Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain #6) by Kristen Ashley


When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at "hello." His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her?

It isn't easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she's a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme's always been the one; she excites Deck's body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme's past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she'll let him . . .


What happens when you meet the woman you love with all of your hearts best friend and you connect with her on a level you've never connected with anyone intellectually? What happens as you grow closer and your girlfriend whom you love is intimidated by your relationship with her friend but you don't look at her any further then being a friend and one of the best you've ever had? You back away for the woman you love.

What happens when your girlfriend of 5 years wants you to be more then you are financially but you know you will get there you just have to put the time in, you explain and hope she sees your love for her and envision your plan? What happens when she doesn't, you become heartbroken? You move out and let her look for what she is looking for.

Her best friend comes to you at the hotel to show you your worth so much more and she is heartbroken for you and for herself because she realizes you won't continue your friendship. But she wants to leave you with something beautiful to remind you while your down that there is still beauty out there. She gives you a Kaleidescope and you say goodbye and close the door on her and the friendship your built.

Then 9 years later your bought to Gnaw Bone to help your best friend Chace on a case because you are the best there is and they are at a stalemate you are walking through town and you hear that voice, you hear Emme's voice, the voice you would never forget but seeing all of the people you do not recognize who she is but you know it has to be here. It's been 9 long years but you would never ever forget her then she smiles and you see that dimple the little dimple you also would never forget.  What happened to the plain Jane the wonderful girl who just didn't put an effort into what she wore or how she wore her hair. She's beautiful and she is smiling at me like she always did. In that moment he knew he made a serious mistake giving up his friendship during his heart break, the heart break that lasted 8 long years. What to do when she tells you she hasn't spoken to her best friend since that day when she broke your heart because she hated what she did yo you. That's right she asks you to dinner and you go. But she has a boyfriend, one that's trying to intimidate you away from her. But you won't stay away and you know something is off.

Jacob "Decker" had always kept Emme's gift with him, he never thought about it but it went with him no matter where he went. He has missed her so much, missed his friend, missed their banter, missed their heated discussions and here she was in his best friends town and 20 minutes from him and he had no idea. But now that she is here and he knows they won't ever be apart again.

After meeting with Emme on the street and setting up a dinner date for that night he went and met Chace and all of the other neighboring towns police chiefs to help them with the case at hand where high school kids are being lured into a huge burglary ring and no one can figure out for the last 6 months. To say he was stunned to see Emme's boyfriend as the thought ring leader and Emme being the partner he knows and tells everyone of them that they are wrong about Emme he knows her and years of absence or not he just saw her and he will clear her within a week.

To his complete relief when he meets with Emme they are back to where they always were. He finds out how she transformed her physical appearance and while he hated it for her he is happy to realize she is the person he was always supposed to be with all along. And she shares with him she isn't sure of her relationship with Dane. He is more into her then she is into him. She is weary of him but she doesn't know why because he is good to her.

As time goes on their relationship builds and they are together exclusively and Dane is arrested. But something is holding her back and she starts keeping Jacob at a distance, it's after they profess their love and he tells her they are building a life together. He calls her on it and I time she realizes she is doing what he accuses her of but does not know why she did it.

See Emme was kidnapped as a child by a man who took her in grief of losing his wife and daughter. He kept her for 3 days and returned her, he did every day in jail he was sentenced for. He wouldn't leave early on parole because he needed to serve his time. As an adult Emme felt a need to meet with him and she believed in him to be a good person. So much so she has kept everyone at a distance so she does not put herself in the position to feel the loss he did to do what he did. In time Jacob shows her love and shows her that what he did was wrong even if she understood it. Emme suffered from PTSD and received treatment. But even with all I've explained this story is so much more.

You see people from earlier books and get some updates on their families. But the story of Emme and Jacob is an amazing love story, it's heartbreaking and heart warming. It's a 5-star must read.

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