Thursday, August 15, 2019

Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley - Review and Excerpt

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Dream Man series… 

QUIET MAN by Kristen Ashley is available now!

Author: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date:  13 August 2019
Publisher:  Evil Eye Concepts, INC
Series:  Dream Man, book 4.5
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Dream Man series… 

Charlotte “Lottie” McAlister is in the zone. She’s ready to take on the next chapter of her life, and since she doesn’t have a man, she’ll do what she’s done all along. She’ll take care of business on her own. Even if that business means starting a family. 

The problem is, Lottie has a stalker. The really bad kind. The kind that means she needs a bodyguard. 

Enter Mo Morrison. 

Enormous. Scary. 


Mo doesn’t say much, and Lottie’s used to getting attention. And she wants Mo’s attention. Badly. 

But Mo has a strict rule. If he’s guarding your body, that’s all he’s doing with it. 

However, the longer Mo has to keep Lottie safe, the faster he falls for the beautiful blonde who has it so together, she might even be able to tackle the demons he’s got in his head that just won’t die. 

But in the end, Lottie and Mo don’t only have to find some way to keep hands off until the threat is over, they have to negotiate the overprotective Hot Bunch, Lottie’s crazy stepdad, Tex, Mo’s crew of frat-boy commandos, not to mention his nutty sisters. 

All before Lottie finally gets her Dream Man. 

And Mo can lay claim to his Dream Girl. 

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 

My Review:

Really what is there to say except I adored this book.  I loved being back in the Dream Man world and having it tied in so closely to the Rock Chick world, two of my favorite places to lose myself in.  

Lottie and Mo are burning up the pages right from the get go, whether it be from their banter or their steamy scenes, I loved these two together and just couldn't get enough of them.  I loved how fiercely independent Lottie is and how she isn't about to let anyone look down on her for her choices.  Mo, well, he's just one of my absolute favorite type of male heroes, the broody quiet alpha guy who isn't really a jerk even though occasionally it slips out of him.  Thank goodness Lottie isn't going to put up with any of that and sets him right back in place when he decides to play the jerk card.

I do think this leaned more to the Rock Chick side of things so I am surprised a little that it is considered a Dream Man book.  Both worlds definitely collide which I love, but overall we see more of the Rock Chick family than we do the Dream Man one, though I am totally and absolutely stoked about where this book is leading us for the Dream Man world.  

As is usual with a novella I can't talk too much with out spoiling things because they move at a fast pace but just know that this is an un-put-down-able.  These characters are going to suck you in and keep you there until you take that final step with them into their HEA, and y'all I was bawling the happiest tears in those big shoed final steps. <3  

Grab this one up and while I recommend whole heartedly that you go back to both the Rock Chick and Dream Man series and start them if you haven't, I can tell you as with all 1,001 Dark Nights novellas you will not be spoiled to start at the beginning after reading this one.  



I unlocked and opened my door.

Then I immediately, and automatically, took a step back.

All right.


I could get a hint from the chest and what it might be attached to with what I’d seen of that throat, but this guy had to be six five, maybe taller.

And his height was only a part of why Smithie described him the way he did.

He wasn’t “motherfucking huge.”

He was motherfucking huge.

I was average height.

But slender.

My sister had ass.

My job was physical. It wasn’t just the nightly dancing. It was the practice and constantly choreographing and adding new routines. I could probably eat a boatload, but I didn’t because I was too busy to eat, and when I did, I’d learned long ago what all the experts said was what an expert would know from studying it. Eating good food gave me more energy, made me sleep better and put me in a better mood (most of the time).

So unless the occasion was special, I put good food in my mouth and didn’t drink much outside water, flavored water, sparkling water, with the odd antioxidant vitamin drink thrown in.

So yeah, I was slender.

And two of me could make this guy.

Maybe three.

He moved forward.

I moved back.

His movements were unwieldy. Not clumsy—heavy and plodding.

It didn’t matter this guy was a bull in a china shop.

He’d terrify small children.

Hell, he’d terrify grown men.

And that had nothing to do with the gun worn openly on his hip.

It had to do with what that compression shirt barely contained, not to mention the carved protrusion of the muscles of his biceps exposed by the short sleeves, the sinewy, richly veined lengths of his forearms and the trunks of his long legs covered in dark gray commando pants.

He shut the door behind him, twisted at the waist and I heard the lock click.

He twisted back to me.

“Hey,” I forced out.

He dipped his chin.

“You’re Mo,” I stated unnecessarily.

“Yup,” he agreed.

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and 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 accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing’s changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with 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, it keeps getting better.

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