Kimber’s Review – Complicated by Kristen Ashley

Not sure what to expect with an audio book BEFORE I read the book, which is my usual MO, I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t want to hit STOP to eat, sleep, or work. ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures

When small town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn’t be stronger, but the timing couldn’t be worse.

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids, and himself, is his only priority.

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that’s perfect for them—a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She’s learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that’s what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life.

Hix can’t fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta’s finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix.

But when the first murder that’s happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer.

In other words, things are definitely…Complicated.

COMPLICATED was released in Audible audio format prior to its November ebook release and normally I would’ve waited until them to read it, but after reading the blurb I decided waiting was not an option. Not sure what to expect with an audio book BEFORE I read the book, which is my usual MO, I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t want to hit STOP to eat, sleep, or work. I listened to COMPLICATED almost nonstop. I loved the characters, the story, the steaminess, the humor and feels, all of it. Loved that Hixon was a single father who cared for, took an active role, and would do anything for his kids. Loved that once he admitted he couldn’t be without Greta that he was all in, 100%. Willing to fight for her, for him, for them. Kristen Ashley is known for her alpha males and Hix was definitely an alpha, but not as over the top as maybe some of her heroes. He certainly had those characteristics and was sweet and sexy but with just the right amount of caveman thrown in. Something else you can count on in a Kristen Ashley story is a strong and likable heroine. Greta is one of those no nonsense, hardworking, sassy and sexy characters you’ll pull for from the start. She and Hix were the perfect match for one another. All the things that make me love romance and KA were in this story. I couldn’t get enough.

Now, to review the narration — WOW! for starters. One of the reasons I’m not a huge audio fan is because I have a hard time following along and my mind wanders and the next thing I know I’ve missed something important in the story and have to rewind. However, I’ve decided I am now a fan of dual narrators. I never once felt lost, like I’d missed anything because I was totally engaged in the story and that’s because Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon brought this story to life. I wanted to, no, HAD to know what happened next. I loved their voices, especially the reflection and emotion brought to these characters. And don’t even get me started on the sex scenes. It’s one thing to read the sexy times but a whole ‘nother animal when you hear it out loud, which amped up the steaminess by a thousand. They were so good at changing their voices you could distinctly tell between all of the characters. They both did the children’s voices well too. In the past, some narrators took away from the story and I ended up not finishing the book, but not in this case. It was just the opposite. The voices added to the story and I couldn’t be happier that I gave it a try. Without a doubt, I got more out of listening than I would have if I’d read it on my Kindle. Kudos to everyone involved from selecting the narrators to the fantastic job the narrators did with KA’s characters.

If you’re on the fence about this book because it’s audio, don’t be. It is Kristen Ashley at her best. If you enjoy audiobooks, even if you’re a Kristen Ashley fan or not, do not delay. It’s a complete standalone. You won’t be sorry you gave it a shot.

Happy listening!

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