Tuesday, December 20, 2022

REVIEW: Smoke and Steel by Kristen Ashley

You've got to love that Kristen Ashley has a new MC series, right? I mean I do. I love the crossover and I love meeting these new characters. In Smoke and Steel we get to know Hellen and Core. Initially they're connected due to a favor their MC is doing but that seemingly resolves itself and we're left with Hellen and Core working together to help out her "friend" (the quotation marks are there for a reason, you'll see when you read). 

As with all of my KA reads, Smoke and Steel is such a comfort read. I know I'm going to find two characters who are lovable and flawed. I know I'm going to laugh at their friends' antics and worry when things go south. I know I'm going to get some wisdom, I'm going to recognize some of my own failings and insights, and I'm going to be so immersed that hours will go by and I'll have no idea. All of this happened in this novel. I laughed, I frowned, I caught the sads and the swoons and am so happy to have a whole new cast of characters to get to know and love.

I don't think Kristen Ashley fans will be disappointed when they pick up this novel; I think they'll find it's everything they expect it to be and will leave them ready for more of the series. 

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She wasn’t a white dress type of girl…

Hellen Moynihan didn’t have dreams. She had goals. She knew who she was and what she wanted. She also knew what she didn’t. So when her long-term boyfriend didn’t make the grade, she moved on. And when her best friend’s boyfriend showed signs of being a scam artist, Hellen was on the case.

And he wasn’t a white hat type of guy…

Dustin “Hardcore” Cutler didn’t have dreams or goals. A troubled past led Core to do something irredeemable. The only thing he and the men of the Resurrection MC could do was vow to live their lives making up for an unforgiveable act.

And they did.

This duty leads Core to being a part of a covert protection detail, looking after Hellen Moynihan when trouble is coming to town.

At first, Core finds this dynamo of a woman intriguing, but he’s decided she’s off-limits.

Then Hellen and her friend wade into a multi-state swindling scheme.

Suddenly, off-limits for Core is out the window.

He’s got no choice but to get up close and personal.

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