Author: Kristen Ashley
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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.
Whew, this was a chunky book and I’m proud of myself for finishing it. I’ve read a few Kristen Ashley books before so I was excited to get to this one. While it wasn’t a favorite, it did remind me why I reach for her books. Action and super steamy romance.
Character-wise, I liked Evie and Danny. It was a classic KA couple but that didn’t bother me. There’s something in the way that she writes her alpha male heroes that get me every time. I couldn’t get enough of the macho moments from Danny.
I think my biggest downfall with Dream Maker was that I haven’t read The Rock Chick series. If I had read that series I would have been able to grasp more of the people and the past experiences that they were talking about. So many times I wanted to draw a chart about who was with who and who the rock chicks were. Speaking of them, I found it weird that the Rock Chick books are a thing in this book. Like our main character, Evie was reading them about people she was getting to know. Is that weird to anyone else?
I also felt like the ending was so anti-climatic. As much build up as we had over 500 pages I expected something better. Something that also felt like an ending after all of the drama and kidnappings.
All in all, I’m pretty sure ya’ll can see how I’m in the middle on this book. I enjoyed parts of it but I didn’t enjoy it as a whole. I do plan on continuing with the next book when it releases. I just hope I can understand and recognize more people.
I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.