Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain, #6) by Kristen Ashley
Arc received by author in exchange for
an honest review
Kaleidoscope is the sixth installment in the Colorado
Mountain Series. It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Kristen Ashley, her
descriptive writing style, her supremely sexy Alpha-males, strong heroines and
attention grabbing story lines. This author never ceases to deliver
heartwarming yet highly sensual romances that tap directly into my emotions. In
reading Kaleidoscope, I am once again lured into the magical towns of Gnaw Bone
and Chantelle, visiting some old friends, falling for the gifted and drop
dead gorgeous PI Jacob “Deck” Decker, as I step into the lives and love story of Deck and Emme.
When first introduced
to Deck in Breathe, (Chace and Faye’s romance), I was immediately intrigued by
his character.There was an air of
mystery surrounding him and I found myself wanting to learn more about Chace
Keaton’s loyal best friend. There were references to a great heartache in his
past and difficulties moving on. My spidey senses knew it would take an
incredible woman to help heal Deck’s broken spirit.
Deck and Emmanuelle “Emme” Holmes are estranged
friends. It’s been nine long years since he’d laid eyes on Emme’s
adorable dimple, and a chance encounter made Deck realize
just how much he truly missed her. After his woman Elsbeth broke his heart, Deck cut all ties associated with the relationship. One of the casualties was Emme, Elsbeth’s best
friend. Regardless of how hard Emme tried, Deck’s friendship was lost and
his absence severely hurt her. But, before he vanished,
Emme gave Deck a special gift. A kaleidoscope – a reminder that beauty will
always be within his reach. Deck treasures Emme’s gift, as it bears great
meaning in his life.
You think you lost beauty,
Jacob, but you didn’t. That dimple. That fucking dimple. This time coming out
under sad eyes before she’d whispered, Just turn the dial.
Emme, is a lonely girly who has isolated herself from
others, with good reason. Her character is sweet, gentle, and yet
obstinate. I couldn’t help but feel sad when learning about her past and
the reasons that cause Emme to build such high emotional walls. It will take an extraordinary man like Deck to break through.
Deck’s adorably sexy. He is a strong and powerful man, yet
tender and kind. And yes, his dirty-mouth pillow talk was quite
arousing. I loved his resolve on breaking through to Emme and helping her
moved past her fears. He is with out a doubt in love with her and will
fight all obstacles in order to build a future with his woman. In one
word, Deck is beautiful.
The Kaleidoscope is a symbol of change and beauty. It’s made
from shattered and broken pieces of glass, connected together to form a new
work of art. It’s true beauty is revealed when the sun radiates it’s
light. The symbolism of the kaleidoscope does have an underlying meaning in
this story for me. In a way, it is representative of Emme’s life. Past
experiences shattered Emme. It is Deck’s fortitude and love that solidifies the
scattered fragments of Emme together. He’s also the light that shines and
brings beauty into her world. It also holds great meaning for Deck as well.
For him, it represented a way of always keeping Emme close to his heart.
This story, like all others in the series, is steamy.
Deck is incredibly sensual and I fell in love with him immediately.
Without revealing any spoilers, I will say there are a few plot twists, but the
drama and tension levels are not as high as in the prior installments. It
is a true “friends turn lovers” story, focused on Emme and Deck, their families
and their relationship. I adored this couple and the way their connection
flourished into love, how they dealt with their obstacles and the passion they
shared.It was also a treat seeing
characters from the earlier series woven into the storyline. Kaleidoscope
was a very well told and exceptionally written tale. It has become one of my
favorite reads, which I highly recommend.
And now… Anticipation is making me wait for further
“rocky road to second chances” love stories involving the characters Deke
Hightower and Coal "Wood" Blackwood.