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Spoilt by Kristen Ashley novels .... need recommendations!

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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012, 5:37:18 PM PST
Amy Bennetts says:
Ok .. so I have re-read every book by KA published and dont think I can go back and do it a third time (well ... not right away anyway)
I am a KA addict and need to turn my reading addiction elsewhere until at least her next book comes out in a few weeks.
If you love her books like I do ... Do you have any suggestions for what I can read next?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012, 7:14:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2012, 7:14:27 PM PST
C & O's mom says:
TThe Mighty Storm and Leave Me Breathless are a good way to start until KA's next book comes out in about 10 days I read them both this weekend and highly recommend them

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 12:08:32 PM PST
wondercat says:
Off the top of my head, On Dublin Street was good. I've read a ton of books lately but can't seem to think of anything KA-like to recommend. I'll check my goodreads and get back to you.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 12:22:38 PM PST
wondercat says:
It doesn't exactly follow a KA formula but I really enjoyed Heavy Issues. The H is most definitely alpha and the h is sarcastic and fun but with issues. Watching the H fall for her during their "pretend" relationship made for good times.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012, 1:43:00 PM PST
Amy Bennetts says:
Thank you!! I loved on dublins st, will Grab heavy issues!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012, 1:44:11 PM PST
Amy Bennetts says:
Thank you!! :)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 4:38:25 PM PST
LED says:
Very good book.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 5:09:33 PM PST
Tippi says:
I second Undeniable. what a great read.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 11:38:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012, 7:59:38 AM PST
LED says:
It fascinates me that when people such as myself or anyone else recommends a book that we feel fits a certain thread, someone comes along and pushes the " does this post add to the discussion". And someone pushes the No button. That's just mean, just because you may not like a book doesn't mean others won't. Have some guts and tell us why you don't think it fits the thread , rather than hide behind the button. Sorry, had to get this out. I dislike rude people.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 12:45:35 AM PST
smess NZ says:
Arhhhh i know what you mean. Im running out of books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012, 1:53:04 AM PST
Amy Bennetts says:
Awesome, thanks Lauren! I've been wondering about that book!! I will add it to my list and grab it :)

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 8:12:11 AM PST
Jean says:
I'll third Undeniable even though it will cheese off the people who hated it. Sorry. It was a great book. And I'll also throw in The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies), which is not exactly like a KA novel, but it was darn good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012, 8:19:20 AM PST
LED says:
Jean don't be sorry, to each their own. Not everybody is going to like the same thing. With this thread referring to similar Kristen Ashley books, Undeniable is spot on.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 9:16:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012, 9:16:45 AM PST
Colleen says:
I totally disagree with Undeniable as a recommendation.
H isn't possessive, h/ H/ EVERYONE sleeps around, copious amounts of extramarital cheating, stupid plot (so poorly written, the plot is hard to identify), secondary characters sucked (and also slept with everyone).

That's probably why people are DVing you. Many people here who have read it, hated it. And many of those 4/5* reviews are fake.

AND the author (Madeline Sheehan = AngryMary) is a raging crazy who flips her lid whenever anyone says her stuff sucks. She also self-promotes and talks about how her stuff "real" and we can't handle "real" writing.

I would guess the OP has DVs, because there are about 80 other threads with this exact request (that one is just a guess, though).

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 10:17:37 AM PST
ambrosia says:
I guess there are different aspects of KA's books that appeal to everyone, so when someone asks for recommendations of books similar to KA's books, we have different ideas of what qualifies. That said, I agree with Colleen that Undeniable would not meet any of my personal criteria for what I like about KA's books. The only similarities I'm aware of are the fact some of KA's books involve motorcycle clubs and many of her characters curse a lot.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:42:58 AM PST
LED says:
When I said it was like KA I was talking about Motorcycle clubs and the way that the hero talks to the h. Not about being possessive or the cheating.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 4:03:24 PM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Not to be inflammatory, but KA only wrote 2 books out of 30+ that had any mention of motorcycle clubs. Personally, I don't see how Undeniable should be considered comparable to KA. If anything, it seems more like it belongs in an SoA comparison. Which is, of course, what Motorcycle Man was inspired by.

Would you really recommend Game of Thrones to KA readers? That's what The Golden Dynasty was inspired by, but I wouldn't start offering that up to KA readers, myself, either.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 4:11:40 PM PST
LED says:
God forbid I ever recommend a book again.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 7:10:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012, 7:54:34 PM PST
I don't really think questioning whether or not a recommendation fits is worth all that fuss. Personally I'd question it too. If nothing else KA's Hs are all über alphas who are all about "my woman", to the point that an h trying to pay for her own drink can cause quite a kerfuffle. They are all most definitely in the one woman category, IMO, except for the handful that involve long separations where the H marries and has kids and the poor h is lucky to have her own family still speaking to her. But that's a whole 'nother story.

I would think nothing would be further from a KA book than one that involves copious amounts of promiscuity and sleeping around. And for many, many people here cheating is a hot button issue if not a trigger. I would certainly be disappointed at the very least if I spent $$$ on a book thinking it was going to read like a KA book only to find out it was about cheating and promiscuity.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012, 8:10:25 PM PST
Colleen says:
I wasn't saying that you shouldn't recommend it; you asked why people were DVing that suggestion and I gave valid reasons.
If it works for you, awesome. I read it as a KA filler and was disappointed. Different strokes, etc.
It's not personal (unless you're Madeline Sheehan. Then it's definitely personal).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012, 8:16:21 PM PST
LED says:
No I'm not Madeline. I did read the book before I heard about her antics as AngryMary. If I had known about how she was acting I probably would not have read it. From what I understand she wasn't very nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012, 8:44:26 PM PST
Colleen says:
Lauren, same here!
I finished the book, came back here to be like, "Y'ALL I WAS DUPED" and found out that crazy AngryMary was the author. It was an upsetting night.
But, yeah, I would have skipped it for sure had I known.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 9:11:12 PM PST
Can we get back to good books to follow KA? I have enjoyed the Neighbor From Hell series by R L Mathewson. I would also recommend Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel and Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day. But I have yet to find any books quite as satisfying as those by KA.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 9:49:26 PM PST
dasm says:
I thought the initial request was for other titles, that those of us who like KA's books could recommend, while the writer of the request was waiting for new KA books to come out. I understand that we readers tend to have our preferences for certain kinds of stories but I did not think the request was for KAlike books necessarily. Maybe I misunderstood. As I have exhausted KAs booklist and also am looking to find other options to read, I have been scouring the discussion sites for suggestions as well. But truly do not think any will be a replacement.

I did like Undeniable (another recommendation). I didn't think it was like KAs stories at all but it was very good as a story on its own. No problem with the sleeping around, cheating or untypical Heroes and heroines. I liked the evocative relationship between H and h and the undeniable strong personal connection between the two of them. The author made me feel that connection right away and it stayed throughout the book. I guess I don't have a problem with characters that make poor decisions sometimes. Gosh I wish I could say I never had.

I have previously recommended Rynne Raines' books Welcome to Eden and Pure Sin. Same kind of tight relationships in both. I would love to know what others thought of them.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012, 1:32:20 AM PST
Neeta says:
Well I have a couple of recommends.... on one of the message boards I belong to there are quite a lot of us who are all addicted to KA, and for some reason those of us that love KA also love Tara Janzen's Steele Street series and Laurann Dohner's New Species. Now warning here, they are nothing like KA - apart from the heroes being alpha, pretty obsessed with their heroines and faithful. But I thought it interesting that we all loved these 3 authors, and I figure if we on that board did, some of you all might too.

The Steele Street books are contemporary romantic suspense with hot alpha guys who are government agent types for a supersecret agency, and the books are populated with fabulous late 60s/early 70s American muscle cars that are practically characters in themselves. The New Species series is contemporary paranormal with hot alpha not-quite-humans who've been genetically tinkered with (animal dna) until they're something "other".
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