Mystery Man, by Kristen Ashley

Mystery Man

Grade: B-

Doing it at: 44%

Catnip: Alpha Hero, Funny Heroine, Motorcycles, Shitty Siblings, Smoking Hot Ex-Military Guy, Kidnapping

Shame Scale: Low shame. This one has a great heroine with a backbone and a sense of humor, and a lot of solid plot.

Fantasy Cast:  Édgar Ramírez, Reese Witherspoon

Book Description:

Night time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away… 

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore….

This was my first Kristen Ashley book, I’d heard great things about her, but never got around to reading anything because her books were all always checked out of the library. I know, it’s a terrible excuse. But I’ve had Mystery Man on my wish list for over a year, and when C got a bajillion Amazon gift cards this summer, she went on a book buying spree and I put in a request for this one.

Because a mystery lover who sneaks into my room in the middle of the night and fucks me back to sleep is right up there on my fantasy list, along with having a 23 year old Dominican boyfriend, and being in the middle of a Tom Hardy/Matt Bomer sandwich.

In other words, Gwendolyn Kidd is living my dream life. A year and a half ago, she was at a bar, keeping her bartending best friend company, when a tall drink of water came in, ate a steak, and then as he was leaving, came up to her and said, “You comin’ or what?” So she went, and Gwen? High five.

Their relationship continued in that vein, with him mysteriously showing up in her bedroom in the middle of the night every week or so, giving her a bunch of O’s, and then showing himself out. And I can’t stop saying breaking and entering, and then giggling like a 15 year old, you guys. Gwen spends her days editing books, renovating her house, and fantasizing about her Mystery Man deciding that he wants to have an actual relationship with her.

Till her sister gets herself into a boatload of trouble with the local MC and some scary drug dealers, and Gwen sticks her nose in it. Suddenly Mystery Man shows up at her house in the daylight to yell at her for getting involved with trouble – apparently he’s been keeping tabs on her. Gwen realizes that Mystery Man isn’t the fantasy she’s been dreaming about, rather he’s a scary authoritative asshole, so she tells him to get the fuck out of her house.

Mystery Man gets super obnoxious, giving her that condescending, “Lol babe it’s so hot when you’re mad, I know you want me” attitude, and honestly, there is nothing more infuriating than someone not taking you seriously.

When trouble does come for Gwen, Mystery Man shows up, as Hawk, private security contractor, and makes it clear that he’s going to protect his girl, even though Gwen makes it clear that she’s no longer interested. Hawk continues to steamroll a resistant Gwen into a relationship she’s no longer sure that she wants, and the tension between the two of them is delicious. Kristen Ashley knows her way around a sex scene.

The only complaint I had about this book was that something egregious (in my eyes) was revealed about Hawk, and not only did he not really apologize or explain it, but Gwen ended up letting go of it pretty quickly. I like a little more groveling from my fantasy men. (Can you tell I’m married? My fantasies involve groveling. Ugh.)

Overall this was a great book. Gwen was a fantastic heroine, the mystery lover concept was fresh, and there was an enjoyable plot involving an MC, drug dealers, kidnapping, and drive by’s that didn’t feel like an afterthought. And there’s three more in the series. I’ll definitely be picking them up.

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