Wild Man & Law Man by Kristen Ashley (Dream Man #2 & 3)

Wild Man by Kristen AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Borrowed

Reviewer: Michelle

While filling her display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up and sees the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. Thirty seconds later, she says yes. But after four months of falling in love, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA Agent investigating the possibility she’s involved in her ex-husband’s drug business

Obviously Tess decides this means it’s over.

But DEA Agent Brock Lucas disagrees. A man on a mission who’s really committed to his job, he’s spent years in the underbelly of Denver with the dregs of society. And spending four months with Tess who’s as sweet as her cupcakes, he seriously enjoyed his job. But during Tess’s interrogation, Brock learns the devastating secret Tess is carrying and he’s determined to be the man who helps her heal as well as take her back as she walks on the wild side.

Kristen Ashley knows how to create females that women would want to know and men that women would want to love. In Wild Man, you have sweet bakery owner Tessa and wild man cop Brock. Brock originally staked his claim on Tessa during an undercover DEA operation. It didn’t take him long at all to realize that his feelings went way beyond the job and he knows being with Tessa is important to him. When Tessa discovers who Brock really is, his betrayal hurt and she calls it quits. Even though she closed her doors to Brock, she never quite closed her heart to him, though, so when he shows up three months later wanting back in, she couldn’t really resist.

I really loved the fact that this book mainly centered on Brock and Tessa. Once they worked out their differences and Brock convinced her to take him back, most of the strife and conflict was external: her drug lord ex, his crazy, bitchy ex, his family, etc. They had a LOT to deal with but they worked through everything as a couple.

The one disappointment for me in the book was Brock. He was supposed to be this total alpha wild man (hence the title), but I never really felt that about him. He was strong and sexy and protective and so, so loyal, but it seemed like he almost took a back seat to everyone and everything in this book. I felt like Brock was set up to be such a great hero, and yet he was never given the chance to act very heroic.

Tessa and Brock were sexy and sweet and the love they shared was evident in everything they said and did. This book was a great addition to the series.

I give Wild Man by Kristen Ashley 4 stars!

 

Law Man by Kristen AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Borrowed

Reviewer: Michelle

Four years ago, Mitch Lawson moved across the breezeway from Mara Hanover and she fell in love with the tall, good-looking police detective who had an uncanny ability to dress well even though he’s single. It was not a stalker kind of love; she knows she has no hope since Mitch is way out of her league. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s her dream man.

Then one day Mara’s faucet won’t turn off and she knows nothing about plumbing. Being a good guy, Mitch offers to help then he invites himself over for pizza. Mara gives it a go but finds herself running away from him (literally) on their first date, standing him up their second and then she runs into him (again literally) on her way to save her ne’er do well, criminal cousin’s kids who’d just run away from their ne’er do well, criminal Dad.

Suddenly, Mara finds she has on her hands the guardianship of two kids and a gorgeous police detective who’s willing to do anything to help out… including giving fabulous foot rubs.

But Mara knows who she is and where she came from and she knows Detective Mitch Lawson is better than her. Hot law man Mitch disagrees and his challenge is to convince Mara to let go of her past and he sets about building a family at the same time he finds he also needs to protect them all against known and unknown adversaries that would tear them apart.

I was looking forward to Mitch Lawson’s story ever since Mystery Man. I wasn’t disappointed. Mitch was all that a fabulous sexy alpha cop hero should be. He was strong and protective and smart and didn’t take any shit. He was also extremely thoughtful and sweet and oh so caring and careful with Mara.

Mara was very insecure and afraid of putting herself out there, but against Mitch and his determination to have her there was no resisting. While I don’t normally like kids in romance books, adding Billy and Billie to the mix worked and it worked well. I liked how their situation was the catalyst that truly brought Mitch and Mara together, and they were a team from day one once the kids were involved.

I also liked the way the climax happened – there was a villain and a lot of suspense, but it wasn’t B-movie-ish at all. Their romance was sweet and hot and I loved how Mara could tell how much Mitch wanted her, despite not really believing it. One complaint I had was Mara’s continued insistence that Mitch was way out of her league. I get that because of her past she didn’t think too much of herself and that Mitch was “a 10.5 on the 1-10 scale”, but the first half of the book went overboard hammering in that fact. Also, while I love Kristen Ashley’s heroes, no matter how incredible I think they are, they all seem to pale a little in comparison to Hawk from Mystery Man.

This was a great addition to the series, though, and sets up Tack’s book nicely.

I give Law Man by Kristen Ashley 4.5 stars!

 

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