Review: Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley

April 22, 2013 0.5 Stars, alpha male overload, book rage, Book Review, contemporary, damsel in distress, ebook, erotica, Insta-love, insta-lust, Mary Sue Alert, Romance, self published, series, TSTL heroine, unlikeable main characters 0 ½

Review: Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley half-star
Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man #1
Published by Hachette Book Group on July 13, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 350
Format: eBook
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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.

Let’s just start this off with a hearty “WTF!?”

So, the book starts with our “heroine” Gwen. She’s currently in an eighteen (18) month sexual relationship with a man who’s name she doesn’t know.

He comes into her home in the middle of any random night, bangs her out and then leaves.

He doesn’t have a set of keys. He just breaks in.

Also, she’s doing him raw. Eeewwww!

To be honest, I could have floated with that first section, it didn’t really bother me as much as it should have. I think my reading other KA books has numbed me somewhat, lol. What I couldn’t get down with was the more than obvious love triangle that was being set up from the get-go. Ugh. That’s two strikes. What’s even worse is that one of the people in the love triangle has his own book that I’ve already read. So I was rather loath to rehash that ugly subject.

Then, in reading reviews, I learn that the “hero” is even more of a jackass than I previously thought and the “heroine” is a dumb fuck…and that it’s not a love triangle, it’s a fucking love square!

…Aaaaaannnnnd I quit! I’m good.

ETA: Having now finished this series…There are 4 books in this series (which equals 4 heroes). Gwen has her slutty claws in three out of the fours heroes in the series. She marries Late Night Raw Man but the other two of them are driven (in some way) by losing Gwen. So the reader is treated to book after book of Gwen having to go check out the competition. Can you tell I dislike Gwen?

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