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text 2016-04-08 15:48
Law Man (Dream Man) by Kristen Ashley, 99 cent My Favorite!
Law Man - Kristen Ashley

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin's kids, she gets pulled back into the life she's tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

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review 2015-12-07 00:00
Law Man
Law Man - Kristen Ashley This is my least favorite of the Dream Man series. I really liked Mitch, but Mara constant pushing away annoyed me, plus I just found it a tad on the boring side.
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review 2015-10-23 00:00
Law Man
Law Man - Kristen Ashley Just reread this - Mara does not improve upon further reading. Original review below.

10/29/2013: 3.5 stars

This one is going to be difficult for me. I loved it and I hated it, for various reasons. And I did both at the same time, so that was interesting. I'll do my best to explain.

Mara is completely insane. She lives in her own little world, which she herself has named "Mara World" and logic isn't something that exists there. Just negative self-conditioning, doubt, and misery. She likes it there. She actively returns there instead of enjoying her life. So, like I said... she's crazy. And completely deluded. Of course she can take guardianship of two children with no warning, no planning, and no help. She can do anything. But she can't. She can't even make breakfast for herself. Mitch literally comes in and takes over her life. Because she is so busy freaking out about not knowing what to do that she can't accept that somebody else might be able to help. I expect if Mitch hadn't been there, she'd have been catatonic by the time CPS showed up and they'd have taken the kids away immediately. She is a complete mess. I hated her.

But I loved Mitch. Holy shit, he just barreled right in and took charge. He only let Mara's insanity trip him up once, but he quickly learned how fucked up she was and decided to just hold on tight and go for the ride. I liked that a lot. He was totally alpha and domineering and while that isn't always appealing, Mara definitely needed that. And it's part of the reason that I continued to read. Mara's character so desperately needed that balance that Mitch provided, it made her more bearable and him more appealing. So often the climactic moment at the end is created by a Big Misunderstanding or somebody leaving the other person for their own good bullshit. Halfway through this book, I realized Mitch wouldn't let that happen. He wouldn't let Mara misunderstand something and run away back to Mara World. And that let me relax and enjoy the story a bit, instead of worrying about how Mara was gonna fuck all this up. And aside from his being awesomely alpha, he was just... damn sexy. He never misses a workout.

But Mara wasn't the only problem I had with this book. The writing was juvenile at best. And I never bitch about writing - so you know it has to be a problem if I'm picking up on it. Everything was "very cool" and "beautiful"... She sat on his "very cool" sofa and noticed he was "very cool" sort of guy. She explained that Mitch was "cool" and they were sitting around such a "cool" table. Uuugh, there has to be another word to use. I can come up with a few: trendy, posh, unique, interesting... even wood. You could say "we sat around the wooden table" and it would be better than everything being cool! And beautiful. He was beautiful. It was beautiful to see them like that. The moment was beautiful. The light hitting his hair was beautiful. The way she held onto him so trustingly was beautiful. It was beautiful. That was beautiful. Incidentally, that also was beautiful. Good lord!

And if that weren't enough, the repetition is annoying. Then he did this. Then we did that. Then we went there. And then we went home. It felt so good. It felt right. It felt better when he did this. And then I felt him do that. My lips were moving. Then his lips were moving. And then our arms were moving. And then we moved together. And then. And then. And then. And then. And then.

Somebody make this woman stop "and then-ing"... PLEASE.

As annoying as that was, I kept reading. I wanted to know how it was all going to work out. And part of me wanted to know just how long Mara was going to be able to stay out of her own fucked up twisted head. It was a satisfying read. I'd recommend it, but I'd suggest skimming a bit over Mara being hard on herself. It's tedious to read that much self-loathing.
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review 2014-10-14 00:00
Law Man
Law Man - Kristen Ashley The second I hit this month, I began dreading it, because I knew I'd have to read this book at some point in it. Not even the first 5% of the book in, and I knew the heroine would drive me nuts! She ranks folks around her based on beauty, then rounds them to a .5 mark. For example, she thinks Mitch is a 10-11 on a 10 point scale, so she calls him a 10.5. Not to mention, she's got such a convoluted social ranking system, that I really don't like her! I spent a lot of time remembering how much of a jerk the hero of [b:Mystery Man|17333485|Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361485925s/17333485.jpg|17276473] was while reading this book and how much Mitch made him look like a saint!

At one point in the book, I wanted to give negative stars to this read! The heroine, Mara, is so screwed up and convoluted, she makes ditzy Gwen from [b:Mystery Man|17333485|Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361485925s/17333485.jpg|17276473] look good! Mara is a doormat as well for a good portion of the book. However, she has a reason for it, but she also stands up to Mitch when it is important for her to do so, especially when it concerns the people she is in charge of. Mitch can be a regular A-hole, as bad as Hawk, if not worse sometimes, but there are times when he dons his ""knight's armor"" and rescues Mara, both from outside forces and herself. This is not a bad thing, and added to saving the book from being DNF'd.

Tessa from [b:Wild Man|17786018|Wild Man (Dream Man, #2)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366118262s/17786018.jpg|18034302] reappears in this one, briefly, but we also have mention of Jet (from Rock Chick 2) and Roxie (another Rock Chick? Have only read that series to book 2.) I really hate the ""cross pollinating"" between this series and the Rock Chick one. Tack, star of [b:Motorcycle Man|17924006|Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1370836949s/17924006.jpg|18968802], makes an appearance, near the latter 20% of the book and rides out to the end. Even Gwen and Hawk from [b:Mystery Man|17333485|Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361485925s/17333485.jpg|17276473] show up in this story! The end, and Mitch's role in it, pulled it out to a two star read for me, especially after reading the epilogue.

During the latter 25% of the book, some major stuff goes down, and suddenly, there's a lot more people involved. Rock Chick universe plays a big part here, and I felt a little lost not having read that series entirely as well. That is my biggest gripe about this author's work, that she has to mesh all of her contemporary works together in such a way that you need to read all of her series in order to understand the big picture. At this point, I really dislike this author's writing style! She writes spineless doormat heroines and ""Alpha"" heroes that have to act like jerks and A-holes to their significant others as if those women have not a brain cell in their heads and need ""big strong men"" to take care of them. I'll read [b:Motorcycle Man|17924006|Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1370836949s/17924006.jpg|18968802], because I'm too OCD not to, but I hate this author's work at this point, now having read 6 different books of hers, and will A)be deleting all books of hers off my Kindle Library and B)will never be buying or reading another book that she's written again. I get that a lot of people really enjoy her work, but I'm not one of them.
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text 2014-10-13 16:06
Littles: Children in Contemporary Romance
The Nerd Who Loved Me - Vicki Lewis Thompson
Dream a Little Dream - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Friends Without Benefits - Penny Reid
Law Man - Kristen Ashley
Frisco's Kid (Tall, Dark and Dangerous, #3) - Suzanne Brockmann
Simply Irresistible - Rachel Gibson
Exposure - Susan Andersen
Just Not Mine (Escape to New Zealand) (Volume 6) - Rosalind James
Making It Last - Ruthie Knox
Shelter Mountain - Robyn Carr

I know kids in Romance are a huge No! for many readers. However, I think done well they add to the richness of the story.

 

So, if you like them, here are some great Contemporary Romances with wonderful child characters.

 

My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

1. Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 5 Star read for me.

2. Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid  5 Star read for me. 

3. Law Man by Kristen Ashley 

4. Frisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann

5. Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

6. Exposure by Susan Andersen

7. Just Not Mine by Rosalind James

8. Making It Last: A Novella by Ruthie Knox 

9. Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr 

10. The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson 

 

Do you have a favorite? Let me know!

 

To vote for the best of the best, go to the my Goodreads list: Littles: Children in Contemporary Romance. 

 

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