Series: Colorado Mountain #2
Published by Forever on December 11, 2012
Pages: 562 pages
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 Bubbas. Its 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 doesnt want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren hes also the bars part owner and bartender.
When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she wont fit in at Bubbas. Yet theres 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.
I love the simple fact that I can jump into any Kristen Ashley story both knowing that I’ll get to experience it’s story with new eyes and that I’ll get to fall in love with a favorite read all over again.
Sweet Dreams is unlike any contemporary romance, or romantic suspense story I’ve ever had the privilege to read and then re-read. In all the books I have read, I’ve never come across characters that Ashley thinks up and then places them within stories that transport you into another place, situation, and life. That’s why I’m glad that I’m not a writer because I know that I don’t have it in me to weave the type of stories that you can’t do anything but sit back and try not to get lost in everything that’s going on.
There was a time when I was not a fan of reading stories with heroines that were 10+ years older than me, but it’s just something about Ashley’s writing that makes you enjoy being a fly on the wall and to take in everything written and fall in love right along with the characters. I seriously went on the emotional rollercoaster that Lauren and Tate went through in trying to navigate the ups and downs they encountered throughout Sweet Dreams. When Lauren was peeved at Tate I was right there with her, and when Tate was being a freaking awesome father to his son I couldn’t help but get choked up.
During this re-read I had forgot the intricate details that had made Sweet Dreams such a favorite and it was because of this lapse in memory I was able to experience Sweet Dreams as if I was reading it for the first time. Any reader will attest to how rare something like this is. When I choose to re-read an Ashley story this is never my goal, but it always turns out to be the reality whenever I open one of her story’s pages – if you don’t believe me ask me how many times I’ve read and re-read Knight and if the experience has been the same every time.
Tatum Jackson and Lauren Grahame were so perfect for each other and not in the stereotypical way, but in a way that was 100% real and relatable. Even being 10+ years younger than both Tate and Lauren I was able to understand their motivations, goals, and aspirations – well I might not be the ideal younger reader because I’ve been told I have an old (seasoned) soul.
With this re-read under my belt I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series and experience those over again.