Audiobook Review: Complicated: Kristen Ashley


Narrated by Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon

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.


Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Greta Dare comes from the wrong side of the tracks. After the breakup of her marriage, caused in no small part by Greta’s no good mother, Greta retreats to a small town in Nebraska to restart her life. Outrunning her past is easier said than done.

Local sheriff Hixon Drake thought he had it all in life, a wife, kids, and career. He’s blindsided when his wife kicks him out and eventually divorces him. Shell-shocked and bewildered Hixon’s in a fog until he meets Greta.

Complicated is one of the best audiobooks from Kristen Ashley since Sweet Dreams which is my all time favorite. This one comes pretty damn close. Viscerally you feel the pain that both Hixon and Greta endure. Pain caused from people close to them and the pain that they inflict on each other.

This audiobook clocks in at over 18 hours and is a dual narration by Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon and they both do a wonderful job. Erin does better voicing both genders in my opinion, but I like them together as a team. The pacing is perfect in this quality production.

Kristen Ashley is the only author I know where I’m sad when the story is over! You come to know and care about the characters so much. Kristen really takes her time to build the story and it’s hard to say goodbye.

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and 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!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with 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, it keeps getting better.

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