Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain Series #6)

Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain Series #6)

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by Kristen Ashley
     
 

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"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!" --- Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but

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"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!" --- Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author

When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her?

It isn't easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she's a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme's always been the one; she excites Deck's body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme's past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she'll let him . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/27/2014
Ashley returns to Gnaw Bone, Colo., in this solid sixth installment of her Colorado Mountain series (after Jagged). Jacob “Deck” Decker hasn’t seen Emme Holmes in the nine years since he broke up with her best friend. When they meet again in Gnaw Bone, he’s amazed to see her in stylish clothes and highlighted hair that amplify the understated beauty he admired all those years ago. Emme is now living in Gnaw Bone and has a new boyfriend, Dane McFarland—and Deck soon learns some disturbing truths about Dane. As Deck and Emme grow closer, their relationship is threatened by the ghosts of Emme’s past. But Deck believes that Emme is the only woman for him and refuses to give up on their relationship despite the roadblocks she puts in his way. The scintillating sex scenes are plentiful and graphic. Deck is portrayed as a very macho take-charge male, but his desire to care for and protect Emme makes him a winning protagonist who is evenly matched with Emme and her independent but sweet personality. Agent: Emily Kim, Prospect Agency. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Ashley delivers a deeply emotional second installment of the Chaos contemporary romance series (after Own the Wind)... Punctuated by blistering-hot sex scenes and fascinating glimpses into the tough world of motorcycle clubs, this romance also delivers true heart and emotion, and a story that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Fire Inside"

I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author"

Kristen Ashley's books are addicting!"—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author"

[Kristen] Ashley captivates."—Publishers Weekly"

There is something about them [Ashley's books] that I find crackalicious."—Kati Brown, Dear Author"

I felt all of the rushes, the adrenaline surges, the anger spikes... my heart pumping in fury. My eyes tearing up when her my heart (I mean... her heart) would break." (On Motorcycle Man)—Maryse's Book blog on Motorcycle Man

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455599158
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Colorado Mountain Series , #6
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
11,067
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

You can learn more at:
KristenAshley.net
Twitter @KristenAshley68
Facebook.com/kristenashleybooks

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Kaleidoscope 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
damlindabks More than 1 year ago
While this book is significantly better than the previous book in the series (Jagged), it is still far from the awesomeness of the first four (The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, Lady Luck - one of her very best -and Breathe).  These characters were more interesting, evoking an emotional response, and the suspense was there, although on the mild side, it still lacked the total involvement in the characters and plot from the very first paragraphs that was so clear in the first four books.  Those books, and other series she has written, are what make me love Kristen Ashley.  Her work, since she has hooked up with a publisher and let them "guide" her, has been sadly lacking.  I hope she truly gets her own voice back soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really look forward to KA's books because I love her ability to engage the reader from the beginning. Her descriptions have a way of bringing the characters and situations to life in a manner that seems effortless. However, this is exactly what her last two novels have been lacking. Jacob Decker could have been the most interesting of all her "alpha-males" but instead comes off as less than anticipated and confusing. His sudden supposed change of heart regarding (the previously unknown to the reader) Emme seems forced and falls flat. I don't know what has changed other than KA's writing style but I'll continue to hold out hope that we'll eventually see a return to what made her novels my favorites.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
My Rating: Five stars! Release Date: February 4, 2014 Genre: Romantic Suspense ABOUT THE BOOK: Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her? It isn't easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she's a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme's always been the one; she excites Deck's body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme's past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she'll let him . . . MY REVIEW: This was an interesting twist into the world that is Ms. Ashley’s series. I have to admit, I’m just catching up with all the past stories, so some of the characters I got a bit confused with. But overall, I love how she’s made all of her series link up. It’s fantastic to see, and it’s a great way to catch up with past character’s we’ve all fell in love with. So coming off of the Dream Man series and walking into the Colorado series, I was thrust into a different world, but with very similar traits among men—all of which are so damn lovable it isn’t even funny. The drama and action behind this one keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for when that other shoe is going to drop. I loved to see a lot more of the insight into what drove the characters with this story, and although there were times I wanted to strangle Emme, Ms. Ashley came through with her trademark epilogue and brought everything back to a fit in a pretty (not to rain on Deck’s parade) circle. It was a fabulous story that as with Ms. Ashley, manages to grip you and refuses to let go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the very first time I was dissapointed. I did not like the story line and felt like the book was trown together. I was expecting more for Decks story. This is one will not reread. And I reread a lot Kristen Ashley books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was all set to love this book since I've enjoyed the series, but from page one it was hard to get into. I liked the characters overall and some of the story elements were really well thought out, but overall it was disappointing. The story had odd pacing and the ending was flat. The epilogue was way too long and too much telling rather than showing. Still, if you're a fan it's worth picking up, but probably the weakest of the series.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ Last time Jacob "Deck" Decker, saw Emmanuelle Holmes, she had come to his door after he had been given the heave-ho by her best friend and what he thought at the time was the love of his life. The only thing he recognized about her now was her voice and her dimples, the rest of her had gone through a dramatic change. But boy was it good to see her. The two of them had had a great connection back then, a friendship that was swept up in the aftermath of his breakup with her best friend. But with the knowledge that Emme apparently was living in Gnaw Bone, where he would be working for the next foreseeable future on a case, he planned to rectify that. Bumping into Deck brought home how much Emme had missed him over the years. She tried not to think about how much she lost when she lost her friendship with him, but now that she found him again, she wasn't going to let the opportunity slip away. After the year or so she has had struggling, she was ready to bring some positives back in her life, and she couldn't wait to catch up with Deck.  But Deck seems determined to not only pick up where they left off before, he intends to take it to a whole new level. Seeing Emme has clarified some things for him he should have seen years ago. She has always been the right one for him, challenging him intellectually and enticing him physically. But although Emme has always harboured more than just 'friendly' feelings for Deck, the future he is looking for is difficult to imagine when the ghosts of your past still haunt you.... ***** It has taken me weeks to write this review.... Normally I am jumping up and down after reading a KA book, not able to purge the words and thoughts fast enough. This time. No jumping involved....I loved the book, don't get me wrong.....but my reaction was less adrenaline-infused. I have had a 'thing' for Deck, since we first were introduced to him, found him to be deep and mysterious and utterly intriguing, but with his rather obscure profession, I thought for sure his story would be more suspenseful. The fact that it deviated not only from the character I had seen built up in earlier encounters with him, but also from my expectations from a KA book, threw me for a bit of a loop.  Oh, as an alpha male Deck worked well, real well. I liked this rather mellow person, who could turn fierce on a dime when those he cared for were threatened in any way. And I particularly loved his focus and patience with Emme, the way he interacted with her and built a strong bond, even before they reconnected after nine years of separation. But what didn't sit well with me, is the sudden realization of what he has in Emme, or rather what he lost in her nine years ago. Brought about by the jolt of her altered appearance. Out of the blue Deck has this wake-up call, that she should have been his all along, but for nine long years he couldn't be bothered to waste a minute finding out where or how she was. It's a hard sell for me to buy that it has nothing to do with the way she looks now versus the way she looked then.  Emme seems a pretty simple and straightforward kinda gal, but is anything but. She has some deep-rooted issues that may give the appearance of being involved, but she never quite trusts herself to become invested. She had been in love with Deck since he had been head over heels for her friend, and still was able to maintain a great friendship with him. That is the way Emme functioned, she could push things she didn't want to deal with so far down, they wouldn't see the light of day. That is, until some particularly dark memories would bubble to the surface and completely blindside her. Never properly processed or dealt with, they can wreak havoc on the psyche and cause all kinds of damage.  I enjoyed this book, even though it may have been a bit of a change of pace from what we have become accustomed to with a Kristen Ashley book, it had a deeper exploration of an emotional nature and frankly, less action. Enough Alpha behaviour from Deck to make my knees rubbery, and that's always good, and Emme had enough bite on her to create some decent friction to keep all types of sparks flying. No nail-biting, last minute rescues in this one, but an overall satisfying knowledge where the years are going to lead. ¿A deliciously steamy, spirited and honest interaction!¿ **ARC provided by NetGalley and Forever in return for an honest review.**
Anonymous 28 days ago
Loved Jacob and Emme
Anonymous 11 months ago
Cannot understand some of the bad reviews, but everyone has an opinion, I guess ? Glad to finally read Deck's story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love every book by Kristen Ashley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous series. Loved it
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was so fantastic. Loved it! Jacob and Emme's story was beautiful. It was well developed, full of emotion, hope, and so much love. I couldn't read it fast enough! I feel like a broken record when it comes to the Colorado Mountain series but I honestly can't say enough good things. This story was well developed and had a great pace. I absorbed all the details and couldn't get enough. I thought it had excellent character development. Jacob and Emme were well crafted and I enjoyed them reconnecting immensely. There was so much emotion happening with Emme's story, it was heart wrenching and had me chocking up. She could be complicated but there was a serious reason why. I truly loved her opening up and healing from things that happened in her past. Accepting and moving on, it was awesome! I love how sweet Jacob was and how he was there for her. Loved their bickering and playfulness. Jacob was just so strong and understanding... definitely a new book boyfriend. This was an amazing friends to lovers reconnecting story. And just to add, super schmexy and passionate. They had really hot chemistry together! I really enjoyed all the little plot lines that were integrated throughout and how everything played out. Somehow it feels like piecing together a really great puzzle and when everything connects, it's pretty perfect. Loved it all from beginning to end. Great writing, details, story, and characters. Nice amount of sexy and drama. Fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My DeviantArt is thelifeofacountrygirl <p> My request: <br> Please no anime. (Not really a big fan.) <br> Looks: A girl with golden brown hair, down to the middle of her back with short layers. Her eyes are hazel and she has long eyelashes. Her nose is small and cute. (I guess. XD) She has smaller, full lips and a small mole under her nose. She has super duper light freckles on her nose and only her nose. She is short, 5'3" and skinny. <p> Clothing: She wears a black cowboy hat. (A real one.) Her shirt is a blue plaid button-up, tucked into her pants. (Loosely.) She wears a brown belt with a barrel racing buckle. Her pants are a darker color, boot-cut. Her pants also go over a pair of brown square-toe cowboy boots. (Real boots.) <p> I'd love if you could maybe even have her hold a roping rope, aka lasso to make it easier. You don't have to, but l'd love if you could. I'd also like if you could do all of her. If it's not too hard. <p> Thank you, Seqyn-y. :D
Lindz50 More than 1 year ago
OV_Hemi_Girl More than 1 year ago
KA books are almost all tied in together by a neat and perfect bow. All of the characters from most series, appear in other's stories. I love that KA can take us in and out of the lives of these fabulous characters and keep the stories flowing. As with real life, everyone has their own unique stories, some greater than others and some dramas greater, too; but just that: THEIR stories. Another reason I eagerly await each new book and re-read in the interim.
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
PI Jacob Decker is tall, gorgeous, and everything Emmanuelle Holmes thought she wanted. The only thing holding her back, Jacob Decker belonged to her best friend. That was years ago, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought Decker to Gnaw Bone and Emmanuelle, the path is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore things. It's everything Emme has wanted yet she is deliberately sabotaging it. It isn't easy to catch Deck off guard, but when he runs into Emme after nine years apart he barely recognizes her. She is wanting to rekindle their friendship, but Deck is thinking about more than friendship. Only thing between them now is that shadow in Emme's eye and what happened in her childhood that she never talks about. LOVED IT! I absolutely loved this book, I couldn't put it down. Of course that's how it is with almost every KA book I get my hands on :). I love this friends to lovers story and the emotions that come along with it. There isn't as much guns blazing kind of drama but a more emotional one than the rest. Emme has so much to over come I don't think the relationship would have lasted if it was as dramatic as the others. I still loved it all the same...:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this #6 book in the Colorado Mountain series was only 286 pages long instead of KA's usual 400 some page books. It was still a very good story. The story kept me interested from the very first page to the last page. VERY GOOD STORY. But I think also that this one was cut short snd rushed, most all her other books had more interaction with the rest of the people in the towns. And more involvement in the story line. Example going to pick out their puppy--one chapter they were going that evening after work than next chapter they were already home with the puppy--no detsils...the second half of the story just seemed rushed. Still I enjoyed it. It was well worth reading...A keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MW5 More than 1 year ago
I was enjoying the story, but the arbitrary use of swearing is so inappropriate and takes away from the story. I have read about 80 pages, and will not finish this book, which is something I never do.
AuntPol More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author. Had they not included a chapter from a previous book, I doubt I would have read another. There are just so many things wrong with these characters that I don't know where to begin. How does a woman who runs a lumber yard (one assumes employing many men and women) lack the capacity to dump her boyfriend or keep the new studmuffin in his place in their new relationship. Should women truly allow themselves to be managed by sex (no matter how amazing it is) without regard for their intentions,plans or nonsexual desires? This feels like a bargain 50 Shades of Colorado. Sex almost immediately and page after page dominating the storyline and heroine. There is a place for this sort of fiction, but even most books of this sort build attraction, seduction and motivation. The hero in this book having learned 1 lesson in his life, knows all there is to know about what is best for the heroine. Seriously? We are to believe that since he is a genius, this makes him fit to train and manage the heroine's world.... the heroine he has not seen in 9 years who looks vastly different. There should have been balance to this uber-alpha dog business or the woman is a drab dormat, incapable of organizing her own life. The background mystery and villain are weak to the point of distraction. There were several missed opportunities. It seems as if the author set out to write one sort of book and ended with a poorly edited book of a totally different genre. On the plus side, I did like the kalaidiscope as literary device. There was real potential in Emme as a person recovering from a terrible childhood trauma. I do wonder why her wealthy parents failed to find her adequate counseling and therapy immediately after she was found. The chapter of The Gamble that I found at the end of the book looked promising. If I buy it, I hope I won't regret it.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: KALEIDOSCOPE by Kristen Ashley PAPERBACK RELEASE: December 16, 2014 EBOOK RELEASE: February 4, 2014 Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars Loved it! I adore everything Kristen Ashley writes, but Kaleidoscope blew me away. It&rsquo;s a beautiful love story about two people meant to be together reconnecting. I couldn&rsquo;t put it down. Kaleidoscope has great characters, a great plot, and includes plenty of action, and lots of steamy romance. Kristen Ashley describes her characters and delivers their stories in a way that really makes readers feel like they know the characters and along for the ride. This is the sixth book in the The Colorado Mountain Series, but each book can be read as a stand alone. I love the entire series though and highly recommend you read them all. You can&rsquo;t go wrong with any of Kristen Ashley&rsquo;s books. When I&rsquo;m in a book funk, which is what I call that depressed feeling readers get after reading a bad or boring book, I pick up a Kristen Ashley book and get swept into one of her stories. This is one of my favorites. *Review copy provided by Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.
eyesopenwide More than 1 year ago
This last book in Kristen Ashley's Mountain Man series is a good news, bad news kind of thing. The good news is that she continues wonderful story telling in a "can't put down" book. The bad news is that this is the last book in the Mountain Man series. As with the other books in this series, it is suspenseful, loving, full of wonderful characters who come to life in the story. It is about love that was deemed impossible, people trying to maneuver others' lives, and a happy ever after after a lot of trials and terror. Do not miss Kaleidoscope, and all the other books in this Mountain Man series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really like the story lines of most of KA books but some have too much descrptive details about the surroundings instead of the people (personality)... this is one. There is little background into the previous relationship & Emmes kidnapping that leave you with too many questions. You do a disservice to the characters not allowing us to get to know them. That being said, I wanted to know what happened to Deck, so thanks.... I guess. Noticed some typos (in several books of KA) they become a distraction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should have rated this one star; however, the plot was good enough to make me want to skim past the God awful porn sex (which seemed to happen almost every other page) and Tate's borderline masochistic personality disorder in order to find out who was doing the killing. Loved the first book in the series....disliked this one so much I had to write my first review. Seriously, if a guy talked and treated me like Tate treated "Ace", I would run away quickly, biker code or no biker code. I cannot believe so many liked this book and I most certainly would recommend saving your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually love this author's books but this one was a disappointment. Save your monry.