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Mystery Man Audiobook
Mystery Man
Written by: 
Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: 
Kate Russell
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Mystery Man Audiobook

Mystery Man

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Publisher's Summary

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….

©2012 Kristen Ashley (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious." (DearAuthor.com)

"[Kristen] Ashley captivates." (Publisher's Weekly).

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    Diva Canada 12-15-13
    Diva Canada 12-15-13
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    "Loved it ......Eventually !"

    This book was a exercise in perseverance for me. I didn't know the author and I hated it when I first started listening to it - didn't like the characters, didn't care for the narrator and the plot was ridiculous (a sibling being expected to pay off her sister's multi-million dollar debt). I decided to return it to Audible but it was late so I decided to listen to another 30 mins and return it in the morning. Well, 30 mins turned into 1 hour 30 mins and by the morning I had got to a funny part and wanted to find out what happened so I decided to give it another hour. After that some really great characters had shown up and I had to listen to some more because I really enjoyed them (I'm talking Elvyra especially here). And so it went on. Nine hours of listening later I had to admit I was hooked.

    So, if you try this book and hate it - persevere. Once you get into the style and the characters and you've laughed out loud a few hundred times it is actually an absolute gem. I'm so glad I stuck with it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LKM Indianapolis, Indiana United States 08-28-13
    LKM Indianapolis, Indiana United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I love KA stories!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mystery Man to be better than the print version?

    The narrator of this KA story is better than the first one, but I really wish they would get someone who makes a true distinction between voices. Since this is not the case, I will have to say the print version is better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am a big Elvira fan. I would really love to hear a narrator be able to capture her character because she is quite a character.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Russell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard her narration before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did just because of the story. There is never a dull moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear someone like Loralie King read Kristen Ashley 's stories. They have such enjoyable characters that she would bring to life.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anneliese 09-03-13
    Anneliese 09-03-13

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    "Great Intro to the Dream Man Trilogy"
    What did you love best about Mystery Man?

    The story is wonderful. Having read all the books before, it made me excited to be able to listen to them all in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I'm actually reading the books, Elvira is one of my favorites. I think that Gwen is my favorite listening to it. The narrator does the best job with her voice.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Russell’s performances?

    I really hope she's not doing the rest of the books in the trilogy (or any other books for KA). She mumbled, she ran sentences together (no, not in a way that made sense to the text - just ran it all together) and she would break up sentences awkwardly. She got better the further along you were listening but it just wasn't that good. Also, I don't know if it was the production of the audio or not, but when she whispers, the audio is really low so you turn it up ... then she talks in a normal tone for another voice and you have to quickly turn the audio down or get your ears blasted out.

    Just not enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've already read KA's books, I don't think that any bad audio performance can keep you away - her characters and the stories she tells stand on their own. Just know that another one of KA's audio performers doesn't do her novel justice.

    Let's hope the next one is better.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 09-03-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "Mmmmm.......... A PURRRFECT LISTEN"

    I didn't want this listen to end and, when it eventually did, I felt I had to say goodbye to some much loved characters that I'd become emotionally attached to and I almost wanted to listen to it all over again.

    During this amazing, enjoyable, emotional, tender, heartbreaking, hot listen you will encounter a super sexy, super Alpha, arrogant, drool-worthy Commando hero with dimples (who I loved, loved, loved), biker rogues, hot Cops, other sexy members of the Commando team, family members, friends and a strong likeable heroine.

    Then, as the plot seemlessly unfolds, you will be whisked into all the drama and turmoil of a beautiful love story that's romantic, full of sexual chemistry, lol humor, surprises, action, with snappy dialogue and the rapport between the H/H is soooo de...lish...ous and the Epilogue was very touching.

    Worth a credit? It's got everything a romance lover wants and more ....... so that's a definite big fat YES with sprinkles on and I'm looking forward to more in this new series.



    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Kellie 12-21-14
    Kellie 12-21-14
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    "Not sure why the other reviews were so great."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it's really quite silly; there is nothing remarkable about it at all.


    What could Kristen Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I really have no idea, start over maybe. This is the first Kristen Ashley book I have read and I'm not impressed at all. I'm not trying to be a wet blanket here, it just was not for me. I like some romance with humor and a deeper character. They keep talking about how funny and cute Gwendolyn is but honestly I didn't laugh once... not even a snort. I thought the main character was lacking in critical thinking skills as well as personality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm trying to think of one that didn't border on stalky and was actually sexy. Nope, I got nothing.


    Did Mystery Man inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, switch genres.


    Any additional comments?

    For a fun and sexy romance try Kylie Scott's Stage Dive Series. The characters are more believable and the inner dialogue will actually make you laugh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Victoria, TX, United States 09-15-14
    Karen Victoria, TX, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "good bok, horrible narrator"

    Have a lot of Kriten Ashley books, been working on series by series, in order, they ineract with each other, but Kate Russell can NOT do a male voice so she speeds up the men part of conversation and practically makes them yelling then says "he wispers" making all hot men characters sound like screaming banchies, really ruins the books. Skipping the rest of this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathya 09-02-14
    Kathya 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Promising story"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Kristen Ashley? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would consider purchasing other Kristen Ashley audiobooks, as long as Kate Russell is not the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Russell’s performance?

    "...Jimmy Choo shoes" no one has ever made these simple words sound so annoying.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I attempted to listen to it several times, but just could not make it past the narrators' syrupy-laden voice which I thought didn't go in-hand with the storyline.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 08-13-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very stupid heroine"

    The book starts with Gwendolyn "Gwen" Piper Kidd meeting a cute guy at a bar, taking him home and they had sex. They didn't talk. He started returning for a year and a half, always in the middle of night, without a key but somehow he got into her house.
    Gwen didn't want to scare this sex god away, so she never asked him his name, how he gets into her house, nothing except "harder" or "faster". She nicknamed him Mystery Man "MM" when she talked to her friends.
    None of her friends asked her WTF or slapped her, they just listened to the salacious stories she had to share about MM.

    When her sister gets Gwen caught up in her drama, MM decides to take care of his woman. unlike Gwen, MM (Cabe “Hawk” Delgado) did all his homework and knows all about her. So begins the journey to get to know each other outside the sack.

    She slept with him for 1½ years and didn't know his name nor what he looked like (she didn't recognize him when she saw him later) nor how he gets into her house/room---I JUST CAN'T PAST THAT. I tried, but I can't.

    #needsnewfriends
    #notscaredofSTDs
    #notscaredofmurderers

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie 02-19-14
    Robbie 02-19-14 Member Since 2010

    I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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    "Right Out of Left Field"

    I fancy myself a well informed reader, and yet I'd never heard of this book, this series or even this author. Ok, I do tend to read mostly paranormal, but still, one would have thought that a book so good would have not escaped my notice!

    I can't even tell you why I was reading the reviews of this book, but they caught my attention as they were universally glowing praise for the author. I was feeling a bit restless and in the mood for something different, so I bought Mystery Man.

    Holy smokes! This book was simply fantastic. It went beyond my expectations into the land of "books I will remember for the rest of my life" territory. To beat it all, this book was so well written I couldn't even tell you why I loved it so much. It's just a masterfully told love story, with just the right amount of angst, action and adventure. The hero is sex on a stick and the heroine is smart and likable. The writing style flows perfectly, with just the right touch of humor.

    Kate Russell is a great narrator, and her performance here is stellar.

    Worth a credit? In hindsight, I'd pay two. It's that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 11-25-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Maybe 3 ½ stars if reading this,"

    but 4 ½ stars due to the narrator making the heroine so enjoyable and entertaining.

    I was “blown away” by Kate Russell narrating Mystery Man. It made me realize how much I put my own mind set into heroines. I don’t recall laughing with other Kristen Ashley books. But this narrator had me smiling and chuckling - a lot. It’s not comedy, but it’s being surprised due to her emotions and tone. I loved her interpretation of the heroine’s lusty feelings. I might not have liked the heroine as much if I were reading this. She’s kind of flaky. She’s into clothes, expensive shoes, cosmos with the girls, hot guys and their rides. But the narrator had me liking her. It showed me how limiting “my own mind” was.

    Most of my laughter and smiling was in the first third of the book when Gwen was being smart-alecky toward Hawk. A favorite line: Hawk pointed at her and said “You. Stay.” She said “I’m not a dog.”

    The last third of the book is all lovey-dovey-sweet-words to each other. It’s a sumptuous relationship. Sometimes I complain authors don’t give me enough couple interaction. Well this is way at the other end. He gives her unbelievable gifts, they have lots of great sex, lots of cuddling, meeting the families, getting along great with the families.

    There’s some good romantic suspense going on from Gwen’s sister Ginger. Ginger is the wild child thief con woman who has bad guys and good guys after her. The bad guys do bad things to Gwen and her family in their search for Ginger. That part was good in the beginning. But toward the end it was less unusual - kind of been done before. I’d say read this for the lovey dovey and hot sexy relationship - not the suspense plot.

    Hawk is hunky gorgeous and sooo sexy. There’s some but not a lot of sexual language. Her golden spot is a phrase used. Regarding swearing, the f-word and sh** are used a lot.

    NARRATOR:
    5 stars for Kate Russell. I want to read every thing she does.

    Genre: contemporary romance

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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