on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. From the New York Times best-selling author of the Rock Chick series comes a story of love, murder, and second chances....
When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse.
Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority.
Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She's learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that's what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life.
Hix can't fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta's finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix.
But when the first murder that's happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer.
In other words, things are definitely...Complicated.
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In case you’re wondering why I’m posting on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, it’s because today is Happy Release Day for Complicated by author Kristen Ashley. Recently, I was given the opportunity to listen and review this book that was written specifically for the audio format and it was one heck of a listen! Some authors might have taken advantage of the complex storyline of Complicated to write a trilogy or series with cliffhangers and all that, but, thank goodness, Kristen Ashley didn’t take that route. The storyline has it all: a hot sheriff who deserves a second chance at love, a beautiful, kick-ass hairdresser blessed with the voice of an angel but cursed with a mother from Hell, and an unsolved murder in a town that has almost no crime. Add a spoiled, bitchy ex-wife, an over-protective ex-husband, and a town full of people who all know each others business. Sprinkle liberally with super steamy sex, toss in a pinch of angst, and what you have is Complicated. My favorite thing of all . . . the ingredients cook up into one neat and delicious dish by the end.
Narrator Lance Greenfield tells Hixon’s story from 3rd person POV while narrator Erin Mallon performs as Greta in 1st person POV. Ms. Mallon gives an excellent interpretation of the gritty and lovable Greta Dare. Lance Greenfield is convincing as Hixon Drake — his performance is flawless with the exception of an entire chapter in which he mispronounces the name of one of Hixon’s children repeatedly, a production error which should have been caught.
Kristen Ashley’s many fans are going to find Complicated on a par with her other work. From the opening scene to the final lines, it is filled with the detailed and descriptive writing that is typical of her books. There will be those who are not fans of audiobooks who will be disappointed by not having something printed to hold in their hands. Not to worry, there will be a printed version in November, but until then, I do highly recommend the audiobook. It will require an over 18 hour time commitment, but I think listeners will find it well worth the investment for its very engaging characters and a story which is, well . . . Complicated! 😁