Friday, January 17, 2014

Review of Law Man by Kristen Ashley - 4 stars!

Happy Friday!

I have found myself a new favorite author! I mean, I have many favorite authors whose books I am and will always read, I just need to add one more to the list. Her name is Kristen Ashley. I accidentally bought one of her books few days ago and now I have read already 5 of her books and just bought 2 more!

The first book of hers which I started reading last week, was Law Man from (Book 3 in The Dream Man Series) and the second one I read and finished a night after was The Motorcycle Man (Book 4 in the series). I started from the end of the series, but that is alright, because the books in The Dream Man Series are standalones. Yes, you do meet the people from the books from the series in each four books, it doesn't matter really.

So, the first review will be book 3 in the series. Here is the review of Law Man.
And by the way, if you haven't read her books yet buy one NOW! You'll be hooked, I promise!




Title: Law Man
Series: The Dream Man Series, book 3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Imprint: Forever
Publishing date: 4th of February 2012
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Literary Fiction, Action
Pages: 355 pages
Source: Purchased from amazon.com

Summary:

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.


My review:


I didn't know anything about Kristen Ashely or her books, so when I was searching what to read next, I saw Law Man in one of the bestseller lists in amazon and decided to give it a try. I am so glad  I found not only the series, but also Kristen Ashley.

Law Man is not only a romance, it gives you a serious story about family relationships, about giving, trusting, letting go, about love. It's well written, it gets to you, it makes you think what's really important in life.

Plot:

Mara is  a shy woman who has had a crush on one of her neighbours for 4 years. She never reacted upon it due to very low self-esteem and because of her past. Mitch is a detective in police and Mara doesn't want him to know her past.

They get acquainted when Mara needs help with her faucet and running water. Mitch helps her and after that they keep bumping into each other.

When Mara needs to rescue her brother's kids, Mitch refuses NOT to help her and follows her to pick up the kids and later to Mara's brother's house. When he sees, how Mara's brother, Bill, lives, he automatically wants to protect Mara from everything.

What I liked:
I love that Kristen Ashley's books are about people who are already past and over their first relationships and that they are dealing with the lives of mature adults. There are kids involved.

I think, the plot was very good, it was not only a romance, but the insight into Mara's life and to the kids' life was fascinating, horrifying and sweet. It was a page turner. The relationship between Mara, Mitch and the kids was amazingly well written.

This book had also the most beautiful epilogues I have ever read.

I just had one problem with this book, and that brings me to the characters.

Characters:

Even though parts of me really liked Mara and I have to admit, I LOVED Mara on the second part of the book, I really did not connect with her in the beginning. I can understand that some people are shy, but Mara's self esteem was so unattractive to me. I did not get that, not at all. I think it was all too much, without any reason. I did not like Mara's World either where she put people into boxes according to how they look. I hated her system of 1 to 10. It was extremely superficial. Only after around 60% of the book was read and the pace picked up, I grew on Mara. I liked that she finally started to develop as a character.

Mitch was lovable. He was not always that lovable because of being a jerk once and a while, especially with his words, but his actions were adorably lovable. What Mitch did for Mara and kids and the actions he took to protect them - I loved it! I also loved him for getting Mara out of her stupid shell to finally blossom. I could very easily relate to hi,much more than I could related to Mara.

Billie and Billy - Bill's kids were amazingly written. I felt for them, especially for Billy. The way he tried to please both Mara and Mitch was heartbreaking! The way he protected his sister Billie was ADORABLE! This is were the beauty of Kristen Ashley's writing lies. She creates characters which are not only believable, but truly REAL. Billie and Billy simply stole my heart.

As said earlier, the pace of the book picked up after half of it was read and then the reader was introduced to many other fascinating characters. (Mind you, it was the first book of Kristen's which I have ever read, but it was book 3 in this specific series.) Elvira was as colorful as they come and the rest of the girls fun to read about. I also found Tack and Hawk fascinating. These were men whom I would love to read more about. They were interesting and I connected to Tack momentarily. It was like love from the first sight!


Generally:

It was my introduction to Kristen Ashley's world and I loved it! It made me laugh out loud, cry, think. I actually experienced many emotions while reading it.

I will give it 4 stars and the reason behind it not getting 5 stars from me, is that I had difficulties with relating to Mara. But when you get past that, it's a great book to read! It's definitely worth reading!


5 Flowers!
4 stars.


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Happy reading!

 

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