Audio Review: For You by Kristen Ashley

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Title: For You (The ‘Burg #1)
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Narrator: Liz Thompson
Length: 18 hours 15 mins, 583 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Grace Review

Story: 4.5 stars
I was so sad when I finished the last Rock Chick book on audio, not only because I loved the whole gang, but also because I seriously enjoyed the stories via audio.  So when the ‘Burg series was released on audio, 1-clicked right away and got ready to dig in.  I knew I was in for a treat, because . . . well, it’s a KA story, and she always delivers an emotional filled ride.  It was an added plus that this story has romantic suspense, my favorite genre.

This story centers of February (Feb) Owens, who has the distinct pleasure of having a madman hack up people in her honor.  Following the murders of people Feb knew, she would be sent a note, claiming the murders were “For You”.  Creeeeeeeeepy!  The who’s and whys about the killings are slowly explained and led to one twisted individual with an obsession, that being Feb.

While Feb struggles day to day with each killing and information revealed, she has the new added comfort of Alex (Colt) Colton, her former childhood sweetheart.  It starts out as protection, but Alex knows what he wants and he doesn’t plan on anyone, even this madman, standing in his way.

Feb is more reluctant to let Colt in, all tying to an event that occurred in high school, leading to her breaking up with him.  It was a bit maddening waiting for “the reason” she destroyed their perfect relationship, and I had a feeling it was a misunderstanding.  So, when the story comes out as to what really when down 22 years prior, I was in shock.  Mouth gaping like a fish out of water.  It really thru me for a loop that someone did something so calculating.  Pure fucking evil!!!

When the truth comes out, it is heartbreaking, yet at the some time, it brings a beauty with it, as this couple, find their forgiveness and way back to each other.  I loved loved loved this couple together!  They are passionate, thoughtful, respectful and committed.  While I sometimes want to slap around the heroine in KA’s books, I really liked Feb and can’t think of anything that bothered me about her, other than her stupidity as a teenager.  But youth and all, I gave that a pass.

The build of this story was slow but methodical, as new evidence made it clear who the killer was and what he wanted.  His obsession and the lengths he took to “erase” everyone in his way to being with Feb, was disturbing to the extreme and had me on the edge of my seat.  (SPOILER) And I loved who stepped in as the heroes to stop the killer.

Performance: 5 stars
Once again, KA perfectly casts the narrator for her story.  While the narrator for the Rock Chick series was a bit zany, which is exactly what that series needed, this narrator has more of a maturity and seriousness to her voice, which worked for this intense storyline.  Unlike most KA stories I’ve read, which are generally from one POV, the woman’s, this book had both so the narrator had to switch from Feb’s voice to Alex’s.  She managed to do so extremely well, capturing their emotions, which ranged from fear, to anger, to lust.  The tension of the story-line carried thru in her performance, making me hold my steering wheel in a death grip as I took my daily commute.  And she got me to laugh at times, and cry at others while doing so.

The narrator also deftly switches dialects for other characters within the story.  I was most impressed with her capturing the smoker voice for Alex’s Mom, along with the wide range of emotions from Denny Low and his Mom.

Overall: 5 stars
Although the plot of the story centered on a series of murders, Colt and Feb are the heart of the story, as they overcome challenges to rekindle their romance.  It was beautiful, sweet and perfect.  A match that couldn’t be denied, even with 22 years standing between them.

– Grace

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