Also by this author: Rough Ride, The Gamble
Series: Dream Team #1
Published by Forever on May 26, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Forever, Netgalley
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Narrator: Susannah Jones
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
Evie is a bonafide nerd and a hyper-intelligent chick who has worked her whole life to get what she wants. Growing up, she had no support from her family and has only ever been able to rely on herself. So when Evie decides she wants to earn her engineering degree, she realizes she needs to take an alternative path to get there. She takes a job dancing at Smithie's club thinking this would be a quick side gig, where she can make the money she needs. But with her lack of dancing skills and an alpha bad boy who becomes overly protective, Evie realizes this might not be as easy as she thought.
Daniel "Mag" Magnusson knows a thing or two about pain, but the mask he wears is excellent. No one can tell that this good-looking, quick-witted, and roguish guy has deep-seated issues. Mag puts on a funny-guy routine so he can hide his broken heart and PTSD. But when Evie dances her way into Mag's life, he realizes that he needs to come face-to-face with the demons of his past if he wants a future with her.
by Kristen Ashley
I’m sure you’ll see a lot of reviews mentioning this but when I went into this story it gave me serious Rock Chick vibes and the further I got into the story the more I felt those. If you’ve read Kristen Ashley, and especially her Rock Chick series, you know that the story is pretty much the same throughout all of them.
The formula, girl is being kidnapped by a bad guy and then saved by the hero and his merry bunch of friends also applies here. So DREAM MAKER is definitely not anything novel or super original as far as the plot is concerned. Kristen Ashley writes formulaic. Do I care? Nope-ty, nope nope. Because it’s still highly addictive and a fun ride. Evie is a lovely heroine. Smart, nerdy and (something I could totally relate to) a klutz. I was super entertained by the first meeting between her and commando Danny.
“I was into you the second I laid eyes on you, and I was only more interested in you when you started lecturing me and seriously into you when you smacked your head into the counter.”
They don’t have the easiest start – Evie comes from a highly dysfunctional family and never had anyone having her back. She’s always the one offering and lending help to her relatives. Their issues however don’t stay away from Evie and her brother’s illegal funny business leaks into her life. Evie has the spunk, spirit and a cuteness about her that I love about KA’s heroines. The way she handles her kidnapper in the showdown had my gasping and giggling at the same time.
Daniel Magnussen is as bossy and alpha as any KA hero but there was something distinctively endearing about him, the way he was into Evie right from the start was just really sweet. He didn’t hide it, and being the way he was he always gave it to Evie straight, something I really appreciate. He was super-easy to love.
“You’re a dork, a klutz, a menace with your mouth and unbelievably cute,”
Now – one could argue that this is pretty insta-everything but in this case it really worked for me. I loved how Danny took care of Evie and made her a priority, made her feel that she, for once, can rely on someone and has someone at her side and back. And with his care, Evie gained self-confidence.
“You’re totally the shit, Evie. And I’m learning you’re more of that every day.”
Readers who haven’t read Kristen Ashley before may feel a little overwhelmed because, damn, if I didn’t know all these characters by heart I would have been totally confused, so I think this book is really for those who have read the Dream Man and Rock Chick series. You will have a chance to check in on a lot of characters from these books. Badass Hawk is Danny’s boss so of course he gets a little page time.
If this was one of my first KA books I’d probably give it a 5 star but to be honest, as I said, it’s too formulaic. What it is, though, is entertaining and I enjoyed every second I got to spend with these characters. I’m definitely continuing with this new series!