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Dec 15

Dream Chaser by Kristen Ashley Review

5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

In this steamy, addictive contemporary romance spinning off the New York Times bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, Ryn Jansen must put her trust in the one man she wants — and the one man she can’t let herself have.

Ryn Jansen has no interest in taking a risk on Boone Sadler. Thanks to a long list of men who’ve done nothing but let her down, Ryn vows to stay far away from the caring, protective commando. And when Boone confronts Ryn with evidence that her loved ones are conning her, Ryn is less than thrilled — with her family and Boone. But even as Boone proves he’s the kind of guy to meet her every need, she doesn’t trust him to stay when life gets hard . . .

Boone Sadler’s never been one to back down from a challenge. He’s determined to show the funny, sexy Ryn that the irresistible connection between them is worth exploring. But caring for Ryn’s heart and body becomes a matter of life and death when Ryn’s beloved niece and nephew are put in danger and dirty cops begin gunning for Ryn. Soon Boone realizes their romance is in danger of more than heartbreak — and to have any future together, they’ll have to put their trust in each other.

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REVIEW:

When Kristen Ashley teased the first book this series, Dream Maker, to her readers in 2019, I couldn’t wait, and it instantly became one of my most anticipated books of 2020. I absolutely loved her Dream Man series, and to this day, it’s one I reread often. The commandos were always these interesting, elusive guys popping up when everyone needed them most. I wanted to know more about them then, and I’m beside myself that KA is giving that to readers now.

Dream Chaser is the second book in Kristen Ashley’s Dream Team series, and I absolutely loved everything about Boone and Ryn’s story. The Dream Team series is a brand new series starring new characters who’ve really only been alluded to in her previous books and series. KA readers often wax poetic about “old school KA,” a reference to her early writings which are widely viewed as some of the greatest contemporary romances of our time. I think she managed to sate those readers with these books by delivering two stories so far that were both comfortingly familiar but still felt brand-spanking-new. It was wonderfully nostalgic but with a fresh spin.

One thing KA readers agree upon is that her stories aren’t just about the hot guy hero. He’s a star, don’t get me wrong, but her heroines are equally dynamic and hold their own in the face of all that alpha-hotness. She pens strong, sassy, smart women, and she makes them part of a tribe of friends who define what it means to belong to a sisterhood. I read KA stories just as much for those fabulous female-positive friendships as I do for the heart-racing, heat-filled, knee-weakening romances they’re swept up in. In Dream Chaser, KA gives her heroine, Ryn, a solid support system in Smithie’s girls, and their brand of mischief and sisterhood holds its own against that of the Rock Chicks or the Chaos old ladies – who make liberal appearances and welcome the strippers into the fold.

Ryn and Boone each come to the table with their own issues, and they both share a very particular sexual preference. While there is a Dom/sub element to their relationship, readers need not be overly concerned if BDSM isn’t your jam. This was a taste, a dabble if you will, and while their romance was not overwhelmed by their kink, it most definitely fanned the flames of that heat between them to scorching levels. Ryn’s hard exterior protects a heart of gold, and she’s stretched thin caring for her niece and nephew as she covers for their neglectful, lazy, substance-abusing parents. Stripping was only supposed to be a means to an end for her, but unfortunately her family situation has thrown a wrench in her plans. Her life is complicated, but when she lets that wall down and finally lets Boone in, she finds a true partner in him. Boone was precisely the man for her, in every conceivable way, and his commanding, consistent pursuit, presence and then partnership with her was exactly the kind of sigh-inducing, swoon-worthy, romance novel magic I crave from KA.

Dream Chaser was everything I love about a Kristen Ashley romance. A resilient, sharp and feisty heroine and a protective, decisive, caring alpha male in a love story full of feels, fun and fire. I literally inhaled this book, loving every single moment, word and scene of it. I didn’t want to put it down, I didn’t want it to end, and I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. A top favorite of the year, Dream Chaser by Kristen Ashley gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. I have since purchased my own copy of the ebook for my digital library.

 

 


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