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“I’m payin’ and if you even open your mouth to argue with me, I’m gonna be forced to find a way to stop you from speaking.” — Kristy Wyatt’s favorite quote by Mitch Lawson (hero) from Law Man—Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley.
This week we are going out to dinner with Mitch, Mara, Billy and Billie as they venture out on on their first outing for delicious burrito’s.
As Mitch said in the quote above, we can’t argue about who’s paying, which is not a problem, since we physically can’t go out to dinner with him…such a shame. However, I am offering up my version of a burrito for this Tasty Tuesday’s recipe (recipe below).
GIVEAWAY: Don’t miss out on the fabulous prizes Kristen Ashley is gifting to five lucky readers (details below).
WARNING: The discussion on this blog post and quotes from the book are of an explicit nature intended for adult audience only.
Review by Heidi Wiley
Mara Hanover never had any intention of telling her hot detective neighbor Mitch Lawson that she’s been in love with him for the past four years, but when a family crisis arises she has no choice but to turn to the man that knows the system and finds her dream man will do most anything to help her.
Law Man is the third release in the Dream Man series. This book had a different tone than the previous novels in the series.
Not only did Law Man center on the hot romance between Mara and Mitch, it also touched on the heartache endured by some in today’s society.
I loved how Kristen Ashley developed Mitch’s calm, caring attitude which made him as attractive as his looks, smarts and toughness. Mara’s willingness to give everything she had for her cousin’s children’s best interest was as heartwarming as the story it’s wrapped in.
Kristen Ashley writes this novel not only based on two lovers, but a circle of life that includes two adorable children that any reader will fall in love with.
As always, Kristen Ashley’s characters’ passion for one another is sexy hot, intense and makes us all wish our neighbors were as sexy as Detective Mitch Lawson.
I highly recommend Law Man and give it 5 Stars.
Heidi’s favorite quote: “You could cover up that nightie with a snowsuit, sweetheart, but you in my living room wearin’ nothing but that nightie is burned on my brain in a way that I like a fuckuva lot. So all I’m gonna see is you in that fuckin’ nightie no matter what you put on over it.”
“That’s insane,” I snapped.
“You’re not a guy,” he replied.
Gitte’s favorite: “I’ll go gentle, baby,” he whispered against my lips. “I promise. You’ll always be safe with me.”
“Mitch,” I breathed.
His soulful eyes held mine captive as he repeated firmly, “Always.”
“Never believed in this shit, but now, I’m thinkin’ I fell in love with the promise of you the first time I saw you.”
Kelly Bennett’s: Mitch talking to Mara: “Since I have your attention, baby, and I see you beatin’ your retreat, I want you to take this with you when you slide back into that cocoon. Straight up, Mara, I want you in my bed. And when you’re in my bed, I’m gonna be in you. And while I’m movin’ inside you, I’m gonna make you come with your long, fuckin’ legs wrapped around my back, when my hands are finally on that fantastic fuckin, ass of yours, your tongue’s in my mouth and you’re kissin’ me as only you can kiss me. I know you got a way of twistin’ shit so it’s fucked up in your brain so I’m hopin’ if I’m direct about just what I want from you, it might penetrate and you might keep it straight long enough to give us both what we’ve been wantin’ for a long fuckin’ time.”
Pat Fordyce’s: Mitch talking to the kids, Billy & Billie. “Donuts are a Sunday breakfast when you got nothin’ to do but watch cartoons. Oatmeal is a before school breakfast, when you gotta activate your brain.”
Selena’s favorite: Mitch Lawson is a hero that will melt any reader’s heart, especially when he is talking to the children as in the following two quotes I chose as my favorites:
“You sleep okay, sweetie?” Mitch asked.
“Miss my teddy,” Billie replied.
Personally, I thought Detective Mitch Lawson was far superior to a tiny pink teddy bear but I wasn’t six years old.
Mitch nodded. “Right. What I mean is, I didn’t fall in love with you all as a whole. I fell in love with each of you because of who you are. I don’t care about you because you come with Mara. I care about you because you’re a good kid. You’re smart. You’re loyal. And you love and look out for your sister and Mara. I know grown men who do not have a character as fine as yours. Those are the reasons I love you. There are different reasons I love Billie. And there are different reasons I love Mara. Today, what we had together was good. But the feelings I feel for you aren’t feelings I have to have in order to have Mara. They’re feelings you earned. Now, you with me?”
“I love you, Bud,” he whispered to Billy and two more tears escaped.
“I love you too, Mitch,” Billy whispered back, and my breath hitched and both males’ eyes came to me.
I waved my wineglass at them and murmured, “Don’t mind me. Have your moment.”
Mitch leaned back, letting Billy go and grinning at me. “Men don’t have moments.”
“You do,” I returned. “I’m witnessing one.”
“This isn’t a moment, honey, it’s a meeting of the minds,” Mitch contradicted me.
SELENA’S VERSION OF LAW MAN’s BURRITO’S
Makes Two Burrito’s
6 ounces of cooked chicken breast, shredded
2 large spinach tortilla shells (gluten-free tortilla shells work as well)
½ roasted sweet red pepper, cut in strips
½ roasted sweet yellow pepper, cut in strips
½ cup plain Greek Yogurt
½ cup salsa
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven 350 F
Lay parchment paper (or you can use a non-stick spray) on a baking sheet.
In a bowl add and mix together: Greek yogurt and salsa.
In another bowl add: shredded cooked chicken and roasted peppers and half of both cheeses.
Lay tortilla shell flat and in the center add equal amounts of the chicken mixture to each shell, then top off equal amounts of the Greek yogurt/salsa mixture.
Fold shells and lightly spray each one with olive oil.
Top with the remaining cheese and some salsa.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes (until cheese is melted).
All dressed up and ready to go
Optional: Mash an avocado to use as a topping, adding a mixture of low-fat sour cream and Greek Yogurt and black olives.
KRISTEN ASHLEY’S GIVEAWAY
Ultimate Prize Winner to include:
- Signed copies of Own the Wind and Fire Inside
- Forever Swag Bag – Canvas tote bag to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Forever – Full of Forever books
- $15 gift card to BN or Amazon
- Rock Chick Bumper Sticker
- Print copies of Rock Chick, Rock Chick Rescue and Rock Chick Redemption
- 2nd Place – Signed copies of Own the Wind and Fire Inside
- 3rd place – Signed copy of Fire Inside
- 4th place – e-copy of Fire Inside
- 5th place – ecopy of Fire Inside
Welcome to Tasty Tuesday, plus a review and favorite quotes from, Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley. A book filled with Alpha men who belong to a Motorcycle Club called CHAOS and a writing style that will entice you to read more from this author.
How does this tie into Tasty Tuesday and this week’s recipe?
Tack “Kane” Allen (the hero in Motorcycle Man and president of the motorcycle club) is a good cook…actually, according to the heroine, Tyra aka Red aka Cherry, Tack’s a great cook…in and out of the kitchen. One of the dishes he whips up for her is a potato casserole, so I’m sharing my version of Tack’s Taters (recipe below).
I’m also pleased and excited to announce that Kristen Ashley will be a guest on my blog on June 22ND.
A few months ago, Gitte from the Totally Booked Blog, introduced me to Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley, and I’ve haven’t looked back. Motorcycle Man is the last book in the Dream Man Series, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment to start with the last book. I’ve since read all the books in the Dream Man series and enjoyed them all, but I have to say, Motorcycle Man remains my favorite.
I’m here to tell you that I have joined the readers who are addicted to Kristen Ashley’s series (all written in first person from the heroine’s point of view) and her Alpha Hero’s. I haven’t read the other series as of yet, but like all other Kristen Ashley addicts, they are on my Kindle, waiting to be read.
Motorcycle Man pulled me into CHAOS MC world right away, its gritty and raw characters, because it was so outside the box of what I usually read.
I’m an avid reader, love books from all different genres in fiction and non-fiction, from historical to contemporary and heat levels from sweet to edgy. Kristen Ashley’s writing and books have added a new dimension to my eclectic array of books to enjoy.
If you are easily offended by curse words or gritty dialogue, then I recommend you stop reading here and if you wish, skip down to the recipe.
If not, then sit back and enjoy a review and favorite Motorcycle Man quotes from some of the members of a group which is comprised of Sassy, Kick-Assy Chicks who rock-an-ultra-cool attitude on everything from life to books.
MOTORCYCLE MAN Review by Heidi Wiley
When Tyra arrives at Ride Custom Cars and Bikes for her first day at work, she comes face to face with her new boss, Kane “Tack” Allen with whom she has shared more than a shot of tequila with. Tack is more than a little apprehensive about hiring a woman whose computer skills were not on the list of what had held his attention a few nights ago, as his new office manager. With their attraction for each other and her sex kitten shoes getting in the way of their working relationship, they both submit to their desires but have a long road ahead of them sorting out how to accept their families, fears and the frustrations of a life they have just started to build.
Author Kristen Ashley has introduced a refreshing new kind of female character in Tyra. She doesn’t spend time worrying about whether or not this man is trying to control her, but if she can understand his life and if there can be a place for him to share in hers.
This author has created a template for the original Alpha-Male. Tack is not sugar coated by sophistication, a private jet, or a bottomless bank account. He does not play head games and anyone that tries to get the best of this man’s mind, will lose. Even though he is tough, his love for his family is the meaning of his life and for his past mistakes, he seeks redemption not pity.
Few authors can nail a man’s point of view through the first person of a female character. Kristen Ashley not only achieved this–she has mastered it. This story is off the charts sexy, fun and heartwarming. I highly recommend Motorcycle Man and the rest of The Dream Man series but with a fair warning that you will seek no cure for this addiction.
Heidi’s Favorite Quotes from Motorcycle Man:
“No baby, I’m not scaring you. You’re just scared. You give me a little more, you’ll see I protect it. More, I’ll protect that too. More, I got that too. When you give it all to me, if it works with us in a way that lasts, you’ll never be scared. You’ll feel safe enough to have your eyes open, your arms up and you’ll enjoy the fuck outta the ride. I’ll see to that Red, and that’s a promise.”
“Was my dick just in you?”
I fought an annoyed frown and said, “Uh…yeah.”
“Then you’re Chaos.”
Favorite quotes from some of the members from the Sassy, Classy, Kick-Assy Group
Gitte’s favorite quotes: “We’ve hit the hot guy motherlode.”
“Darlin’, you’re the greediest piece of ass I’ve had in my bed in a long fuckin’ time. I got a taste for greedy, you think I’m not gonna take it?”
Kame’s: “This isn’t my know-it-all grin, Red. This is my I’m gonna get me some later grin.”
I felt a couple of quivers that were on the high end of the pleasant scale. Still, I shared, ” That’s even more annoying, Tack.”
“Don’t know why since me gettin’ some means your’re gonna get some.”
Kelly Bennett’s: “Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.”
“Truth, honesty, perseverance, strength, Love of all kinds and forgiveness are all beautiful, Tack. The most beautiful stories ever told are the most difficult to take.”
Kristy Wyatt’s: “I can’t function around a man if I know his ability to give pleasure.”
Selena’s: And into the darkness, to his sleeping woman, he whispered, “You don’t know this, baby, but some men have dream women too.”
“Bottom line, no one fucks with my woman.”
“Baby,” his voice gentled, “this is me seein’ to that soft spot when I say quiet-like that I…will…be…there…in ten. And what I mean is, when I get there in ten, your ass better be there.”
“Are you coming on your bike?”
“I’m in a tight, short, little aquamarine dress with high heels. I can’t get on a bike.”
“You’re in a tight, short dress and high heels?” Tack asked.
“I’ll be in there in five.”
This recipe is loosely based on Tack’s, because he used butter and I use olive oil, but you can substitute butter for the olive oil. I think Tack also used garlic powder, and I recommend either roasted garlic or minced fresh garlic. So I did take liberties with Tack’s recipe, but the idea is the same.
6 large baking potatoes (peeled, washed and dry well)
4 cloves of roasted garlic (or minced garlic)
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400
Spray your baking dish with non-stick spray.
In a bowl add some olive oil and your garlic and mix together.
After potatoes are dried, peel them thinly.
Arrange one layer of thinly sliced potatoes in your baking dish, overlapping each other until the bottom is all covered.
Add, rosemary leaves, salt and pepper and brush with oil, making sure some of the garlic is sprinkled on the layer.
Continue in the opposite direction with another layer of potatoes, adding rosemary, oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Continue with more layering, until all the potatoes are used, ensuring your top layer also has oil, and the rest of the ingredients.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake for an additional 40 minutes.
I’m over at Totally Booked Blog today, answering interview questions and hosting a give-away.
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