Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Review: Sweet Dreams
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lauren Grahame has spent her whole life thinking something special was going to happen. She didn’t know what it was, she just knew it would one day be hers. But she learned the hard way that special wasn’t on offer.
So, after divorcing her cheating husband, Lauren searched for nothing special and she thought she found it when she landed a job as a waitress in a biker bar in Carnal. It was perfect: a nothing job in a nowhere bar in Nowheresville.
Then Tatum Jackson walked in. Part-owner of the bar, he took one look at high-class Lauren and wanted nothing to do with her. And he made this known, loudly.
Tate’s angry insults seared in her brain, Lauren decides the feeling is mutual and she doesn’t want anything to do with the gloriously handsome Tate Jackson. The clash of the bartender and barmaid begins but, even though Tate makes his change of mind clear (in biker-speak, a language Lauren is not fluent in), Lauren is intent on going her own way.
Until a serial killer hits Carnal and Lauren finds out Tate isn’t a bartender, he’s a bounty hunter. He stakes his claim for Lauren before he goes on the hunt for a killer but Laurie doesn’t speak biker nor does she understand bounty hunters and Tate comes back from the hunt to find his old lady has moved on.
Life throws curveball after curveball at Laurie and Tate. As secrets are revealed, women are brutally murdered, and Lauren tries to find her inner biker babe.
For book 2 in the Colorado Mountain series, we travel to the town of Carnal. No mountain men this time, just hot as sin, bad ass bikers dudes and kick ass biker babes. It is the perfect town for someone to reinvent themselves or just get a fresh start. We are introduced to a whole new cast of characters with some appearances and mentions of characters from the first book in the series, The Gamble (HERE) Lauren ends up in Carnal, Colorado after driving around the US for months on end. This is because she has left behind an unfulfilled life and jerk of an ex-husband. The bar she ends up working in (I want to hang at that bar where all the hot bikers go) is not her usual style of place to hang out. She moves into a quaint little hotel with sweet owners who sort of adopt Lauren.
Meeting all the residents of this town made me want to move there. Almost the entire town adopts Lauren. Of course, there are several notable exceptions. While we watch her become a better Lauren, we also watch hot biker, current bounty hunter and ex-football, player Tatum Jackson, fall under a spell she doesn't even know she is weaving. So while Tate and Laurie start their courtship dance...ok, so less of a dance and more like what Tate wants, Tate goes after. Anyway while all this is happening we have a psychotic serial killer, crazy exes and family dramas.
There is a crazy amount of history that will be getting in the way of their budding relationship. Also, Tate is gone a lot on bounty hunting jobs and this causes no end of problems for Lauren. Add in the crazy exes making their problems and then you throw a kid in the mix. I was riveted. This story was a crazy roller coaster ride as are all of Ms. Ashley's books. All I could do was hang on for dear life as the twists and turns kept coming. There were several devastating moments and once again Ms. Ashley broke my heart and made me cry. And then there was that OMG moment that I did not see coming! I will be re-reading this book for a long time. Oh and take a good look at the cover of this book. It really says it all. The cover really represents the story inside.
Hi my name is Ursula and I am addicted to Kristen Ashley Books.
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