Review: Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley

Mystery Man

Title: Mystery Man
Series: Dream Man, Book 1
Author: Kristen Ashley
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 12th, 2011
Source: Purchased


While drinking cosmopolitans in a fabulous little black dress, Gwendolyn Kidd meets the man of her dreams. Then she takes him home. Then she wakes up alone. But her fear that she lost her dream man turns into a relationship with a mystery man when, night after night in the dead of night, he comes back for more. Hoping it will blossom into something real, she lets him.

But she doesn’t even know his name.

Gwen’s struggling with the decision to end their crazy non-relationship when her sister-from-hell, Ginger’s best friend pays a visit and warns Gwen that if she and her sister don’t get smart, they’ll both get d-e-a-d, dead. Gwen has no clue what’s going on but she’s used to Ginger’s antics and decides to lay the problem on her sister’s biker boyfriend’s doorstep. Bad choice. She catches the eye of the biker hottie president of the Chaos Motorcycle Club, not long after she gets the attention of a Denver police detective who surely is on the cover of the DPD’s Hot Guy calendar and lastly she hits the Denver Underground radar with a big, loud ping.

This means Gwen’s Mystery Man, Cabe “Hawk” Delgado has to step in to keep her safe. But when Hawk gets a dose of Gwen in the daylight, he makes the decision that he finally wants real with Gwen. However when Gwen gets a dose of badass, bossy, straight-talker Hawk in the daylight, she decides she’s done.

Thus begins the head-to-head of the Commando vs. Cosmo Girl as Hawk woos Gwen in his own unique way, Gwen survives firebombs, drive-bys, kidnappings, hot pursuits by biker hotties and gorgeous police detectives and discovers the heartbreaking reason why Hawk kept her at arm’s length.

And as all this happens, Gwen finds that her sister’s troubles are serious trouble and she must decide who to keep alive: her sister-from-hell or the man of her dreams.



For a year and a half Gwen gets visits from a mystery man late at night who gives her mind-blowing sex then disappears, all without knowing his name. Gwen finds out her sister Ginger is in deep trouble and heads to Ride, hoping to find her sisters boyfriend Dog, whilst there she comes to an understanding with the hottie president of Chaos MC, Tack. When she gets home no other than mystery man is there waiting for her, and it’s a shock as its the first time since the night they met she’s seen him in broad daylight. MM aka Hawk warns her to stay away from trouble and let him handle it, not too nicely too. It’s not that easy either and Gwen finds herself in trouble waist deep. In comes Mitch Lawson, the hot detective! Not only has she caught Hawks’ and Tacks’ attention, now Mitch wants in the running too. Can Gwen be kept safe whilst they get to the bottom of it? Or will it end badly for all involved?

Another late night, was up til 4AM again to finish it. I totally couldn’t put it down, this is the first Kristen Ashley book I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last, I love her writing style and look forward to reading more of her work.

I loved the idea of mystery visits from a man who’s nameless, it’s seems very sexy, not that I could do it because I’d totally freak out, but it sounds yummy though. The plot was fun, engaging, packed with action, and lets not forget all the hot-as-hell men. Who wouldn’t love it?

It’s not very often I dislike both the main characters but that is definitely the case with this one. I disliked Hawk as soon as he was introduced, he obviously doesn’t know how to treat a woman right and therefore loses points in my book, he’s a complete asshole with a capital ASS and this only gets confirmed repeatedly as it progressed, an excuse is just that, an excuse. Gwen wasn’t too bad at first but as time went on she just didn’t do anything for me. I hate when the main characters are bitchy, and don’t have a backbone. Yeah, so she argues back a little but when he comes calling she runs to him, over and over, what happened to standing your ground? Grrrr… I think I’d have preferred her to end up with Mitch, he seems well better that that hound, or even Tack, he’s a total badass but can be gentle and understanding too.

Elvira was my favourite character, she’s totally awesome and outspoken, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and can hold her own surrounded by big macho men, you rock girl, lets not forget the Valentino’s either! I’d have died and gone to heaven!

Overall I loved reading ‘Mystery Man’, I just wish there would have been more to the main characters as I couldn’t stand either or them, still a great read though, I can’t wait to read the others in the ‘Dream Man Series’!

4 Rating



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