Sunday, December 21, 2014

REVIEW: FOR YOU BY KRISTEN ASHLEY

Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the
family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

Kindle Edition, 583 pages
Published March 14th 2011 by Kristen Ashley
Source: Purchased
Purchase this book: Amazon | or Goodreads for other retailers

S; I'm going to try really hard not to overwrite this review--I tend to gush when it comes to Kristen Ashley. I probably could say in all of my reviews: I love her, I loved the novel, it was great, go buy it ..and that would suffice. But nope. I'm not going to do that. C: We do gush. But, so deserving. It's like conversing with a long time friend every time we open a book. 

S: This is the first book in the 'Burg series and {there was already one tiny crossover part for another series (love it when that happens)} I can tell that I'll be fully invested in this new round of characters; I love how entwined they all are. In this installment we meet Feb and Colt. Childhood, and then high school, sweethearts who are on not so friendly terms. We learn through the course of the novel exactly what it is that has driven a wedge between them, and while that IS important, it is so obvious that they love each other that they are not done with each other quite yet (or ever). C: A) I loved the crossover. I spent a fair amount of time trying to remember exactly how things went down and what secrets we might already know. Turns out...no spoilers, damn it. But, that was cool. B) Their history was epic. And I couldn't help but be somewhat sad for how long they spent apart. I think y'all will be too, but I do appreciate how Kristen always makes it serve a purpose...and we gain some insight into the characters and they are made more human and just real. 

S: As with all of the KA books I've read so far, in order for these two to figure their shit out, an external force must put pressure on them. In this case it's a hardcore stalker/murder who is intimately familiar with Feb + Colt. We find out early on who this person is and really the suspense is who and how and when he'll strike, not if. Because of this, Feb and Colt are forced to work some shit out and deal with past issues and, of course, figure out what we already know--that they love each other and need to be together. C: They do. But will they get there? The ride that we go on with them though, is seriously scary. And real life, scary shit. Whoa. And the suspense and killing sprees, and holy shit-ness, it was a ridiculous ride. And one that I have a good friend of mine already going on, because the suspense and killing sprees, and holy shit-ness are apparently right up her alley, so #winning.

S: I have no shame in admitting that I love KA novels; they are my comfort and my escape and this novel was no different. If you're looking for a new KA series to dive into, I think you cannot go wrong with this one. C: It is comforting. I have not had a book of hers that I didn't enjoy immensely, so it is definitely a comfort food for our souls. The writing is spot on as always. Colt is epic alpha-male hotness as always, and our heroine has quite the journey to go on if she is going to find herself, as always. Enjoyed this one, and am already obsessed with book two, At Peace

About the Author:
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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