Saturday Series: Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley

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.

I really like the way Kristen Ashley's stories are set up. Technically it's all possible, but you're still wondering WTF. Most people would be worried when they have a relationship with a man, whom they do not know the name of, he sneaks inside her bedroom (and to be clear, she never gave him a key), has his way with her and then leaves again. That is seriously effed up, and Gwen admits he is a god in bed, still the creep factor is already of the charts but let's just go with it. If you don't think too hard about those factors than these books are the bomb.

Now her mystery man is forced out of hiding when Gwen's sister drags her into trouble as usual. This forces Hawk to stand up and admit that what they have is more than nightly adventures. His need to protect her from all bad things makes that clear. Though it's suddenly a really big change, going from nothing to overboard. Hawk is overprotective, alpha, bossy, strong willed, stubborn and a man of few words.

While Gwen is pleased she now has the chance to get to know her mystery man better, she's not glad of the circumstances and she isn't sure if she really likes him that much. At times she prefers when he didn't speak to her over what he's doing now, giving her orders and not giving her much choice when it comes to their relationship. Still I liked that she wasn't some eager man pleaser. While Hawk didn't always take into account what Gwen said, or it didn't quite come through the way she would have liked, he would know when she wasn't pleased with him very clear.

Lots and lots of fireworks between these two and I freaking love all the drama. It switches a lot between lighter moments or heated moments, to the more dangerous ones. Gwen's sister really is a piece of work, and poor Gwen is the victim of it all. Think drive-by, kidnapping, arson etc. When things like that are happening to you, you'll be glad to have a guy like Hawk by your side.

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The Author
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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