Release Blitz: Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain #6) by Kristen Ashley: When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.

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 . . .

TeriLyn's thoughts: So I'm in love with Jacob Decker. Felt it in Breathe. Knew it in Kaleidoscope. This is up there with Sweet Dreams and Lady Luck for me. The story is classic Kristen Ashley but this has an added element I haven’t seen from her. These two were friends, soul deep friends, before they were together and I adored that aspect of their relationship. I love a story where two friends become lovers. The shift in that type of relationship while maintaining the friendship is beautiful. The writing is classic Kristen Ashley; conversational and descriptive. Deck and Emme had alternating POV’s which made it awesome. I loved being able to get inside Deck’s head. The plot is psychological from Emme’s point of view and her back story is unique. Their story is fluid and interesting. Kaleidoscope is another perfect example of how Kristen Ashley absorbs you into her worlds making it really hard to let it go when it’s over. Deck and Emme are characters you become addicted to and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading their story.

Emmanuelle Holmes is a great female lead. She’s a tragic Cinderella story. Her friendship with Deck means a lot to her, he means a lot to her. Emme treasured their friendship enough to let it go when she knew he needed it. When she sees him again, at the beginning of their story, it’s like a breath of fresh air for her and thanks to Ms. Ashley’s superb writing you feel that even through Deck’s POV. Emme is compassionate, smart, funny, honest, and beautiful all rolled into one deeply damaged package. On the outside Emme is solid. However, Deck brings out repressed feelings that Emme has buried for a long time. Her physical transformation is astounding to everyone who knew her back when; her psychological transformation unfolds and breaks your heart in Kaleidoscope. And seriously, with a name as kick ass as Emmanuelle you know she’s going to be something special.

Jacob Decker is one of my favorite Kristen Ashley men. Those are big shoes to fill. I felt a lot about Deck in Breathe. We got a great sense of his character in Chace and Faye’s story so I knew his story would be nothing short of awesome and I’m glad I had that instinct. He’s funny, brilliant, bad ass, protective, and loyal. Deck’s compassion for those he loves is amazing. His flirting and banter is first class. I would love nothing more than to verbally spar with Deck. He, too, treasures his friendship with Emmanuelle. He was young and blinded when he knew her previously so he couldn’t see just how deep their connection was. When he realizes this presently, he is determined to stop at nothing to make her realize it too. I don’t want to spoil what the significance of Kaleidoscope is in the story. It’s a crucial part to their story. However, I feel it’s important to note that it is crucial as in a melt your heart, earth shifting on its axis, what epic love stories are made of, type of crucial. Just. Plain. Awesome.

Kristen Ashley did it again. She always does it. I am addicted to her stories. Not only for the bad ass alpha men, but for the bas ass, inspiring women too. I love that she writes strong women. Even if their broken, their strength is unrivaled. Her sense of family and how important it is always gets me. Not just the importance of actual family, but that of incredible friendships. The Colorado Mountain men and women are group of people that you want to spend time with and have them have your back. My only complaint is that this seemed shorter than the other stories and I wish there was a bit more to the epilogue. But it’s certainly not anything that would lover my opinion of Deck and Emme’s story; because Kaleidoscope is brilliantly bright. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have read it. It’s one I’ll re-read again and won’t ever forget.

About the author:
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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