Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain)
Quick note: This isn’t a book review (yet) cause’s I’m still only in the first half, but, you know me. If it makes me *squee* or cry, I gotta share. 😉
Yep, as you can see I’m still on my “Kristen Ashley” marathon, and while I agree with many, that, reading her books all in a row means the reader will experience repetition, I’m still good with each book overall. Great actually. Sure, the characters have a similar way of speaking, of being, and there certainly is a sort of “formula” to it all. Despite that, I am still having fun, and really feeling the characters! They are making me react, and fooling my brain into thinkin’ it’s me, so I’m still in!
Right now I’m on book#3 in her Colorado series and it is soooooo good to be home in Carnal. For those of you as obsessed with Tate and his world as I was, good news. We’re back. Okay, this may not be Tate’s book, but all of the old characters are there, the scenery, the businesses, Bubba’s. Everything. We’re home, folks.
And Ty. Hulking, tattooed, furious and just out of prison (wrongfully, btw). The strong, silent type. One word answers. Sometimes, no word answers. Just a look says it all. And then, the thing that prompted me to do a *pre-squee* here in a “currently reading” post. Ty’s resistance in letting down his emotional guard around the heroine (oh and the circumstances of what brought the heroine and he together – priceless and a bit shocking!!) But I was very excited at this “take” in their budding relationship. Talk about stepping out of the frying pan and right into the fire.
Anywho…. as I was saying. Ty’s the typical alpha in that he spends too much time protecting his heart from the one that could probably ease his pain. And in doing so, he eventually let’s his “jerk” out. Big time. That gasp-worthy “how-dare-he” fun stuff that we love in Kristen’s books.
And okay wait. Jerk is too soft of a word for this particular grrrrrrrr-worthy moment. The author does a reeeeeaal good job at putting her reader at ease, making her comfortable, soft and gooey for her hard-core, protective, reluctantly-opening-up, gruff-demeanored alpha. Then, she pulls that rug right out from under her reader with this (I’m cutting into the middle of the conversation, which by now had me fuming and trembling. It is worse than what it says below, but kind of a spoiler-ish moment, so I’m choosing the quote carefully):
I whispered “That wasn’t nice.”
His blank but still beautiful eyes leveled on mine. “Never promised I’d be nice.”
“You’d been being nice,” I reminded him.
“Yeah,” he affirmed then said, “Mistake. Told you in Vegas, been in chains five years, don’t need anything chaining me.”
and then pages and pages of a sort of heartbreaking realization for Lexie (the heroine). But then, Ty discovers the flowers he once bought for her that she so carefully tended to (a sweet and revealing moment for both of them)… in the garbage.
“Answer me, Lexie. Why’d you throw your bouquet away?”
“It was just flowers.”
“No, you’re right. It wasn’t” she told him softly. “Then, after you put me in my place, it was.”
My eyes started watering at this point, ’cause I felt her. I knew exactly how she felt. I felt it with her. That realization that he meant more to her then she, to him. That maybe she’d been fooling herself. Or maybe he’d been fooling her.
and then when he couldn’t deal with “her light” being gone. Extinguished…
He had to have her light back.
“Let me go,” she whispered.
“Let me go.”
He moved his lips to her ear and whispered, “I hurt you, baby.”
*sniff* and then… a tear. Or two. Okay… maybe three. 😉 I’m a sucker, I know it!!
There’s more where this come from. That whole part is better then how I worded it for you, ’cause you get all the detail, all of the emotion, all of the thought processes, the heartache, the decisions. But I had to let you know that this one already had me reacting. This was all in the first 29% of the book. Can’t wait to see where it takes me!