Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley
Published by Forever on May 26, 2020
Narrator: Susannah Jones
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Dream Man and Rock Chick series comes a brand new story about love, friendship, and the bonds of sisterhood.
Evie is a bonafide nerd and a hyper-intelligent chick who has worked her whole life to get what she wants. Growing up, she had no support from her family and has only ever been able to rely on herself. So when Evie decides she wants to earn her engineering degree, she realizes she needs to take an alternative path to get there. She takes a job dancing at Smithie's club thinking this would be a quick side gig, where she can make the money she needs. But with her lack of dancing skills and an alpha bad boy who becomes overly protective, Evie realizes this might not be as easy as she thought.
Daniel "Mag" Magnusson knows a thing or two about pain, but the mask he wears is excellent. No one can tell that this good-looking, quick-witted, and roguish guy has deep-seated issues. Mag puts on a funny-guy routine so he can hide his broken heart and PTSD. But when Evie dances her way into Mag's life, he realizes that he needs to come face-to-face with the demons of his past if he wants a future with her.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve been looking forward to Dream Maker ever since I found out there would be a series around Hawk’s crazy commandos. I haven’t loved some of Ms. Ashley’s newer books, but I’ve liked almost all of them, especially Lottie’s from Quiet Man. And, I knew this would be set in Denver so I’d hoped I’d get lots of cameos with some of my favorite characters. I was not disappointed.
“Maybe you need to get yourself some trouble. Boys’ll swoop in like vulture.” One could say I didn’t have to search for that.
Evie’s life was a mess, mainly because her family was a disaster that she spent way too much time, money and energy sorting out. With both her dad and brother being on the shady side, it was inevitable things would go south someday, but she never expected how south it would go.
It’s good she was on a blind date with a bonafide commando to back her up when she was forced to do something that sounded shady as hell to keep her brother’s fat out of the fire.
But no one could predict the mess she’d landed herself in. It would take all of Hawk’s men along with the Rock Chicks, their Hot Bunch and a few Dream Men to keep this from going so far south it ended up in Antarctica.
I loved getting to know Hawk’s boys, although they weren’t quite as wild and messy as I thought they would be. Mag had a misstep, well, both he and Evie did at the beginning. But then he got back on track and stayed steady until Evie found her way.
I also loved that this ended up being an all hands on deck kind of book. We even got some cameos by some of the Chaos brothers, including Dutch, who I hope to see more of in the future. As it was put in the story, this is the Rock Chicks Next Gen, better known as the Dream Girls. But the Rock Chicks will be along for the ride. And it treated us to copious amounts of Tex and his newest drink, the Textual, to help us get through. I really want someone to make me one.
We’re harmless,” Indy promised. “So are our men.”
“Unless you can expire from bein’ cool as shit, hot as fuck and havin’ too much fun, am I right?” Daisy proclaimed.
But, at times it felt like it was trying too hard to tie the series together. And to tell us how cool and popular the Rock Chicks and Hot Bunch family are. Yes, they are cool as shit, but I already know that. I don’t need to be told it. Repeatedly.
My other little niggle of an issue was that sometimes it felt rushed. Like we were going from plot point to plot point without fleshing things out as much as they could’ve been. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun ride that I enjoyed, but I wish we’d had more time to stop and smell the roses along the way.
Rating: 3.5 The Gang’s All Here Stars
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