Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley

October 12, 2015 Book Review, Series Review 4 ★★★★★

Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley five-stars
Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man #1
Published by Forever on November 11, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 512
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Night time is the right time...

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away...

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review

 

Reviewed SpiceFor several DG’s, the Dream Man Series is what popped their KA cherry.  I think my first KA book was Heaven and Hell.  I loved it, but I wish I would have waited for Hawk, Brock, Mitch, and Tack.  I loved each and every one of them but for vastly different reasons.  You have Hawk, your crazy commando (not crazy fun, crazy whacked but in an alpha, growly, obsessive way), Brock, your do-anything-to-get-the-job done DEA Agent/Cop, Mitch, the big-hearted Law Man, and Tack, the Dirty Girl Biker Guru’s dream biker.  I do have to say, the OCD part of me wants me to tell you that you should read the Rock Chick Series first but feel free to ignore that.

The heroines are quirky, the side kicks are freaking hilarious and the story lines will leave you laughing one minute and crying the next.  This is a must read  5 Star series.

Extras

To help you keep all the characters straight, I put together a character list which tells you which books they appear in, and for many of the characters, actual quotes from the books describing them.

Dream Man Series Character List

I’ve also put together a play list for the Dream Man series with both songs/bands mentioned in the books and songs that remind me of scenes or characters in the book.

Spice’s Dream Man Series Play List

Finally, many of KA’s series are linked so I put together my suggestion for what reading order works best.

Spice’s Kristen Ashley Suggested Reading Order

Dream Man Series

Mystery ManMystery Man:  I have to admit, the beginning of Mystery Man had me thinking “WTF?- She banged a guy for 1 1/2 years and didn’t know his name.  Is she nuts!” I got past this. How? you ask.  Because Hawk is awesome (when he wasn’t pissing me off) and we are introduced to Mitch, Brock, and Tack.  Plus, shortly into the book I realized I was going to be on one hell of a wild ride.

Prepare for emotional swings when reading this book.  I went from being a tad judgy, to feeling her pain caused by her dead beat sibling, to being scared with her, to being insanely pissed at Hawk, to having my heart break for her, to having my heart break for him.  All throughout this rollercoaster of emotion, I would randomly laugh out loud because Gwen may be a girly girl who lived for cosmos and LBD’s but she was funny.  Hawk…..how do I describe Hawk.  Hot, intense, bad ass, scary, controlling, and completely broken. When you find out why, you’ll forgive him for all his asshole ways.  WTF-ery or not, Mystery Man is one of my go-to comfort reads.

Favorite Quote:

“I’m here ’cause when you come, you come hard, you don’t hold back but you do hold on and you do it tight. I’m here because, when you call me baby in this bed, I feel it in my dick. And I’m here because you don’t hesitate throwing attitude when every other woman I know doesn’t have the guts to say boo to me. Seein’ you scared and wantin’ to do something about it was just an extra reason that made me want to be here.”
          Hawk

 

Song: The Other Side of Midnight by Uriah Heep

 

WIld ManWild Man:  This book should be subtitled “The Ex’s From Hell”.  I have to admit, Brock did not win me over in Mystery Man.  I kind of thought he was a douchewaffle with his Hail Mary play that involved Gwen.  Still, it was a KA book so I knew she would turn him around for me and she did.

The beginning had me going OMG and again I wasn’t too sure about Brock, but he redeemed himself in a big way.  Once he found out what had really happened to Tess, he made it his goal in life to guide her through the healing process.  He not only won me over, he made it onto my Top Ten favorite book boyfriend list.

Between psycho ex’s on both sides, kidnappings, shootings and sometimes whacked, sometimes heartbreaking family drama, Tess and Brock’s journey isn’t an easy one. Rest assured, even through the bad times we are treated to a love story that will leave you smiling even when you want to cry.  Add in the craziness of the supporting characters, at times you’ll even be laughing your ass off.  Trigger Warning View Spoiler »

Favorite Quote:

There’s a wild that’s fucked and there’s a wild that’s just plain wild. You just hooked yourself to a different kind of wild, Tess, and I swear, baby, swear”— his arms squeezed before he finished—“ I’ll show you that’s a good, safe place to be.”
Brock

 

Song: Simple Man by Shinedown

 

Law ManLaw Man: An unbelievably sweet book with a freaking awesome H in Mitch.  He’s like the Captain America of cops with the big heart to go with it.  Mara is not my usual preference for a great h. She was in her head an inordinate amount of time and way too down on herself, but I actually ended up really liking her.  Mitch is everything a hero should be.  He’s loyal, he’s alpha, and he can definitely be an asshole but only when it’s for a good cause.  When you include Mara’s adorable cousins, you just can’t help but fall in love with this book.  There is mystery, suspense, a heart-poundingly scary kidnapping, problems with the mob, plus Mara’s crazy Mom and Aunt, aka the trailor trash twins, causing problems every which way they can.  Last but not least, if there were awards for awesome epilogues, Law Man would have the top spot.

Favorite Quote:

You’re Mara, you’re sweet, you’re beautiful, and I will not forget until the day I die how beautiful it felt to slide inside you, with you wrapped around me, see your eyes get wet and know straight in my gut that you felt how beautiful it was too.”
          Mitch

Song: Feeling That Way/Anytime by Journey

 

Motorcycle ManMotorcycle Man:  If I was ever in a nightmare scenario where I could only pick one book from this series to read (which would absolutely suck!), it would be Motorcycle Man.  This is one of those comfort reads for me that I reach for time after time.  Tack is everything a badass Hero should be.  He’s a hot biker, a great dad (even if he does cuss like a sailor), he can be sweet when he needs to, but he’s not a pushover AT ALL.  He can take care of business in all ways, and let me tell you, when his business is Tyra, it is HOT.  Tyra is not what you would consider a biker bitch, but when she finds her way (and she was definitely lost), she can hold her own with even the bitchiest bitch of all.  Biker politics and mob issues are sprinkled throughout this book with our Tyra directly in the crosshairs of a very bad guy.  Tyra had the wildest most dangerous ride of all in this series, but her biker king is there to make sure his queen makes it safely home.

Favorite Quote’s: (because I could not pick just one)

“Truth, honesty, perseverance, strength, love of all kinds and forgiveness are all beautiful, Tack. The most beautiful stories ever told are the most difficult to take.”
          Tyra

“Babe, advice. A man expresses his gratitude, you do not throw attitude. You kiss him and, maybe, suck his dick to show your appreciation.”
          Tack

 

Song: Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf

 

five-stars

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4 Responses to “Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley”

  1. Luucy

    Amazing review! 😀 I’d read only a couple of chapters of Mystery Man and I didn’t like it much so I put it down, but you really put me in the mood for reading it again and give it a second chance 🙂

  2. Spice

    The first couple of chapters definitely have some WTF-ery going on, but then things take off. Lucky you that you get to read the series for the first time. I’m jeolous!

  3. Maria

    Well this was my introduction to KA and of course I had to do it ass backwards. I stumbled upon Motorcycle Man….and I was hooked. That Tack, hot damn! So when I found out that it was a series…yup, have to go and find the first 3. Right there with you on Gwen and Hawk. I thought she was a nitwit, all that time and she didn’t know his name?!?! And yes, you learn Hawk’s baggage, you stop calling him names.

    Brock…OMG….so thought he was going to be a man-whore to the extreme. Tess, sweet Tess, when I got to that interrogation room scene–bawled like a baby. The ex, did you not just want to reach into the book and bitch slap her?!?!

    Mitch and Mara. It would take someone big hearted and gentle to overcome all the damage the Trailer Trash Twins did. (Must say I almost died laughing when Roberta calls them the Roller Derby Rejects! Billy and Billie….so agree, that epilogue deserves to be in a Hall of Fame somewhere.

    Tack and Tyra. Like I said…I fell for him my first time out. Tyra turned out to be one bad ass and she needed to be to be able to hold her own with that man of hers. The wedding, now that’s how it should be done.

    Out of curiosity, have you read the Chaos series? What did you think of that?

    • Spice

      I love the Chaos series equally as much if not more as the Dream Man series. All the heroines in the series are strong and the heroes are hell on wheels in all the good ways. They get emotional, with Own The Wind and Walk Through Fire completely gutting me, but KA makes sure the heroes make everything right in the end.

      This reminds me, I really need to get started on the series review for Chaos. These reviews are time-consuming but fun to put together.

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