3.5 StarsWithin the pages of At Peace there is a 4, perhaps even a 4.5 star book. It has all the ingredients. A great hero, a heroine I liked, a good story. And while Kristen Ashley's writing style is rough and occasionally confusing it worked for the book.So why 3.5 stars? At Peace is long to the point of distraction. I would be reading a section where a bunch of characters were chatting, and 20 page turns later (on Kindle) nothing has really happened and they're still chatting. There were characters in this book who just appeared out of the blue and disappeared in a puff of smoke. This book is long enough already, all that extra stuff makes it almost unbearable. I ask myself what is this story really about? At it's core it's about the relationship between Joe and Violet and the psychopath who is stalking her. Violet's daughters were great, and her bitchy neighbour added to the story but I can't help but think you could get rid of most of the other characters in this book and still have the same fundamental story. Despite all that, I liked this book a lot. It was great fun and when it was good, it was very good.