Type: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
My Copy: Borrowed
While drinking cosmopolitans, Gwendolyn Kidd meets the man of her dreams. Then she takes him home. Then she wakes up alone. But her fear that she lost her dream man turns into a relationship with a mystery man when, night after night in the dead of night, he comes back for more. Hoping it will blossom into something real, she lets him.
But she doesn’t even know his name.
Gwen’s struggling with the decision to end their crazy non-relationship when her sister-from-hell, Ginger’s best friend pays a visit and warns Gwen that if she and her sister don’t get smart, they’ll both get d-e-a-d, dead. Gwen has no clue what’s going on but she’s used to Ginger’s antics and decides to lay the problem on her sister’s biker boyfriend’s doorstep. Bad choice. She hits the Denver Underground radar with a big, loud ping.
This means Gwen’s Mystery Man, Cabe “Hawk” Delgado has to step in to keep her safe. But when Hawk gets a dose of Gwen in the daylight, he makes the decision that he finally wants real with Gwen. However when Gwen gets a dose of badass, bossy, straight-talker Hawk in the daylight, she decides she’s done.
Thus begins the head-to-head of the Commando vs. Cosmo Girl as Hawk woos Gwen in his own unique way, Gwen survives firebombs, drive-bys, kidnappings, hot pursuits by biker hotties and gorgeous police detectives and discovers the heartbreaking reason why Hawk kept her at arm’s length.
And as all this happens, Gwen finds that her sister’s troubles are serious trouble and she must decide who to keep alive: her sister-from-hell or the man of her dreams.
If Kristen Ashley had visited my subconscious one night while I slept and taken every wishful thought/dream I’d had about men, she couldn’t have gotten a hero’s character any more right. Everything that I love and lust after in a romance hero was packed into Cabe “Hawk” Delgado.
Hawk was such a complex character. He was Gwen’s “Mystery Man”…. a guy she picked up one night, promptly took home to have wild sex with, and continued the sexy hook-ups with for a year and a half without even learning his name. He would show up in the night, make crazy love to her, then leave before dawn. The only things she knew about him were how fantastic a kisser he was and how terrific he was in bed. Once the mask drops after Gwen’s shit hits the fan, so to speak (thanks to her sister’s problems), you see more of Cabe Delgado and not just “Hawk”. He is alpha to the core: HOT, successful, powerful, protective, arrogant, strong, sexy and even sometimes sweet. He is also very, very emotionally wounded. Despite that, he’s determined to give Gwen everything she wants just because he likes the look on her face when he surprises her. Throughout the book you are treated to little glimpses into the real Hawk and by the time he fully lets go with Gwen, my heart was a total marshmallow right along with hers.
Gwen was very easy to like. She was fun and funny, fussy and a little crazy and more sensitive and vulnerable than she’d like anyone to know. She fiercely loves her family (even her estranged sister on whom the blame for all of her recent troubles can be blamed) and her friends. She loves high heels and drinks cosmos and has a weakness for men who take control of her life. She was complete mush when it came to Hawk, despite everything. He was a total mystery to her for a year and a half, and yet she never once turned him away. Her best friends warned her away from him over & over and she ignored them. Once he became more than her midnight sex buddy, it was a done deal for her because she was already so deeply into him there was no getting out.
Their relationship was very messy. They fought. A lot. He didn’t like a lot of the things she did. She didn’t like a lot of things he did. They hurt each other, more than once. They each had a profound weakness for the other, though, and were powerless against that. When Gwen’s sister Ginger becomes targeted by some very bad people, and the fallout hit’s Gwen, Hawk the commando takes over. He does everything in his power to protect her and keep her safe, while also working to get Ginger out of her mess.
This book wasn’t pretty. It was really long. Or maybe it just seems that way because I re-read so many parts because I couldn’t get enough. It was often violent, and the language was foul. The relationships were very, very complicated. Gwen was fun and feisty and just a little bit ditzy sometimes (or maybe naive?). Hawk was arrogant and extremely bossy and almost cold, especially in the beginning. On the flip side, this book was full of smartass women, badass commandos and biker dudes who really appreciate smartass women. It had romantic scenes, sexy scenes, rescue scenes and scenes that tugged the heartstrings. I laughed out loud more times than I can count (mostly at Gwen), cried out loud too, and became SO invested in these two and their happy ever after.
I give Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley 5 stars!