Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley: Release Blitz & Giveaway


Title: Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain, #6)

Author: Kristen Ashley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 4, 2014

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When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her?

It isn't easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she's a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme's always been the one; she excites Deck's body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme's past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she'll let him . . .


Click here to read the first chapter of Kaleidoscope


Lisa’s Review

4.5 Stars


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Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley is the sixth installment in her Colorado Mountain series. It is no secret that I am a die-hard fan of this author. I love her writing style. I simply love her books. She always delivers when it comes to giving us these memorable monosyllabic and possessive alpha-males that have the right amount of bad-ass and sweet. Her heroines are at times hit or miss with me but her ability to weave a spectacular storyline that lets me escape reality for a short time always supersedes the likability of her heroines. I also can’t always say that her books are flawless, because they are not. But, again, her fantastic story-telling and unique writing style is what makes this author my absolute favorite. KA has once again produced a book that kept me enthralled, deeply immersed and sighing happily. I truly enjoyed this one.


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Thirty-seven year old Jacob Decker is a sexy private investigator who is in the town of Gnaw Bone, Colorado to help out his best friend Chace Keaton and the police force hopefully bring down a local crime ring responsible for the suicide of a youth and a recent crime spree. Deck has had one serious relationship in his life which ended very badly. It took him quite some time to get over the said relationship and when things ended with his ex he cut himself off from all those who associated with her, including her best friend, Emme, someone who he had always had a great rapport with. Now, nine years later, Deck comes face to face with the one woman he never expected to see again. With encountering Emme once again, Deck realizes that there is no longer anything standing in the way of them exploring the connection they have always shared. Emme has always been the woman for him even if he was too stupid to realize it when he was younger. Deck is determined to never again let all the beauty that is Emme slip away once again. Hot alpha dude in hot pursuit!


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Thirty-four year old Emmanuelle Holmes has always been one to never get too close to people. One exception from her past was Jacob Decker, her ex-best friend’s ex-boyfriend. Emme has undergone a complete transformation in the past year, now being a woman who takes care of herself and dresses well whereas before her physical appearance was not something she put much effort into. Emme moved to the Gnaw Bone from Denver to take over her father’s lumber yard. She has settled and purchased a big home in dire need of repairs which she is slowly doing on her own. And, while things are not too serious, she is in a relationship with a man who she enjoys spending time with. Life is as comfortable and happy as Emme allows. When she runs into Jacob Decker after not seeing him for nine long years, Emme wastes no time in attempting to reconnect with him. She remembers how great of a friend he once was to her and she has missed him dearly. Emme is definitely taken aback when she discovers that Deck wants much more than friendship from her now. Can she allow Deck to get close? For the first time they are able to explore a real relationship and see where it leads. Emme wants nothing more than to have something beautiful with Deck so why is she the one damaging all that could be?

Deck and Emme waste no time in diving right into something more. They quickly discover that the deep connection they once shared as friends is still true, strong and burns bright. They begin seeing one another and are soon very much a part of each other’s lives. I loved the fact that there was no bull shit. Both Deck and Emme understand that they feel deeply for one another and concede to the fact that they missed out being separated for so long. This time they are definitely willing to allow all those pent up feelings they have for one another come to fruition and flourish. Of course, seeing as this is a KA novel matters are not without some snags and hitches. One complication is Emme’s boyfriend (he quickly becomes an ex-boyfriend) and his possible involvement with what Deck is in town to investigate. Further, Emme has some deep rooted demons stemming from an incident in her past that come forth when her and Deck start becoming closer. Will everything get sorted for Emme and Deck to finally have a chance at a happy forever?


“Because it means that much to me, I’m gonna handle this with care. You just gotta believe me.”


”You think you lost beauty, Jacob, but you didn't. Just turn the dial.”


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“I love you, Jacob,” she declared suddenly, and his arms around her gave a squeeze.

“I know you do, baby.”

“Thank you for not giving up on me.”


“You gave me my life back.”


Deck and Emme’s relationship was quite beautiful. I loved how honest they were with one another no matter how hard things got. Deck never once gave up on Emme. He was there for her with unconditional acceptance and love and he refused to allow Emme to retreat into herself and sabotage what they were just beginning to create. He was pure dominant male that only KA can craft with such expertise. Deck was supportive and loving but in no way was he going to put up with anything coming between him and Emme, and that included Emme’s issues that she had to work through. No way did Emme stand a chance against all that masculine goodness that Deck bombarded her with. YUM!

The whole suspense/mystery element of the storyline was not as present in this book as it has been in its predecessors in this series as it somewhat took a backseat to the development of Deck and Emme’s burgeoning relationship. I really did not mind this too much seeing that I absolutely loved Deck and Emme’s romance. I am a romantic at heart after all. For me, this book was more about Emme overcoming some issues and Deck being her support and never once giving up on her. It was a second chance to be something much more profound than friends. So, while this book was not action-packed and intense, it was still awesome as we get a whole lot of sweetness and love. I love these stories where the couple starts off as friends and then things develop into something more. Sigh! And, as always when it comes to KA, we get a lot of the KA crew from the past books in this series making appearances and there are some awesome scenes between Chace and Deck which I adored. It is always fantastic to catch up with lovable and life-size KA characters from previous books.

All in all, Kaleidoscope was yet another reason why I love this author. I will readily admit that this book, much like Jagged (book 5), is not the same as the older books in this series that are not under her publisher. Once again, the publisher presence has made a difference in KA’s books resulting in a more polished product. I really do miss KA in all her glory with a lot of great rambling and a descriptive and wordy writing style. Do not get me wrong, KA still shines through even if it is curtailed a bit and presented in a more fine-tuned form. What it all boils down to for me is the fact that KA always leaves me in a happy place with her books. She takes me away with her stories and then leaves me happily swooning. For that reason my crazy obsession continues and so does my fan-girling.


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Reproduced with kind permission from Grand Central Publishing


I looked out my office window, down to the yard, my eyes to the bustling activity, and I did this tapping my phone on my desk.

I should be working but I wasn’t thinking about work.

I was thinking about Jacob.

More precisely, I was thinking about calling Jacob, had an overwhelming urge to do so.

I was also trying not to do so because I had a boyfriend, even though he was a boyfriend I wasn’t all that sure about. He was sweet, he was into me, but he was just… off.

Then again, I didn’t have a lot of experience so what did I know?

Additionally, after my dinner with Jacob last night, within an hour, I’d called him after ten at night and now it was only eleven thirty the next day.

I didn’t want him to think I was psycho, and calling him would imply psycho behavior. Further, when I called him last night, I’d asked him to dinner, which was dinner two nights in a row with a woman he hadn’t seen in nine years, a woman with a boyfriend, and that was semi-psycho.

Okay, maybe it was totally psycho.

I didn’t want Jacob to think I was psycho.


But I wanted to hear his voice. I wanted to connect with him on the phone. I’d missed him and I liked having him back. I liked it a great deal.

I also missed him a great deal.

And I needed to ask him something. Further, he was the only one I could ask.

I looked from the yard to my phone. My mind telling my thumb not to do it, my thumb not listening, I found Jacob’s contact and hit go.

I put it to my ear.

“I’m a psycho,” I whispered and luckily finished whispering two seconds before Jacob’s voice sounded.

“You okay?” he answered.

He kept asking that mostly, I figured, because I kept calling when I didn’t need to so he probably thought something was wrong.

Or that I was a psycho.

“I need to know if you don’t eat anything,” I lied.

Actually, it wasn’t a lie. Although I remembered a lot about Jacob (most everything, in all honesty), I couldn’t recall if there was something specific he didn’t like to eat.

I could recall how beautiful he was, how tall he was, how strong he was. I could recall how smart he was and how funny he was. I could recall how cool he was with me. I could also recall how much I missed him. But I couldn’t recall if he didn’t like chicken.

But that wasn’t the only thing I needed to know. I needed to know something else too.

Much like last night, when he didn’t make me feel like a psycho, in fact, the opposite and sounded like he was happy to hear from me and would be willing to talk all night, he again sounded like me psychotically calling him yet again in a precursor to stalker way was no big deal.

“I don’t eat it, I’ll pick it off.”

“You can’t pick it off if I cook with it in it or if the mainstay of dinner on the whole is what you don’t eat,” I informed him.

“You makin’ Indian food?” he asked.

“No. Don’t you like Indian food?” I asked back.

“Love it,” he answered.

“Then why’d you ask if I was making Indian food?”

“ ’Cause I hoped you were.”

I burst out laughing.

No, Jacob definitely didn’t make me feel like I was being a psycho.

When I quit laughing, I told him, “Sorry, honey, I don’t know how to make Indian food.”

“Shame,” he muttered, a smile in his deep, attractive voice, and if I was on an infrared scanner, specific parts of me would have shown up hotter.

You have a boyfriend, Emme! I told myself.

For a while, I answered myself.

Jacob is also your ex–best friend’s ex-boyfriend, Emme! I reminded myself.

So? I asked myself.

I shoved those thought aside, thoughts that, if anyone knew I was talking to myself in my head might prove I was indeed a psycho, and pointed out to Jacob, “You haven’t actually answered the question.”

“I’ll eat what you cook, Emme. Cook what you like.”

He was such a nice guy.

He always was.

Nice. Tall (very tall). Handsome (unbelievably handsome). Smart (so damned smart). Funny. Interesting. Gentlemanly. And a repeat of nice because it was worth a repeat since he was just that nice.

I liked all that about him. I liked that he wore his dark hair way too long. I liked that sometimes a thick hank of it fell over his forehead and into his eye. I liked that he was who he was and didn’t wear designer jeans or put gel in his hair. I liked that, even considering he was extortionately intelligent, in fact, a genius, he never made anyone feel less than him because they weren’t as smart. I liked that he never acted superior or arrogant and with all that was him, looks, body, brains, he was one person who could. And I liked that he liked to do what he liked to do, he did what he liked to do and wouldn’t get pushed into doing something he didn’t want.

Like Elsbeth tried to do.

He’d lost her to that and he’d accepted it. I knew it killed. He’d loved her to distraction. But he refused to be the man she wanted him to be and instead was the man he was.

She should have seen she had it all even if he didn’t make bucketloads of money and thus couldn’t give her the life she was used to getting from her daddy. Country clubs, tennis lessons, vacations in villas in Italy and beaches in Thailand, fabulous homes kept by maids and fabulous meals cooked by cooks.

She didn’t see all she had.





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About The Author


Kristen AshleyKristen 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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  1. Oh MY!! This book sounds awesome! All I want for Valentines is "Deck" :-)