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Summary

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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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

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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!! :)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Loved it!

After an underwhelming couple of audiobooks (not this author) I was delighted when this one drew me in straight away. The story is fantastic as you'd expect from Kristen Ashley and I really liked the use of two narrators as it helped get into the mindset of whichever character was in control. The narrators were brilliant too which is always a massive advantage. The only downside is that it had to end!

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predictable

Be warned this is a formulaic romance with explicit sexual description. If you like stereotypical butch men who call themselves alpha this is the book for you.

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There were times I thought it would never end...

Really struggled to keep listening to this from about half way through. There were a few amusing lines amongst many angst ridden scenes. Male lead character was unlikable at times, female lead too stoic. In the end I just didn't care - I just wanred it to end. Definately not a feel good read. Felt like a flimsy, confused story written around a series of sex scenes.

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cannot listen to it

have downloaded numerous times to listen to it but could not get any sound :-(

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  • Kara Hildebrand
  • 02-05-17

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.

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  • Olivia
  • 02-05-17

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.. .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-05-17

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!!

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 07-05-17

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.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • QueenZany
  • 02-05-17

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!

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  • Bartsgirl6
  • 19-05-17

Mispronunciation of Mamies name...

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

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  • Lori Smith
  • 06-05-17

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.

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  • beejay
  • 31-12-17

Porno

Good story and characters, but WAY too much explicit sex scenes and foul language,which detracted from the otherwise interesting book.

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  • Terry
  • 03-06-17

trashy

way too much unnecessary dialogue and lengthy sex scenes. The murder mystery was never an integral part of the story, it just dwindled away. I always finish books I start but this was a tough one to listen to to the end.

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  • bfulton
  • 25-12-17

Stunned that this book is popular

My goodness. The two central characters are illiterate. They ain’t got no time for good grammar. No one says, yells, whispers, emotes - the only verb we need is “share” because we “share” what we had for lunch, who the killer is, what time a call is scheduled. You name it, it’s “shared.”

A couple of the legal concepts were set out correctly - like the need to serve a TRO before it is effective- but most were ridiculously inaccurate.

This story took for-ev-er to spool out and there was not much of it to begin with. I had to spend a day on medication and resting up so I looked for something that did not require mental effort. This was perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful