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Complicated

Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of the Rock Chick series comes a story of love, murder, and second chances....

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse.

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority.

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She's learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that's what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life.

Hix can't fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta's finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix.

But when the first murder that's happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer.

In other words, things are definitely...Complicated.

©2017 Kristen Ashley (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Fans of old school Kristen Ashley will rejoice

2.5 stars - It was OK/I liked it

Complicated is an audio only release for the first six months. My review is based on the audio version I listened to.

AUDIO
I am a regular audio book listener and I relisten regularly to other Kristen Ashley books that I enjoy. With the odd exception, I typically first read the written version of a book before listening to the audio version. Having to swap my usual methodology meant I listened more actively than I usually would. It wasn't difficult. If anything, I easier recalled names, places and circumstances as the story went on.

Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon were the narrators. They did a great job. Their voices were age appropriate. Voice changes for other characters were different enough so that I never wondered who was speaking. And their version of voices for the opposite sex was good. It's a unique skill and I have listened to several audio books where this is poorly done and my enjoyment of the book suffered. I will definitely be on the lookout for other books Lance and Erin have narrated.

My one criticism, and this is not unique to this audio version at all, is on occasion, the tone of the voice does not always reflect the emotion described. If a character is described as sad, happy, angry, tired etc. then the narration should follow. There are times this didn't happen and it caused me to rewind to check if I had missed anything.

Not living in the US nor having a great interest in accents, I cannot comment on the accuracy of the accents. I realise there are regional differences but it's not the kind of detail I focus on. The speech was clear and understandable which means it passes the test for me.

STORYLINE
There are parts I enjoyed and others I thought were underwhelming.

Fans of old school Kristen Ashley will rejoice. Anyone who has enjoyed the Colorado Mountain, Burg, Dream Man, Rock Chick and Magdalene series will likely appreciate the return of such a storyline; a small town, main characters circa 40 years of age, ex wives, children, families and the baggage they bring and a murder to be solved.

The downside of this is I found the overall story to be somewhat stale and a repetition of what has come before. There were many times when the language, mannerisms and even fashions could have been copied from other KA books.

Some of the dramas that occur in the book also felt... perhaps not forced but deliberate? Deliberate in the sense they were used to drive the story and characters but were not in themselves integral to the outcome. Any other incident/circumstance could have just as easily been substituted without the main characters altering course.

My favourite characters were Greta and Andy. They were brilliant and even though it arose from hardship and tragedy, I loved the portrayal of this sister and brother relationship.

I enjoyed learning about Greta's second job as a lounge singer and I liked the music choices. If nothing else this book introduced me to Annie Lennox's song 'Cold'. I've never heard this song before and I loved it. When it's first mentioned in the book I urge you to stop listening/reading the book and listen to the song.

In conclusion, KA fans will likely give this a big thumbs up but for me it's 'same same but different'. Now go Google that term if you're not familiar with it. 🙂

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Kristen Ashley has done it again!

I love Kristen Ashley's books. The story was great, characters i became invested in and having the two narrators was a good way to show the two main characters point of view. Loved the ending which I didn't see coming and now just disappointed that I have finished listening to the story.

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  • Gaelle R
  • Petrie, Queensland, Australia
  • 27-08-2018

Enjoyed, but slow at times

I'm a big KA fan, so I was very eager to dive into this audio when it first came out. I enjoyed the story and was able to get invested into Gwen and Hicks story, both apart and together. The slow burn of their developing relationship at the beginning, reeled me, and I loved how it all came together. A great combination of romance, mystery and laughter, it made my commute to work and home much more enjoyable. I won't lie in saying that I may have taken a longer route every now and then.

The narrators did a great job, and I actually really enjoyed having the two narrators for the two different POV. I found it helped keep the flow better. And I absolutely loved listening to Lance Greenfield as Hicks. He was perfect.

While I mostly enjoyed the wonder of KA's story - and I'm not sure if this is because it's my first audio from KA, but I found the details in this book slightly exhausting. It didn't occur all the time, however there were times when I felt the explanation of certain tedious things rather wasteful. The urge to 'skip' for thirty seconds was rather tempting once in a while, but once the story moved along, it was great.

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  • Mozzy
  • New Zealand
  • 06-02-2018

wowser

What can I say about this book but it was great I loved listening to it. I havnt read the actual book so it was an absolute bonus to hear what was happening
This story even had me nearly in tears in the final part it was beautiful. The whole story was funny., sexy sad in parts and just down right beautiful

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Beuatifully complicated

Where does Complicated rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am only new to audiobooks, however this would be one of the best I have read so far

What was one of the most memorable moments of Complicated?

Greta - just adore all of her

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Kristen Ashley

Love her style enjoyed it. Like adult characters with young romance as well, awesome audiobook

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  • Shay
  • Warrnambool, VIC
  • 31-05-2017

Kristen Ashley never dissapoints!

Loved everything about this new book and the narration was fantastic! Complicated has everything you expect from a Kristen Ashley book, great characters, well paced character driver plot, moments that make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. Any book by Kristen Ashley is an automatic YES for me ..... i am NEVER dissapointed!!

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Slow and tedious

Blow by blow descriptions of each of the main characters lives, their relationship and sexual activity - the real action started hours into my listening and by then I was sick of the characters. Gave up on it!!

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Loved It......

I loved this book
I loved the characters
I loved the Andy and the way Hix's kids treated him
Thanks for a great listening book
Enjoyed it immensely

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  • Sue
  • 08-05-2017

Quintessential Ashley

What did you like most about Complicated?

The depth of story, the feeling of warmth, love, family and friends, no body does it better than Kristen Ashley.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have a few favorites! Greta for her strength, tenacity and inner beauty. Hix for his alpha badass sexyness. Shaw for the wonderful way he was like his Dad, the way be protected and looked after his sisters & Greta. And last, but not least, Andy, infact we almost stole the story line. What an absolutely beautiful character.

What does Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators bring an extra element of emotion to the story line. It's one thing to read a book, but add a great narrator reading with emotion just brings an increditble richness to an already wonderful story. Bravo to both of them.

Any additional comments?

The is classis Kristen Ashley right here, think Colorado Mountain series and The Burg, Complicated totally had the same feel. I wanted to immerse myself in their town and love and fight right along with them. I adore Kristen Ashley's books and this one will be an amazing addion to her bookshelf. It's got all the drama you need, small town, murder, an ex wife you just want to slap, a repulsive Mother, an ex husband you want to shout at then hold tight and say I'll take you back. I will have a major hangover after finishing this book, I need more of it, unfortunately I think it's a standalone, but I need another 10 years in a second book. I'm positive Andy can find a loving relationship. I want to see Shaw find his woman! Do yourself a favour, this is a wonderfully rewarding story.

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  • Skinfull
  • 11-07-2017

Way more sex than expected!!

was expecting a crime novel sprinkled with will they won't they tension. instead I got a graphic sex novel that ramped up very quickly and very little crime investigation

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  • Bookwormno1
  • 07-05-2017

She's done it again!

KA did her thing yet again and she did it spectacularly!! Hix and Greta were the ish and more!! Loved how this story came together.
I'm not a fan of audible and had to think long and hard about getting this book in this fashion but when it comes to KA the decision wasn't all that hard.
So happy I went with giving audible a try for my fav author.
Congrats Kristen on another story well told!! :)

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  • Michelle Surtees
  • 06-05-2017

Some complications are good

I'm a big Kristen Ashley fan and I love audios so this was win win for me.
His and Greta's relationship was hot from the get go, this book has everything that makes a KA book great, Raw hot and with a lot of heart.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-05-2017

Loved it

Classic Kristen Ashley, as usual well written characters, amazing H, a bit of a jerk at first, but understandable. The h is amazing and so strong, my eyes watered for her and her brother often during the story. The side characters are lovable and that is one trademark I love from KA. The plot is really good and pages turning, with everything being resolved at the end. Loved it was mainly the H voice throughout the book, reminded me of Golden Trail, and Lance Greenfield performance was great. I just spent nearly 19hr in KA heaven.

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  • Elle
  • 06-05-2017

Classic KA

Really loved this book, reminds me of the Burg, or Colorado Springs Series,
Lovely romance with mystery and angst thrown in.
Excellent Narration.
If you love KA this is a must listen too, worth joining Audible for.
A Credit well spent.

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  • Kathleen Biblophile
  • 04-05-2017

5 Stars ! K A at her best !

to try this book is big for me as i didn't like the few Kristen Ashley audio books i had before they usally sounded a little robotic with no life or passion. but this one i loved had passion and fun and the story was just K A amazing loved Hicks & Gretta and all their drama and complications.

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  • Rachel
  • 08-01-2018

Loved it!

After an underwhelming couple of audiobooks (not this author) I was delighted when this one drew me in straight away. The story is fantastic as you'd expect from Kristen Ashley and I really liked the use of two narrators as it helped get into the mindset of whichever character was in control. The narrators were brilliant too which is always a massive advantage. The only downside is that it had to end!

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  • mrs c howe
  • 07-01-2018

predictable

Be warned this is a formulaic romance with explicit sexual description. If you like stereotypical butch men who call themselves alpha this is the book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-2017

There were times I thought it would never end...

Really struggled to keep listening to this from about half way through. There were a few amusing lines amongst many angst ridden scenes. Male lead character was unlikable at times, female lead too stoic. In the end I just didn't care - I just wanred it to end. Definately not a feel good read. Felt like a flimsy, confused story written around a series of sex scenes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-2017

cannot listen to it

have downloaded numerous times to listen to it but could not get any sound :-(