Review ~ Deacon by Kristen Ashley


Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

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My ****4 Star**** Review

So, this was my fourth book in this series. I’ve loved watching how all the characters are connected together, and yet have completely different personalities. However, this book fell just a little bit short of that mark for me. While I could still see a distinctness in Deacon and Cassidy, there were things that highly reminded me of Raid. Cassidy’s repetitive use of the word “sorry,” for instance, was definitely something Hanna used often. Then Deacon’s mannerisms in general often made me think of Creed. Forutunately, there was still enough that separted them to keep me interested. I really liked that Cassidy was both mild-mannered and sassy when she needed to be.
The setting was definitely unique, and I loved the story of how they come to cross paths to begin with. There are some funny moments, and some very sweet moments. Most of their moments could only be described as HOT, though. If you’re into bondage, then some of these scenes would be very pleasing to you! I only didn’t like that there were a couple places in the book that seemed too much about sex and seemed to be lacking in plot.
The story has a feel of completion, and yet could be considered cliffhangerish. There are definite questions left unanswered. Kristen definitely left several avenues for more possible books.
Overall, I liked the series, and I’m anxious to see how it compares to her other books being that these are the only Ashley books I’ve read. I hear I definitely need to read Motorcycle Man, so we’ll see…

About the Author ~ Kristen Ashley


Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but 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 multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Happy Reading,