Kristen Ashley

3 Books by Kristen Ashley

 

This post would be a little different. I will be reviewing three books by Kristen Ashley. If you didn’t already know, I am also in Instagram and Facebook and they are more updated regularly than the website. I am still playing catch up from when I took a hiatus.

This started because I wanted to check out Kristen Ashley’s new book, Complicated. Needless to say that it quickly turned into a marathon reading of her other books. I just keep starting a new book right after I finish one. I am not going to go through all the ones I read (it was a long marathon). I picked three very different Kristen Ashley books. She is so versatile that she can write almost any genre.

Let’s start with Complicated, the book that launched this marathon. I think this book is typical of what readers have come to expect when reading a Kristen Ashley book – a really good contemporary romance. A lot of other romance writers focus on young couples, anywhere from teens to early 30’s. Kristen Ashley is one of the rare authors who has couples in their late 30’s to mid 40’s. Complicated is an example of that.

 

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Complicated

 

I love that this book showed the blending of families and finding love after a divorce. The couple is not focused on having children (it’s not even in the plans) but on just spending the rest of their lives together. If written by a different author, this book would not be as good. Romance books to me is about possibilities. It’s about the HEA (happily ever after) and believing in love when the reality and the entire world tries to convince you otherwise. Part of it is the couple having babies and starting a family. As cliche as that sounds, there is a reason why the secret baby tropes are so popular. Kristen Ashley is such a wonderful writer that show us the beauty of love no matter what age.

One of the highlights of the book for me is Greta’s relationship with Andy. You have to read the book to find out. It made me cry so hard because it kinda hit close to home. Overall, this book made me feel that although life may be difficult and full of challenges, it can also hold so much beauty and wonder.

 

IMG_7791With Everything I Am

This book is  a huge testament to Kristen Ashley’s versatility. When I picked it up, I was not expecting a paranormal romance with werewolves and vampires. This probably also show that I do not read blurb, but just blindly trust that I would like the book because it’s Kristen Ashley’s.

This is book 2 of a 3 book series. The bones of the story is nothing new – prophecy, werewolf falling for a human, drama, and more drama… What is very different is that this is a Kristen Ashley book. She has a very different writing style than your run of the mill paranormal romance writer. The focus is always on the relationship between the main couple. They just happen to have some paranormal aspects thrown in.

Kristen Ashley has this way of bringing to the forefront the little nuances and challenges every relationship struggles with. It’s the little insecurities that plagues us all and the little miscommunication that happens between couples. It’s also the adjustment and learning to compromise in a relationship. It’s what makes her books so relatable no matter the genre. Overall, this book gets a thumbs up and quickly bought book 3.

 

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I love love biker romances. It’s messy and glorious at the same time. Kristen Ashley’s chaos series is one of my fave MC/biker series of all times. This book is one of my faves of her. It made me ugly cry in the middle of the night and had my husband give me side glances that make me think he thinks I am nuts. It so emotional and sad and beautiful at the same time.

This book has a little bit of the Complicated and With Everything I Am elements thrown in. Like Complicated, it showed the difficulty of blending families. I love that High’s daughter, Zadie, showed that life and love was not always easy. Like With Everything I Am, Kristen Ashley showed her magic at showing the relationship dynamics and everyday hurdles that couples face. Kidnapping and the MC life will probably not be relatable to most readers but the emotional aspects of seeing your ex or dealing with a partner’s bratty child from a previous relationship certainly would be.

Overall, this book reaffirmed my Kristen Ashley fandom. I no doubt will be buying every Chaos novel published. When you find that you are okay with ugly crying in the middle of the night, then you know you have found the right book.

 

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