There's nothing like the first time.
In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company - until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods.
Chace doesn't think he's the good guy everyone believes him to be. He's made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he's come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long-simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace's dark past.
©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2014 Hachette
"Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!" (Jill Shalvis, New York Times best-selling author)
"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!" *(Maya Banks, New York Times best-selling author)
I adore all Kristin ashley books and as soon as I had 3 credits I purchased three of my four favourite KA books on audio in one purchase . I know in hindsight I should have listened to the sample clip but as KA is a quality author, I presumed likewise for the narator of this book, and unfortunately the same narator reads the other two books also. Like I said, the stories are terrific, but the lady performing the audio has got to stop changing her tone when reading the guys parts as the male characters sound like they should be in a retirement home. It's seriously very very annoying to hear a much loved story turned into something cringworthy. Again this isn't a review of the actual story, but the audio performance. I would ask the performer to just read the books but stop attempting a male voice because it's killing the story. I don't know if I can return audio books for a refund, but I want to look into it as I now have three I can't listen to. Sorry if I sound harsh but I was not expecting this.
"Not a good 'listen' for me."
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 particular 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!
"Another Excellent Installment in This Series"
Book 4 of the Colorado Mountain Series and I they just keep getting better. This one was is sweet and funny, it will make you laugh and cry. Chace is one of my favorite characters and it was great to see him heal and get his happily ever after. Although this is #4 in the series, all the books in the series can stand alone. This is a long listen, but it will go by quick. Worth the credit.
"It Was Just "Fracking" Great!"
I have loved this series, it's one of my favorites. Emma Taylor is one of my favorite narrators. She has a style all her own & it's a perfect marriage with Kristen Ashley's writing style. They're long stories which I love, but then I seem to finish them in an instant. I can't wait for more.
Faye is just so "Cute" & I love Chase's Style
Too many to count
"Wow! Just Wow! I'm in love with this series!"
OK, yes, I have fallen for this series! Can't wait for more. Please Audible more, and don't change up on the Narrator. That would not be good at this point. Emma Taylor, you rock girl. If you haven't listened to this little hidden jewel of a series then just get it! That's all I can say! Wish I could give it 10 stars.
"Kristen Ashley, I <3 You!"
Every book in this series has gotten a five star from me. This series is wonderful. Probably one of my favorite series!
Definitely when Faye Goodnight goes into geek mode when discussing Battle Star Galactica with her mother.
I have listened to every one one Emma Taylor's performances and as usual, she is brilliant!
I don't want to give anything away but when Malikai rescues Rebecca.
I love this series. I love anything that Kristen Ashley writes. My new favorite author. She has bumped herself up to my #1 in romance.
"FRACKIN' AMAZING--ALL HEART & SIMPLY BREATHTAKING!"
You know, I'm not sure how Kirsten Ashley (K.A.) does it-----How she keeps creating these very compelling, insanely beautiful and deep books about characters who are gripping & full-bodied. This book has so many layers that you will find yourself tearing up, feeling elation, triumphant and indignant, at times. You have vintage KA hero & heroine: the hero Chace Keaton, detective-badass who tends to speak in phrases (no pronouns needed), and a heroine, Faye Goodnight, who is cute, sweet, innocent and classy….who needs extra moments to process compelling information, signaled by an extra "blink" or a "pardon" or an inquiring, "I'm sorry?" LOL---That's just classic KA writing. Oh, but regarding the heroine--OMG, isn't her last name so cute??? And, she's also a geek…definitely an adorable, sexy geek. I adored the references to Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and even Game of Thrones in pockets of the book.
I loved the leads….OK, yes, they had to look like a gorgeous couple--Chase with his vivid blue eyes, dark blonde hair, athletic build, and Faye with her brilliant blue eyes, auburn hair and hourglass figure, but more than that, they fit emotionally, psychologically and chemically….Haha… I loved how Chase fell for Faye in the aisle of a grocery store, while her nose was in a book. But, I felt happy for Chase when he began to bask in his love with Faye because he suffered so much previously. In Faye he found an "angel" to heal his wounds and carry his "dark." In the previous book, Chase was such a mysterious character with a lot of bad crap surrounding him with the good cop/bad cop history he had. Yet, I couldn't help but feel that Chase was always the man who was like someone outside of a house looking in through a window longing for a life he could never have, when he gazed upon the happiness of other couples. So, Chase and Faye's realization of their love was passionate, powerful and an all-engulfing sentimental affair.
Like any of KA's book in this Colorado Mountain series you have a community that comes together to help save the day, you have a band of alpha males who talk "man-talk," and a fabulous group of women who show concern and are extremely supportive of one another. I mean if Carnal was a real biker town with the characters KA describes, I would totally love to come and hang for a long time…LOL
Lastly, the additional subplots were emotionally gripping….who could forget the boy who found comfort in books, and the beginning stages of healing of a father-son relationship long past damaged. Yes, this book hit on all of my heart strings. Bravo KA!!! Another excellent book in this series!
Narrator- Emma Taylor is excellent and always does a wonderful job in her narration.
"who needs music"
A fun story , great great reader and Just what I wanted a story that takes me on a journey with two people, a cool town fun characters, and catching up and,meeting up with friends along the page,I enjoy listening to all the KA books engaging stories , I need to pick up my kindle Ithink he's lonley. I lsten on my phone, in the car , headphones, you start and stop alot like reading so happy to have discovered audible and especially Kristen Ashley books
Carnal, Co has great characters living there that I like hearing about
When Dec and Chase were saying goodbye to each other
I read KA books for the fact your on an emotional motorcycle from the get go. So the whole book
Thanks , and please put the release date for the titles previewed, I want to immediately listen
"Holy Moly... "F-Word" Invasion"
Most of the story was okay.
You can compare it to almost ALL of Kristen Ashley's books since they are ALL THE SAME. One woman, one man with gravelly voice.. some issue, some fighting, some breaking up, getting back together, happily ever after. All along completely LITTERED with the "F" word EVERYWHERE. Hard to believe Kristen is a WRITER since it seems like the "F_Word" is the only word she knows and uses it EVERYWHERE in the book.
Not much, really, especially after listening to all her other books. Chace sounds like Tate sounds like Max sounds like Wood sounds like Jake sounds like Mickey....etc. The only one that is a LITTLE different is Ty because he is supposed to be half black and then he sounds like someone is trying too hard to inject the African-American "lingo".
If the dialogue is any indication, then it would have to be "F---, F---- F----"
Please, Kristen Ashley, I beg you --- find more words and try to minimize your use of the F-word. After a while it just gets BORING!
"Every woman's dream"
It ranks about in the middle of my listening experience.. I have listened to hundreds of the audible books.
When the boy, Miah, bonded with Chace and Faye.
When Chace's woman was buried in the ground, and he was digging her up.
When the boy they had saved when he was younger was graduating high school. The speech he gave to the audience with all the thanks, love and respect he gave to Chace and Faye.
Kristen Ashley's books are good and entertaining. But I believe they would be even better if the word f......k was not used so much.
"Different but fit right in! - Great ending tie-in!"
I suppose this is subjective, but I really loved all the geek culture references. Being a part of this and watching a lot of the TV shows mentioned, I laughed myself silly at parts. Kristen Ashley really put together a unique story, brought out unique characters, yet tied them together into the overall plot. She really out-did herself with Faye - who annoyed me at first, but the way KA built up Faye's character was "AWESOME!"
Also, how Faye and Chase handled and took care of Malachi was so great, you got to know him and so may other characters in the community. I loved how you really got a feel for the greater community - and the relationship advice was hilarious. Sure, there was a lot of dysfunctional folks - there has to be! But it's how folks came together and overcame, and how KA built up each character and their interactions that really made this book so special.The book did tend to go on and on in places, wayyy too many descriptions where it was just unnecessary and I felt it was done just to make the book longer.
I would have to compare Breathe to to the other Colorado Mountain series, but also to the Rock Girls.
I think Emma Taylor did a great job bringing out the characters, she really brought their personalities to life. There was a lot of emotion in this book and to have good emotion, you have to build up to it. ET did this wonderfully. There were also a lot of characters in this book, so ET had a challenge, not make all men sound the same, and not make all the women sound the same. I think she did a great job with this.
I did laugh a lot with all the geek culture references, but again, that's subjective. I think if you don't get a lot of the references then you probably would find it confusing or irritating or nonsensical. But, give it a shot, I think there is enough variance here for a lot of folks to get some of the references and maybe catch on to a few of the others :)
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