- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: May 2, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9OXVFO
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My adoration for Kristen Ashley's audiobooks truly knows no bounds. I own every single one and I listen to them repeatedly. There's nothing that brings more peace and contentment to this reader than revisiting my favorite KA stories as narrators bring them from page to life. With that said, I think an entirely different reading experience is granted through an audiobook, which is why I tend to read the book first and listen later. With Complicated releasing exclusively through Audible, it forced me to listen first, demanded I allow the narrators to draw me into the story and take me along for the ride. I was weary. I've always believed that the reader loses a bit of that connection when we listen versus when we read the story ourselves. But that wasn't the case with Complicated, to my surprise. I was lost. I was taken. I fell in love.
Complicated is classic Kristen Ashley, a story that feels familiar in the way her stories do, but with a refreshing storyline and characters I came to love. Hixon Drake is a recently divorced Nebraska sheriff and father of three whose one night stand with Greta Dare, a lounge singer and hairdresser, gets, well, complicated. With his ex-wife causing drama and a sudden spike in crime where it'd otherwise been virtually non-existent, Hix knows early on that no matter how amazing their night was together, they can't afford to complicate their lives by taking things any further. But true to form, Kristen Ashley has other plans for these characters, forcing them together under messy, dangerous circumstances, and I could do nothing but sit back, relax and listen to it all unfold.
Like many of Ashley's storylines, Complicated follows a blooming romance amidst a criminal investigation. It's no secret I'm a romance reader and as such, in any book, I tend to prefer the romantic element of a book over a suspenseful one. But I have to say, I was just as intrigued by Sheriff Drake's search for a killer as I was with his attraction to Greta. I was just as absorbed in the manhunt, in the evidence, in the operation of the investigation, in the heartbreak of such a horrifying small town crime, as I was in the slow, sensual romance between these characters. And I think that had everything to do with the narration of the story, the state of everyone involved truly highlighted by the emotional tone granted by the audio. The voices Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon gave to each character in this story was spot on, often causing an intense visceral reaction to every facet of this plot.
Reminiscent of many of my favorite books from this author, Hix and Greta's story took me back to the Colorado Mountain series and The Burg series, but with a smaller town feel. The more I read, the more I fell in love. I can't say the chemistry between Greta and Hix was quite as explosive or quite as memorable as, say, Ty and Lexi or Tack and Red or Joe and Violet (I mean, is that even possible?) But Hix and Greta share a beautiful romance all their own that is sweet and sexy and truly embodies why I read this author. There's certain elements a Rock Chick hopes to find in a KA novel and Complicated has EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Characters who, after having believed their lives would play out a certain way, find themselves starting over again. An alpha law enforcement officer with an ex whose drama won't quit, leaving their kids caught in the middle. A woman with a past of her own who finds herself in bed with a hot uniformed officer of the law, and the messy, addictive romance that ensues when obstacles threaten their happiness at every turn. A small town of mostly small minded people who like to gossip and meddle but who come together and remind each other how important having a sense of community truly is, especially in times of heartache and danger. Complicated is a comfort read. It's exactly the kind of book we all think of when we need Kristen Ashley to recharge our reading batteries. This story is quintessential KA, a story that feels good just to get lost in the pages, in her words, in the kind of characters only she knows how to deliver.
While I initially thought I'd struggle to connect with this story as a reader who prefers to rely on audiobooks strictly for rereads, Complicated proved to be an exception to the rule, holding me captive with a riveting murder mystery, a sensual romance, and relentless familial drama. Complicated perfectly exemplifies exactly why I return to Kristen Ashley over and over. It feels comforting and familiar, this story, but refreshing and new all at once. The narration in this storyline was perfect, superbly capturing the voice of these characters and their array of emotions amidst the most intense circumstances, gripping me in a storyline I couldn't get enough of. I needed a KA fix and Complicated satisfied every craving. I thoroughly enjoyed this storyline and I'm thrilled to add it to my collection of Kristen Ashley audiobooks. Hix and Greta's story is deliciously sexy, blissfully romantic, and undeniably complicated. The narrators brought this story to life beautifully. I was hooked! Greta and Hix's romance is one I'll want to revisit again and again.
Kristen Ashley writes long complex books where you learn about a lot of characters and focus on many plot lines. I completely enjoyed that experience. It creates this genuine feel to a book where love takes time and life happens all around you. She uses a brilliant combination of detailed scenes and summary to move the book a long over varying bursts of time. And the main story may be one couple but there is so much more going on with the story that it's natural for the book to keep going. I adore her style of writing. It's more story and less angst. It's more living and less rushing. It's more enjoyable and less (or no) setting the book down.
The characters are complex and wiggle right into your heart. Not just Hix and Greta but so many more. I love Andy so much, Shaw and the girls too. I dislike Hope and have stronger negative feelings for Greta's mom. But there's the town too. Lou and Faith touched my heart even though they are minor characters. But this author has a way of weaving a town inside the pages of the story so that you care about all of them. It's an amazing skill, really. And it could have gone on, frankly. I loved all the details that got covered but I really still want to know how things worked out for Shaw and the girls, for the town. Isn't that the test of a great story? Where you keep thinking about the characters and wish you could check in on them and just see what was new? Old friends. They've become old friends.
The story of Hex and Greta is definitely Complicated. They are both recovering from prior marriages and come with different but equally challenging problems. They each have sufficient problems to face as the story unfolds. And their story isn't just about them falling for each other but about dealing with all those complications together. It's a wonderful change from the typical romance trope. Genuine. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Oh, and of course there are hot, sexy, times including some headboard times. ;)
So if you're into audio, you want this book NOW. If you prefer reading it yourself (you will definitely miss out of the sexy voice of Lance Greenfield reading for Hix) you'll be able to grab this one in November. Both of these narrators did an amazing job. Erin Mallon does a great Greta. And I'm picky about narrators, so...
Definitely recommend this one - you want it for sure.