ARC Review: Broken Dove by Kristen Ashley

Posted January 4, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Broken Dove by Kristen Ashley
Broken Dove
by Kristen Ashley

4 Stars


Released: 27 December 2013
Series: Fantasyland #4
Published by Self Published
Pages: 396
Format: eARC

This was a good book and although I might not have liked it as much as the previous installments in this series I still lapped it up! ~ Under the Covers

Apollo Ulfr lost his wife Ilsa years ago, but the grieve has never stopped. As he learns of the parallel world containing the twin of his wife and of himself, he is determined to bring her to him. However, Apollo’s twin isn’t the same man he is, Ilsa has been on the run from him and his abuse for years and doesn’t intend on ever going back. But when she is taken to the parallel world she begins to learn just how different the two men are

I do love a Kristen Ashley book, but I admit I was worried about Apollo’s story, it doesn’t seem healthy to be chasing a woman who is literally the spitting image of the dead wife you loved so deeply. Maybe that is why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed previous books in this series and her others. I didn’t completely connect with the romance and at times it seemed like she was putting dead Ilsa down a little so that the surviving Ilsa- renamed Maddie- looked better. Also, I really like Maddie with one of Apollo’s men Derrick, I was hoping that the book would shock me and she fell for him.

But, once I got over my little disappointment and Apollo and Maddie fell more in love, I was eating this book up. The sex scenes were especially good, Kristen Ashley has introduced a little bit of kink and it did spice things up and ratchet up the heat level. Also, like in all Kristen Ashley books, it was an emotional roller coaster as we go through the highs and lows of their building relationship and deal with the damage done to them in the past, it is especially heartbreaking but lovely watching Maddie deal with Apollo’s children, children that could have potentially been hers.

In the midst of Apollo and Maddie’s romance though, there is a war going on and it looks like Maddie and the other women who have traveled across from this world are in the cross hairs. This lends a different kind of excitement and tension to the books as you become aware of how much danger they are in. It was also great to see the couples from the previous books pop up, I am pretty certain I have fallen in love with Dax Lahn all over again!

This was a good book and although I might not have liked it as much as the previous installments in this series I still lapped it up! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

*ARC provided by author

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She 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 accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of 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 up, it keeps getting better.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne.


I recently read a book where the new love interest was almostva twin to the deceased wife and while I liked the story it was always still in the back of my mind

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I am behind on KA books, just discovered her last year and I have the first 3 books of the series but haven’t read yet.