Friday, June 5, 2015

For You by Kristen Ashley- An Audiobook Review


Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town. 

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together. 

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe. 

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

My Review

For You (The 'Burg, #1)For You by Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Liz Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

February Owens and Lieutenant Alexander Colton have a history. A long and complicated history. February left town in her early twenties and stayed away for fifteen years. She returns to her home town to run her family's bar with her brother. While there is plenty of tension, too much time and life has passed for February and Colt to get back together. Then people start dying in gruesome ways. Soon messages start coming in making it clear to February that someone is doing this all for her. The Feds are brought in and everything that unravels is not only bringing a lot of real danger to Feb and others in her life, but is also causing a lot of long buried secrets out into the light.

I was already a fan of Kristen Ashley when I started this. I was expecting to like it, but I ended up loving it! The book hooked me hard and fast and I stayed completely engaged all the way through. Feb and Colt are both very easy characters to like and attach to quickly. It is easy to feel right along with them even though there are things as the reader that we don't know. There are the mystery elements of the story, which everyone is trying to figure out, then there are the elements of Feb and Colt's past that we are aware of, but don't have the specifics. The suspense and excitement that goes along with the crimes being committed, and the drama and all that goes with Feb and Colt being put in a position where they are dealing with major life and relationship issues make for a very engaging story. In addition, the physical chemistry between the Feb and Colt is off the charts hot. Their strong attraction to one another in addition to their intense emotional bond makes for an intense emotional roller coaster as they go through the many challenges thrown in their path.

One of the things I like about Kristen Ashley's books is that she does a great job of developing not just the main characters, but many of their friends, family, and people in the town. By the end of the book I feel like a member of the town and I have an investment in many of the characters. i don't want to give away any more plot details, because one of the best things about this book is all the discoveries and revelations throughout. I enjoyed this book a lot and can't wait to continue with this series!

Regarding the narration: I believe that the perfect narrator was selected for this book. To me- she WAS February Owens, and I really think that my experience of this book was enhanced by the feeling that I was listening directly to the character speak. At no point was I taken out of the story or aware of the narrator as a person who was separate from the story (which has happened to me with some other audiobooks). I think that because of the wonderfully cast narrator, the experience of listening to this book as opposed to reading it might be preferable.

*An copy of this audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review

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