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This is when I really wish Amazon had half stars. Because this book really is a strong 3.5 and not a 4 for me. But I wouldn't lower it to a 3. So I'll make do.
At the age of twenty four Cassidy took out a loan and bought a small smattering of 11 run down cabins in the Colorado Mountains. This story takes place over the next 6-8 years and while Cassidy is slowly fixing up the place, she has one returning customer, and that's the brooding and mysterious John Priest. He's gruff, doesn't speak much, and a little bit rude. But there's a draw between John and Cassidy, and over the years as he keeps coming back to Glacier Lily (the name of the cabins), the two begin to give in.
Cassidy knew from the first moment she saw him he was dead inside, she just didn't know how far gone he really was. Can Cassidy save him from himself? Or will he break her in the process?
I enjoyed this book I really did, but being The Queen of romance that Kristen Ashley is, this series is not my favorite by her. Yes, it's a little darker and has a lot more kinky sex, but her usual depth was missing for me with this one. Maybe because the plot was so centralized around these two characters? All in all this book is a great example of same formula and different character names with more kinky sex.
Plus, those of you who know me well know my golden rule: You mess up, then you'd better grovel. And I'm sorry but in my honest opinion, Deacon was forgiven for his actions WAY too easily. I understand how messed up he was and why, and he did his best to mend fences, but I lose all respect for the main female characters when they just give in and take a dude back. To me it makes them a little bit more of a doormat.
“You’re a vulnerability,” he ground out. “My vulnerability. I have no vulnerabilities. I spent years shavin’ every last one away from me so there was nothin’ left. Now I got one, a big one."
Not to go on about what I didn't like so here are some positives: I love stories about messed up men. Cassidy didn't fix Deacon all by herself but she led him on the path back to a good life and back to being the good man he once was. Cassidy worked her ass off to succeed and she earned every little bit of success that came her way. I find that admirable. We as readers got to see her grow over the years, she just wasn't magically successful like some women in romance novels who pop out of college a ruthless business woman making millions. So nice to read about a hardworking woman.
So overall, I think KA fans who loved Knight would love this one. Being as Knight wasn't my cup of tea, I wasn't in love with this book either. But honestly, (in a not so eloquent phrasing) Kristen Ashley books are like chocolate, even if it's not the best or the most gourmet, it's still enjoyable and fun to consume.
“It's a beautiful war, baby." He dipped so close, the tips of our noses brushed but his eyes never left mine. "And I...just… won.”
Kristen Ashley is BACK!!!!
Hallelujah, KA will always be one of my favorite authors, however, I have felt "distant" towards a couple of her last books and it has left me needing more KA because I havent felt like I was given a full KA novel. :( Well, now Deacon and Cassidy are here and that has all changed...
Deacon was always that character in books across different series that you were always wondering about and that always had such a dark and shady past that you were never given into!! In this book, you figure out that Deacon has a book shelf of hidden secrets and Cassidy helps open all of them and in the process of her being ran over by big-badass-alpha Deacon, heals every last one of them!! :)
This book goes through many many years (8ish if I am correct) before all the good happens. Cassidy and Deacon have a love and relationship unlike so many other KA hero's and heroines. I personally think that with what happened to Deacon and his back story it is a little "darker" than most KA novels and yes, there is some "kinkier" sex than any of her other books, but thank goodness there is no "daddy" comments. ;) LOL!
At one point in this book you get Knight's and Raid's POV and it is awesome! I am sad that the other characters werent so involved in this book as some of her other stories, but it didnt take from the book at all! :) Overall GREAT read that I will be reading again multiple times when I get a KA fix! YAY!
I love Kristen Ashley's heroines as much as her alpha male, and Cassie and Deacon are new favorites for me! Their story covers a span of several years from their first meeting until they finally reach their happy place with no secrets and a whole lot of love.
Cassie fell in love with Colorado on a family vacation when she was 14 and she vowed to return there permanently one day. At 24, she and her boyfriend Grant take a leap of faith, moving from Oklahoma to Antler, CO to pursue Cassidy's dream when she purchases rental cabins there. Unfortunately her wonderful boyfriend turns into a lazy jerk who would rather drink than help her. During one of their confrontations, a scary gorgeous badass shows up at the door looking to rent a cabin. From the first encounter, Cassidy's knows he is trouble but can't fight the pull to him. John Priest (Deacon) is a man in full control of his emotions though, shutting down every attempt at communication with an ice cold gaze that conveys the emptiness he feels inside.
For a reason that escapes him, Cassidy intrigues Deacon and he finds himself returning to the cabins again and again to keep an eye on her, particularly after she and Grant part ways. Little cracks in his cold mask start to creep in until one day, years after their first meeting, he steps in to save her from a bad situation, and the walls come crashing down to change everything.
Where the first half of the book is more of a slow buildup of their relationship, the second half lays out their journey to bring Deacon back to life with the help of Cassie's love, sass, humor and attitude. And this is where it gets hot ladies as they explore a little kink and bondage - Whew!!! Cassie's humor had both Deacon and me smiling and laughing out loud with her constant talking, sassy bossy attitude to lighten the mood, and her definition of the badass zone vs. the Badass Zone which just takes it to a whole different level. Deacon certainly appreciates it.
“Badasses know what they want, definitely know what they need, and don’t settle for anything less.”
I really loved these two together both inside and outside the bedroom. They each have a way of reading the other perfectly although Deacon still plays his cards close to his chest revealing very little about his job or his past. Despite his secretive nature, Cassie sees the good man buried deep under years of practice. Once Deacon makes the decision to go all in with Cassie, he is committed to giving her whatever she needs from him if it is in his power to grant it. He recognizes that she is capable of handling herself and her business, letting her take the lead but backing her up and offering advice when needed, but he also stands his ground as a man who wants his woman to be cared for, safe and happy.
The road gets rocky when Cassie discovers a clue to the event in his past that made him the man he was when he came into her life. He can't bring himself to tell her about it and they implode rather spectacularly. Fortunately a familiar face in the form of Raid Miller, one of Deacon's few true friends and the only person who knows most of his story, gives him a verbal kick in the pants to motivate him to pull his head out of his anal cavity. Deacon's back story is heartbreaking when it is finally revealed and makes his transformation more dramatic as you look back.
One of my favorite things about KA's stories is the creative overlap of her various series and character cameos throughout her books. In that spirit, we get to see some other Unfinished Heroes, Colorado Mountain, and Rock Chick series favorites pop up in the story to mingle with the new characters introduced here. The next book in this series is set up at the end of this story, and I won't be waiting to read Sebring as I just finished kicking myself for not diving into Deacon immediately upon release. The silver lining there is that I won't have as long to wait between books. If you are new to KA books or this series, you can definitely pick it up to read as a standalone but I recommend re-reading it after you have the opportunity to read some of the preceding stories to appreciate some of the nuances a bit more.