Sunday, September 21, 2014

Deacon (Unfinished Hero #4) by Kristen Ashley: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


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.

Release Date: September 23, 2014

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About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen 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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Review by Yvette:

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that it was only recently that I became a Kristen Ashley addict, but once I took the step of reading my first book by the author, I was irrevocably hooked. With any Kristen Ashley book, you know what you'll be getting to a certain extent: a no-nonsense Alpha male, and a sassy, yet quirky heroine, one or both of whom are magnets for trouble. Although the Unfinished Hero series follows a similar formula, the author pushes the boundaries with her unconventional male leads both emotionally and physically (and by physically, I mean sexually). With the fourth book in the series, Deacon, our anti-hero is a commanding and forbidding presence, and our heroine, Cassidy Swallow, alone is capable of evoking his softer side… well as soft as Deacon is capable of being.

What can I say about Deacon that would adequately express how much I loved this character? From the very moment we meet him and onward through his journey to redemption, Deacon proves himself to be a complex individual, somehow managing to shroud certain aspects of his life in mystery while laying bare others. He may be standoffish, but Cassie is irresistibly pulled towards him against her wiser judgment. Deacon's abrasiveness often masks his "brand of sweet", as Cassie calls it, which makes it all the more significant when he allows her glimpses of his softer side. Only Kristen Ashley could take a straight-shooting Alpha male and, with a few choice words, turn him into a man whose swoon-worthiness is matched only by his inherent badassedness.

In turn, Cassie grows into a woman worthy of such a man, giving back as much as she takes, and doing it with a fearless kind of brazenness. One of the things I love most about Kristen Ashley is that she doesn’t dial back the vivaciousness of her heroines in deference to their male counterparts. Cassie is independent and stubborn and more than capable of holding her own against such a formidable force as Deacon. Her sense of humor and laidback nature is a perfect balance to Deacon’s intensity, which is admittedly intense.

What kept me riveted to each word of each sentence of each page in the book is the undeniable passion between Deacon and Cassie, which made even the most seemingly mundane activities exciting and fun. Kristen Ashley has an incredible ability to make readers laugh, cry, and swoon with every passion-filled interaction between Cassie and Deacon, repeating the process throughout the narrative so that, even with the relative lack of action in comparison to previous books in the series, Deacon will guide you through a whirlwind of emotions. Even knowing that a Happily Ever After is in store for the protagonists (as is typical of a Kristen Ashley book), the journey to get to that point is riddled with joy, pain, hope, and despair. In terms of where Deacon took the Unfinished Hero series as a whole, I enjoyed the break from the typical chaos, yet I’m anxious to see where the narrative will venture to next.

Rating: 5 Stars

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