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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.. .

    25 of 25 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.


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    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.

    17 of 17 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 2017
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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!!

    17 of 18 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
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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.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Smith 05-06-17
    Lori Smith 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    12 of 14 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!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bartsgirl6 05-19-17
    Bartsgirl6 05-19-17
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    "Mispronunciation of Mamies name..."

    Great story, if the name of youngest daughter Mamie hadn't gone to Mammie... annoying and distracting

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 05-18-17
    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 05-18-17 Member Since 2004
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    "One Of Her Best!"

    Greta Dare comes from the wrong side of the tracks. After the breakup of her marriage, caused in no small part by Greta’s no good mother, Greta retreats to a small town in Nebraska to restart her life. Outrunning her past is easier said than done.

    Local sheriff Hixon Drake thought he had it all in life, a wife, kids, and career. He’s blindsided when his wife kicks him out and eventually divorces him. Shell-shocked and bewildered Hixon’s in a fog until he meets Greta.

    Complicated is one of the best audiobooks from Kristen Ashley since Sweet Dreams which is my all time favorite. This one comes pretty damn close. Viscerally you feel the pain that both Hixon and Greta endure. Pain caused from people close to them and the pain that they inflict on each other.

    This audiobook clocks in at over 18 hours and is a dual narration by Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon and they both do a wonderful job. Erin does better voicing both genders in my opinion, but I like them together as a team. The pacing is perfect in this quality production.

    Kristen Ashley is the only author I know where I’m sad when the story is over! You come to know and care about the characters so much. Kristen really takes her time to build the story and it’s hard to say goodbye.

    5 of 6 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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    L V Red Nevada 05-12-17
    L V Red Nevada 05-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "💕💝love💞love💘loved it💝💕"

    I really love KA, this book had everything I could want in a romance novel!! And I for one love that her books are given to us as one book, not 3 or 4 cliffhangers!!! So for me never too long!! Complicated has a lot going on, and in typical KA style it does not disappoint . Erin and Lance really made it work!!!
    Definitely worth the credit or coin. Thank You KA for another great listen!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Skinfull
    7/11/17
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    "Way more sex than expected!!"

    was expecting a crime novel sprinkled with will they won't they tension. instead I got a graphic sex novel that ramped up very quickly and very little crime investigation

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Susan
    8/11/17
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    "Fabulous!"

    Wow! When Kristen Ashley is good, she is really, really good. Some of her later books have left me feeling a bit cheated, but with this one she is right back on top form.

    This book has a fabulous H and h, a very rocky road to romance, amazing side characters, and an absorbing murder mystery. The sex is super hot but thankfully does not dominate the pace of the book. I love that KA features older characters in her book, and how the history of each of them shapes them and the decisions they make. They make mistakes, screw things up in the heat of the moment and then (like we all do) cool down, analyse the situation and realise they have messed up, so then set about to rectify things. I love how we, as readers, realise that this couple are destined to be together by their thoughts, their actions and reactions, even if the couple themselves are still denying the possibility. Life and love in a good KA book is messy, unpredictable, unfair, heartbreaking, exhilarating, funny, heart warming and life affirming; but never, ever, boring. I listened obsessively to get to the end, and then felt regret that the story had ended. All this illustrates just how truly talented KA is as a writer. Special mention must go to the secondary characters featured in this story as KA manages to make us care about so much more than just the central couple in this book.

    Dual narration was fabulous. Unusually (but very successfully) the POV was mainly that of the H which enabled the reader to understand him even when he was behaving like a jerk toward the h (which was a lot in the first half of the book!) If you have not listened to KA on audio before, start with this book. It's very long, but the many story lines surrounding the couple never dragged, and I felt real regret when I got to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G Wetherell
    8/9/17
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    "Simply superb"

    As always Kristen's fantastic story telling takes you on highs and lows and leaves you satisfied and content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty Chapman
    8/8/17
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    "Easy listening"

    Overall a good story. Classic Kirsten Ashley. Abit slow in places but still worth a listen if your a fan of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TJ
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    6/11/17
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    "absolutely fantastic"

    I loved this book. it has everything, I laughed out loud. I cried. I never wanted it to end. just wonderful. thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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