Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain, #2)Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
(Colorado Mountain #2)

Amazon Digital Services, 562 pages

"His forehead dropped to touch mine. “I’m gonna piss you off ‘cause I can be a dick. That’s who I am. And you’re gonna piss me off ‘cause, babe, you got attitude. That’s who you are. And that’s who we’re comin’ out to be together. And I’m all right with that because, with what I had before, even when you’re a bitch, I like it. But when you’re not, it’s a sweetness the like I’ve never tasted."

Lauren Grahame has spent her whole life thinking something special was going to happen. She didn’t know what it was, she just knew it would one day be hers. But she learned the hard way that special wasn’t on offer.

So, after divorcing her cheating husband, Lauren searched for nothing special and she thought she found it when she landed a job as a waitress in a biker bar in Carnal. It was perfect: a nothing job in a nowhere bar in Nowheresville.

Then Tatum Jackson walked in. Part-owner of the bar, he took one look at high-class Lauren and wanted nothing to do with her. And he made this known, loudly.

Tate’s angry insults seared in her brain, Lauren decides the feeling is mutual and she doesn’t want anything to do with the gloriously handsome Tate Jackson. The clash of the bartender and barmaid begins but, even though Tate makes his change of mind clear (in biker-speak, a language Lauren is not fluent in), Lauren is intent on going her own way.

Until a serial killer hits Carnal and Lauren finds out Tate isn’t a bartender, he’s a bounty hunter. He stakes his claim for Lauren before he goes on the hunt for a killer but Laurie doesn’t speak biker nor does she understand bounty hunters and Tate comes back from the hunt to find his old lady has moved on.

Life throws curveball after curveball at Laurie and Tate. As secrets are revealed, women are brutally murdered, and Lauren tries to find her inner biker babe

Sweet Dream felt like it was full of so many things, it was going to burst on the seams!
It certainly was a thriller, but also a romantic chick-lit contemporary.
Which was fine, it just seemed a bit too much for me.

The characters are wonderfully fleshed out, with their own quirks and where what made the writing bearable. I LOVED the hippies! And I loved the way Lauren was presented at the beginning. She seemed, you know, normal. And you can certainly see the way she changes, kinda blooms into being herself again instead of just being her ex-husbands wife (who's an ass).

For some reason the author thought 3 page long monologues where the way to go. Nope, total disaster that! She explained things like wardrobes in it's tiniest detail and some sentences filled half a page, which threw me out of the story instead of sucking me in more.
And this didn't just happen once or twice, but it's her actual style.

Way too much information and dialogue! I never thought I'd cry over too much information or dialogue because most of the time either one seems lacking. On the other hand it WAS a gripping read, certainly steamy and with a lot of interesting side-stories. Which was especially nice, because most books focus on one couple, but this one went in depth with about every character!

Rating ★★★☆☆


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