Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Raid by Kristen Ashley


Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she's sweet, cute and quiet.

Too quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town of Willow's local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.

But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she's sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?

This has some BDSM

Our 4 star review

 "Cause all you gotta know is its gonna be you - and only you - until the day I die, because life did not lead me down the wrong path when I fell in love with a girl who had the sun shining in her hair who would eventually not do it for me. You're not just enough for me. You're everything I want. So that works for me."
Kristen Ashley’s Raid is the third in the Unfinished Heroes series, and follows in the footsteps of Knight and Creed. This one also contains an alpha-male who operates just under the radar. Hanna Boudreaux has lived her whole life in Willow, Colorado, a small town where things are the same, routine, boring...maybe? She makes a comfortable living putting up preserves and making high end afghans.  These are not your grandmother’s crocheted ones; these are cashmere and fine wool and things of beauty. Since she was a child she noticed one guy-Raiden Ulysses Miller- “Raid”. Problem was- he never noticed her.  After high school, Raid joined the Marines. Following a devastating incident, he returns to Willow. And once again, fails to notice Hanna. This seems to be the final straw for Hanna, who finally decides to stop being a spectator in her own life. She changes her looks, travels, kicks up her business a few notches to bring in more income that she can spend on a new look, new attitude, new shoes..and guess who notices her?

There is some smokin’ hot chemistry between Hanna and Raid. Raid, like the other males in the Unfinished Heroes series, likes things a little kinky, a little less vanilla.  These two are from two different worlds; his is dangerous and full of secrets. Hers on the surface is uncomplicated and transparent. She has troubles she knows nothing about yet, but their lives intersect and collide. Can Hanna live with Raid utilizing his particular skill set and contacts to earn his lucrative income?

“I thought I could withstand the heat but I can’t. I wanted to go slow. You pushed us to go fast and I didn’t have enough good times stored up, your smiles, your laughter, there wasn’t enough to take the heat.”

Can Raid let his guard down and let Hanna in his heart as well as his bed?

“I don’t know about other men but I’ve played games and, in the end, found out what I’ve won wasn’t worth the trouble of winning.”

The story is told in alternating POV’s and familiar characters from previous Ashley books; Knight, Anya, Creed, Sylvie and even Marcus Sloan make appearances. Though this book could be read as a stand-alone, these cross overs are like old friends coming for Sunday dinner. Things become complicated, former bedmates cause problems and an old nemesis creates mayhem. Raid has just the right amount of grit, angst and steam to keep readers content. Raid Miller will not fail to mesmerize and captivate. He is direct, suffers no fools, forward and coarse enough to command attention and cause all those female bits to tingle with his straight shooting from the hip style of speech. As with all of Ashley’s books, this one does not disappoint.

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