Saturday, 2 August 2014

Review: Kristen Ashley's "At Peace (The Burg # 2)".

Review: Kristen Ashley's "At Peace (The Burg # 2)".
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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan. 

She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed. 

Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart. 

Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting. 

Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe? 


"At Peace" is the second book in The Burg Series. Do not read this book until you have read the first book "For You". Even though the stories are different, they are set around the same town with mostly the same characters and as such past events are often spoken about. 

In this story I met Violet and Joe. 

Joe, I knew briefly from the first book but Violet was a new character. 

Violet had recently moved into the same street as Joe (And also Feb and Colt). She was recovering from the heartbreaking loss of her husband, leaving her a single mum with two teenage girls. Life was tough but despite this she was determined to make the best of it, both for herself and for her girls. Violet was a strong and resilient women. 

Joe, to be honest, was a bit of a jerk! For the first half of the story I really didn't like him. I found that he treated women appallingly. They were just another notch on his bed post. Joe was not the type of guy who was into relationships. He had heartbreak written all over him and was definitely one to avoid, especially for Violet. 

I couldn't get enough of him, take enough of him. No matter what I got, 
I wanted more, like a craving that hollowed out my insides, needing to be filled.

When violet and Joe met, she was drawn to him, unable to resist his alpha-male ways and before she knew it, she found herself in his bed. This was not what I expected of Violet, sneaking out to spend the night with Joe and not just one night either. Oh no, this woman was addicted. I just wouldn't have put her at the type of woman who would have slept with a man so soon after meeting him. I guess I was wrong. 

I felt no embarrassment once it started. I didn't feel like a slut, a bad mother, 
a terrible person. I didn't worry about my nudity or if he liked what I was doing. 
This shit was natural, like I was born to be in Joe Callahan's bed and it was 
natural to him too, like Joe Callahan was born to be in me.

Once the nightly rituals started becoming all to familiar for Joe and his commitment issues, he obviously got cold feet and Violet was left heartbroken all over again. 

"I'm done."



"Sorry, I don't.."

"With this. It was good, buddy, but I'm done."

See, this is why I just didn't like Joe. He took a woman, who he no doubt realized would want more then sex, took what he wanted then broke her heart. What a Jerk! 

As the story progressed my feelings for Joe did begin to change. Bit by bit, I was given little pieces of information about his past and the reasons why he was so closed off and as such I began to understand him a little bit more. Joe truly did like Violet, it was just that he was guarding his heart. It was like he had a brick wall around it and he wasn't going to let anyone knock it down. 

"You're empty?"
"Nothing can fill you up,"
""You won't let it."
"Barrel's got a hole in the bottom, buddy, everything leaks out no matter how much you pour in."

But when Violet finds herself in danger, will Joe be able to stop himself from getting involved and at the same time continue to hide his true feelings? 

I absolutely loved Joe and Violet together. Once Joe had embraced his feelings, that was. Violet was just the women that Joe needed to knock down his walls and bring out a happier and more loving side to him. This was when I truly fell for Joe. I loved how protective he became and how much he became a part of Violets family. 

"You're mine, the girls are mine. I'm stakin' my claim with you right now."

They all fell for him and in turn he showered them with love and affection. Together, they became a happy family. It was like Joe was meant to be there. Becoming a part of Violets family truly brought out the best in Joe. 

"Seventeen longer...I've been waitin' for you, waitin, for those girls. You're here 
and I'm letting go of my shirt. finally fuckin on from all that. Movin on to something good 
in my life, something to wake up and get outta bed for." 

I felt myself being swept up with this happy part of the story. I was loving everything about it. I must have had a huge cheesy grin on my face. However, I soon discovered that Kristen Ashley was lulling me into a false sense of security and I was quickly reminded of the danger that was peeping over the horizon. I was so wrapped up in the good times that I forgot about the bad times that were about to ensue. 

A whole lot of drama materialized and I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen. Surely this couple had already had their fair share of tragedy. Kristen Ashley sure can write a good action scene! 

Once again, I enjoyed catching up with the family and friends that feature in this series. I especially loved catching up with Feb and Colt again, finding out what had happened since I left them at the end of "For you".

So overall I enjoyed this story, however it failed to capture me in the way that I had expected it too. I felt that I was unable to connect with the main characters in the way that I had in the previous book and as such It failed to pull me in. I found myself being able to put my kindle down and walk away for a few hours. Despite this I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series and also more Kristen Ashley books. I am told that they are brilliant reads! 

"At Peace" gets 4 dramatic hearts from me! 

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