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Mystery Man | [Kristen Ashley]

Mystery Man

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.
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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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    Katheryne MD, United States 09-16-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Believe the reviews...it's really that good!"

    I loved this book! It had everything I enjoy in a romance story. Sassy heroine, sexy alpha males, funny dialogue, great characters, action, twists and turns and of course the HEA. It was perfect! I can’t wait for more dream man books on Audible.

    5 star listen!!!

    28 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-29-14
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    "Love Kristen Ashley, the narrator, not so much."
    Where does Mystery Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high. I've read all of Kristen Ashley's books, and was very happy to see them offered on audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I agree with other reviews in that the storyline and characters are not real world, but if I wanted to read/listen to real world, I'd stick to history and biography. This is a work of fiction, who cares if it's real? It's enough to just live in the fantasy for a while.


    What three words best describe Kate Russell’s voice?

    Too New Jersey. This book is set in Colorado, why does everyone seem to have a New Jersey accent?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diva Canada 12-15-13
    Diva Canada 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    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 2010
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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.

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

    Genre: contemporary romance

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 11-24-13
    Donna 11-24-13
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    "#1 KA Fan"
    What made the experience of listening to Mystery Man the most enjoyable?

    It was not.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them!!!!!!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Russell?

    A male


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love, LOVE KA!!!! I've read MM four times, but I could not listen to it. The best part of her books are the Alpha males but K Russell can not pull that off. Hawk sounds like a old lady and I just could not handle that. Such a disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Badchick Loves Fort Worth, TX, United States 11-14-13
    Badchick Loves Fort Worth, TX, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "HOTT ALPHA MALE....... HELLO ENOUGH SAID"
    If you could sum up Mystery Man in three words, what would they be?

    HOT ALPHA MALE


    Any additional comments?

    Talk about HOT HOT and ALPHA BAD ASSSSS……. Yes that would be Hawk Ladies and Gent’s this was my first initiation into the wonderful world of Kristen Ashley and I loved every bit of it. OMG and Gwen was freaking hilarious at times the things that go on in her head really! I will be moving on to Wild Man which I’m not sure how you can top Hawk, the never ending drama and Gwen craziness but I will not ponder on it too long I will just dive into me some Wild Man face first!

    This was well worth my credit..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 09-26-13
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 09-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly Good"

    I've never read this author before so did not know what to expect. I got this book based on reviews. I was not disappointed. I must say that the dialogue is a bit different then I am used to but I really enjoyed it in the end. Gwen is a little bit flighty and a little bit kickass. Hawk is all alpha male and I loved that. I think the storyline is surprising and really unique. I also liked that Gwen still looks and is drawn to all the eye candy around her. Really who would not look? There is suspense and romance so a little something for everyone. So I give this a thumbs up. It is a little bit different but in a good way. It is worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-13
    Bobbie Charlotte, NC, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "So happy to have Kristen Ashley on Audible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a Kristen Ashley fan, you will love her on Audio. So far, she has 2 books on Audible and I am so hoping for more. Loved the narration by Katie Russell. Her characterizations and different voice tones were great.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Please please have more of her books on Audible.

    2 of 2 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 2010

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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.



    17 of 22 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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