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Complicated

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Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. From the New York Times best-selling author of the Rock Chick series comes a story of love, murder, and second chances....

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse.

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority.

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She's learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that's what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life.

Hix can't fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta's finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix.

But when the first murder that's happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer.

In other words, things are definitely...Complicated.

©2017 Kristen Ashley (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    OLIVIA ATLANTA, GA, United States 05-02-17
    OLIVIA ATLANTA, GA, United States 05-02-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Mixture of Romance, Mystery, & Mayhem"
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    Another well crafted story that expertly intertwines romance, mystery, and murder and keeps the reader riveted. Hix is sheriff in a quiet little town where crime is rare. He moved there to satisfy his wife's demand to live near her parents. Seven years and two children later, Hix and Hope are divorced and he is trying to establish a new home for his children who are now in their teens. Greta moved to the little town to find a safe and peaceful place to care for her brother. Greta is a stunning beauty who catches Hix's eye while he watches her sing at the Do-Drop Club, an upscale restaurant. Hix and Greta have an immediate and lusty attraction that they unsuccessfully try to resist. The sleepy little town is rocked when murders begin to occur that Hix is working to solve."Complicated" is an excellent story with everything we expect from Kristen Ashley. The narration by Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon is perfect.. .

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Hildebrand Maricopa, AZ USA 05-02-17
    Kara Hildebrand Maricopa, AZ USA 05-02-17
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    "Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hix was my favorite character. I loved that he's in his forties. He knows who he is and what he wants. He's a good father and he's smart, sexy, funny and takes care of his own.


    Which character – as performed by Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon – was your favorite?

    I loved both Lance and Erin. Their voices were perfect for these characters. The were a pleasure to my ears!


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

    Yes! I would have loved to have listened to it in one sitting, it was that good.


    Any additional comments?

    Kristen Ashley always delivers the sexy, strong heroes and the independent, sassy leading ladies. Complicated is a story filled with heat, love, suspense, family and heart. I loved every minute of it. The narrators brought this story to life and kept me in the edge of my seat the entire time. Complicated was a pleasure to my senses and kept me wanting more.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Smith 05-06-17
    Lori Smith 05-06-17
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    "Not Complicated Enough For Me"

    Lord knows I love KA and audiobooks, so I was excited to hear this one when it was announced it would be available exclusive to Audible first. It started off good and as the story began to unfold, I was eager as to how it would all play out, but was sadly disappointed. It had such potential and just fizzled out. Even the epilogue was lacking the usual KA awesomeness.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SEASIDE, CA, United States 05-05-17
    Amazon Customer SEASIDE, CA, United States 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome start, too long unfortunately... lost me"

    great story & characters, and I loved the novelty of a Kristen Ashley being told in 2 voices. Unfortunately, as it tends to happen with her recent books, the story lost its momentum and a good third of it felt unnecessary... still 1 of my favorite romance authors!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-07-17
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-07-17 Member Since 2017

    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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    "A SUPERNOVA OF SENSATIONS & DELICIOUS COMPLICATION"

    Kristen Ashley very quickly became an auto-download author for me because her multi-layered stories never disappoint, always entertain and I'm captured from the start by her loveable fictional characters. And, with this plot, KA has outdone and outshone herself as she so skilfully weaved a slow to develop well crafted love story between a vulnerable yet strong Hairdresser/Lounge Singer and a vulnerable yet very alpha Sheriff who'd both experienced love and marriage before. Neither one was looking for love in their small town, neither one was expecting the bag full of complications their relationship would bring, neither one would go unscathed by the challenges brought on by past relationships of various different kinds and I'd like to say neither one let go.. but tut tut that would be a lie.

    Detailed descriptions allowed me to conjure up full mental images as each chapter whizzed by telling the story of second chances, stressful situations, small town life, strings, smouldering passion, sizzling chemistry, sexy times, a sinister Mother, a shitty ex wife, a brain-injured son, three torn in two siblings.. and a murder most foul. And I was gripped as it seemed like every chapter threw in new complications, new challenges and new revelations for these two lovers whose rollercoaster romance would be sweet but tested over and over again. However, their HEA destination would be worth every twist, every turn, every tug at their hearts.. and every tear. Dual POV's and Lance and Erin did a fantastic job of narrating this written for Audible love story.

    Worth a credit? Definitely.. and, at 18.14 hrs, it's thankfully a COMPLETE story - so no delays to the HEA's, no release dates to watch out for before you lose sight of the intricacies of the daily dimming plot and hallelujah no cliffhangers that'll take another one, two or even three credits before you get the full story. So thank you Kristen and thank you Audible because in this epic emotion filled story is heart, heat, home, humor and happy endings.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    queenzany 05-02-17
    queenzany 05-02-17
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    "One sensational audiobook!"
    What about Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon ’s performance did you like?

    Add in the addition of narration and the story is just a like a balm! Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon bring these characters to life!
    Like an exploding firecracker that shoots off! Making you catch and savory every second of Kristen Ashley’s infectious brand of storytelling!


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    Complicated is that one sensational audiobook, that you will have you pulling an all nighter! Not being able to press stop on the audio! For fear a missing some a momentous scene.
    The storyline has that magnetic flare from the get go!. Willing to pull at your emotions, like a tether, a string and blowing your mind in the process!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie United States 05-02-17
    Robbie United States 05-02-17 Member Since 2011
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    "One heck of a listen!"

    Recently, I was given the opportunity to listen and review Complicated, a book written by Kristen Ashley specifically for the audio format and it was one heck of a listen! Some authors might have taken advantage of the complex storyline to write a trilogy or series with cliffhangers and all that, but, thank goodness, Kristen Ashley didn’t take that route. The storyline has it all: a handsome sheriff who deserves a second chance at love, a beautiful, feisty hairdresser blessed with the voice of an angel but cursed with a mother from Hell, and an unsolved murder in a town that has almost no crime. Add a spoiled brat of an ex-wife, an over-protective ex-husband, and a town full of people who all know each others business. Sprinkle liberally with super steamy romance, toss in a pinch of angst, and what you have is Complicated. My favorite thing of all . . . the ingredients cook up into one neat and delectable dish by the end.

    Narrator Lance Greenfield tells Hixon's story from 3rd person POV while narrator Erin Mallon performs as Greta in 1st person POV. Ms. Mallon gives an excellent interpretation of the gritty and lovable Greta Dare. Lance Greenfield is convincing as Hixon Drake — his performance is flawless with the exception of an entire chapter in which he mispronounces the name of one of Hixon's children repeatedly, a production error which should have been caught.

    Kristen Ashley's many fans are going to find Complicated on a par with her other work. From the opening scene to the final lines, it is filled with the detailed and descriptive writing that is typical of her books. There will be those who are not fans of audiobooks who will be disappointed by not having something printed to hold in their hands. Not to worry, there will be a printed version in November, but until then, I do highly recommend the audiobook. It will require just over an 18 hour time commitment, but I think listeners will find it well worth the investment for its very engaging characters and a story which is, well . . . Complicated

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Sotelo - Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads NY 05-02-17
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    "deliciously sexy, blissfully romantic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Complicated to be better than the print version?

    "Babe, you agreed to complicate it. You might as well give it all it's worth."

    My adoration for Kristen Ashley's audiobooks truly knows no bounds. I own every single one and I listen to them repeatedly. There's nothing that brings more peace and contentment to this reader than revisiting my favorite KA stories as narrators bring them from page to life. With that said, I think an entirely different reading experience is granted through an audiobook, which is why I tend to read the book first and listen later. With Complicated releasing exclusively through Audible, it forced me to listen first, demanded I allow the narrators to draw me into the story and take me along for the ride. I was weary. I've always believed that the reader loses a bit of that connection when we listen versus when we read the story ourselves. But that wasn't the case with Complicated, to my surprise. I was lost. I was taken. I fell in love.

    Complicated is classic Kristen Ashley, a story that feels familiar in the way her stories do, but with a refreshing storyline and characters I came to love. Hixon Drake is a recently divorced Nebraska sheriff and father of three whose one night stand with Greta Dare, a lounge singer and hairdresser, gets, well, complicated. With his ex-wife causing drama and a sudden spike in crime where it'd otherwise been virtually non-existent, Hix knows early on that no matter how amazing their night was together, they can't afford to complicate their lives by taking things any further. But true to form, Kristen Ashley has other plans for these characters, forcing them together under messy, dangerous circumstances, and I could do nothing but sit back, relax and listen to it all unfold.

    Like many of Ashley's storylines, Complicated follows a blooming romance amidst a criminal investigation. It's no secret I'm a romance reader and as such, in any book, I tend to prefer the romantic element of a book over a suspenseful one. But I have to say, I was just as intrigued by Sheriff Drake's search for a killer as I was with his attraction to Greta. I was just as absorbed in the manhunt, in the evidence, in the operation of the investigation, in the heartbreak of such a horrifying small town crime, as I was in the slow, sensual romance between these characters. And I think that had everything to do with the narration of the story, the state of everyone involved truly highlighted by the emotional tone granted by the audio. The voices Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon gave to each character in this story was spot on, often causing an intense visceral reaction to every facet of this plot.

    Reminiscent of many of my favorite books from this author, Hix and Greta's story took me back to the Colorado Mountain series and The Burg series, but with a smaller town feel. The more I read, the more I fell in love. I can't say the chemistry between Greta and Hix was quite as explosive or quite as memorable as, say, Ty and Lexi or Tack and Red or Joe and Violet (I mean, is that even possible?) But Hix and Greta share a beautiful romance all their own that is sweet and sexy and truly embodies why I read this author. There's certain elements a Rock Chick hopes to find in a KA novel and Complicated has EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Characters who, after having believed their lives would play out a certain way, find themselves starting over again. An alpha law enforcement officer with an ex whose drama won't quit, leaving their kids caught in the middle. A woman with a past of her own who finds herself in bed with a hot uniformed officer of the law, and the messy, addictive romance that ensues when obstacles threaten their happiness at every turn. A small town of mostly small minded people who like to gossip and meddle but who come together and remind each other how important having a sense of community truly is, especially in times of heartache and danger.  Complicated is a comfort read. It's exactly the kind of book we all think of when we need Kristen Ashley to recharge our reading batteries. This story is quintessential KA, a story that feels good just to get lost in the pages, in her words, in the kind of characters only she knows how to deliver. 

    While I initially thought I'd struggle to connect with this story as a reader who prefers to rely on audiobooks strictly for rereads, Complicated proved to be an exception to the rule, holding me captive with a riveting murder mystery, a sensual romance, and relentless familial drama. Complicated perfectly exemplifies exactly why I return to Kristen Ashley over and over. It feels comforting and familiar, this story, but refreshing and new all at once. The narration in this storyline was perfect, superbly capturing the voice of these characters and their array of emotions amidst the most intense circumstances, gripping me in a storyline I couldn't get enough of. I needed a KA fix and Complicated satisfied every craving. I thoroughly enjoyed this storyline and I'm thrilled to add it to my collection of Kristen Ashley audiobooks. Hix and Greta's story is deliciously sexy, blissfully romantic, and undeniably complicated. The narrators brought this story to life beautifully. I was hooked! Greta and Hix's romance is one I'll want to revisit again and again.


    What other book might you compare Complicated to and why?

    Colorado mountain series with a small town feel


    What about Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon ’s performance did you like?

    Everything. They nailed these characters perfectly!


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Reina Legere 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This is Life"

    Great love story, characters were genuine and seemed so real. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone.

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I hate audio books, LOVED IT"

    So, I would only do this for KA but I got an audible subscription and listened to a book. I have tried audio books in the past and never finished. I initially hated being read to but stuck with it and 3 Chapters in I was hooked. Great book as always. Great narrators. The best part was all I accomplished while I listened! Driving, running, laundry, dinner...I work fulltime, am in graduate school part time, and care for my uncle and now Grandmother. Oh and I am happily married!! I don't have time to read anymore and thos beats staying up all night!! There will be more audio books in my future!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Bookwormno1
    5/7/17
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    "She's done it again!"

    KA did her thing yet again and she did it spectacularly!! Hix and Greta were the ish and more!! Loved how this story came together.
    I'm not a fan of audible and had to think long and hard about getting this book in this fashion but when it comes to KA the decision wasn't all that hard.
    So happy I went with giving audible a try for my fav author.
    Congrats Kristen on another story well told!! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Surtees
    5/6/17
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    "Some complications are good"

    I'm a big Kristen Ashley fan and I love audios so this was win win for me.
    His and Greta's relationship was hot from the get go, this book has everything that makes a KA book great, Raw hot and with a lot of heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frederique Gearing
    5/6/17
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    "Loved it "

    Classic Kristen Ashley, as usual well written characters, amazing H, a bit of a jerk at first, but understandable. The h is amazing and so strong, my eyes watered for her and her brother often during the story. The side characters are lovable and that is one trademark I love from KA. The plot is really good and pages turning, with everything being resolved at the end. Loved it was mainly the H voice throughout the book, reminded me of Golden Trail, and Lance Greenfield performance was great. I just spent nearly 19hr in KA heaven.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elle
    5/6/17
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    "Classic KA"

    Really loved this book, reminds me of the Burg, or Colorado Springs Series,
    Lovely romance with mystery and angst thrown in.
    Excellent Narration.
    If you love KA this is a must listen too, worth joining Audible for.
    A Credit well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen Haran
    Leeds
    5/4/17
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    "5 Stars ! K A at her best ! "

    to try this book is big for me as i didn't like the few Kristen Ashley audio books i had before they usally sounded a little robotic with no life or passion. but this one i loved had passion and fun and the story was just K A amazing loved Hicks & Gretta and all their drama and complications.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/20/17
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    "Worth the wait!"

    Loved it! Love most of Kristen Ashley's books, this was no exception, maybe she'll create a series from this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Northern Ireland
    5/4/17
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    "Excellent"

    Really enjoyed this. I will be listening and reading more from this author. Narrators excellent as well

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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