Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley

While discussing Kaleidoscope with my buddy K, I described it as a lazy Sunday kinda read. You know how you feel on a Sunday afternoon? Calm, relaxed, and a little bit sleepy. That about sums this one up. Not so much in a negative way, but a nice read without the over the top drama. It’s a nice change of pace.

The funny back-and-forth these two had at times was laugh out loud. Debating the name of her truck and her misguided attempts to prioritize her home renovations was hilarious and sweet.

Since I am a die-hard KA fan, I tend to review compared on all her books. So after the last few books released I did notice a few things I feel a KA fan might want to know. The “ya feel me’s” where taken down a notch. We still get the over long monologue from the alpha and I did skim read a bit during these. We are smart women after all, we get it.  The longer epilogue was there (yay) and Kaleidoscope did seem a bit longer. Double yay!

All in all it, was a good read. My only negatives were that I wish I could describe it as a Saturday night read. Hot, thrilling and exciting like a good Saturday night should be. There was no drama of the boy getting the girl; they both knew it from page one. The ex didn’t offer any issues really. He was weak and didn’t offer a challenge or give much of a fight. Also I found the overall case Decker was working on lack luster. When we find out what the crime ring was about I didn’t find it worth the reaction of the teen in the beginning. (yes, being a bit vague so as not to spoil it)

Emma’s story was touching and at times I really felt a loss of who she could have been. I am happy she finally got the therapy she so desperately needed from the get go. Oh and the ex best friend? I wouldn’t have given her the time of day. No matter what Deck had to say on the subject. Men can be so daft.

All in all 3.75 stars but I’ll round up to 4

*Given via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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 .

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