Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dream Maker (Dream Team #1) by Kristen Ashley: ARC Review

Blurb:

Two broken hearts find love and healing in each other in this sexy contemporary romance spin-off from the New York Times bestselling author of the Rock Chick and Dream Man series.

Evan "Evie" Gardiner has spent her whole life being the responsible one in her family, but enough is enough. It's time to pursue her own dreams. Evie's finally going to finish that engineering degree she's been working toward. But first she needs to come up with the money to pay for tuition. Working as a dancer at Smithie's club seems like the perfect solution to her problems . . . until her family lands in yet another scrape and comes to Evie for help. Only, this time, her family's recklessness is risking more than her dreams-it's endangering her life.

Daniel "Mag" Magnusson knows a thing or two about desperation and disappointment, but no one notices that his good looks and quick wit hide the painful memories that haunt him. When Evie's family puts her in danger, Mag insists on offering Evie his protection. He has the skills to guard Evie's life, but as they grow closer, Mag realizes he'll need to come face-to-face with his demons to prove himself as the man who will protect her heart.


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About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She 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!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of 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 up, it keeps getting better.

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Yvette's Review:

As a HUGE fan of both Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick Series and her Dream Man Series, can I just say, OMG?!?! I will gladly read anything by KA but a spin-off of two of her series?! It really doesn’t get any better than that (or so I thought). After reading and loving Quiet Man, aka Lottie and Mo’s story, I knew that Lottie set her matchmaking sights on Mo’s commando friends and her fellow exotic dancers from Smithie’s. First up is Evie and Mag’s book, Dream Maker, which kicks off a brand new series with a fast-paced, action-packed, unforgettable romance.

Sparks flew the moment Evan “Evie” Gardiner and Daniel “Mag” Magnusson met up for their blind date, but their first meeting doesn’t quite go as planned. A mysterious text and a late-night rendezvous land Evie into some serious trouble courtesy of her deadbeat family members. Said trouble not only draws out Mag’s protective instincts and kicks their budding romance into warp speed, but assembles the combined forces of the Rock Chicks, Smithie’s girls, and a bevy of take-charge, no-nonsense Alpha males. To say there’s never a dull moment in Dream Maker would be an understatement...

With a storyline that's rife with drama, danger, and suspense, Dream Maker is a book that'll keep you on the proverbial edge of your seat and have your pulse racing in anticipation. It's the tight-knit connection between the extensive cast of characters that's the heart of the narrative. Between Mag and Evie's whirlwind romance and Evie's indoctrination into the Rock Chick crew and the newly-appointed Dream Team, I didn't know whether to swoon or dissolve in a puddle of mush (although there was a lot of both happening on my part).

In addition to creating the best Alpha males (seriously, each one is as good as or better than the last), Kristen Ashley writes stories that are intense, emotional, sexy, and entertaining. She has this indefinable ability to evoke a variety of emotions with her words. It's this ability that not only makes me excited for each new release, but has me revisiting her previous books countless times while I wait for a new book. Dream Maker is another must-read romance from Kristen Ashley and I'm looking forward to both the next book in the series and to reading Dream Maker again and again.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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