REVIEW: Too Good to be True by Kristen Ashley


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Heiress Daphne Ryan is uncertain about spending a week at the sprawling country estate of the family of her sister’s boyfriend. For starters, she doesn’t get along with her sister. Then there’s the fact his family is old, wealthy aristocracy, and Daphne’s from brash, new American money.

Mostly, it’s that everyone knows Duncroft House is haunted by the ghost of a 1920s film star who died there. Deemed an accident, for nearly a century, people are sure it was murder.

Daphne doesn’t like scary things, say…haunted houses. She likes it less when strange things start happening to her when she arrives.

But she finds she has a surprising ally.

Ian Alcott, the heir to the earldom, is rich, gorgeous and just as concerned about the frightening things that keep befalling Daphne at his ancestral family home. As he moves to protect her, Daphne finds he’s also funny, kind and sexy as hell.

Indeed, he just might be too good to be true.

Too Good to Be True is a murder mystery romance that debuted on Kindle Vella on February 1, 2023. If you read Vella, you can read the whole book there right now!

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An addictive fusion of suspenseful mystery and sizzling romance, Kristen Ashley’s Too Good To Be True kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Ashley’s masterful storytelling prowess was on full display in this captivating novel as she expertly balanced the intriguing plot with the steamy love story. The characters were multifaceted, and their chemistry was electric, which made their journey all the more enthralling. As the mystery unfolds, I was as invested in unraveling the secrets and uncovering the truth as I was in the building of Daphne and Ian’s blistering hot romance. Kristen Ashley is one of the most enduring and influential romance authors of this generation. Known for her evocative and engaging prose, she immerses her readers in the worlds she creates, enveloping them in all of the desire, undeniable attraction and danger of her characters’ stories. Too Good To Be True is yet another example of Ashley’s ability to consistently deliver this type of genre-bending reading experience to her readers.

Kristen Ashley effortlessly wove together a complex murder mystery and a scorching-hot romance in this impossible-to-put-down gem. The suspense was riveting, and the emotional connection between the characters added depth and intensity to the interesting plot. Ian and Daphne’s undeniable chemistry was a testament to Ashley’s ability to craft authentic, engaging love stories. If you’re looking for a romance that will keep you guessing while also setting your heart on fire, this story needs to be on your list. Five smooches from me for Too Good To Be True by Kristen Ashley!

~Danielle Palumbo



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