Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Tour Review: DEACON by Kristen Ashley

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 23, 2014


Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.



Have you ever read a book that when you're done reading it you couldn't stop smiling? A book that filled your heart with so much glee that it melted it completely? A book so amazing that you just couldn't stop thinking about it? A book so marvelous that you just wanted to re-read it again and again to experience everything just one more time? Well, Deacon was exactly that kind book for me!! A book that not only gave me one of the most beautiful, passionate, gripping, and unique heartfelt love stories I've ever read but a book that gave me a story that I'll never forget and forever love.

“Are you gonna let me make you happy?”

This is a story about healing love and mending a dark-broken heart. Because when there's just darkness around, only the light of woman's true love can bring back hope and and life into a man's broken heart. This is Deacon and Cassidy's story. . .

Deacon is an enigma and a total mass of intensity from the beginning of this story. He's emotionless, cold, and so unattached to anything and everything. He's present, alert, and breathing but not living and that's been his life for many years. But one time he goes back to some cabins in Colorado Mountains and meets the new owner, a sweet young lady that stirs something in him.

Cassidy Swallow feels him the instant they meet eyes. She feels everything that is him and even though he scares the hell out of her, she feels such a strong pull towards him that she just can't understand.

“His eyes focused on me in that intense way would make me a babbling idiot in fear for the safety of my…something.”

Things still don't change between them after that first meeting though. Deacon keeps coming back to the cabins but leaves every time again. That was something Cassidy got used to and could expect since he did it for six years but with every visit she longed for him and always wondered, what if?

“He always took off. 
He came. 
He left. 
And we never changed.”

But then something happens that breaks all emotions loose. A moment where Deacon and Cassidy can't deny anymore the huge pull they've been feeling for each other for so long so they take the a risk. A risk that brings Cassidy immense passion, hope, and so much more including a lot of uncertainty when it comes to Deacon and his dark world. . .

“The danger he might bring did not scare me. 
The idea of losing him, though… 
I had no idea why, but that petrified me.”

Omg, the anticipation in this book was exhilarating!! I had no idea how or when things were going to unfold and so when they did it was all unexpected and brilliant. Then the story got even more emotionally intense for me as Cassidy and Deacon's connection became more consuming and scorchingly hot. I adored that connection they shared because it was built around beautiful and selfless trust and I could feel it all in my heart.

“You have to take a leap of faith with this, believe in what you felt when you made your choice, that bein’ believin’ in me.”

Deacon, oh Deacon... This man killed me slowly with every chapter! His intensity and his badass personality were absolutely irresistible. He's no damn prince charming, he's a badass all the way. When he talks he's direct, sometimes rude but always honest and to the point. Every time he spoke he made it sound both profound and badass all at the same time making his character so unique and so KA's which I loved so much. But with his toughness came also the sweetness only Deacon could bring. A sweetness that melted both mine and Cassidy's hearts because his words were raw with meaning and so very touching. It's Cassidy that slowly peels some of the cold exterior away and brings out that sweetness out of him which in return takes her closer and closer to the truth behind his broken story.

“I allowed myself to feel the fullness of that sweetness, that affection, that beauty he was giving to me because I knew down to my bones he didn’t give it elsewhere. I knew down to my bones he didn’t have it in him to give it unless it meant something.”

I loved Cassidy! I don't know how KA does it but in addition of creating incredible alpha heroes she also creates the most perfect heroines for them. Cassidy was exactly that, the perfect lady for Deacon in every way. She brought light into his world, she made him want to live again, and the way she did it was by just being herself and believing in him. This goes back to their beautiful connection and how perfectly they understood each other. Not many words were needed and trust was all that mattered between them and that was truly mesmerizing to me.

“Fuck, my Cassie.” 
“That’s me. Your Cassie. And you’re my Deacon.”

This book was yet another masterpiece by Kristen Ashley. One that I loved so so much because it was beyond outstanding in every way for me. Again, the anticipation and ambiguity here gave me chills and kept me hooked from the first chapter so I could not put this book down. Then the passion throughout the whole book was delicious and impeccable. I'm a big fan of sex in my romance books but with beautiful emotions and true meaning and this book gave me that and so much more. Finally, the story overall was just endearing and touching to the heart, and it made me crazy in love with the characters and the way they fall for each other. It was just a precious and unforgettable love story for me and one of my very favorite ones now.♥

“Love is trust, Cassie, you taught me that.”

Of course, a total must, must, must read from me! Deacon can totally be read as a standalone just be aware that characters are a little interconnected in this series. Furthermore, characters from other KA's series are also a little bit interconnected here too but nothing that will give you major spoilers so no worries. If you're a big KA fan like me I totally encourage to read this book asap, you'll totally love it! If you're new to this wonder woman of a writer, then I also encourage you to give Deacon a chance and then look for more of KA's books because they're like potato chips ladies, you can't never have only one as you become addictive! ;)

Connect with Kristen Ashley on:
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#1 - Knight : Amazon US * Amazon UK
#2 - Creed: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#3 - Raid: Amazon US * Amazon UK
#4 - Deacon: Amazon US * Amazon UK

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