Hey y’all! So FINALLY…it’s been awhile but here’s another fine addition to Bobo’s Retro Fave and my READ AGAIN E-SHELF. I was feeling a little disappointed this week because I had a few books that I DNFed and I LOATHE doing that because I know how hard authors work. 😭 But I just couldn’t finish them soooo…I turned to one of my all time, most favorite-est, groovy-est authors: Kristen Ashley! 😍
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of my top three Kristen Ashley favorites!
SWEET DREAMS is book two in the Colorado Mountain Series and is (kind of) an enemies to lovers contemporary standalone with just a hint of suspense. If I was forced at gunpoint to name my top three Kristen Ashley favorites, I’d name this one as number two…number one…number three…well let’s just say this book is one of my favorites!! I’ve read this beloved tale at least four times, possibly more. Right off the bat, I’ll say I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Lauren’s character. She found the strength to transform herself (and not just physically) from a timid, insecure woman to a strong, confident Goddess. It was like watching a plain boring caterpillar break free from her cocoon to become this beautiful majestic butterfly! It’s a journey I never get tired of reading. Then of course there’s Tate, Lauren’s bad boy alpha boss who also moonlights as a bounty hunter. There’s just something about a possessive, take charge kind of man with a silver tongue that makes my heart pound! Plus, the sparks that ignite when these two come together is HAWT! Next is the crazy cast of secondary characters, each one who, by the time Ms. Ashley’s done, has me feeling like they’re my best friends. Throw in a plot with a few suspenseful elements and surprises and you have the perfect contemporary romance! Told from Lauren’s POV with a happy ever after.
“I adore Kristen Ashley’s books!”—Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author
When you lose everything, anything is possible. Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she’d been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . . Lauren’s fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She’ll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda. However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they’re not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.
And here’s a GREAT song that reminds me of Lauren!
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.