Until Ashlyn (Until Her #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Dillon Keck knew Ashlyn Mayson was drunk when she suggested they get married. He knew he should have taken her back to their hotel room and put her to bed. Instead, he did what he had been craving to do since the moment they met.
Claim her as his.
Waking up married in Vegas isn't something Ashlyn Mayson ever thought would happen to her. Having Dillon, her boss, a man she thinks is a dick, insist they stay married is absurd, but every time he touches her, she gets lost in him and wonders if maybe they are meant to be together.
But someone isn't happy for Dillon and Ashlyn and their new found romance, and they're willing to do anything to keep them apart. Even commit murder.
Okay, let’s be honest, we’ve all done it….You’re a little pissed off at the boss, you have a little too much to drink and wake up thinking WTF have I done and can I fix it? At least that’s what Ashlyn should have done…
Let me start by saying I do love this series… Some of them are a little lighter and some are a little darker but they all entertain and I’m invested in finding out what happens with all the kids… So, I was really looking forward to this one. It has a lot going for it. Dillon is kind of dick at first but he really grows on you and you see a different side to him when you meet his brother, his sister in law and his nephews. He’s pretty sweet to Ashlyn once he has her right were he wants her. And Ashlyn is just as funny and lovable in this book as she has been in past books. Yeah, she may have failed at adulting by getting both the husband and the t-shirt while in Vegas…but Dillon is hot and he seems to be thrilled that he’s married to Ashlyn so she just goes with it. Even the back story had potential. I thought it would be focused on Isla, Dillon’s ex-fiance, but there was a whole secondary story that kept you guessing.
It has a lot to recommend it, right? I’d agree….except…. here’s where it lost me. The whole reason that Dillon gives for being engaged to Isla and why he isn’t when he marries Ashlyn?... I didn’t buy it. You don’t grow up with someone and not know they’re lying their ass off to you about something that big. Ashlyn didn’t grow up with her and she saw through that lie immediately. Next…how the killer finds and fixates on Ashlyn. It’s way too much of a coincidence that Isla just happened to connect Ashlyn to the very same website the killer found her on and not be involved in the killing in some way. Unless, the website was the sole goal and that was what she was going to use to drive a wedge between Dillon and Ashlyn…but it still just didn’t make sense to me because that was never explained. Moving on to how the killer gets Ashlyn away from Dillon… I’m still not clear on how he made that work…seems like there would be no way to pull that off without some pretty extensive planning and I just didn’t see how that could have happened. The actions were way to random and unknown to be able to plan that. Add to that a number of little clues that someone may have been stalking Ashlyn that were never fleshed out. Were they actually the killer? Were they Isla? Was I just reading too much into it? There were way too many loose ends for me not to keep picking at them until the whole thing unraveled.
Finally, the relationship between Dillon and Ashlyn, while sweet, had too little groundwork to make it believable. Dillon may be a god in bed…but up until they went to Vegas they had a cool if not an almost adversarial connection and godlike sex, while fantastic, is not a reason to stay married to someone you don’t even necessarily like. I don’t care who you are, you don’t just accept that you’ve married a man you believe is still engaged and not put up some kind of argument against staying married just because he said “no” to the annulment. Even if you accept that she learned to love him, it seemed like the whole getting to know you, learning to live with you stage was just skipped over…
This book does set up the next book between Sage and Kim, so you can say that this is a nice bridge to that story, but this just left me with too many questions at the end to fully enjoy it.