Sylvia is as bad ass and powerful as all the alpha males Ashley creates, whilst suffering through a bad past at the heart of this book is an endearing..Show More » love story that originates at childhood. This series as a whole is much darker and haunting as the characters battle their pasts. Therefore it's not quite as funny as Ashley's other ingenious series (Rock Chick Series). Whilst I find this delicate romance story touching as you hear it progress over years and years ever since Sylvia was six - yet that was the one annoying part about this story I didn't like the constant flashbacks although I can see how they are vital to this story.
The goofy heroin that moons over high school hottie. Whilst a cliché begging, this is an utterly unique story. Hannah, now 26, her high school crush, ..Show More »Raid, has been in the army and seen the most harrowing things in life a person can see and he is suffering with these memories. Whilst Hannah's life is very narrow as she is hidden in her books and looking after her grandmother she manages to get entangled, unconsciously in the drug business; but now Raid has her back.... but that doesn't mean that their troubles are over. This is one of Ashley's best story lines with countless twist and turns whilst also being hilariously funny as this unconventional couple are paired together!
This is, perhaps, the most extreme of Kristen Ashley’s “bad boys” with an H who was very dislikeable in previous books. His transformation into one o..Show More »f the “good guys” all happens in the prologue and it did feel like a critical part of the story development was missing.
The H plans to use the h to get inside her father’s criminal network, to get revenge for the murder of his FBI girlfriend. The h was a reluctant part of the family, (keeping the books and laundering the income). She had given up on ever having a happy “honest” life as her past attempts to escape had been brutally punished. She (conveniently) finds the H irresistible, and they have ten chapters of hot sex with very little conversation. As the h openly did not trust the H for anything apart from sex, what this was supposed to achieve was unclear.
The couple somehow fall in love, even though they never really talk honestly to each other - or talk much at all between their many sexual encounters. They then change from edgy, cynical and damaged underworld characters, into a mushy, loved up couple. The h, who had been so deeply unhappy that she did not smile until Chapter 15, becomes a rock chick clone and was suddenly “cute” and “klutsy”, while the H, who had spent four years preparing for revenge, falls in love with ease. It would have made more sense for both characters to strongly resist admitting to any sort of emotional caring for each other – they were both wired to be in control, so more of a tussle for dominance and less of the cliché secret trip to Vegas would have made this romance more convincing.
In some places this book is really good, particularly when the couple are apart (!), and I adore so many of KA’s books, but she does seem to be struggling lately with what market she is aiming for. This book, and the previous one I listened to (Deacon), both seem to be targeting the YA market, with musical "messages" and videos as part of the romance. But then there seems to be the obligatory BDSM thrown in to target the FSOG market and so many chapters of fabulous sex that it becomes a bit mundane. Her earlier books were more “romantic suspense” with super hot guys (and super hot sex), whereas now they are more “erotic romances” with less emphasis on a strong plot line and instead there are chapters and chapters of lengthy sexual encounters. I guess it’s a personal preference, because her writing ability is, without a doubt, already proven, but I do wish for more along the lines of “At Peace” “The Gamble” and “Sweet Dreams”.