July 26, 2017

REVIEW: Complicated by Kristen Ashley

When small town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn’t be stronger, but the timing couldn’t be worse. 

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids, and himself, is his only priority. 

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that’s perfect for them—a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She’s learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that’s what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life. 

Hix can’t fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta’s finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix. 

But when the first murder that’s happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer. 

In other words, things are definitely…Complicated.

Both Greta and Hixon have past loving relationships that went wrong and in some ways, their war wounds help them to move on together. 
Greta’s mum is an evil woman that had me squinting and scowling more than once and Hixon’s ex is a piece of work for more than half of the story. While both have burdens to bear with their ugly relationships, they also have magic in the form of Greta’s brother Andy and Hixon’s wonderful kids.
Complicated is set in a small town where everyone knows your name. I loved the setting of the story. It’s a mostly peaceful town that is rocked by the murder of a much-loved husband and father. Tracking down the murderer is the top priority for Hixon and his deputies.
Poor Hixon, scraping off the old love, starting a new love, keeping the peace with his kids, dealing with his new loves psycho mum and finding a killer…only a KA Alpha can handle that. Greta, well she’s got to get a new man up to scratch, steer clear of his ex, deal with her psycho mum, work, and make time for her brother who suffered a head trauma when he was a teenager…only a KA sweet and slightly quirky heroine can handle that.

Being a devout Kristen Ashley fan, there is nothing bad I can say about this book. I was surprised that it was released in audiobooks only but that didn't stop me from getting to it and thoroughly enjoying it. I just lay back and let myself get immersed in the book and it was really wonderful.

KA has a unique way of creating characters that reel you in and make you feel a part of them, they are so relevant that you can't stop until you are finished and that is what happened with this book . Hixon is the town sheriff that is trying to come to terms with his new lot in life, being a divorced father of three, something he never saw coming. Greta is a likable hairdresser who sings on the side to fulfill that sassy side of her and make some extra cash. The two meet and connect and sparks fly, neither knowing how to deal with them.

What's interesting is the small town life has that everyone knows everyone, including their business, and the gossips are going strong. There are dangers lurking everywhere and KA has woven the story spectacularly in a sweet flow. Great listen that I know I will go back to again and again!

Hixon and Greta’s love story is not an easy one. In typical KA fashion, there are ups and downs, with sideswipes in-between. I admit, there were a few tears shed on the train as we see them come to blows, face blows from outside forces, and witness blows that shake the town.

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