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Deacon

Written by: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Stella Bloom
Series: The Unfinished Hero, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone. Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly Deacon finds he's at war. Cassidy's pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing. From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon's control slips, Cassidy takes a chance. He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.

What the critics say

"Narrator Stella Bloom sucks listeners into Cassidy's ruminations on the hospitality industry, her failed romances, and her addiction for John Priest. Bloom's reading is as juicy as listening to your best friend talk about her love life." ( AudioFile)

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Great story, terrible narrator

I love this book but I couldn't listen to this narrator. I should have listened to the full preview before purchasing.

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Liked the hero

I listened to this one like a maniac, in way too little time for it to be healthy! :)

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Wow!

I couldn't say enough about Kristen Ashley. She's an amazing storyteller and you cannot help but get invested in the characters. I especially love how she brings forward other characters from other series. I love the story so much. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed. T Richards

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2019-06-21

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

This is my favorite book in this series for sure. After Raid which I didn't enjoy I was surprised by this book. I loved how strong the characters were apart and how mature and in love they were together. This one left my heart happy when it was over.

The narration was great, She really was perfect for this book. I love her work.

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  • Joan
  • 2015-05-15

Best book by far in this series

I liked these characters. This book is more like the Kristen Ashley I enjoy! The other books in this series were disappointing. I liked John Priest aka Deacon, and I like Cassidy - two believable characters. I liked the storyline as well. Hot sex scenes, fun dialogue, and interesting characters. The only downer was the reader. I just don't like her style. To me it's like fingernails scraping a chalkboard. The female voices for the secondary characters she used were horrible. Here are these buff, hot guys...I do not think their wife's would have those screeching loud voices. Yikes! Just not in to her reading /performing style.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2015-05-22

FOR 5 YEARS HE RESISTED HER PULL...... THEN HE BROKE

As usual Kristen Ashley has delivered a story that captures your imagination and you're able to mentally play each Chapter in your mind. Deacon is empty and emotionally damaged by his past, he's a dead man walking, but slowly, over years of occasionally staying in the same holiday cabin, the ice around his heart slowly melts and his heart starts to beat again.... and the cause is the beautiful, gutsy but vulnerable owner of the cabins Cassidy.

Deacon is very much an Alpha male who speaks with a 'biker type' short word sentences and he has a sexy dirty mind and mouth. However, he's caring but not sharing with Cassidy and she hardly knows anything about him despite this she falls hard for him...... until she finds a photograph that'll rock her world and when Deacon fails to explain anything it will crush her, breaks her heart and sends him into a downwards spiral.

Worth a credit? Dual POV, good narration, nice romance, great chemistry, scorching hot sex scenes and lots of drama made this a creditworthy listen and I think there's just one more book to go in the Unfinished Hero series and it's Knight"s brother Nick.... yaye can't wait.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-04-25

loved the audio more than the book!

K Ashley is a fabulous writer. each story is better than the last, as is the whole series! I liked the narration for Cass a lot, but when she spoke as Deacon it was flat. would have been better with a man for his part in my opinion. It was distracting.

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  • Malinda
  • 2015-08-06

Very good addition to the series :D

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This was a very good story. I first heard of Deacon in Raid's book and was curious about the man that trained Raid in the business. I really liked Cassie and Deacon both and I liked seeing them get together. I was a bit surprised with the way this story ended though...the romance is solid but there's a bit of a cliffhanger with some events that show up at the end of the story that make me hope the next installment in the series comes soon.

Cassie is a smart and spunky woman from Oklahoma She knew from the age of 13 that she wanted to live in Colorado and after saving for years, Cassie bought a vacation place in Colorado with 11 cabins she can rent out. Cassie's boyfriend moved out there with her but had no money in the property and not much interest in working once he got there.

Deacon is a god guy that went through some really bad crap. It killed him, leaving him breathing but not really living outside of that. Now, he works in an underground society where his coldness is an asset. Because of his past Deacon thinks he's destined for misery and doesn't want to allow anyone past his defenses.

When Cassie first meets Deacon, she hasn't owned the place very long and Deacon arrives looking for a cabin right in the middle of her and her boyfriend having a fight. Cassie is really surprised by her reaction to Deacon because part of her wants to step back because he looks so dangerous and part of her wants to throw her arms around him and never let go. She's unsettled by her reaction to Deacon and is glad when she doesn't see much of him until he leaves. Deacon shows back up every few months and takes a cabin for anywhere from a couple days to a week. Cassie dumps her lazy boyfriend after about a year there and at some point after that, when Deacon shows up to stay, Cassie tries approaching him by offering him a slice of pie. He knows what she's offering and shuts her down quickly and then shuts the door in her face. Cassie doesn't approach Deacon like that again but he does still come to stay sporadically. When he shows up for Christmas and she doesn't have a cabin open, Cassie offers to let Deacon stay in a guest room and share Christmas with her and he does. Even though nothing happens between them then, it opens more up between them even though Deacon still tries to act cold.

Eventually, after Deacon has been renting a cabin from Cassie off and on for around 6 years, they come together in a night of passion. Cassie thinks Deacon will take off after allowing her to get so close but is surprised to find that he's decided to stick around. They decide to try to make something work between them. Deacon still works but when he's not working he comes home to Cassie. Cassie knows he's in to some bad stuff but trusts him enough not to push and trust what he's willing to give her. And what he gives her is good...Cassie is a strong woman that is self-reliant but Deacon goes out of his way to do things to help her out and Cassie really appreciates the help even if they squabble about money contributions at times (Deacon being an alpha male and all wants to do more than Cassie's willing to allow). Things go pretty well for them and to be honest I was kind of expecting some drama before this so I wasn't surprised when some hit. When Cassie finds something that makes her question her blind trust in Deacon she confronts him and, instead of telling her the truth, he suffers from a bout of extreme relationship stupidity and it causes him and Cassie to be apart for a time. Thankfully he comes to his senses and goes to make things right with Cassie. She forgives him and they get to start their HEA together.

I enjoyed this story very much. I liked both Cassie and Deacon. Cassie was a great heroine and I had no complaints about her. Deacon, well my main complaint would be that he should have grovelled more when he came back to make things right with Cassie (of course he did make things clear in other ways...). Overall the story very good but it was mostly a romance and lacked some of the action/suspense of some other books from this series. That came mostly at the end when the action plot kicked in with things starting that (I'm guessing) will take place in the next book (which I can't wait to read!). I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)

7/13/15 - I just reread this (trying the audio version) and I still really like this book. I'm so happy that Cassie and Deacon were able to find each other. :D

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  • wendy
  • 2015-06-09

sexy and sweet surprises were nice too

What made the experience of listening to Deacon the most enjoyable?

love the "chaos" series, and rock chick series, so thought I would give this one a try.. I am sure glad I did.

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  • Ingela
  • 2015-06-06

4.2 Happy Smiling Stars!

Have you listened to any of Stella Bloom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

« My first audiobook narrated by Stella Bloom and she did it GREAT. »

She is perfect for a KA audio. Looking forward to hear her lovely voice again. She is very good doing male characters too. ~ Applause!!

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« Sweet story, great narrator and just the right length. »

This one has it all (...more or less). Some freaking sweeeeet tender moments, hot steaming bedrooms adventures, friends and family stuff, food and cake baking, heartbreaking scenes, grand lovely "speaks", a tough manly grunting KA-man and a super über nice talkative KA-woman.

We get the usual as interior details, girls talk, guys talk, dirty talking, slightly strange words to give affection to the woman you love (this time 'Woman'), and a extremely sensitive but strong sexy alpha male (three-words) hero. All in all another yummy sweet and heartwarming cozy Kristen Ashley take. This time in the more (kinky) explicit erotic romances genre (as this "Unfinished Hero" series is expected to be).

There are parts with BDSM like kink, toys and playing. Not my favorite topic in romances but Ms Ashley tells it in a beautiful tender way. It never went to far —for me— it just felt like love making and ended as a romantic way of showing deep trust. For them both. I liked that. Jippie, for equality ...everywhere!

Sometimes it becomes slightly tedious with this a cave-man talk, and very strange monosyllabic communication, but whatever, you can not but be charmed and enamored. ...As always. LoL! ~ Simply awesome!

I LIKE - swoon-worthy men and sweet grand love!!!

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  • Dawn
  • 2015-05-14

Disappointed

I kept hope that this series would get better. I love Kristen Ashley's books and series but this series fell flat for me.

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  • Misty
  • 2017-04-05

Deacon is no Knight, but I'll take him

This was my second favorite book in this series. Deacon was a bit of a mystery and I was glad to finally have figured him out.

Cassidy is a determined woman. Moving to Colorado and buying some old cabins to start a business of her own. Deacon is a ruined man. Destroyed by someone that didn't deserve his heart. It takes years and years for Cassidy to break through and the entire time, deacon is still a mystery.

At first, I wasn't a fan of Deacon. His brand of alpha isn't anything like Knight or Raid. Much more aggressive and almost rude. But by the time the book was ending, I was used to it and he became almost as hot as Knight. Cassidy was easy to love. Her independence and determination were admirable.

The only issue I found is that there was a whole lot of much ado about nothing. A great chunk of the book was almost boring because nothing was happening besides the push and pull of Cassidy and Deacon. I would have loved to be more apart of Deacon's "business" as we got in the other books. The danger and intrigue of this black work would have been exciting to know more about.

The narration was great. Stella Bloom did amazing at portraying both characters and all secondary characters as well. I was impressed. I did take issue with a few moments of the sound quality. It would get loud in parts and then return to original level. Like the retakes were put in at a different decibel. It was just enough to pull me out of the story.

All in all, a great listen and well worth the credit.

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  • Bookworm
  • 2016-12-08

Over the kink

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less kinky sex. I love KA especially the Colorado Mountain series but I love the story and it seems authors substitute sex scenes for story lines.

Would you recommend Deacon to your friends? Why or why not?

If friends are into series like I am I would say this is one they might want to try but would recommend the Colorado Mountain and Burg series as better story lines.

What does Stella Bloom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Thought she did a good job with voices, especially the female voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Unlikely I would go see this if it were a movie.

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