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.
4 out of 5 stars
Sweet Dreams is book 2 in the Colorado Mountain series, and a bit different from other Kristen Ashley series as it the characters aren’t from the book before it. This is not problematic, just unusual.
Sweet Dreams is about Lauren Grahame, who finds out her husband is cheating on her with her best friend and divorces him. She then goes on a road trip looking for a new home and a new life, and ends up in Carnal, Colorado, a small mountain town. She walks into Bubba’s, a biker bar, and gets a job as a waitress, despite the owners thinking she’s not right for the job. There she meets Tate Jackson, gorgeous bounty hunter, who quite vocally shows his displeasure with Lauren being hired.
Lauren moves into the Carnal Hotel and becomes friends with the owners, meets the local hippies and befriends him, meanwhile, Tate decides he was wrong about Lauren and sets out to prove himself worthy of her trust. Meanwhile, women are being murdered and Tate is charged with finding out who and why.
There are many things I love about Kristin Ashley’s writing. First, I love the way she writes her men. Tate is a KA typical alpha-male. I also love the way she writes her small towns (she even made Denver feel like a small town in the Rock Chick series). She writes characters that pull you in very quickly, and who you fall in love with very quickly.
The “mystery” part of this book was interesting and unpredictable. I thought I had it figured out, but was totally wrong. I love when I’m wrong! Makes for more interesting reading. I am excited to read the rest of this series.
Read it. You don’t necessarily have to read the first one first either.