Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Review: Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain, #6) by Kristen Ashley

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Colorado Mountain, #6
by Kristen Ashley 

Release Date:
February 4, 2014

Grand Central Publishing


eArc received via Netgalley for review


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 . . .

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My Review:

Confession time ... I have NEVER read a Kristen Ashley book before Kaleidoscope *Hides under desk* I know ... I know ... where have I been living? If you ask one of my book besties, Sarah, which I met in our amazing blogging/readers community, she will tell you I have been living under a ROCK! She is RIGHT!!! Don't get me wrong ... I have heard about KA many times, but I have to admit that the quantity of books she has intimidated me. All the series she has written look so amazing that I did not know where to start?!?! When I got this review opportunity I took it as a sign ... KA books NEED a place in TBR list! I am so happy I finally got the chance to read one of her amazing books!

Kaleidoscope is the last installment of the Colorado Mountain Series. In this book, we follow Jacob and Emme's beautiful and passionate story. When a case brings Jacob to Gnaw Bone the last person he expected to find is Emme Holmes. Nines years have past since the last time he saw her and memories of her have always been present in his mind and she has always had a place in his heart. Jacob has been burned in the past at the hands of Emme's ex-best friend. Deep down inside he always knew that Emme was the only woman that could complete his life. But, their reunion might not be that easy. When Emme comes back into his life, it's with a creepy boyfriend who is trouble with a capital T and a broken past. As the days go by, Jacob will have to find a way to solve the puzzle that is Emme Holmes. 

Like I mentioned before this is my first time reading a KA book. Many times when I read a series I usually read them in order so that I can at least know who the other characters are and to which book they belong to. Well, this did not happen for this series, and I have to admit that I did not feel lost at all. This book does reveal a bit of information on the previous books and what the couples went through to be together, but I still want to read the previous books when I have some times because these characters really captivated me. They are lovable and intriguing. Talking about intriguing characters ... OMG!!! Mr. Jacob ''Deck'' Decker .... Hellooooo Mr. Hotness!!! Wow!!! Alpha male alert!!! If all the males in KA's books are like him, I'm in trouble!!! I need to figure out a way to add an extra day to my week or a few hours to my day so I can meet them all!! Emme was an amazing character as well. She's exactly the kind of heroine I like to root for. I could feel all her emotions. She was holding guilt from what happened to her and how she dealt with it was a learning experience for her. Jacob was persistent and never left her side and helped her until she let go of all the insecurities that she had. They had amazing chemistry together! Oh my squeeeee!!! Don't even get me started on Chace ... Eeeeeep!!! His friendship with Jacob is AMAZING!!! There is one particular scene that left me in a state of MUSH!!! Awwww!!! Friendship, it's such a beautiful gift! <3

What I really loved about Kaleidoscope is the twists and turns I never saw coming. The storyline was very well developed and it kept my interest until the very last page. This book was a great mix of steamy scenes, funny moments, and romance. 

My Rating:

I give, Kaleidoscope, by Kristen Ashley 4.5 sensual, romantic, captivating, outstanding stars! I'm off to plan my reading schedule for the year ... I have a lot of catching up to do ;)

Favorite Quotes:

''No, baby,'' he said gently. ''You're not just you anymore. Now you're mine. That means you're part of an us.'' 
- Jacob (kindle loc.4427)

''You love me but won't let yourself have me.'' 
''And, baby,'' he lifted his hand to my jaww and dropped his face closer to mine, ''I'm gonna figure out why. Fix what's broke in you. Then turn my attention to givin' you the best life I can for the rest of the time you're on this earth breathing.'' 
-Jacob (kindle loc.4457)

About the author:

Kristen 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.


  1. If this is your first KA book, then I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. My husband is reading it now and he likes it too. Sweet Dreams and Breathe are my favorites in the series. Great review, Mikki!

    1. Awesome!!! Hi-Five to your hubby!!

      I look forward to reading the rest of this series and her other books.

      Thanks for stopping by Andrea! ;)


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