Smexy Books would like to welcome Amy, reviewer extraordinaire and crack smut reader, from Fiction Vixen
She’s joining me (Tori) today to talk about the most addictive crack like appeal ofKristen Ashley’s books. I knew that if I wanted to extol the virtues of Kristen Ashley and her unbelievable books, I had to get my buddy Amy over here. It was because of her that I started reading her. At the beginning of 2012, Amy emailed me and told me I had to read this new author she found. She directed me to Ashley’s Sweet Dreams, #2 in her Colorado Mountain series, and I was a goner. Is it the exceptional writing? Nope. The fantastic editing? Not a chance. Is it the superb storylines? *giggle* Not quite. What the appeal is for me is the heroes. Or the “alpha-holes”, as I like to call them. Her heroes are so in your face. There is no subtlety. No games played. They tell it like it is. And once they set their sights on you…watch out.
Kristen Ashley has six established series, (with more in the works), that all written in a similar manner yet display distinctly different traits. Her Rock Chick series is humorous with low key sexual overtones. The ‘Burg series is a romantic suspense series all based on residents of a small town in Indian. Serious and heartbreaking with injections of humor and some very nice sexy times. The Colorado Mountain series is romantic contemporary. Funny and sexy, it too revolves around a small Colorado town and it’s crazy residents. The Dream Man series and her Unfinished Heroes series are both darker romantic contemporaries that feature anti heroes. VERY hot, very sexy, very WOWZA. The Fantasyland Series takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true… but perhaps not all you would expect. Amy says they remind her of the Game Of Thrones show.
Tori: So, welcome Amy Cakes! So glad you were able to visit with me today and talk smut. Today we are going to talk about the wonderful Kristen Ashley and why on earth we can’t seem to give her up. What first drew you to Kristen’s books?
Amy: Well thanks Torilicious for letting me escape one smuthole and visit another, errrrrr, I’m mean lovely blog. At the first of the year my Goodreads feed was flooded with Kristen Ashley comments, reviews, etc. so naturally I had to check out what the buzz was about. I thought I would read one book and move on. Little did I realize that Ashley is pretty much like potato chips, no one can inhale just one!
Tori: They ARE like potato chips. Such a rambunctious blending of interesting storylines and eccentric characters. she reminds of Jennifer Crusie and Shelly Laurensten. Brash characters, cray cray plot lines, and crude humor and dialogue.
Tori: Amy, I know you love her “alpha holes” and their interesting personalities. Who is your favorite alpha-hole from her books?
Amy: OMG, now that’s a difficult one there. There are so many and I have not discovered them all. I would probably have to call a tie at the moment with Dax Lahn from The Golden Dynasty and Kane “Tack” Allen from Motorcycle Man. Both of these brutes nailed the A in a hole! The Golden Dynasty is in Ashley’s Fantasyland series and I loved it because it has a similarity and feel of the popular television show, Game of Thrones. Motorcycle Man is the final book in the Dream Man series and Tack is the crass, badass leader of the Chaos Motorcycle Club.
Tori: I have to say I’m partial to the men in her Colorado Mountain and The Burg series. Both Tate and Max grew on me quick. As did Colt and Joe. They were just as brash as all her men, but they don’t treat their women as bad as, in say, her Dream Man series. Now THOSE are some alpha-holes.
Amy: Oh I agree! My favorite in that series is Ty Walker from Lady Luck, the ex-con. What is it with my thing for ex-cons? My favorite Pamela Clare character is an ex-con, lol.
Tori: Gee Amy, I don’t know why you’re fascinated with ex-cons. Something you want to share with us? *wink-wink* I think you just like your bad boys extra bad!
Tori: What do you like best about her alpha-holes?
Amy: I think there caveman mentality is somewhat mesmerizing, lol. I mean they are total no compromise, it’s my way, shut up, end of story. They have a hard time listening to their women or the ability to talk out problems in a normal fashion so it’s both infuriating and addictive to watch the dialogue unfold.
Tori: I agree. They are 100% bad boys! Sexy, sexy bad boys. They are honest, brutally honest in some situations, yet you can’t help but admire that. In 100% of the books, I’m always like, “Dude, just TALK/LISTEN TO HER!!” lol While I could never date a man like that in real life because I’d have buried him 6 feet under real quick-I can appreciate it in fiction.
Amy: You said it sister! I’d be dancing on his grave!
Tori: What do you like least?
Amy: A lot of her heroes are paired with the TSTL-To Stupid To Live- heroines and that does get annoying at times. I have a difficult time with ignorant heroines That is why I try to pace myself with the crack but sometimes it’s a lost cause.
Tori: Amen. I relate to the men so much better in here. The women in some of them are doormats and it’s very hard to watch. I want to reach through the book and do some smacking! Though I did like Nina from The Gamble. She had a low esteem but she wasn’t stupid acting.
Amy: I agree. I really enjoyed Tessa O’Hara from Wild Man. She was in her forties and a very strong heroine with a no bs attitude. I could relate and appreciate her no games mentality about life and her relationship with hero, Brock Lucas.
Tori: I need to read that one next. *nodding head*
Tori: Her storylines are pretty tame actually, a combination of an erotic romantic contemporary with a large realistic base. Do you think this is part of the appeal?
Amy: I think the fact that the setting and circumstances of real life are so authentic in the story that you get sucked in and have to see how their lives will pan out. Also the fact that she writes all her heroes like they are starved for their women sexually. The fact that they notice the little things, their idiosyncrasies, how they walk, what they wear, how they act and react, it’s sexy that her heroes are so observant because most men are not. It’s also sexy that they all want the heroines to see themselves in such a positive manner and realize they are women of worth and in the end the heroes are lucky as hell to have them and the heroines end up feeling the same way about their sexy, bossy alpha-holes, lol.
Tori: Now one thing I love about her books is the raw, dirty talk. These men and women have mouths like sailors, but it works. What do you think? A plus or a minus?
Amy: Girl, it’s definitely a plus! I can’t even repeat some of the crass, x-rated talk Tack spews in Motorcycle Man as I would like to be invited back to Smexy, not banned, but as you know I love a filthy talking hero that loses a little of his sanity in a love scene so that is like icing on the crack, lol! I definitely think it’s an enhancement to both the sex and intimacy of the couple.
Tori: A to the Men. I’m never been big on dirty talk, but in here…*whew* It works. It seriously works. I think it also keeps in character with the heroes. These men aren’t rocket scientists. I’m not saying they aren’t smart, because some of them are, but they are rough cut, burly men who walk the walk and talk the talk. In explicit details. :)
Tori: Now on to the smexy times. The hotness factor in these books are off the chart. How would you rate the love scenes on a hot scale of 1-10? 1 being boring and 10 being OMG I need to read this in a cold shower.
Amy: I would say the love scenes vary in each series. Rock Chick (not having finished all of the books) being a very tame 3, Colorado Mt. ranking a solid 7 and Dream Man sizzling in the dirty 9 category. I mean come on, I can’t count how many times Tack talked smack about Tyra’s “greedy pussy”!
Tori: LOLOL I remember your tweets. I agree Rock Chick is pretty tame; can’t wait to read the rest of that series though. Colorado Mountain series is a 7-8. I haven’t read Dream Man series yet but from your tweets-I’m agreeing with your 9.
Amy: Well Torilicious, I think it’s pretty evident that we are crack hores, lol. There is no end to the cracktastic need for Kristen Ashley and fabulous or meh, we will continue to get our fix!
Tori: Agreed Amy Cakes! So if you’re looking for some “cracktacular” summer reading, then Amy and I vote unanimously for Kristen Ashley.
Tori: Amy, Thanks so much for making such a long journey from Fiction Vixen to Smexy Books and chatting about the delicious smutty goodness of Kristen Ashley. xoxo
Amy: My pleasure. Now I better skedaddle before Sophia cracks her whip!
*waving bye to Amy*