OH WOW! TAKE ME TO THE BEAUTIFUL BLUFF AND COLORADO FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL AUDIOBOOK!
Nina resides in England and decide..Show More »s to take a 2-week "time-out" from her fiancé Niles. Who is completely oblivious to her emotional plight and needs. She rents an A-frame home nestled in the mountains of Colorado and finds that it's inhabited by the owner Max, who is not happy she's there. Yet, the misunderstanding of this booking is just the right set up for a Mountain Man to fall in love with a chic, beautiful woman whom he challenges to take a gamble on love with him. If it's hard to imagine a Mountain Man and a classy lady, then take the gamble to read this incredible story about recognizing something precious and fighting for it, despite the odds.
Regarding the leads, there were things I loved and disliked about Max and Nina, but I think that's what makes their characters more realistic. Max wields this quiet strength and dominates in a subtle, possessive manner. He's not one to explain his thoughts, feelings or background, even though he seeks to pull down Nina's emotional shields. I loved that Max made his mind up about Nina very quickly and he was determined to make her stay with him….forever. I also loved the little things that Max did. He seemed to touch Nina all the time--the sweet almost subconscious touches throughout the day, and he really listened to the things that were important to her. Also, his endearments for Nina were so darn sexy!!! ( DUCHESS, darlin', and baby).
Now, Nina is simply adorable! She has this effortless charm, intelligence and beauty that captures people's attention, unbeknownst to her. I love that she loves make-up, fashion, coupled with her genuine love for people and her courage get down to the nitty-gritty of issues is what makes her one awesome, strong heroine.
Nina finds herself in a whirlwind as Max sweeps her off of her feet in a love development that evolves around the countless needs of the townspeople who are a big part of Max's life and the bevy of characters from Nina's life who also come to make this one big adventure! Yet, there is also danger, and a murder to be solved and Max and Nina find themselves heavily involved in the solving of that case.
This book is long and if you enjoy really getting into background and character development with townspeople who are larger than life in the mountains in Colorado, then this will be a audiobook dream because Emma Taylor is an excellent narrator as she brings these characters to life! I loved this audiobook! And, since I've been running out of credits fast, it was perfect due to the length.
Lastly, the sequence of events that brought this book to a culminating end was fascinating, and so unexpected! K.A. is an exquisite writer as she keeps readers on their toes. I particularly love K.A uncanny ability to write about alpha males and the sassy, strong heroines who catch their attention. And, this romance between Max and Nina really caught my heart and attention. This story was sealed with an epilogue that was just gorgeous….so fulfilling, so endearing and so beautiful!
This book was awesome. It's a very long story and it built up as it went and by the end of the book I just loved Tate and Laurie so..Show More » much I didn't want it to end! Laurie is a great leading lady and Tate is so great he just made my list for my "book boyfriends". This couple is just awesome and while they had some rough times at first they are perfect for each other.
Lauren (aka Laurie aka Petal) was searching for something when she came to Carnal. She wasn't looking for something special though. She'd just split with her now ex-husband (who had been cheating on her with her best friend for the last 5 years...) and that had convinced her that there is no special out there. When she reaches Carnal though she feels at home there and just wants a nice life even if it's nothing special. She's had some rough times but isn't broken. She still has some spunk (which grows as she finds herself more) and is a genuinely nice person (the type of person I'd love to know in RL).
She meets Tate right after she gets a job at the local bar. He doesn't make a good impression because he shoots his mouth off and insults her (not to her face but within hearing) which puts him on her shit list so things don't go smoothly for these 2 at first.
Tate tends to say things he doesn't mean when he's pissed and the first time he sees Lauren he just happens to be pissed. Bad timing and bad luck. Tate realizes she heard his unkind words and is sorry about it but he has a hard time getting her to look past his actions. Of course the fact that he just tells her to "shake off" her feelings about what he said doesn't help.
Tate and Laurie have trouble from the beginning...not just from Tate's comments but also from his demeanor. Laurie really doesn't know how to handle him most of the time (in the beginning) and Tate tends to assume that she knows what he's talking about which causes further issues. When the book's description talks about her moving on it's not because she didn't want Tate...it's because she didn't understand biker/Tate speak. So he leaves to hunt a bounty and doesn't tell her he's going or that he'll be gone for a while. Before he leaves her place (and leaves for the hunt) he said he had to focus she didn't know that meant he wouldn't be calling her. Also, Tate said "when I get back you're on the back of my bike" which apparently means "your now my girlfriend" but since Laurie doesn't speak biker and doesn't hear from him for a month she thinks he dumped her all because of mis-communication and starts to date someone else *sigh*
When Tate gets back from his hunt he's kinda pissed when he finds out Laurie hasn't been sitting at home waiting for him. Fortunately he does manage to get back in her good graces pretty quickly (events conspire to help him with this) and then we really get to see them grow in their relationship.
One of the things I just loved about this story was that it showed the slow building of their relationship. In some ways the development of their relationship moved fast some might think they moved in together way too soon but the way it happened made sencebut yet it didn't feel that way and it wasn't "insta-love" like you see in many stories. I enjoyed seeing them battle things out and grow in their relationship and Kristen did a great job with writing that. There were a few times when I thought Laurie was willing to back out too easily (mostly when she got scared and needed space) but Tate wouldn't let her go. That's one of the other things I loved about this story, once Tate was in to Laurie, he didn't let things stand in his way when it came to getting her...not even Laurie's own fears. Tate is rough but yet at the same time he's super awesomely sweet (although it doesn't show much at first). He can be a dick and totally admits it but he also has the capacity for such caring that I just kept wishing he was a real man (and I had him for myself).
During the story there is some action to go with the romance. Tate is a bounty hunter and it seems that there's a serial killer in the area that has to be found and causes danger and drama for the people in the story. It's a good part of the story line but not one that takes over the book...the focus is still mainly on the relationship between Laurie and Tate and once his son comes to live with them her building a relationship with Tate and his son and also her growing as a part of the town and the friendships she builds. And showing how she found something special when she wasn't even looking.
This book was awesome. It's the second book I've read by Kristen and I loved the 1st book as well so I will definitely be reading more of her books. This story is wonderful and I'm sure I'll be rereading it numerous times in the future. I would highly recommend this story. 2 thumbs way up!! :D
I felt a whole gamut of emotions with this wonderful book and world that Kristen Ashley has created. I love that in this Colorado Mountain series, K...Show More »A. has lingered in the town of Carnal. In the previous book, "Sweet Dreams" with Lauren and Tate's story, we see that Carnal was establishing the beginnings of community and belonging among the people who were slightly oppressed by the corrupt police department. But, no one had experienced that suppression more than Ty Walker, a half Black man who was targeted and set up for a crime he didn't commit all due to his skin color & a hidden, malicious agenda. Lexie Berry enters his life unexpectedly and ends up being his greatest tonic for dealing with the loss of freedom, power and his blood thirst for vengeance.
Now, with any of K.A. books, this one provides fantastic hero/heroine chemistry with a sexy, badass Alpha-male and a fun, beautiful, classy, and just a little goofy heroine. After reading one of K.A.'s books, I always come away feeling like she has solved the gender war, as she celebrates complete masculinity in the male leads, and a lovely, strong femininity in the heroine. And, in that respect, I loved both Ty and Lexie...I mean the pair smoldered together! Their sex appeal and connection was powerful and simply perfect.
This book also made me feel completely sad with a awful sinking feeling in my stomach, at times, because of the theme of prejudice in relation to people of color. There are also some very rocky parts of the H/h relationship that seriously conjured up my tears. Yet, the moments of elation and triumph for Ty and his beautiful sunshine, Lexie, were amazing!
This book progressed and built itself up in stages both in their relationship with one another and their involvement with their friends from town. OMG, there are so many powerful moments in this book. I will always remember Ella's (Lexie's mother figure) talk with Ty about coping with generational racism and how to deal.....OMG...POWERFUL!!!!
The villains are pure evil and they get their just reward in the end. But, a murder is left unsolved and that pushes readers forward into the next book WHICH I'M DYING FOR THE AUDIOBOOK TO BE RELEASED!!! Lastly, the epilogue was emotional, and superb. Not everyone gets their HEA, but those who really work hard at it definitely reach their HEA, including Ty and Lexie.
Narrator: Emma Taylor is a gifted and talented narrator. SHe was excellent in every accent and male/female role she took on. The only small complaint I have is about Officer Pena...I thought she laid on the Mexican accent way too thick. Otherwise, Emma T. is pretty close to perfect, as a narrator, in my book.
OK, the only negative and this is a big one for me is that I HATE it when the F-word is inserted in the middle of Jesus Christ. I think it's awful, disrespectful and unnecessary. I've never heard anyone talk this way in real life and I wish K.A. could use another string of curse words for her male leads to use that is not so offensive to a wide part of the population. I know it's completely jarring and offensive to me.
But on a positive note.....CAN'T WAIT FOR CHACE AND FAYE'S STORY IN BREATHE!!!!
Purchased a couple of her books because of great reviews and I love westerns. I always try to get the longest book I can for my credits. This particul..Show More »ar 21 hour book would have probably been closer to 10 or 12 had they taken out the 'f---' word. It was used just about every sentence in the strangest of places. I can't imagine it is that commonplace. Maybe I'm just too old school! :-) Great narration and storyline though. It seemed definite 'overkill' in the language department.Thought there might be someone else who might like to know this up front!
Yes! Story line realistic and easy to follow, but having a wonderful narrator makes all the difference! Emma is excellent at the voices of all her cha..Show More »racters! Ham sounds deep and scratchy and like a man, so his part in the story "felt" real. Loved "Cookie" because her drama was simple and real and NOT drug out all through the book! I get frustrated when the whole story is drama and could have been resolved with a conversation.
OMG, even though I was loving each of the Colorado Mountain books, when it came to Jagged, plainly, I hated it. I hated the love "set up" so ..Show More »much that I was really upset with K.A. because I didn't feel she delivered a romance that readers could believe was undoubtably a "forever romance" between Ham and Zara (due to February...in my heart I believe Zara was Ham's second choice since February was taken). Sooooo, I ended up taking a sabbatical from reading anything K.A. When I finally decided to listen/read Kaleidoscope, it was like coming back home to VINTAGE KRISTEN ASHLEY.
In Kaleidoscope, you have a second chance at love, but one that you KNOW, as a reader, was Jacob Decker's first heart choice. There was no doubt that Emmanuelle Holmes was the only love of his life, as his previous relationship paled in comparison. The love development progressed very nicely and solidly. I loved the chemistry, intellectual banter and overall moments between Jacob and Emme.
The focus of this book was more on the relationship, as opposed to the unraveling of a complicated plot. This was really nice. Yes, there were A LOT of sex scenes, but I enjoyed that aspect. From many of K.A.'s work, I always come away feeling as though she solved the gender war between the masculine and feminine in the love relationships in her characters. I always feel as though K.A. celebrates equally strong male and female leads. Yet, in this book, there was an added dimension to that, as both Jacob and Emme are on opposite side of the political spectrum---which was like whoah!!! I thought exploring the political views of her leads was ballsy, because of the triggers it can evoke from readers. However, I thought she did a very good job with that. I absolutely DID NOT agree with Emme's political views, but fortunately, I never disliked her character for it.
Now, I thought Jacob was the absolute bomb! He was dominant in all of the right ways. Emme was emotionally shaken due to a past experience, and Jacob senses this and serves as a strong anchor, especially when Emme's emotions became unclear and confusing. Jacob was a strong "uber alpha" who helped center his woman and, in essence, heal her emotional wounds. Wow! Beautiful! Just beautiful! I was completely enthralled and impressed with the integration of the kaleidoscope in the love story. It was a very sweet and touching aspect that made a sweet listen/read.
Narrators: Emma Taylor always does a fantastic job, and she was no different in this book. The listening experience was great!