KALEIDOSCOPE by Kristen Ashley (review)

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 . . .

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and 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 multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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My Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Kristen Ashley and I’m not quite sure how to even begin my review of KALEIDOSCOPE. She appears to be quite popular with her fans. I was caught off guard by dialogue. It was not at all what I was expecting, therefore, my review will take a little different approach than what I might normally write. There was a load of off-color language used throughout the book and I found it distracted from the story.

I think there is a great storyline somewhere in the book if the author would eliminate the unneeded cursing and use complete sentences. I didn’t finish the book. In fact, I didn’t get past Chapter 3. Although I enjoyed the storyline and found the characters interesting, the excessive use of curse words and incomplete sentences turned me off. I felt like I was listening to people talk with mouths full of chewing tobacco or bubblegum. I kept wanting to ask, “What do you mean?” or “What did you say?”

What I saw in the book were characters who couldn’t string a complete sentence together, and the talking they did do was punctuated with many curse words that were unnecessary. I have no objection to authors using curse words. I understand the need to set up scenes with tough guys. I am not a prude, I have no problem in those situations. As a reader, I tend to become part of the conversation as I read, and I truly could never picture myself in a situation where someone would be speaking this way.

I received the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It clearly stated that the book was in unedited form, which leaves me questioning – how unedited. In my opinion, the author could have an outstanding book, but it would take a lot of editing.

I am going to give the book 2.5 stars because I do think there is a great story in there somewhere.

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