. But if takin' that shot means puttin' up with that shit and comes with you bein' where you are right now rather than hiding behind your door and retreating into that world in your head, I'll put up with that shit in order to take it".
Mitch Lawson has admired Mara for over 4 years, but she avoids him like the plague. He sees that she's shy and uncomfortable around him, but he can't seem to figure it out. She's so outgoing and personable with the other neighbors. He has no idea that the reason for her discomfort around him is she has this really whacked rating system, where she sees him as a 10.5 and her barely a 2.5. Seeing she's gotten herself in a situation with taking in her cousins and trying to give them the life they deserve is the perfect chance for him to get close to her. The fact that he's fallen in love with the kids himself is just a bonus.
"Life goes like I hope, you'll be dancin' with Mara at your wedding and your sister will be dancing with me at hers."
This book was amazing! I completely fell in love with Mitch Lawson. This book would be a 5 star rating for sure if it wasn't for the fact that so much of Mara's dialogue with Mitch revolved around the word Uh or Umm. This really drove me crazy. I get that she is shy and feels like she is out of her league when it comes to Mitch, but jeesh after the first 100 pages or so I think she should be able to form a sentence.
However, you will not be disappointed. Mitch Lawson will always have a special place in my heart, Mara is a wonderful person to take on her cousins and give them the life they deserve and the kids are fantastic and funny.
I liked the overall story and I was happy that Mitch finally found his gal after he lost out on Gwen but, I am finding KA'S repeated theme of a woman who can't speak because she is in the presence of a hot guy, very annoying. In addition, in this novel, the fact that this woman was a successful salesperson made it not only annoying, but completely out of her character. I know I have made this comment on several of her novels and some people might wonder why I would keep reading them. my answer is that the rest of the novel is so good that I just grin and bare it. It is an enjoyable story with lots of our favorite characters so spend the credit.
V from Kansas
This was my first story by Kristen Ashley and I enjoyed it immensely. The Heroine in the story was a little wishy-washy but other than that the voices that the narrator did were terrific especially for the children
oh yes must read...I love mara and Lawson
when all the girls were out drinking and hawk was there oh
Elvira she is the shit I love her
Way to much swearing. I Would of enjoyed it more if the male character wasn't so verbally abusive.
already knowing the book and what's to happen and listening to it brought it to life even more than my technicolor theater head does when reading!
When Mara and Mitch were arguing in his kitchen with his mom and sister there about being a team for the kids. as well as...When Mara admitted to being a family. and when Mitch loved Mara in her LBD.
Only with Dream Man series, really good job.
YES! I love all of the Dream Man series but I think Mitch is my favorite! so yes, I wanted to listen to it all at once, but I'm glad there is a pause button so I can eat :)
Anything written by Kristen Ashley is always an awesome read. Kate Russell really makes the characters come to life.
Absolutely read this book you won't be disappointed.
Main character is so inhibited, shy, and self-conscious that she keeps saying "um" and "pardon" and this draws the dialog out to 3-4-5-...9 (you get the idea) times what it should be.
The repetition and drawn out text. This is one of the few books that might be far improved by listening to an abridged version.
Story is good, it's just that the dialog is so tedious.
I struggled to finish the Audible version. All of the men sounded like they were from New Jersey. Elvira sounded like a valley girl. The tone of the narrator would 'loudly speak' a line and then finish up with 'she said softly'. If I hadn't read the book first, I would not have finished the Audible version and asked for a refund. I will not purchase another book by this narrator.
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