Review: Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley (Dream Man #4.5)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the publisher via InkSlinger PR.

"You know, this isn't woman-falling-for-her-bodyguard syndrome, honey," I told him. "It's Lottie-falling-for-Mo syndrome. I'm not gonna get attached to some other guy on your crew."

There's something about Kristen Ashley's writing that has me feeling perfectly sated by the time I'm done reading and yet absolutely eager for me from her. My introduction to her writing was her Rock Chick series in 2003, and then I went on to further fall in love with her stories by way of two interconnected series, Dream Man and Chaos. I've read her other books--both standalones and series--although I've yet to work my way through her entire list of published work, and now here I am, having finished her newest release, a Dream Man novella entitled Quiet Man, and I'm already itching to re-read her aforementioned past series! Yup, Ashley is one of those rare authors whose stories stand the test of time, and re-reading her books is rather commonplace for many of her readers and fans.

Quiet Man is the story of Charlotte McAlister--better known as Lottie Mac, Queen of the Corvette Calendar and headliner of the go-to strip club in Denver--and the unexpected arrival of her very own Dream Man. When a threatening letter arrives at the club, Lottie's boss, Smithie, calls for help and it comes in the form of Kim Seamus Morrison. Mo is an army veteran turned commando working for Hawk Delgado, and while the man is more of the silent type, there's no denying just how deadly he can be, especially when it comes to protecting whoever he's assigned to. When he meets Lottie, however, Mo realizes that this assignment will end up testing his resolve because no matter how drawn he is to the sassy stripper who could very well be his Dream Girl, nothing--not even his feelings for her--can get in the way of keeping her safe. When all is said and done, will they be a dream match?

I absolutely loved every single thing about this novella! Funnily enough, it never felt like a novella because it was chock-full of romance and suspense with a whole lot of tension in only the way Kristen Ashley can mix it all in. Mo and Lottie were perfectly matched, becoming each other's missing piece, completing one another in the process. Of course, expect quite a few familiar people to show up in this book because, hello, everyone likes being in everyone else's business, but that's family--whether it be by blood or not. It all makes for yet another fun-filled and sigh-worthy read from this go-to author. Five-plus stars for Quiet Man; I can't wait for the Dream series next year! ♥

Date Read: 15 August 2019

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