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 30 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?(Dream Man Series, Book 2)
©2013 Kristen Ashley (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when my heart (I mean... her heart) would break." (On Motorcycle Man)"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious.""[Kristen] Ashley captivates."
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This was another great listen from Kristen Ashley’s Dream Man series. Although it started out a little slow, the overall story was fantastic. I loved the fact that both characters were a little bit older (in their 40’s) and more mature. They didn’t fight over stupid things and always managed to work things out by talking about their problems. Despite all the drama from ex-spouses, kids, etc. they had each other’s backs and were completely committed to one another. I could really relate to this couple.
Kristen Ashley is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love her unique writing style and Kate Russell’s narration is spot on.
Another 5 star listen!
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Okay the book is Fantastic!!! All that and a bag of chips! Yes, this is wonderful book. Wonderful love affair. Wonderful relationship. Again......my house didn't get clean and the dinner didn't get cooked. And No I didn't care! But can I just say Elvira is a freakin' HOOT!!! Totally loved this chick in the first book and loved her again in this book. :) And no I am not finished with this book yet ....... but I have the biggest grin on my face just because it is just that kind of feel good book. It took me forever to get to this second book. But I can't wait to listen to the 3rd one.
KA and KR, ya'll are a totally awesome combination! Wow Slims voice and words just made me melt.
It was worth my credit and I think it will be worth yours too!
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
One moment Tessa is having hot sex with 'Jake' the man she's been dating for the past 4 months & the next she discovers 'Jake' is actually an undercover cop whose been investigating her. (Brock Lucas is a DEA agent that we originally met in book 1, Mystery Man.) During her interrogation we learn that Tessa O'Hara has had a rough past. For 10 years she was married to Damian Heller, whom turned out to be a drug criminal. The Denver Police Department thought she was involved in her ex's activities but instead hear a heartbreaking confession about the life she endured in the hands of her ex-husband. And of course, while the questioning was taking place, Brock was listening in and discovers the horrible dark secret she voices out loud. This was not the confession the cops expected & ultimately she is found innocent. Tess feels betrayed when she realizes that Jake/Brock was using her. She's so hurt because she finally had allowed herself to open up & trust a man again. Three months later, after giving her space to heal, Brock shows up and in his typical, no-bullshit, we-will-deal-with-this-properly attitude, demands she listen to him and hear his side of the story. The combination of her being reasonable and him not playing games and being completely honest about things leads them into a beautiful relationship. The sexual chemistry between Brock & Tess was smoking HOT!! Brock may have been rough around the edges but he was also very protective & he took great care of Tess, which was something she always needed. Tess's character made this book shine. She was simply fabulous! I admired her straightforwardness and simple honesty. She didn't play games with Brock either. She told him exactly what she felt, thought, and wanted. She was open, honest, and caring. Her character was a breath of fresh air and I adored her. Tess and Brock together are a fantastic couple. Their banter is hilarious. Plus, Tessa instantly & whole-heartedly accepted Brock's boys into her life. Even when her ex-husband and his crazy ex-wife attempt to cause lots of drama, they both refuse to ever let anything come between them. In fact, most of the time things just end up bringing them closer together as a family unit. Overall, I truly enjoyed and loved this story. It was different than book 1, less action-packed, more focused on relationship development, and family drama. Plus, its filled with yummy, hot, swoon/drool-worthy alpha men, strong heroines, and an engaging plot line. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
I love this KA series.
Mystery Man is another great story in this series that is on Audible.
I have listened to Mystery Man and they are both good.
I hope more Kristen Ashley series are sold on Audible.
I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.
I bought this book with trepidation after I'd read some reviews. This book is not packed full of adventure compared to the other books but it worked for me. The chemistry between Brock and Tess fit and after I got past the initial understanding this wasn't close to her other books I enjoyed the book for what it was. It's not my favorite from this author but I laughed often and enjoyed this easy listen.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
After listen/reading mystery man, by Kristen Ashley... well I just expected more. I liked it.. but this was extremely calm by nature compared to other KA books. The action was extremely down played by the drama of Brock's ex-wife... Man that chick was crazy...
Brock, although undercover, in mystery man was way way way more bad ass hot guy. In this, ironically he was kinda mild, even though the title is Wild Man. I really didn't get the Wild feeling from him. Brock has a temper, yes.. but seriously... Olivia stole the show... Olivia being Brock's ex wife.
Tess was sweet, and remained kinda dense throughout the whole book...but it worked for Brock..
There was nothing per say wrong with the story... but I think my expectations of this book... had me on pins and needles for the crazy action to start...but it never did...so I was disappointed.
Where was the smex too... I mean it was there...but eh... it was just... eh...
I think this book sadly got a dose of "2nd book syndrome"... I really, really hope Mitch Lawson's book (book 3) is better.. Mitch was introduced along with Brock and Tack in book one... so my expectation, yet again... are set pretty high for Mitch's book. Maybe some redemption can be done for the disappointment of this book.
Again.. the book (this one) is not bad..well worth the listen/read, as any KA book is... but definitely, this book has a calmer feel to it compared to the other KA books on audible.
Use a credit on this... don't buy... This is worth the wait for the credit too, if by chance you don't have one handy dandy...
Narration was great... no issues there...
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Wow, I was just blown away with this one! In Mystery Man (book 1), I got really pissed with the situation/relationship with the leads before I absolutely love it. And, I knew with my 2nd Kristen Ashley read, that I was in for another emotional adventure. Yet, I was just left in awed stupor at how perfectively beautiful and crazy this book is! Ashley is hands down one of my favorite authors because the woman can write!!! And, Kate Russell's narration was phenomenal!!!
The relationship between DEA Agent Brock Lucas (aka Slim) and Tessa O’Hara started off as an undercover endeavor for Brock. In an attempt to bring down Tessa's drug-lord, ex-husband, he spent time with Tess for 4 months. When his cover and mission is revealed, Tessa feels played, and it seems as though the romance will hit a dead end---However, at that point the ride has just begun!
At first I didn't think I would like this couple and their story because I felt as though Brock was too strong and dominant and Tessa was too sweet and might be a door mat---BUT THEIR ROMANCE & STORY COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE PERFECT. Ashley has created a beautiful story of love, of commitment, of family, of hardship, of hope and of healing in the most imperfect characters.
I hope you will also be swept away with Brock and Tessa's story. There are secrets to be uncovered, healing to begin, family drama like no other that is seeped on by layers of Brock's sisters, mother, father, brothers, and ex wife (super thick layers), and Tessa's ex-husband. But, one of the sweetest aspects of this story is Tessa's acceptance and love of Brock's two boys.
The leads are believable because, while in their early 40's, they have experienced enough of life with back stories that make their current romance a God-send, and an absolute treasure. For most of the story, it was as though Brock and Tessa were moving forward in the eye of this crazy storm of drama, but their romance was always settled in a place that was secure, ever-growing and developing, and super sexy! This is my favorite type of romance where the conflict is externally driven, and the romance is hot, steamy and just gets better.
Brock is a classic alpha male, who is rough (talk about F-bomb vocabulary at every moment..lol..but I loved that about him!!!), tall, handsome (all that stuff we love in a hot man), and who is fiercely loyal to his family, committed to the mission of his job (in taking drugs off of the streets), and who finds the sweetest, loveliest woman in Tessa and never lets go!
Tessa is everything feminine, patient, lovely and beautiful, and she fits Brock's life like the life-raft that he needs to experience balance and a life-changing love. She becomes the sweetness that he, his boys, and extended family so desperately need. I love the parallels that Ashley makes between Tessa's sweet character and her gift as a baker (and owner of a bakery) in making desserts that are like no others. She brings on the sweet in so many layers and Tessa is now one of my favorite heroines because she is also one of the strongest and wisest.
Can't say enough about this book! It was amazing and is now one of those, "STAY-WITH ME-FOREVERr" books….You have to read/listen to it!!!
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I enjoyed Wild Man..it went in a different direction than I thought it was going. Mystery Man is still my fav due to the balance between the characters, the action+suspense....Wild Man was a good book but from the manner "Skull" behaved in Mystery Man...this book was mainly dialog...yes there was some tension and lives were in danger with her previous husband. It was worth the credit and I wouldn't miss it. I just didn't find it memorable. This is a really good author and narrator. I will look for them both in the future.
HOT ALPHA MALE!
Oh my goodness ALL of them!!!!!!
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
I have always LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Kristen Ashley books and to have them coming out in an Audio format is a dream come true!!!
Brock Lucas and Tessa O' Hara make such a beautiful couple... Tessa with her history is an amazingly strong woman who over comes her hardships with a heart big enough to embrace all of the people in her life!
Brock is a strong enough man to stand by her!!! While he has his own set of issues he comes across as protective and caring without being smothering.
I think what makes them work is their willingness to make something good out of the ashes!!!
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