Series: Dream Man #1
Author: Kristen Ashley
Pages: 485 (Mass Market Paperback)
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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....
Mystery Man was strange. It all starts off with Gwen being visited and ravished by a sexy man, and then he disappears. Apparently this has been happening for over a year and she doesn’t know his name or how he gets into her house unheard and unseen. It’s freaking creepy. Then she learns that her sister owes a motorcycle club over two million dollars and is in a heap of other trouble. This puts her life in danger, and who comes to her rescue? Of course, that would be the same handsome stranger who she’s only seen in the middle of the night in her bedroom.
I honestly could not get into this idea of a “mystery man” consistently entering Gwen’s house, having sex with her, and disappearing. I just couldn’t do it. Even when she gives us the whole story about how she met him, I was still disturbed by this set up. It also didn’t help that I simply didn’t like Hawk. Gwen has some issues with him at first as well, but she still finds him incredibly sexy. He’s a bully. And he BREAKS INTO HER HOUSE. And he has her investigated and watched and is generally invasive. But it’s part of his job, so it’s suppose to be okay. Except he didn’t do all of that for his job, so it’s stalking. Oh, and there’s one scene where she is physically trying to fight him off, but he has sex with her anyway. How about no.
As for the plot, Mystery Man drags on for way too long. Gwen is under protection once whoever is after her sister comes after her. She’s kidnapped a few times, and is rescued within three pages. So why is this book nearly 500 pages?! All of the action comes in bursts, and then there’s a million pages of people just sitting around talking and eating. There’s not even good, lengthy food descriptions. Same goes for the sex. We basically get the trailer version of every single sex scene. Yawn. So again, why is this 500 pages?! There’s even a 4 month time jump after they find Gwen’s sister! Why?!
I just can’t even with Mystery Man. It’s super long for a Romantic Suspense, especially since there’s so much filler. The hero was irritating as heck. In fact, even from the first chapter, I was hoping Gwen would hook up with Tack. He’s not exactly an angel, but he treated her a heck of a lot better than Hawk did. So does Lawson, the cop who responded to a break in at her home in the beginning. Basically, I wanted her to end up with anyone but the hero!