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For You (The Burg 1) - Kristen KB. At Peace (The Burg 2) - Kristen MB. Golden Trail (The Burg 3) - Kristen In Kristen Ashley's first anthology, readers will find three short stories and two novellas taking them back to Wild Like the Wind (Chaos #6) Kristen Ashley. epub. Burg 01 For You - Kristen KB. Burg 02 At Peace - Kristen KB. Burg 03 Golden Trail - Kristen

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All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred. The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love.

Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge. After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger—leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea. Crystal Storm Falling Kingdoms 5 The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms.

Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms.

When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies.

Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out.

The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will. The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

Immortal Reign Falling Kingdoms 6 As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms. Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice. Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme. Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test.

Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart? In a garden of ancient ruins on the cliffs of Limeros, Prince Magnus comes face-to-face with a witch. The old woman incapacitates him with a spell, presses a single object into his hand—an obsidian blade—and tells him to bring it to a woman named Samara before the sun sets and his portal home closes forever.

Lost in this foreign land, Magnus sets out to find Samara. But a chance encounter with the rumored Witch Boy derails his journey.

Magnus saves Maddox from a beating, but the cruel Livius is now on their tail. The sun is starting to set. Time is running out. Both boys must fight for their lives.

Follow legendary bad boy Magnus and the enigmatic Maddox as their worlds collide in this high-stakes adventure. Obsidian Blade. Nicole Elya May 19, at Three Sisters.

Expand text… When a will from her dead father decrees Chloe into the protection of the renowned vampire commander, Tyrian en Kulev, she does what any woman would do—and casts a spell.

Things get worse for Chloe when the spell she and her sisters perform summons an ancient demon from deep within the earth. Now she's being hunted by a demon set on killing her and must live at the aptly named Castle Death with the king of cold, Tyrian. Tyrian en Kulev always pays his debts. What should have been a simple deal--keep her in the castle, protect her--has turned difficult.

Chloe comes to him with a demon trying to kill her and a sexy attitude that keeps invading his thoughts everywhere he goes. But can they defeat the demon that haunts her and can Tyrian overcome his past and move on to a new future with Chloe?

Yet no matter how hard or fast she runs, he always seems to catch her. And with each stolen moment together, Willow finds herself relenting to his quick smile and passionate kisses more and more.

When the Alpha finally captures his feisty succubus, he proceeds with a full-on seduction meant to weaken her defenses. Because whether she wants it or not, Willow is his mate and he plans to keep her no matter what. As their love struggles to take hold, an ancient demon stalks Willow. Unable to rest until it sees her dead, Willow and Lyonis must stand together or risk losing everything. With a determination and mindset that only she can help the demon Telal Demuzi—she sets off to join him in his cause for demon's rights, whether he wants it or not.

She pursues Telal, slowly breaking down his incredible defenses one smile, kiss, and touch at a time.

Complicated by Kristen Ashley

Telal finds that losing himself in the sweet body of Lily Bellum proves an excellent treatment to the chaos around him. Together, Telal and Lily get wrapped up in a world of dark magic, love, betrayal, and murder in the greatest journey of their lives. But it did. He lost the love of his life. Days spent clouded in black and gray were brightened only with the lovely Arianna near.

Her light kept the darkness at bay if only for a few moments. And now she's gone leaving him alone. Now he has nobody. But he has purpose. A purpose--steely determination—for revenge against the one who cursed him. His mother. She's out there in the rift, gathering forces, for what, he's unsure.

A mere human witch by the name Abbigail Krenshaw is the key to saving himself and killing his mother--or so a little old seer tells him under sword point. Small, fragile, and breakable Abbigail almost reminds him of his lost love, yet she's different.

He can feel her worming her way into his battered, blackened heart and can't decide whether he wants to close her inside forever, or lock her out. He needs Abbigail. He needs the human witch to sacrifice herself in order to save his tortured soul. He's more than willing to sacrifice her for his purpose, but the more he's around her the more difficult it becomes to uphold the decision. Can he really use her to save himself and let her die?

His heart screams no but his mind says yes. Yani Dee pinned post 25 Apr Nicole Elya Aug 15, at 6: Kristin Cashore - Graceling Realm Genre: Fantasy, Young adult romance, Fiction Graceling 1 Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

Expand text… When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster.

Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom. If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on.

Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and it's only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle - curious, disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

Whatever that past holds. Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign.

And one of them, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart. Kristin Cashore - Graceling Realm, 1 Graceling. Kristin Cashore - Graceling Realm, 2 Fire. Kristin Cashore - Graceling Realm, 3 Bitterblue. Nicole Elya Aug 15, at 7: Rae Carson - Fire and Thorns series Genre: Expand text… Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil.

A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he's not the only one who seeks her.

Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior.

And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. Most of the chosen do.

Elisa is a hero. She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't. Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled. To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas.

With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with. If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

The champion must not fear. The gate of darkness closes. Elisa is a fugitive. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history. But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for. Even of those who hate her most.

The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson. The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson. Nicole Elya Aug 16, at 7: Kristen Ashley - The 'Burg Genre: Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Expand text… Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back. But what he remembers is the little sister of his high school girlfriend, Dusty who grew up there. As a teen, Dusty had gone off the rails but when she was a kid, she was sweet, she was funny and she had a special bond with Mike. But after high school, she took off and Mike never saw her again. Then tragedy strikes Dusty's family, she comes back into town and Mike thinks she hasn't changed back to the sweet, funny girl he knew but instead continued to be selfish and thoughtless, leaving her family alone to deal with their mourning.

So he seeks her out and confronts her in an effort to understand what went wrong and to force her to sort herself out. He finds out quickly he's wrong about Dusty Holliday. Very wrong. And right after Mike discovers that, the bond they had years before snaps back into place in ways he would never suspect. But Mike Haines had a bad marriage then he played games of the heart for a good woman. And lost. In order to protect himself and his kids, he's cautious, he's careful to read the signs and he's not interested in finding a woman he has to fix.

Then he learns what happened to Dusty and he thinks she needs to be fixed. He swings, he misses and in this new game of hearts, for Dusty, Mike just got strike three.

Benny has decided differently. Demons Benny wants to help her face. A girl who could hope. A girl who could dream. She knew a happily ever after just wasn't in the cards for her. Not technically, but kind of. She tells the OM, but I feel like she crossed some lines into cheating at times especially with what I consider emotional cheating - on both the H and OM.

There was mention that she had oral sex with OM, but it wasn't descriptive. Yes view spoiler [They are separated a few times. The H wasn't with anyone else does kiss OW in front of h and lies to her that he slept with this OW , but the h was with the OM never intercourse, but as much as oral sex hide spoiler ] Possible Triggers: This had alright closure with a cute jump ahead epilogue and a HEA ending.

I still would've liked a farther jump ahead epilogue How I got it: I got it in loan through my public library. This one is probably either Safe with exception or Not Safe depending on personal preferences. View all 28 comments. Jan 02, Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing Shelves: My heart is filled to bursting here. Love love LOVE!! This is a gorgeous book about a second chance at love, life, family and healing.

Kristen Ashley never ceases to amaze me with utter brilliance of her books. Just one winner after another!! Damaged Alpha male hero, strong heroine, beautiful story I'm stakin' my claim with you right now Taking advantage, his face dipped close and his hands curled around both sides of by head. One night, at 3: In a huff, she stomps out to figure out where its coming from and give whoever was playing it a piece of her mind when she meets Joe Callahan.

He's big, tall, rugged, striking, scarred, gorgeous, blunt, badass, and Alpha-out-the wazoo! But he kind of acts like a bit of a jerk though not in a way that'll make you hate him and needless to say, despite her intense attraction to him, Violet pretty much dislikes him P "Who's the big guy next door?

Hell, after a few paragraphs, I missed him. He sounded like such a perfect KA man - gorgeous, caring, protective. And she's struggling and trying to start a new life - working as hard as she can to keep her and the girls afloat in the aftermath of such a senseless tragedy. Joe's work takes him away a lot, but every time he's back, Vi and him have some sort of interaction.

And so begins their on-and-off-ish, swoony-to-us yet perhaps frustrating-at-first-to-Vi relationship. Joe Callahan who was scary and thrilling all in himself. He was more man than I'd ever know and I spent most of my adult life around cops. His maleness filled the cab, dangerous, assertive, assaulting my senses. What they have is explosive, undeniable, and freaking H. But Cal has gone through something tragic in his past that makes him unable to establish a permanent emotional connection and give himself fully over to any relationship even if its what his heart wants and as soon as his feelings for her grow too strong, he breaks both their hearts by leaving and breaking off the relationship.

But when Vi's husband's murderer comes back on the radar with his creepy-stalker-eye set on Vi, that isn't something he can just stand by and do nothing about, so its up to him to do what he can to protect her and the girls, even though he has his work cut out for him to make her trust him again. It was so sweet and heart warming watching him struggle with his emotions, wanting more, but not trusting, trying to do right by Vi and her girls, trying to protect their family.

He might be rough around the edges, but he sure-as-hell could be ridiculously sweet and thoughtful. He just had a lot of walls up, guarding himself against future hurt that might mirror a past he's spent 17 years trying to forget. And when his back story finally comes out, you get it.

Its horrible, tragic, and made me cry. It totally explained his behavior, his attitude and his reluctance to get fully into a relationship. And since their relationship wasn't clearly defined for a while, there is a bit of a love triangle thing going on for part of the story, but its always clear who ends up with who especially since the other guy is the hero of book 4 of this series: Joe was just so damaged and totally Alpha, the perfect tortured badass bad boy.

And once he figured all his stuff out and finally accepted that he couldn't ignore or deny what he and Vi had, he went all-out possessive claimy Alpha and stopped at nothing to prove his intentions, his love and his dedication to both her and her girls. Dear Lord, its hard for one heart to handle that much swoon!! I wasnt even certain he could laugh. He was my hot-as-shit, bad boy, player, next door, security to the stars booty call. He was a serious, scary, rugged, sinister, alpha male.

Men like that didn't laugh. I have to say, the only thing I didn't really like was how he called her 'buddy' - that's just a little weird and not exactly hot to me. But hey, if that's my only possibly complaint about the book and it is , I can definitely live with it. This book really sneaks up on you.

There were twists that had me rocking back and forth crying, some utterly beautiful scenes, epic badass moments KA is a genius. The depth to which she just "gets" deep connections between friends, family, lovers, is just sensational.

You can't help but feel totally connected to them, be totally sympathetic to them, and you end up knowing them so well and feeling for them so strongly that its hard to believe they are not real. She has a magical way with words.

Speaks straight to your heart. I thought it was so beautiful how Joe never tried to replace Tim Vi's husband either with Vi or the girls. He was something different. He was special. He loved them for who they were, not for who he wanted them to be to him.

Watching them work together to learn to trust each other and develop a functional relationship just melted my heart. I've got a temper and so do you, we're gonna clash I won't give up on you, Joe, I promise. I just need you to promise the same thing.

I had lots of misty eyes and several tears. Not just from a sad event, often just because the level of emotional I was feeling for a scene was just so strong, it overflowed. For You were integrated into this story.

I love when an author doesn't forget about the beloved characters from previous books. Its so wonderful to see the development of their happily-ever-after, even if its from the outside. And Oh. God, the ending is intense!! Its absolutely epic - filled with cops, mafia, stalkers, murders, kidnappings, plenty of badass Get book 1 and join the swoon-fest. You won't regret it! They crawled into this same fuckin' bed with me, so did you, and when you did, you all became mine.

View all 68 comments. Jan 15, Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book!

I will admit to not fully enjoying the first half of the story because the hero was a complete and utter jerk, but the second half more than made up for it and shined brilliantly. At Peace made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me giddy. It also made me irate at times. However, At Peace is packed with so much heart and soul it's impossible not to get caught up in all its splendor. I was captivated and enthralled by the meaningful and awe-inspiring relationship that developed between Joe Callahan and Violet Winters and her daughters, Kate and Keira.

Joe needed them as much as they need him, and their relationship left an indelible impression on me. I am grateful I read reviews before starting this book.

I knew what to expect, how the love triangle would play out, and how cruel the hero would be during the first half of the story. Had I not been prepared, my enjoyment of this book undoubtedly would have suffered, which would have been a shame considering the fact this book is simply wonderful.

The only reason I dropped the rating a half star is because of the climax chapter near the end. It just didn't fit with the overall tone of the book.

It had a heavy "cops and robbers" feel that didn't resonate with the rest of the story. This book is about family, healing, redemption, and love; and, frankly, the "cops and robbers" chapter did nothing to enhance the overall story. It only diminished it. Luckily, the epilogue brought everything back on track, giving me that heartwarming feeling that only Kristen Ashley can give.

If you're already a Kristen Ashley addict, or interested in checking out her books, be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict's Support Group here on Goodreads! View all 42 comments. I kinda like to read Kristen Ashley books. I know you didn't expect that. So, At Peace is the second instalment in the The 'Burg Series and while I'm partial to the first book For You , I still had to give this one 5 Stars just because anything less would have been blasphemy.

As always the writing is stellar, the characters are wonderful, lots of family drama, heartbreak and in this particular series the whole world created around the main players is just so rich and developed with a lot of care. I have some good and some very bad news for you: Widow and mother of two teenage kids, finds herself in a torrid affair with her next door neighbour. Of course it's a lot more complicated and drama is strong in this one, but it's a good start.

Yeah, you can already see this is one of those books. Bring the crazy from the get go, why don't you? First and foremost Violet is a mother. Everything she does is for the well being and safety of her daughters, Kate and Keira. Especially after they lost their father. Woooop Woooop He has it all; he is domineering, a little mysterious, gorgeous and he has the tragic past. What more can a girl hope for?

Oh, I know Damn you, Ms. I really like Vi and Joe's story. From the start the two have some scorching chemistry and don't even get me started with explosions happening when they get together. But that doesn't mean everything is sunshine and daisies. Joe and Vi have to fight many obstacles starting with their own stupidity, Mike I dislike this one the most , a murderous mafia boss and not to mention a gossiping town.

Every day, every week, every year, every fuckin' second, buddy," he kept muttering, his eyes intense, his face serious and my breath caught, "this. All of it. Worth the wait. And I really wanted you to meet Mr.

I hope you can forgive me. View all 24 comments. Apr 18, Duchess Nicole rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone who loves the alpha. Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: And that's the thing, neither of you did. And you found each other. It's time to unload that burden and find some joy. I should have known Kristen Ashley would bring out my inner teenage girl.

Violet Winters moved to the 'Burg after the death of her husband. She and her two teenager daughters are doing the best they can to move on with their lives. Her husband, Tim, was a wonderful father and partner, and if they don't have him, at least they have wonderful memories. One night, the house next door is suddenly blaring music for hours on end.

Since the house has been empty for months, Violet tries to give her neighbor a pass. But after hours of losing sleep, a fuming Vi finally storms over to Joe Callahan's house, livid and fed up.

This initial meeting between Joe and Vi is a great precursor for how the next few months go Joe Callahan is a security specialist for the stars. He may live in the Burg, but he's rarely home. A chance 3 a. But Joe doesn't DO relationships. Like, ever. Not since the tragedy of his younger years. Joe is the very definition of a loner, and he has no place for a woman, especially one with two beautiful, wonderfully quirky daughters, one who lights him up with a smile, and one who wants, expects, and deserves more than he is able to give.

But when Violet's secrets come out and she is put in danger, Joe's protective instincts come out. And he realizes that somehow, these three women have squirmed their way into his heart, where no one else has been for seventeen years. And once Joe lays down a claim, I can't imagine anyone who would get in the way. This book has lots of fun Kristen Ashley type inclusions such as: An awesome group of zany, wacky, distinctly loyal girlfriends Some competition for our heroine's affections My thoughts It's almost ridiculous how much I loved this book.

I had heard, being a big KA fan, of Joe Callahan, for quite awhile, by so many friends Partly because I can only take so much of her uber alpha, overbearingly bossy men, and partly because I'm attempting to prolong the end of her long list of amazing stories. Joe Callahan. He is, without a doubt, one of the hardest of KA males to read about.

Because for quite some time, he's a big fat jerk. No matter how hot and amazing he is, he does some really mean stuff to a woman that is extremely undeserving. However, he more than makes up for it, and you come to realize that Joe is in an even darker place than Vi is Joe's story is practically Burg lore, though, so Violet gets to know him more from the town gossip tree than she ever gets from him.

Joe is secretive, a loner, and brusque to the point of rudeness. But he wants Violet. He wants her bad. Only, Violet doesn't like being played. But I'm gonna tell you even though I figure you know, I think you're an asshole. I don't only not like you, I hate you.

I hate how you played me. I hate that I was so fucking stupid, I let myself get played. I hate that you know about this because I hate that you know anything about me. And I hate that I have to accept help from you. She's been so beaten down by life. Hard knock after hard knock should have left more than a mark on her heart Not this chick! Vi still sees beauty in life, she has joy in her girls, she likes her job, and she's building a new life for herself and her daughters.

There is a realism to Vi that makes me want to be her friend, and her life, full of money worries and teenage angst, jumps out at me from these pages. Sexy neighbor Joe, no matter how big an ass, is also bringing out her sexuality again. And when Joe screws her Mike and Joe begin to vie for her attention, and the sexy factor goes up a couple of notches. She's good to her girls, a great Mom and fuckin' gorgeous.

They always have a deeply hidden romantic nature that is not apparent at first. And when they finally accept that a woman is theirs, there is nothing that gets in their way Call it stalking, call it an unhealthy obsession, these boys don't take no for an answer!

And than goodness for that!! So Joe is a broken man, but Vi brings out the happy Joe, and when this man gets romantic The way you say 'Joe', every man would wish that was their name. I'm SUCH a sucker for a man who is good to kids.

Joe come across as a natural father, and it's heart melting. These girls are dying for some stability, and Joe gives that to them He also has to do a lot of questionable things to keep his girls safe, but it's all in the name of love.

Joe screws up more than any other KA alpha that I've read to date. This is probably not a good book to go into without prior knowledge of what it means to be a KA man. However, everyone makes mistakes, especially those of us with demons in our pasts.

So does Violet. But this isn't just a romance. It's a story. It's not pretty. In fact, there are times that it's ugly. But in all, it's actually quite beautiful, because when it's all said and done View all 87 comments.

I love this book. It is truly truly beautiful! Violet Winters has moved the The 'Burg after losing her cop husband to a crime lord, a crime lord who then took an interest in her, and "stalked" her for months. She moves in next door to Joe Callahan. At first, they get off on the wrong foot! Wasn't that just the shit of it?

There I was, in my predicament and I had security to the fucking stars living next door and I hated him because he was a huge jerk But they have an attrac 5 stars after a re read. There I was, in my predicament and I had security to the fucking stars living next door and I hated him because he was a huge jerk But they have an attraction to each other, and both try to fight it, and even make a good go at fighting it, denying what they could mean to each other.

There is hurt and hurtful words thrown on each side, but they cannot deny what they mean to each other. Taking advantage, his face dipped close and his hands curled around both sides of my head. But once he decided Violet was it for him, he was all there and completely committed to it. Add in some drama, a once again excellent set of secondary characters and is it just me who wishes we could have had a lot more of Cal's secretary Lindy? View all 13 comments. Aug 18, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: She is a mother of two teenage girls….

After losing her husband a year and a half ago, she does what she has to do in order to get by. I loved loved loved her girls, Kate and Keira.

They helped make this book for me. They made me laugh through the whole book. I wondered why anyone on earth would need drugs. You could get high just having a family. Joe is a man whore Duh!

Those are the best kind! He and Vi are next door neighbors and end up using each other for sex. Any girl would take advantage of Joe. That reason split my heart into a million pieces. My Joe: Sinister, rugged, interesting. Like him?

Aka Momalicious. Aka Mawdy. She never does! She creates a helluv an epic story. I was in complete shock and sobbing out of nowhere!!!! Their story is beyond love. I am a whore for dirty talk…. Seriously, I would take an asshole calling me a bitch while he pulls my hair over a gentleman any day! You, tonight in my bed with your hand between your legs. You suck my dick, baby, you do it naked. Being on my back was just fine.

Love it when you say my name, baby. Feel it in my dick every time. I have two more words for this review…. Kristen Ashley That pretty much says it all.

She cannot write a bad book. Benny and Frankie. Give it to me. View all 60 comments. When I was in college, I dated this guy who was. He was my first serious boyfriend, and over the course of our relationship he got three tattoos.

The first one was of the Chinese characters for. The second one was of a phoenix. It was on the top of his arm with a rune that the guy a When I was in college, I dated this guy who was. It was on the top of his arm with a rune that the guy at the tattoo place swore meant "unquenchable fire," but I'd never heard of that rune before or since, so I'm still skeptical, and then. And maybe if he was, it would have worked out. Scratch that, if he was Joe Callahan it would have definitely worked out.

It's still romantic suspense, and it's still dark and gritty, but this one not only has two precious teenage girls who, depending on which one you get, call their mother either "Momalicious" or "Mawdy" to help lighten the overall mood, but the dark and gritty is tragic and personal rather than the relatively impersonal picking-off of February's ex-boyfriends. Admittedly, it probably felt personal to Feb, but to us? Not really. We didn't know any of those guys. But Violet. And we know Kate and Keira, her girls, so even if we don't know Tim Violet's husband, and father of Kate and Keira , the fact that he was a cop who was killed by a mobster in Chicago.

Guess how well that worked? I'll give you a hint. Here's another hint: And who does Violet happen to move next door to in the the 'burg? Joe Callahan, that's who. And after they meet it's all hearts and flowers, right?

Yeah, no. But it gets there. Something about the combination of Violet and her girls and Joe. Joe's this big, gruff guy who has NOT had an easy life, and it's made him hard. But these girls. This really is a fantastic story, and about as likely to happen as any KA book which is to say un likely , but it is the kind of modern day fairy tale that KA is so well-loved for.

If you already have them, get them for your sister I did , or your best friend--It's what needs to happen. View all 33 comments. All my life, with a slight variation on theme, that's all I ever wanted.

Buddy, you've given me both. You think, givin' me that, I could ever balance those scales? This guy At first I thought he was a jerk. I was like, 'why do all these people like him so much?

His fanclub was HUGE. Just when I thought I would be the minority and wouldn't love Joe like everyone did.

We get his back story and my heart breaks so bad for him. No wonder he was such an asshole. He was broken by what happened and had pretty much given up on anything good ever coming his way. He didn't think he deserved happiness because he thought that what happened in the past was his fault. So he kept pushing Violet Winters, the widow next door with whom he has a sexual relationship with, away. Instead I said, "Whatever it is, that's what I feel for you.

The most recent being the death of her husband and highschool sweetheart, Tim. But what I loved about her was that she was able to pick herself up and move forward for her daughters. She was a great mother despite her own parents not being there for her when she got pregnant very young.

She always tried to stay positive. When she meets Joe because of the loud music coming from his house, she is intantly attracted to him and scared of him. Still, she finds she wants to get to know him better, and find out why he is so alone.

No matter how many times he pushed her away, she tried to break through his barriers so she could love him. Of course, Joe has to ruin it all so she gives up on him. Then Joe realizes that what he had and just let go of, he will never get again so he tries to get her back. I'm stakin' my claim with you right now and, you force it, I'll do it with him too. He made me swoon and sigh so hard. He was freaking perfect. I loved how alpha and protective he was with Vi.

She was trying to move on with Mike but that didn't end up happening with how persistent Joe was to ger her back. But what totally won me was his interactions with Vi's daughters Kate and Kierra. That was so beautiful to see. And the great thing was that these girls loved him back.

There never resented him or ever thought he was trying to take their father's place. They welcomed him with open arms almost instantly. This was because they thought he was a good man for their mother, and they didn't want her to be alone anymore. Such amazing girls. I also loved that he wanted to show the girls that they deserved great guys who would appreciate them and nothing less. I loved that he was always there for Vi.

I love Joe. Vi suffers another tragedy that had me bawling!! My heart hurt, I couldn't believe it had happened. She had suffered enough. She went out of control and to be honest, I don't blame her. I probably would have reacted the same way. When I thought I couldn't possibly love Joe more, he shows up to offer his support to Vi and her daughters.

I can't tell you how amazing that scene was. It was so weird how I felt so completely heart broken for what happened and yet, be so happy because of how wonderful Joe was. This was one of my favourite scenes in the book. Just because, it was beautiful seeing them altogether like that.

Joe was an exceptional step-dad. I loved Joe. It was really emotional but there was some parts with humor and suspense that really grabbed your attention. The sex was good and didn't overwhelm you. All of the secondary characters were also really great. I really like how Kristen Ashley always provides a support system for the main characters. I am really intrigued by Mike and I can't wait to read his story, as well as Benny's.

I definitely recommend you give this a read, especially if you love alphas because Joe won't disappoint. View all 76 comments.

I burned with heat for this man and he has my heart! Here's my banner for Joe: I love you KA for making such fabulous characters that make me swoon!

Kristen Ashley

I was like this the whole time: And I'm sure Joe looks something like this: Violet had a crappy life, her cop husband was shot dead by a lunatic who wanted her all to herself, but she kept strong. She takes care of her girls and everyone around her. She is simply a heroine that didn't get on my nerves and that in itself was a breath of fresh air!

I loved how she kept calling herself a slut, because let's be honest she was acting like one but hey, who wouldn't be a slut when you're neighbor is thee Joe Callahan!! And that garage scene!

This is KA at its finest. View all 34 comments. View all 57 comments. Dec 05, Baba rated it really liked it. About my rating: Wow, deep breath I know, I know, hold your horses, Baba! This was such an emotional rollercoaster and I got worked up.

A lot. While reading At Peace I felt angry, annoyed, frustrated, extremely sad, yet at the same time I was happy. Happy for Joe, Violet, and her daughters. Brief synopsis Violet Winters is a widow with two teenage daughters. During a cold winter night she has to leave her house to tell her annoying neighbor to turn the music down.

That's when she meets Joe Cal Callahan - her hot-as-shit, bad boy, player, security expert neighbor. Violet's husband was executed by her stalker and even now he is obsessed and can't let her go.

Cal's grandfather's sister married a Giglia and the Giglia's are big time mob. They fight against Hart Violet's stalker. Cal had briefly worked security for Giglia during the last war Giglia had with Hart. And Cal lost his cousin to that war. For that reason Joe has a personal interest to protect Violet and her girls against Hart. What did work for me As always Kristen writes terrific family dynamics, good dialogs, and wonderfully fleshed out main and secondary characters. Her writing is not polished, yet it is always honest, real, and emotional.

At the beginning of the plot Joe seemed a little bit over the top alpha for my liking. He was really harsh and rude. Well, I have to take up the cudgels for Joe, though. As the story unfolds The Lone Wolf became more accessible and kind of more soft. It was a nice change! It was so sweet to see him interact with these two teenagers. He cared deeply for them and he wanted to protect them.

The passion, the hunger, the need between Joe and Vi was palpable. Their chemistry was very good, although there were many ambivalent feelings between these two as well.

As always a better communication would have resolved many problems, then again it suited the taciturn and closed off hero. Basically, I liked Violet. I appreciated the fact that she is a very determined and independent single mother.

Vi loves her girls deeply and she is there for them and gives her best. She deals with her problems and she does it on her own.

Vi really liked Mike but ultimately she chose Joe because she needed him to breathe. Overall I think they fit perfectly. One of the best aspects of At Peace was the part where a very dear person died. Wow, this was so utterly intense and very, very hard to take. Honestly, I was bawling my eyes out because their pain was my pain. The whole process of getting to know that he died and then accepting the anger, the pain, the solace and ultimately attending the funeral was incredibly well written.

Absolutely outstanding! Further, Joe was way too taciturn.

At Peace (The 'Burg, #2) by Kristen Ashley

He should have talked to Violet earlier. And Joe…you should have come clean. Ever heard of how to avoid heartache??? He posed with an ex in front of his house and of course in front of Violet and her girls to push her away.

Joe wanted to save Violet from him. And she did. He even confirmed that he did have sex with his ex to push Vi over the ledge of course he didn't have sex with his ex. After starting her affair with Joe, Violet went out to Feb's bar and met Mike. She started to flirt with Mike and that's where it all started No qualms at all. Both of them were no saints and they made mistakes. Sometimes Vi was just bitching around which was not funny either.

Then again, real life is neither polished nor perfect. Jerk was having a meaningful conversation with Ms. I was fuming, believe me! Jeeeez, I get worked up all over again! Will I ever live this down? Uhm, a bit too contradictory for my liking. Another weird thing.

It kind of fit. Gosh, I had to scratch my head. You've shut yourself up for so long in this fucking house with your tragic memories, you have no idea what's about to walk out your door. We'd have given it everything we had, no matter the time that slid by, graduations, weddings, grand babies, you'd have been a part of us and we'd have given everything we had to keep you so full, you'd be bursting. He'd never forget it, not in his life. That word, the way she said it, seared a path straight through him.

And it kept coming when he ran to her house after the crashing sounds came from it, the Dad pounding on the door. And more of it came when he forced his way in and he saw her, that loss claiming her expression, fresh this time, so difficult to witness he felt it settling on his fucking soul.

And more of it came when she pressed into him, giving him her grief. And more, when Kate beat at him, and more when she collapsed into him under the weight of her sorrow. And more when they all curled into him, one by one. And now, that feeling in the left side of his chest wasn't nagging. It was constant, but it wasn't pain. He felt full. Christ, the way it felt, he was full to bursting. He held onto his tragedy for seventeen fucking years, how could he stand there and tell me he could help me work through mine?

We locked eyes. Then he moved. I turned and ran. I remembered. I remembered every second with him, even the ones when we weren't having sex, and I missed them. God, so much, I had to bury it, covering it with everything I had so it wouldn't break me.

But it all came back, the longing, the hurt, the hunger, everything we were, everything I wanted us to be and it was everything there was. We tore at each other's clothes, yanking them off while we wrestled for supremacy, kissing, licking, biting, touching, scratching. You lock tight to what's yours to remind yourself that it is and that you need it. This shit gonna sink in? Man I talked to today would move heaven and earth to give everything to you.

Joe's hand dropped to Keira's hair and he bent forward. What I knew was this wasn't about Joe and the dog. This was about my sweet, crazy, strong, beautiful daughter losing her Dad and losing her XXXXX and living in a world that was uncertain, being afraid of that world and needing something to hold onto.

They'd been strong a long time, both my girls had. And I was proud of them. But even the strongest person in the world needed something to hold onto. He, too, knew it wasn't about the dog. She yanked her head out of his neck, looked at him and demanded in a fierce tone, "Don't ever go away, Joe. I straightened too, murmuring, "Joe.

I stood there, staring down the hall. Then I turned and stared at our group, seeing Bea and Theresa flat out crying. I had to let go the rest. The rest is too much," he told me. I was a mother and I was a widow.

I knew better than that. I pressed my hand into his chest. I want my girls to have all of you. Joe, honey, please let me bring him home. I looked at the photo. Overall it was a very engaging and certainly worthwhile story. View all 49 comments.

Mar 26, Lady Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Kristen Ashley Fans, contemporary romance, thriller-suspense, Kick-Ass male leads.

Still one of my favorite KA books! Second Read: July 13, LOVE! First Read: The only other book to affect me l Still one of my favorite KA books! The only other book to affect me like this was "The Gamble" also a Kristen Ashley book Go figure? Totally fell in love with them and their characters! Aunt Theresa and Uncle Vinnie were also favs! Oh, ya.. View all 23 comments. Jun 28, Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it it was amazing.

That ending was really freaking spectacular. This book was so much, so many things. The feels. I need a minute. I feel exhausted. I was pulling for Joe so hard. I need to move on to the next! I can't wait to get to Mike and Benny's books. Benny Bianchi especially. I really hope we get some Joe and Vi in there too.

View all 10 comments. At Peace was a fun, exciting read filled with tension, romance, suspense, and one agonizingly sexy alpha-hero. Cal and Violet are neighbors whose friendship takes a little longer to ignite than their passion. The sexy, brooding, tormented Cal has been burned in a past relationship and is emotionally distant and unattainable. Violet has moved into the neighborhood with her two daughters to escape the threat of her husband's killer, who happens to be stalking her.

Cal, being in the line of security, decides to protect Violet and her daughters when they learn that the stalker has found their new location. This begins the turbulent but extremely sexy-sweet journey of Cal and Vi. The characters in this story are so realistically portrayed and hold a familiar connection to one another, however, I was hoping for a bit more distinction between each personality; all too often, I found the characters blending into one.

I really adored watching the relationship between Cal and Violet's daughters blossom. I loved that the emotional connection between Cal and Vi grew slowly and eventually caught up with their initial attraction. I think anyone who has read a KA book pretty much knows what to expect regarding the racy, no holds barred steam factor, and this book certainly makes no exception. While I can appreciate the great attention to detail Kristen Ashley displays in her writing, I feel its intricacies immensly drag out the story.

I also find myself getting a little tripped up on some of the awkwardly structured sentences which took away from an otherwise intriguing plot. That being said, KA does have such a distinctive, recognizable writing style and I can see why there are so many Kristen Ashley addicts out there. Fun read! Book Stats: Slow burn.

Intense and sexy. Alpha, protective hero. Sweet but strong heroine. A steamy, suspenseful love story with a great portrayal of friendship and family.

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