Audiobook Review: Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley

Posted December 9, 2015 by Felicia S in 2.00 Wine Glasses, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 8 Comments

Audiobook Review: Golden Trail by Kristen AshleySource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook, eBook

Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley
Narrator: Brian Pallino
Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins

Date Read: September 2015

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever.
Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back.

Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to avoid Rocky but when Layne gets three bullets drilled into him while investigating a dirty cop, he can’t do that because Rocky stops avoiding Layne. They make a deal to work together to expose the dirty cop but they have no idea the strength of their enduring attraction or the sheer evil at work in The ‘Burg.

As Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick play their game and dance around the pull that draws them together, Layne has to discover the dark secrets buried so deep in Rocky’s heart she doesn’t even know they’re there at the same time untangle a sinister web of crime so abhorrent it has to be stopped... at all costs.

And to do it, Layne has to enlist everyone, including his ex-CIA mentor, Rocky’s detective brother, the town’s unpredictable informant and Layne’s two teenage sons all the while stopping Rocky from doing something crazy and keeping their game secret so Layne won't get himself dead.

More Information:
Publisher: Audible, Createspace
Series: The 'Burg #3

Also by this author: Fire Inside, Mystery Man, Wild Man, Law Man, Motorcycle Man, Own the Wind, Rock Chick, Rock Chick Rescue, Rock Chick Redemption, Rock Chick Renegade, Rock Chick Revenge, Rock Chick Reckoning, Ride Steady, Knight
Also in this series: For You, At Peace, Games of the Heart, The Promise


Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.00
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 1.50

Audio Rating: 3.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley is the first one by her (I have read like 16) that I almost DNF’d, threw against the wall, and seriously might get a bit ranty about Layne!

My Thoughts: Just a warning there will be lots of spoiler sections because there is just no way for me to explain my feelings without them. 

Let’s start with the non-spoilery stuff:

1: First 40% of the book was a solid 3.5/4.0 –I was liking the characters, loving the story, and was solidly invested.
2: 40% to 95% I almost closed the book several times and Layne landed in my leading romance men that I would have liked to actually not get an HEA. Then again Roc wasn’t much better so maybe they deserve each other.
3: 95% to end bumped the rating up from a 1.5 to a 2 but only because of the end of the mystery. It was strong and I liked the wrap-up.
4: I have read several reviews that say this is the BEST EPILOGUE by Kristen Ashley–I think you would have to like Layne for that to be the case. I totally disagree.

Layne This will be in Spoilers….

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Roc: Gonna be spoilery also….

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What I Liked: Not spoilery..

1: Loved the main mystery. I thought it was clever and planned out well.
2: Loved the kids. I thought they were well written and likable.
3: Loved Dev and Ryker–in fact, Ryker would have been a better leading guy–just saying.
4: Loved seeing all my favs!
5: The end because it means I can move on.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Brian Pallino /Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins

Brian was good at the narration. I think I wasn’t more in love with it because of the characters. I will say that he was much better than the last 2 in this series.

This will work better for others. Most people loved this book but I guess maybe having an excellent stepmom and mom–the kid issues were just triggers for me.


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
2 / 5
Story Rating
2.5 / 5
Character Rating
1.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
3 / 5
Felicia S
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8 responses to “Audiobook Review: Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley

  1. Yea, this one I need to pass on. If nothing else but b/c of the kids issue (yes, I read the spoilers). I am currently listening to one that the woman is tstl. WHAT is it with that? Why can’t a man be tstl? But then again, I’d hate that too. LOL

  2. Obviously you had some issues with this one. I think I will pass. I couldn’t resist, I clicked on all the spoilers so now its ruined anyway.