Series: Colorado Mountain #2
"She s ready for the ride of her life "
Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba s. It s a nothing job in a nowhere joint until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he s also the bar s part-owner and bartender.
When rough-around-the-edges Tate meets high-class Lauren, he doesn t believe she ll fit in at Bubba s. Yet there s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren one that may put an end to their sweet dreams."
Another entertaining KA read.
Sweet Dreams follows Lauren Grahame as she rolls into a biker town looking for a job. She approaches the tough as nails bar owner for the new waitress position and is told that she doesn’t belong and should move on. Lauren definitely doesn’t fit in, with her designer clothes, but she needs to make this town her new home and the waitressing job is the first step. Lauren has just spent the last four months wandering the country, recovering from a devastating divorce, and Carnal, Colorado is the first place she felt a pull to settle.
Not long after Lauren’s unpacked and started to settle in, she meets Tatum Jackson. He’s an alpha – like KA’s other alphas, he’s sexy, and he knows how to deliver a line. Unlike KA’s other alphas who are unapologetically honest and genuine, Tatum Jackson was also a total asshole. His first interaction with Lauren was one I’ll remember and not for a good reason. There were many times he’d say something and I’d have to ask myself, “What the fuck did he just say?” I found it hard to love him, and there were times I didn’t even like him.
Lauren I did like. Aside from the fact that she was a damsel in distress, I liked her development. At first she was deeply bruised and her hurt made her jaded, but instead of being completely bitter she was loving and lovable. I loved seeing her heal and grow stronger after experiencing heartbreak. She’s the only reason why I didn’t hate Tate, although I never fully accepted his douchebaggery in the end.
Sweet Dreams has all the elements of the KA romance kit: a sweet (if slightly a pushover) heroine, a sexy alpha hero, grown up characters, an underlying suspense (I thought this mystery was great), an extensive supporting cast, good romance, and a great epilogue. I hate to just go down the list and check ingredients off but the Kristen Ashley books that I’ve read so far have been very similar so there isn’t a lot of new that I can expand upon. Until then, I’ll recommend this to anyone who wants a romance that’ll entertain, distract and please the biker babe inside of you.
Performance: 4 stars.
Once again Emma Taylor delivered a great performance. I especially loved listening to her during the tension filled scenes when everyone was talking over everyone else – she did an awesome job portraying each character’s voice and personality.
I recently discovered that magic that is Kristen Ashley. And if you haven’t read anything she’s written yet, then that is precisely what you’re missing out on – magic. She has a gift. Some people tell stories and some people make you experience them. Sweet Dreams was definitely an experience.
Lauren/Laurie/Ace has lived a charmed life. But only by everyone else’s standards. She’s married to a wealthy man and lives in a magnificent home in a gated community. But when Laurie discovers that Brad has been cheating on her for 5 years with her best friend and then leaves her, she starts anew. She leaves behind everything in search of a quiet town in the middle of nowhere to find peace. What she finds is Tatum Jackson.
Tatum Jackson is a bad ass, biker, bounty hunter and part owner of the bar where Laurie has recently become employed. He takes one look at her and very clearly (and vocally) expresses he wants nothing to do with her. Laurie and Tate butt heads until they can’t deny their attraction.
This book is such a whirlwind and is so long (but not painfully so, more like deliciously) that I can only sum it up like this: ill family members, rapist murderers, crazy exes, deaths, break ups, grudges, motorcycles, love, loss, secrets, and self-discovery. It’s one of those books that makes you laugh out loud and keeps you smiling for countless pages. It also makes your heart hurt, race, and drop into your stomach. Like I said – Kristen Ashley has a gift.