Thursday, January 7, 2016

REVIEW: Deacon by Kristen Ashley

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Kristen Ashley
Source: Purchased
Purchase a copy: Goodreads | Amazon


Shel: If you follow our blog then you aren't surprised at all about our mad, mad KA love. I'm sure you've noticed that our reviews of her novels typically include a lot of us gushing about her humor, her alpha males, her strong female characters, the friendships, and the *feels* she gives us, right? Right. So as I was thinking about how I could write this review and not repeat the same things I always say about how much I love her books, I tried to pinpoint what I thought was different about Deacon.  Court: I agree that this one is different. I am later to reading the Unfinished Heroes Series than Shel, but it is definitely because our heroine is much more independent and out doing things in the wilderness on her own...and there isn't a huge cast of characters.

Shel: One thing that stands out is how 'quiet' this one seems compared to some of the others. It's very much a character driven novel, with the focus on Cassie. A Cassie who is so fantastic--she has a dream and she lets absolutely NOTHING get in the way of her dream. Her man fucks shit up? Kicks him to the curb. Has to move away from her family to have her dream? She'll miss them, but so be it. Mystery guy doesn't talk? So what...she'll gab away. She absolutely does not settle. She dreams it and does it and in some ways she's a lot like every KA heroine but something about her just seemed different. She's funny and sweet and strong and just is what she is and makes no apologies about it. There's a lot to respect about her. 

Court: Character driven yes! And Cassie is a really great character. Shelley nailed it. She takes her own life by the horns, and makes her path and lets no obstacles get in her way. I loved that about her. And that Kristen gave us this strong woman, because we could see a mile away that we would need it with the hard shell that surrounds Deacon every single minute. He was most definitely going to be difficult, and Cassie has her work cut out for her.

Shel: It's funny that the book is named Deacon and he is a primary focus of Cassie's attention but he's quite a mystery--so much so that at one point I went to the other novels in this series to search more info about him (there's not much). Even though there wasn't much known about his history, it becomes evident that he's all about Cassie-in a good way. He respects her (minus the calling her "woman") and he takes care of her, appreciates her, works beside her, and cares deeply about her. And when everything finally all comes out, he holds nothing back. Court: Deacon Deacon was not going to give us anything about his interior until we were ready for it. He was the perfect man, and the perfect house guest, and everything was perfect...except was it? Hhmmm... The plot thickened up like no other, and Deacon or whoever he was really had to dig deep to see if he could get it out of him...He is one complicated guy. 

Shel: So yeah, there's an alpha who put the 'a' in alpha, a sassy heroine, there's humor and emotion...but a lot less plot with a whole lot more character driven pages and I liked it. I know it may not be everyone's favorite but I like it when KA does something different than I expect her too. Court: After reading Knight, and being freaked way out, I never know what to expect from this series. And now...I love Knight, and all of the cast of nefarious character that comes with him. I really liked this one. And the things that did happen, and THEN WHAT HAPPENS TO BRING US TO OUR NEXT BOOK. oh my damn. 

Shel: Also, the ending has me extremely excited about Sebring. I can't wait to see how that one goes down. It looks like we may get a taste of some of our favorite characters in it and I'm dying to see who makes a cameo. and SOON YALL! SO SOON! 

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