Title: Deacon (Unfinished Hero, #4)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 23 2014
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.
5 “Beautiful War” Stars!
The tip of your tongue
The top of your lungs is doing my head in
I say, "Love, love don't mean nothing”
Unless there's something worth fighting for.
It's a beautiful war
Beautiful War, Kings of Leon
Deacon is book four in Kristen Ashley’s Unfinished Hero series. This is such a fantastic series and this book was no exception. It was a gorgeous romance that I was easily absorbed into and completely lost myself in. It was truly KA at her absolute best once again proving to me that she will forever reign as the literary Queen of my heart. This love story (and this entire series, frankly) encompassed everything that made me fall into a crazy obsession with Kristen Ashley in the first place – a brilliant storyline, a descriptive and wordy writing style, a sexy and edgy alpha-male, an endearing heroine, witty dialogue, some passionate and erotic sexy times and family dynamics told with a flare that only this author can create. Reading a Kristen Ashley book is always like coming home. I fell head over heels in love with Deacon, Cassidy and their “beautiful war”.
Cassidy Swallow has had only one dream for as long as she can remember, to live a peaceful and quiet life surrounded by the beauty of the Colorado Mountains. That dream has been with her ever since her parents took her skiing for the first time as a young teen. Cassidy is living the dream as the owner of Glacier Lily Cottages, a little piece of pristine mountain paradise where she is restoring eleven old cabins and renting them out to those looking for a wilderness getaway. When a rugged, beautiful and stoic man repeatedly visits her establishment always asking for the most secluded cabin (cabin 11), Cassidy can’t help but be intrigued by him. His rough demeanor and refusal to give her any details about who he is do not deter Cassidy from aching for him between his sporadic visits. She feels this profound connection with this mysterious stranger and he calls to something deep within her like no one ever has. This cryptic stranger has this powerful hold over Cassidy and he also has the power to utterly devastate and break her.
“There was nothing there. He was standing. His blood was coursing through his veins. He was breathing. But that was it. He existed. He did not live. He did not feel. He did not smile. He did not laugh.”
Deacon Gates is a dead man walking, a ghost of a man that thought he once had it all. That is, until the illusion he was living was shattering leaving him broken, a shell of the man he once was. For the past ten years Deacon has immersed himself deeply into a criminal world. It is a world that he can identify with. One where he can be an emotionless void who lives his life without actually feeling alive. Deacon is off the radar and wants to remain that way. So, why does he keep returning to Glacier Lily Cottages? Deacon has no intention of ever being connected with someone ever again; however, the beautiful owner of the cabin retreat pulls him in. Deacon fights this pull for as long as he can. Until he simply can’t fight any longer.
“Most beautiful woman I’ve ever fuckin’ seen.”
“You’re a vulnerability,” he ground out. “My vulnerability. I have no vulnerabilities. I spent years shavin’ every last one away from me so there was nothin’ left.”
Deacon returns to cabin 11 repeatedly over a period of six years. He always demands the same cabin and he never gives any of himself away. Cassidy finds herself yearning for Deacon’s visits despite the fact that he gives her nothing but a blank, dull and dead gaze. Nothing. That is, until things irrevocably change between them. One night and Deacon is awakened like never before. Can he let go of his demons from his past and give Cassidy all that she deserves in a man? Can he shed his cold-as-ice exterior and allow Cassidy in to take up residence in his heart? And, for Cassidy, how can someone become emotionally involved with a person who gives you nothing of himself?
“Fuckin’ beautiful, but a pain in my goddamned ass,” he muttered.
“Same here, Supreme Leader of the Badasses.”
“Heart and soul, gut and balls, I love you. There’s no one I’d rather hold. Not until I’m eighty. Not until the day I die.”………
“Do you love me too, my Cassie?”
“Heart and soul, belly and womb, I love you too, Deacon.”
Kristen Ashley has this innate ability to evoke some powerful emotions from me. Very few authors do this to me. Deacon’s and Cassidy’s journey was a painful one but it was also beautiful as this hard-edged and broken man with nothing to lose learns how to live again, learns how to love once again. This story is real and it comes from the heart. By the time you hit the classic KA epilogue in this book, you will realize that what this author has weaved is nothing short of brilliant and magical story-telling. It’s a story that punches you in the gut and then wraps around your heart. It’s about finding that one person who makes you feel alive and taking that chance on love so you can fight for a breathtaking forever. It’s about embracing what you never thought you would have again. So. Ravishingly. Beautiful.
Kristen Ashley books exist on a separate level for me. They are like the holy grail of books. There is no comparing this author’s masterful writing skills to anyone else. With this being said, I can honestly state that Deacon is one of my absolute favorite books by this author. Yes, this says a lot considering the obscene amount of love I have for KA. This book resonated with my heart and soul and left me sighing happily in the la-la land that KA books usually leave me in. There is nothing wrong with that except for the fact that I now have to read a few older books by this author to get her out of my system. ;)
“What we have, that’s beautiful war, Deacon.”
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About The Author
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but 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 multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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