Friday, September 1, 2017

ARC Review: The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley

Series:     Magdalene #3
Pub. Date:Aug. 29, 2017
Publisher:Self-Pub
Length:563 pages
Source:InkSlingerPR

Man, The Time in Between was so good that I want to immediately read it again. This is the third installment of Magdalene series, that takes place in picturesque small-town Maine. If this book doesn't make you want to live in your very own lighthouse, well, you just don't believe in magic at all!  I SOOOO want a lighthouse!  But I'm moving to Arizona in 6 weeks (land of Kristen Ashley!), so I wonder how weird they would find me if I tried to buy a slice of desert and build me a lighthouse on it? I can just imagine that majestic tower and revolving light in the midst of all the saguaro cacti. (I've lost my mind, I know.)

This is a second chance romance that started when our couple were young and in a bad situation. We first meet Cady Webster as a 23 y/o young woman who is struggling to make her way in life without any support from her family. I admired the younger Cady's spirit and determination, and sympathized with her struggles. Present-day Cady is 41 y/o and has moved to Magdalene after a recent loss. She has also been living for the past 18 years with a hole in her heart, and is now hopeful to mend fences and past hurts with loved ones living in Maine. I totally got caught up in Cady's goals and restoration of the lighthouse. I could picture everything so perfectly in my head. I had such a great emotional connection with this heroine, but that has happened with nearly every heroine Kristen Ashley has given us, so its not a big shocker that I felt it with this book.

Coert Yaeger has been pursuing his dreams in law enforcement for more than two decades, and that profession and lifestyle is not always easy. He has to make difficult choices and do things that don't always feel right. His struggle between his job and his morals resonated with me, and my heart went out to him for the decisions he had to make. You knew Coert was a good guy, even when seeing the hurt and heartache that were going to follow in his wake.  When Cady shows back up in his life, Coert has been holding on to grief, betrayal and heartbreak for a very long time. He was not nice to Cady, and you couldn't be mad at either one of them. I really did love Coert, and his daughter, Janie, was an absolute cootie patootie.

For me, the strife between Cady and Coert was so emotional and heartbreaking. I don't know if it was like that for everyone... but almost every Kristen Ashley book guarantees that I will ugly cry at least once. This story turned me into a total watering pot, so it was definitely not something I could read in public. As a result, I spent a very late night crying into my pillow as this couple found their way back to one another. It was AWESOME.

The Time in Between also had some awesome secondary characters. I loved Cady's extended/adopted family and how they supportive and crazy they were. I also enjoyed spending time with some of our favorites from both the Magdalene and Rock Chick series. Now I want to go back and re-read all those books. I swear, if I had nothing but Kristen Ashley books to read for the rest of my days, I would be totally happy.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received in conjunction w/ the blog tour. I also purchased a copy for myself on release day. I'm sure it will go into my frequent re-read pile.


5% of the proceeds from the first week of sales of THE TIME IN BETWEEN release will be given to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, a no-kill shelter. HALO stands for “helping animals live on” and is a shelter started by a mother/daughter team of committed animal advocates who have done a huge duty for animals in this area, and continue to do so with unwavering love, support and energy. For more information on HALO or to donate to the work they do, go to www.halorescue.org.

About the Author


Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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Excerpt

Eighteen years earlier…
I didn’t have it in me to say anything before my beer sloshed all over my fingers again. This time because, all of a sudden, Lonnie had an arm tight around my neck and he was yanking me forcefully into his body, back (mine) to front (his).
“See you met my girl,” he declared.
I wanted to scream.
I hated when Lonnie did this. It totally meant I never got asked out.
But this time?
I hated it.
“Or, my other girl,” Lonnie clarified as the guy named Tony gave us his attention.
One of his brows went up in a way that was a shade too fascinating.
Then he asked, “You a threesome?” And I suddenly found nothing fascinating and further could think of nothing but the flames that I felt hit my cheeks.
Tony looked at them, and the instant he did, miraculously I wasn’t thinking about the fact I had to be very obviously blushing and how completely embarrassing that was.
This was because his expression changed. In a there-and-gone I nevertheless caught, there was a hint of surprise and a definite softening of his features that was so beautiful, words had not been invented to describe its beauty.
“I wish, Cady’s a prude,” Lonnie shared jovially.
In a contradiction that I no longer found surprising, although Lonnie went ballistic if Maria even looked at another guy, Lonnie openly flirted…with me.
Only me.
It was a friends thing, teasing and sometimes sweet.
But even if I was used to it, I thought it was weird.
And I wasn’t a prude. It was just, if Lonnie was around, he made it impossible for me to find any action.
“Right,” Tony muttered, losing interest in us and turning his attention to the tap in order to pour himself his beer.
I pushed off Lonnie, this effort making more beer slosh on my hand (which was good, less of it I’d have to pretend to drink), and turned to him.
“Your real woman wants a Jell-O shot,” I informed him.
“The bitch’s got legs, she can get herself one.”
This was not my favorite side of Lonnie, how he could be around other dudes. He was sweet as pie when it was just Maria (she told me, but I believed her because he was that way to her, and me, a lot of the time when I was around).
It was just when he had to be a man, this being when he thought there was someone who might size him up (and this being another man).
Like being sweet to your girlfriend made your dick shrink.
“Probably get yourself some if you got her one,” I stated, mostly in an effort to make it known to someone who was within hearing distance that I was not a prude.
Lonnie grinned at me and it reminded me why Maria put up with him.
He wasn’t as handsome and cool as this new guy, but he was all kinds of cute with his messy brown hair and sparkling blue eyes.
“I’ll get myself some even if I don’t get her one,” he retorted.
He was probably right. I spent a lot of time with them, got toasted at their place, passed out on their couch so I wouldn’t have to drive home. I’d heard it.
Often.
“Whatever,” I said to him and his grin got bigger. I turned from him back toward Tony to see he’d filled his beer because he was lifting it to very fine looking lips and taking a sip as he gazed off in a different direction. “I’m Cady,” I announced boldly.
Just his eyes slid to me, and I felt another spasm because that was cool and hot.
He took his sip, swallowed it and lowered his beer. “Tony.”
I shot him a smile. “Nice to meet you.”
He looked to my mouth and another expression chased across his face before he blanked it.
And I liked that one too.


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