Series: Dream Man #1
on August 27, 2013
Pages: 528 pages
Night time is the right time...
Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away.
Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore.
I now remember why Mystery Man was a favorite, now I freaking remember. Give me a minute as I wipe the happy tears from my eyes before I jump into this review…
When I decided to embark on the Dream Man series reread I really thought that the desire would die out midway through Mystery Man since I’d previously reread it so many times already. But I must’ve only been focusing on the great parts during my previous rereads because this time around I kept encountering things I had completely forgotten about.
I think the whole concept of Hawk being Gwen’s mystery man, because he only visits her in the night, was pure genius – even though it says some not so great things about both Gwen and Hawk. The genius part of it comes from the fact that nothing like it has ever been done, at least not to my recollection, in either the contemporary romance sub-genre or the romantic suspense sub-genre. With Mystery Man starting off with this reality you would think that the story would be filled with a heroine who was insecure or had some type of characteristic flaw that would either make you sympathize with her or become irritated with her. Same with Hawk, you would think based off the beginning and foundation of this story that he was some egotistical player without feelings other than having sex with whoever, whenever he wanted. Oh the story that Kristen Ashley weaved touched on these assumptions and judgements, but it was done in such an unconventional way that you’re left looking at the world and people in general in a completely different light; yeah it gets that deep.
Any who, since I didn’t go into critical thinking mode while I first read Mystery Man, as well as the subsequent times afterwards, it was during this time reading it that the fear of it sounding like or modeling the Rock Chick series surfaced. But that fear was unwarranted because Mystery Man in no way resembled Rock Chick or the Rock Chick series and that was made clear when Lee Nightingale and the gang helped Hawk and the commandos in a situation; that was a whole lot of hotness crammed into tight quarters…whew!
Ugh! This book put me through all the feels that I can’t really identify them all. Just read the book, read the freaking book.