Review: Deacon (Unfinished Heroes #4) by Kristen Ashley

Thursday, August 18
My rating:

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

****

This is the KA book that stuck with me. I love me some damaged hero, and Deacon is all over that.
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What I loved:
- Cassie is a very driven, independent, open woman, and she's living her dream. Not the way you'd live a dream if you won the lottery, but the way you live your dream by working for it. She works damned hard, all the time, and I loved reading about her. If you read my reviews you know I love a fairly limited number of KA heroines. Heroes - absolutely. Heroines - not such a fan. But Cassie is one of them. I really enjoyed watching her come out of her shell and be open with Deacon about what she wanted sexually - I couldn't have taken him humiliating her for her desires.
- The motel theme. I worked at a motel a long time ago, and damn if I wouldn't have wanted exactly this kind of action back then. FYI my motel didn't have Deacons. We had cat beauty pageant contestants and their mamas, so the bitterness is still strong in me.
- Deacon was nothing like what I expected. Sure, he was broken, had some horrific backstory, spoke 2-3 syllables at a time, and did bad shit for a living, but he had a twist. And surprisingly, it was a hot twist! I've never been big on submissive men, but Deacon is a switch. I didn't even know a switch was a thing, but fuck me if it wasn't the hottest damned thing I'd read in a long time. Deacon is just. Ah. The cream.
- In usual KA fashion we get a visit from The Creeds (loved that story), Knight & Anya (liked that one), Raid & Hanna (read it but don't remember much.)
- It has puppies! Books with puppies get an extra star... unless said puppies don't get a HEA. These puppies do.

What I didn’t love:
- I'm always going to wish KA heroes could speak in full sentences and use pronouns on a regular basis.

Overall…
No idea why I haven't reviewed this one sooner - Deacon is a staple on my re-read shelf, and I can quote things from this book that I should really be ashamed of. Love it like a chocolate fish xx

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