Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley


Author: Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Series: Colorado Mountain #6
Pages: ebook, 416 pages
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2014

When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her? 

It isn't easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she's a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme's always been the one; she excites Deck's body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme's past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she'll let him . . .


To be honest I was a little anxious before I started reading Kaleidoscope, because despite the fact that KA is one of my favorite authors and I can countlessly re-read some of her old books I really had problems enjoying some of her last releases. Also, I know, that for some readers their favorite authors can't do no good, but it's not my case, and Jagged, the previous book in this series, was not only a huge disappointment but an almost DNF for me. Fortunately, even though it doesn't have the magic of the firsts four books in the Colorado Mountain series, that wasn't the case with Kaleidoscope.

We met Deck in Breathe, he's Chace's best friend. He is a gorgeous genius and a PI who isn't afraid to use unorthodox means to reach his goals. When Chace asks for his help in a difficult case, he accepts the meeting:

"So, before we talk this through with you, you know that if you take this on, you do this by the book. You're deputized, you report, you take orders and I'll repeat, you don't go maverick," Mick continued and Deck drew in breath.
Then he stated it plain.
"My understanding of this meet is, if I wanna take this on, and seein' if I do, my usual charges will need to be significantly discounted considering you can't afford to pay them as I charge them, it'll need to be somethin' I really wanna do. And you got a reputation I admire, Shaughnessy, so I hope you take no offense but I don't take orders. I work a case how I feel it needs to be worked. I report what I feel is necessary. And last, I only do maverick."

Emme ex-best friend was Deck's girl friend. They haven't seen each other for years and now, she somehow is in the middle of the case Jacobs is investigating. Although she wasn't my favorite KA heroine and I didn't understand why she did some of the things she did in the book, she was an ok heroine.

Also, a thing I would never understand is how fashion accessories can turn plain heroines into knockout girls. Sure, clothes, make up, the right hair do, the attitude,... can help enhance a person, transform her from plain to pretty. But from plain to totally gorgeous? No.

The things I really liked in this book are, Deck, his relationship with Emme, and last but not least, the participation of Chace, Tate, Ty and Max.

ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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