Published April 2011
Series: Colorado Mountains #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She's ready for the ride of her life . . .
Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren 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 the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't 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.
Lauren Grahame aka Laurie is a recent divorcee and looking to escape from the ten years of marriage that dictated and inhibited her life. After an extended road trip, she finally settles in the small town of Carnal, Colorado, where she applies for a job at a local bar called Bubba’s.
The Carnal inhabitants are not used to the big-city girl and ex-executive Laurie is, yet they slowly but surely grow fond of her. Especially her sexy boss/bartending colleague/bounty hunter Tatum Jackson, who hates – yet at the same time loves – Laurie’s attitude. However, a serial killer is on the loose, which brings nothing but trouble and disturbs the peace and quiet of the small town…
Well, to start with, there’s one thing you have to know before starting to read a Colorado Mountain novel by Kristen Ashley: it’s that they are really long. I read the first part of the series last year and remember it took me almost 8-10 hours to finish it, which is why Sweet Dreams, the second part, stayed on my bookshelf so long.
And since I really enjoyed the first part, I took my courage and started Sweet Dreams (took me the same reading time this time around, by the way). However, I just found it didn’t really live up to its predecessor. It has the same wonderful flow as The Gamble (ie. Big City Girl ends up in Colorado small town and meets simple-life but sexy guy there, they hate each other at first, but that hate turns to hot passionate love). Yeah, it may sounds like a simple plot to you, but it is very enjoyable. Especially seeing how dirty and alpha-male Tate is, this book can give you a few very enjoyable moments.
Both Sweet Dreams and The Gamble have this enjoyable plot, and the very nice characters to go with (mind you, we’re speaking of the 35+ bracket, divorcee, mother/father type of characters), but I just felt like Sweet Dreams was a bit dragged out. There are two things that keep the novel running: Tate and Laurie’s love story (and how both their pasts keep haunting them) and then there’s the serial killer. And, each time one of the two “intrigue-makers” hit, it’s basically the same pattern that’s executed until the end of the book. And there were probably a bit too much details (and side-characters) to my liking, which clouded the story a bit.
In the end, Sweet Dreams remained a really nice read, with some good form of suspense and some funny parts, but even though I am a Kristen Ashley fan through and through, I’m only being honest when I say that I wouldn’t deem Sweet Dreams as outstanding. That will however not keep me from reading the next book in the series, as even though the story flow was not exactly to my liking, I will always love Kristen Ashley’s writing!