Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Launch Day Blitz: Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain #6) by Kristen Ashley


Colorado Mountain #6

By: Kristen Ashley


January 1, 2014


Forever Romance



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GR's Summary:

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...

Colorado Mountain Series:
My Review of The Gamble Here
My Review of Sweet Dreams Here
My Review of Lady Luck Here
My Review of Breathe Here
My Review of Jagged Here

My Thoughts:

The Colorado Mountain Series by Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite when it comes to the Romantic Suspense Genre.  The Colorado Mountain Men and their ladies are like one huge family!  The men are uber apha males and the women know how to stand toe to toe with their men!  I've been looking forward to Deck's story, and with also being reunited with the rest of the crew.  

Private Investigator, Jacob Decker, has only been in love once with a woman named Elsbeth.  However, she left him because she wanted a wealthy man, and at the time Jacob was just starting out in his chosen career.  He was devestated and broke off all ties to Elsbeth, including his close friendship with her best friend at the time, Emme Holmes.

Many years later, while in the small mountain town of Gnaw Bone, Colorado, he runs in to Emme.  She has blossomed in to a striking beauty, and he has only gloriously fond memories of their intellectual debates, her fun sense of humor, and fierce loyalty.  Right then, he decides that he wants to be with Emme, and she's everything he could ever want in a woman, but was too blind to see.  However, there are a few obstacles standing in their way, the largest one being that Emme keeps pulling away from Jacob, and she doesn't even understand why.  Jacob is determined to be patient with her, and not let disconnect herself from him.  Emme will need to be able to deal with what's broken within her, or risk losing the only man that she's ever loved.

I enjoyed, Kaleidoscope, but it took longer for me to get through then the rest of the series.  There wasn't as much suspense in this segment, and there were fewer plot twists, which made for a lot slower pace to the story.  However, there was plenty of chemistry, humor, and connection between the main characters.  I loved how Emme became part of the girl posse, and there were some great times had with Faye, Zara, Krystal, Lauren, Maggie, Lexie, Nina, and even Twyla.   We got a lot of Chace, due to the fact that he is Jacob's best friend, and they are working on a burglary case together. 

Rumor has it the the Colorado Mountain Series is not over yet, and that Wood and Deke will be getting their own story as well!  I can't wait!!!  It will be a bittersweet day when I read the last book in this series, as I love it so much and each of these characters are some of my all time favorite fictional book characters.  

My Rating:

I give, Kaleidoscope, by Kristen Ashley, 4 Traumatic Pasts, Sexy Soul Mates, Sizzling Chemistry, Beautiful Prism Colored Stars!

My Favorite Quote:

"This was a kaleidoscope of beauty, the dials spinning, ever changing, but never anything short of spectacular."  (eARC, Loc. 3501)

~Jacob Decker


      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 w
as totally psycho. I didn’t want Jacob to think I was psycho.     Ever. 
     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 Kristen Ashley:

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. Love Kristen Ashley! Can't wait to read this book, it looks amazing! Thanks for the excerpt and the review!

  2. I enjoyed this excerpt and learning about the author. Romantic suspense is captivating and intriguing. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Good review! This series is on my TBR list!

  4. I still haven't read this series, but this series look interesting. Must check this series. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Thanks for the post and your thoughts, I enjoyed reading them. I was introduced to Kristen Ashley with this series first and I have been a Rock Chick ever since! I agree with you that this book was a little slower than others but satisfying none the less. I am really looking forward to Wood's story myself. :) Thanks for the chance to win this book tho, All my KA books are on my kindle and I am so happy to start a pbk collection for my bookself! =D

  6. I've only read one book from this series, but I loved it. I'll keep in mind that the pace on this one is different. Thanks for the review!

  7. I love books with great chemistry! Thanks for the great excerpt and post! I need to finally read a Kristen Ashley book!

  8. Heard so many good things about this series. I want to read it.


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