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Mystery Man

By: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Kate Russell
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Publisher's Summary

Night time is the right time….

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away….

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore….

©2012 Kristen Ashley (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious." (DearAuthor.com)
"[Kristen] Ashley captivates." ( Publisher's Weekly).

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Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!

I totally fell all into this book. Alpha males all over the freaking place. Bad guys blowing up stuff, and a hero worthy of role in "An Officer and a Gentleman." Gwen was the bomb. A little dingy but in the best possible way, with a little "Sex In the City" thrown in. I have never seen an author pull off dingy without being annoying, but Kristen Ashley did. And girl!!! I either wanted to become one of her characters or to make them all a reality. One of the best books I have listened to period. And even though Hawk's secretary was only in the latter part of the book, she was my favorite character besides the H and H. I want a friend in my posse just like her.
Now on to Kate Russell......O.M.G.! I am soooooo totally in love with your voices. They made KA's character come alive for me. I had the biggest grin on my face. And the men sound totally yummy. Girl, when I heard the Hawk's secretary for the first time I spewed water out of my mouth! She was a hoot!!!!

Okay, if you have to ask is this worth a credit. STOP! Just go download the dang book!!!! :)

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Loved it ......Eventually !

This book was a exercise in perseverance for me. I didn't know the author and I hated it when I first started listening to it - didn't like the characters, didn't care for the narrator and the plot was ridiculous (a sibling being expected to pay off her sister's multi-million dollar debt). I decided to return it to Audible but it was late so I decided to listen to another 30 mins and return it in the morning. Well, 30 mins turned into 1 hour 30 mins and by the morning I had got to a funny part and wanted to find out what happened so I decided to give it another hour. After that some really great characters had shown up and I had to listen to some more because I really enjoyed them (I'm talking Elvyra especially here). And so it went on. Nine hours of listening later I had to admit I was hooked.

So, if you try this book and hate it - persevere. Once you get into the style and the characters and you've laughed out loud a few hundred times it is actually an absolute gem. I'm so glad I stuck with it.

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A complete roller coaster ride of emotions. 

The Dream Man series starts with Gwen and Hawk. While their year and half "romance" is not your standard fling, their passion and possession are off the charts. There is a lot of action in this book as well as great sex scenes. For me it was an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute. I was completely sucked into this story. The plot was intriguing. Lots of twists and turns. If you like the ultimate dominant alpha male and a sexy sassy heroine with a love story filled with suspense then you need to listen to this book. Each character are hot and completely lovable. The love is beautiful, the plot fabulous. It was an excellent, fast paced, and action packed book. Kristen Ashley definitely has a fan for life. I hope audible starts to offer her Rock Chick series soon!

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Believe the reviews...it's really that good!

I loved this book! It had everything I enjoy in a romance story. Sassy heroine, sexy alpha males, funny dialogue, great characters, action, twists and turns and of course the HEA. It was perfect! I can’t wait for more dream man books on Audible.

5 star listen!!!

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Fan-Freaking-Tastic!

This was just what I needed! I was stuck in my book club's monthly selection that was slow and not picking up the pace, so I stopped that audio to try and find something adventurous, fun, hot, and juicy...you know something you can sink your teeth into? I found it all right here! Adventurous enough to have my adrenaline still pumping, so much fun my cheeks still hurt from grinning, Hot to the point of beating the heat of this Louisiana summer, and so juicy I can feel it dripping off my chin! Mystery Man makes into my top 10 of contemporary romances, maybe even top 5 but that's to hard to narrow down. This novel has it ALL ladies and gentlemen...you will laugh out loud in the middle of the grocery store, have you crying and with a baffled husband cause he doesn't understand why, make you so mad the kids will wonder what they did wrong, and have you so hot and bothered you wish you hadn't started listening at work! All of that was true by the way, if you couldn't tell, because once I started this audio I COULD NOT STOP! I was not able to with the way the author just tosses you into the story and you are gripped from the dang prologue! I could go into detail as to why I LOVED EVERY SECOND of this book but then I might go on forever so just TRUST ME on this one guys...Our heroine is a total day dreaming girly girl but incredibly lovable, our hero is infuriating yet perfect Alpha Soldier (Don't you just love a good drool worthy soldier?), and all supporting characters were amazingly well rounded bringing a lot of great humor and realistic qualities to help you relate to this sometimes out-of-this world story. This whole novel is well rounded in fact, with high voltage action, comedy, hot romance, and just the right amount of heart break before it wraps up so nicely it makes you sigh because it was wonderful and now its over. I will definitely be re-listening to Mystery Man on a day when I can't make up my mind on what to move onto next, and YOU should get your first listen on RIGHT NOW,credit or no credit, this one is worth your money!

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AWESOME! Kristen Ashley's books are the best!

When a book makes you want to stop at chapter 2 and review it, so everyone in the world can enjoy pure happiness... Well then, I say 5-Stars, Sir... 5-Stars!

Hawk was a great, great character....hot and smexy and a total bad-ass.... but Gwen! Gwenie was awesome. I totally loved her air-head meets smexy chic, although highly intelligent attitude. She was a perfect Commando's Woman....

I really like the secondary characters in the book. Elvira, man I really want Elvira to have her own book... Next was Tracy... and Cam and Leo! Loved it... I also loved the other two bad-asses in this book, which was Mitch Lawson and Tack Allen. If you have listen to Own the Wind...then you should know who Tack Allen is... Tack actually will have his own book, at the end of this series... and I just cannot wait to hear Mitch's story. He is the next bad-ass to find a hot Cosmo Chic!

Ashley books are really true to their characters. For instance, the bad-asses remain bad-asses throughout the entire book... they don't change halfway through into these love struck wimps... They remain bad-asses with that special one who can handle the shit they dish out! All the females who fall for these bad-asses are quite strong as well... Perfect Combination...

The smex was also great... not too much, not too little... just perfect. I don't think there was anything wrong with this entire book..

Narration was great. Loved Hawk's voice! So smooth and smexy... Babe!

A Buy, Credit, or Sale... whatever...just get this...!!!!

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Mmmmm.......... A PURRRFECT LISTEN

I didn't want this listen to end and, when it eventually did, I felt I had to say goodbye to some much loved characters that I'd become emotionally attached to and I almost wanted to listen to it all over again.

During this amazing, enjoyable, emotional, tender, heartbreaking, hot listen you will encounter a super sexy, super Alpha, arrogant, drool-worthy Commando hero with dimples (who I loved, loved, loved), biker rogues, hot Cops, other sexy members of the Commando team, family members, friends and a strong likeable heroine.

Then, as the plot seemlessly unfolds, you will be whisked into all the drama and turmoil of a beautiful love story that's romantic, full of sexual chemistry, lol humor, surprises, action, with snappy dialogue and the rapport between the H/H is soooo de...lish...ous and the Epilogue was very touching.

Worth a credit? It's got everything a romance lover wants and more ....... so that's a definite big fat YES with sprinkles on and I'm looking forward to more in this new series.



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Oh this one is GOOD

No need to read reviews on this one. It's a winner. So just go ahead and add it to your cart and enjoy!!!!!

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5 Mystery Man Stars


Ok I think this is the 2 maybe 3rd time I have read this book.. But I never reviewed it!! I know right a crime I tell you. As most of you know of if you don’t I am a HUGE Kristen Ashley fan, and I love all the work she has done so far that I have read. This is not exception. Aces I say Aces.

Hawk.. Oh I swear he is YUMMY in caps because yeah.. swoon he is alpha male at his finest. I mean look who is competition was! Hello Tack hello Mr. Lawson. Lol and Hawk not once intimidated or didn’t think he was going to get the girl hells no he was confident and …. Spoiler he gets his girl.

Gwendolyn this girl had the heart of a saint her sister who she loves is and has always been a little messed up and on the wrong side of the good. She uses her sister a lot and Gwen finally has had it only her sisters messes have encroached on her life. And she kind of has to deal with that and having a hot guy want to make her his. She is a little out of sorts.

I LOVE that he pursued her and she then had to give in because she totallllllllllllly wanted to but also because her heart was all in her mind just had to catch up. Same goes for Hawk. ;)

Ooo Ooo, I loved how Kate Russell narrated this book, I love the soft voice she gave to Gwen it just totally fit with how I pictured her in my head. Lovvvved it. One I am glad to have in my audible library because I will Read it again oh yeah!

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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It wasn't a BAD book, but it wasn't for me

Sooooo many people that I follow jumped on this book like it was the second coming...no pun intended....so I had to try it. I'll admit the hot was HOT, but I have MANY problems with this book, the biggest one is that the author seems to have attention deficit disorder and just fills in drama when needed.

First we were lead to believe that this guy Hawk has mysterious paranormal powers and can appear and disappear at will....but nope turns out that he is just a trained commando and has been breaking into her house at least a few times a week for some nookie...and she hasn't caught his name in a year and a half??? So, not a paranormal book...and apparently the female lead has no common sense at ALL!

Then she runs across the leader of a motorcycle gang, who wants her on site. Then there is a break in that isn't her mystery lover and the cop that investigates it wants her on site. Then her mystery man finally has to talk to her in the light of day and thinks humm, think I will talk to her AGAIN, and wants her on site...although he's been getting her for a year and a freaking half!

So, you think this is paranormal book....nope......a biker book...nope....is it a commando secret forces book...nope...love triangle....not really....totally mismatched story lines that still entertained in bits and pieces, but really when you put them all together could NEVER happen in real life....ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!!!!!!!

If it makes it to the $4.95 sale go for it, but I wouldn't waste a credit or buy the thing if it were me again, and I won't be looking out for any more in the series. On the plus side the narrator didn't annoy me....so I guess there is the silver lining!!!

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 08-02-20

Just NO

I’ve started and failed with this book several times as the narration is dire - voices, intonation, interpretation all bad. Nonetheless I tried again as Hawk features in other KA books and I wanted to know more about him. KA has a lot of toxic alpha types as heroes who ignore issues of consent, stalk, spy on, break into the houses of, trap and otherwise mistreat their “love” interests, but Hawk takes the cake. I have to take these novels with a large pinch of salt and a slight lobotomy as an intelligent woman to enjoy them, but with this one just NO. He is ... the WORST. The novel starts after he’s been ‘seeing’ the heroine for over a YEAR which involves breaking into her house and sleeping with her. They haven’t even exchanged names. CREEPY. She remarks she hasn’t seen him in DAYLIGHT near the beginning of the book. This seriously messed up dynamic is not something she addresses once they start having a more ‘normal’ relationship.

The heroine is no peach either, breathtakingly shallow, she tells us while others yearn for family, or charitable achievements, she wants SHOES. Don’t even start me on what she thinks marriage is (hint, it’s all about the material benefits of a wedding - and people thinking the bride is pretty).

Just too messed up all around.

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  • f.c
  • 10-09-18

needs to find another narrator

I've only ever listened not read these books and this narrator is so irritating I just could not go beyond chapter 6. She makes it sound childish which is not in sync with the story line . the males end up sounding like a joke the whole thing is just not worth my money, I wish I had returned it but kept it too long before listening to it. I wouldn't recommend. maybe if you tried reading the experience would be better. unfortunately I don't care enough to try.

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  • Nicola
  • 03-10-18

Could be better

I loved Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick series (Rock Chick especially), which encouraged me to download more of her books and follow the rest rest of her novels. But sadly, the stories are more about sex than the story line, so I was a little disappointed.

The narrator for this novel is to “breathy” for this story, which makes the female character sound weak rather than a strong woman dealing with what is going on around her. And the narration for the male does not properly portray a man who is strong and looking out for his woman, like Liam in Rock Chick did. I couldn’t fully connect with either character.

Although I do enjoy Kristen Ashley stories, and good chemistry between characters..., personally, I would really like more to the story line like she started, not just about sex all the time. And narrators need to portray the essence of the book.

Was sadly disappointed, but it doesn’t make it a bad listen overall, just need to persevere to the end.

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  • Aileen
  • 01-17-17

Loved it

I have read all Kristen Ashley books so getting to listen to them was a bonus I really enjoyed them all and especially this one I have always loved hawk and Gwen so this made my train journey to work so much better

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 05-01-16

Couldn't get enough of Hawke

Got to say. I absolutely loved this book. It had everything. Romance, intrigue, mystery, passion, fashion, fun, lots of emotional drama, and we also get hot, sexy Commandos, Police Officers, Motorcycle Men (we get a Chaos fix) and, best of all, Gabe 'Hawke' Delgado. Hawke is the ultimate alpha male, fighting to protect what's his, and it would appear he has claimed ditzy, clueless Gwen as his own, he just needs to own that decision and not break her heart. I loved the writing, the characters and the story. A firm favourite.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-22-15

at last

absolutely fantastic love all these books highly highly recommended. you will laugh cry and be happy with so life like characters wonderful imagery . Ccan't praise them enough , thank you Kristen Ashley for Hawk he is a hero

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-02-21

It’s ok

I have mixed feelings about this book. I normally love KA’s books but this book has some lovely parts and some that are just infuriating but that could be down to my own preferences and beliefs. The narrator was good but at times I think she didn’t realised she mixed the voices. Overall good but not to the standard of other KA books.

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  • Hélène
  • 05-07-21

Alpha redefined. the ultimate man ⭐

The best of the best of Kristen Ashley. Top narration mega talent!
one huge sheer joyride 👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-19

Thumbs Up

I love Kristen Ashley books, and this one has suspense, romance and hot men/women. But I have to add i'm little jealous of Gwen, who sits all day because she is an editor, drinks cosmos and eats cookie dough but still have a killer body. How?🤪

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-22

Reader ruined Hawks book

Story is good, no prob there, cause i read ebook before i listened but narration is the worst by far of all audiobooks i ever listened to. Reader seems to not know what she's reading and what she's supposed to portray, plus that breathy voice thing she does is just too bad....

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-30-21

love this series

absolutely love this series so much. and to hear it on audio I love it even more.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 10-22-20

Crazy

The heroine was narcissistic.
She was supposedly 30- ish but acted like a teenager.
She dressed like a hooker, drank like a fish, and her diet was gross!

The men were panting after her and they were all alpha males with good jobs employing many.
Unbelievable that this was so...

The setting was seedy and rough
The story had some merit.

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  • Mozzy
  • 01-10-18

exceptional

loved this story. Every time i read it or hear it its great. love the narrator wonderful

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  • Dim
  • 03-21-17

Horrible narration

Unfortunately the narrator ruined this book for me. Somehow, the men's voices were pitched higher than the female voices so quite confusing and annoying. She also has a ditzy voice which grates on my nerves. The storyline itself was ok, not Kristen Ashley's best work. It's a bit odd, when the whole story is based on two people sleeping together for 1.5years and not knowing each other's names. It does get slightly better but I won't be rushing back to reread.

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  • Chook74
  • 08-28-16

captivating

This story was the beginning of my love for all things Kristen Ashley. I have read this countless times and still get the butterflies and the breathtaking experience that is Hawk and Gwens story

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  • Achidnecia
  • 01-28-16

Ms Ashley is becoming a favourite!

Took a bit to get used to the narrator but once the story got going the fit was right. Kristen Ashley writes fast paced, action, suspense, fun, romance story's enjoyable from beginning to end. Loved the Rock Chick cross over (another fabulous series)!