Like many, I am a HUGE Kristen Ashley fan. When her books go up on pre-order, I. Am. There. Kaleidoscope was no different. As soon as I saw it was available for pre-order I nabbed it. And yet this is the first time I’ve read it. I have had Kaleidoscope on my Kindle for over 18 months and I am both annoyed and glad that this is the first time I’ve read it. Annoyed that I owned this book for as long as I did without reading it. Yet glad that I got to savor a trip back to the Colorado Mountains and spend time with a slew of characters I adore.
While Ashley’s books tend to follow a similar formula – seriously hot alpha man meets or reconnects with feisty/sassy woman, they get close, hot sex ensues, something comes between them or causes major friction, I bawl my eyes out, they work it out, more hot sex, MAJOR DRAMA, even hotter sex, and a seriously happy ending leaves me with a major book hangover and wanting to reread every other book in whatever Ashley series I am reading and then some – I never feel like it’s a regurgitation of her work or that I’ve read the book before. Ashley is what I consider a journey writer and as I am all about the journey, watching Deck and Emme make it from their reconnecting to their happy ending in Kaleidoscope was fabulous!
No matter how many times I’ve encountered a man in prior books, the hero is always a mystery until we get his book and Deck is no different. He is the typical, atypical Ashley alpha male and I loved watching his reaction to the Emme of now as he finds that the sweet loving girl he knew nine years ago is the same lovable Emme but in a knockout package he never suspected existed and he does NOT like her boyfriend. LOL! Deck wastes no time in making his move because not only does he want this woman back in his life, he wants the trouble he has learned that is her boyfriend out of it. And because Emme really is all that, watching them reconnect was heartwarming even as my heart got ripped out when her past reared its head. But Ashley always tempers the heartbreak with laughter and the banter between Deck and Emme delivers throughout; Emme discovering the importance of a girl posse made for fun times too. As I have read almost every book that Ashley has written, I do not consider it a spoiler to reveal that Emme and Deck get together because the author always gives her readers a happy ending. But I will say that the MAJOR DRAMA that occurs towards the end of the book REALLY freaked me out because I couldn’t begin to imagine how Emme would cope in the aftermath. My hat’s off to you Ashely because you shocked me with that twist. I thoroughly enjoyed Kaleidoscope and, as expected, want to reread the entire Colorado Mountain series. While it was an absolute delight to read, Kaleidoscope didn’t manage to usurp Lady Luck as my favorite Ashley book (which I am now dying to reread).