Posted March 4, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

by Kristen Ashley
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Kaleidoscope Book Cover Kaleidoscope
Colorado Mountain
Kristen Ashley
Contemporary Romance
Grand Central Publishing
February 4, 2014

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 . . .

Here’s the problem with writing this or any other review of a KA novel. I wanted to start this review by saying, “this is my favorite series!” But the reality is I can never choose a favorite series when it comes to the storytelling powers of Kristen Ashley. So here it goes…

Kaleidoscope is the 6th installment of the Colorado Mountain series. We FINALLY get Decker! And boy was he worth the wait!!! Sigh….. I could not put this book down. In fact, I read it in one day. No, I didn’t read it, I devoured it.

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

After having been great friends for some time and then being separated for years, these two are reunited and they pick up right where they left off like no time has passed. Emme has changed and Deck sees it. Emme had a lot of issues to overcome and Deck was there to support her. She becomes is favorite and most challenging puzzle. They have turbulence as would be expected, but it all flows naturally through the book. The love between Deck and Emme was so beautifully displayed across the pages of this book. I believed in them from the first chapter. I loved the way he loved her. In fact, their love was the center of this story. The suspense that we have grown accustom to with the other books in this series was not nearly as prevalent. It was not the focus and I liked it that way. I love suspense, but this story simply didn’t need it. 

“Have mercy” she breathed, and he smiled.” 

“We’ve always worked, Emme. Always.” 

And Jacob “Deck” Decker. Seriously? He is so hot, if I met this guy in real life, I would actually try to climb him! How do you describe this uber-alpha with a heart of gold? Oh wait, that was pretty good. The number of times I said “OMG” while reading this one book was ridiculous. He was so amazingly kind, patient, and tender when Emme needed him to be and strong and dominant when she needed that too. I love that he guided her to make good decisions and conceded when he took things too far. His respect for her was just as obvious throughout the story as his love was. And Emme, this girl was no pushover. She certainly saw the world from a different view than I do, but she stood her ground when it mattered. She was damaged, so her life-goggles were a bit askew, but that is where the love and strength of a good man can make all the difference. Their chemistry was off the charts and made for excellent banter! I couldn’t stop laughing at some parts! Oh, and car names, that stole the scene every time! 

“Wanna build a life with you, Emmanuelle.” 

As with all KA books, the bonds of family and friendship are as tight as ever. They both have strong support systems. Emme is a bit closed off and actually lacks in the friend department, but that never stopped the women of the Colorado Mountain Series. We are gifted with the return of many members of the KA family in residing Colorado. They are always part of the network and I love how she is able to write them into the story so naturally. The care KA puts into writing her posse brings them to life in a way that few authors can accomplish. The people in a Kristen Ashley book are never characters, they’re family. I miss them when they are gone & cherish their return.

I give this book 5 solid stars and a big glass of pinot grigio! It will be moved directly to my “Read Again” shelf. The story didn’t just move me; it transported me. I felt like I was right along with them, riding shotgun. 

My sincerest thanks to Kristen Ashley for offering this ARC to me in exchange for an honest review.


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