Dream Chaser by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Team #2
Also in this series: Quiet Man, Dream Maker
Publication Date: December 15, 2020
Point-of-View: Alternating first and third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In this steamy, addictive contemporary romance spinning off the New York Times bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, Ryn Jansen must put her trust in the one man she wants -- and the one man she can't let herself have.
Ryn Jansen has no interest in taking a risk on Boone Sadler. Thanks to a long list of men who've done nothing but let her down, Ryn vows to stay far away from the caring, protective commando. And when Boone confronts Ryn with evidence that her loved ones are conning her, Ryn is less than thrilled -- with her family and Boone. But even as Boone proves he's the kind of guy to meet her every need, she doesn't trust him to stay when life gets hard . . .
Boone Sadler's never been one to back down from a challenge. He's determined to show the funny, sexy Ryn that the irresistible connection between them is worth exploring. But caring for Ryn's heart and body becomes a matter of life and death when Ryn's beloved niece and nephew are put in danger and dirty cops begin gunning for Ryn. Soon Boone realizes their romance is in danger of more than heartbreak -- and to have any future together, they'll have to put their trust in each other.
Ryn is a stripper who wants to flip houses. She bought a house to flip, but her resources have been going towards keeping her sister-in-law and her niece and nephew afloat. Her brother is an alcoholic and being a single mother is hard for her sister-in-law, Angelica. Angelica is fragile and has headaches so Ryn takes care of the kids a lot – takes them to school, etc.
When Boone takes it upon himself to do a little investigating into Angelica (because he likes Ryn and doesn’t want her taken advantage of) he finds some stuff that’s not so great. Ryn is pissed that Boone looked into her life, but even more pissed about what he finds out about Angelica. When confronted, Angelica tries to deny it, but Boone has pictures/proof. Thinking to punish Ryn, Angelica cuts Ryn out of the kids’ lives. When Ryn talks to her brother about it, he takes Angelica’s side and agrees with Ryn staying away from the kids she loves.
Ryn is hurt, but Boone is there to comfort her. When she is pseudo-kidnapped, he is beside himself. When there’s a murder and Ryn’s life is in danger, Boone steps up and takes charge. Since he’s a dom in the bedroom and Ryn’s submissive he thinks this is A-OK, but Ryn’s only submissive in the bedroom, not everywhere else. Boone and Ryn have a lot to work out if they are to make a relationship work between them. Ryn has been hurt by the men in her life so taking a chance on Boone is a huge step – one that she hopes she won’t regret.
This is book two in the Dream Team series. While this wasn’t a bad story, I didn’t care for it as much as I did book one. When I first saw that it was BDSM I was put off, but kept reading. It was really BDSM-light in every way. Nothing too crazy at all and that was fine. What bothered me was that there was So. Much. Talking. My God it just went on and on. Not a lot happened in the middle of the book and it dragged. I liked the first 25% and the last 15% a lot, but that wasn’t even enough to save the book for me and give it a higher rating.
I liked Boone and Ryn together – and liked Ryn a lot on her own. Boone, by himself, wasn’t my favorite person. He was like a freight train that ran over Ryn and once he was with her it was fine, but meh, I didn’t love him. He pulled a stunt once they were together that bothered me a lot, and he never really recovered from that in my mind – despite him trying to talk his way out of it. It was petty and immature and it pissed me off.
So, while this was a decent read – and I loved the kids in it (should have been in there more, imho) it wasn’t fantastic. I’m glad I read it for the continuity of the story ARC, but did I love it, no.
Rating: 3.25 out of 5
As an aside let me say I am loving these retro book covers. They totally remind me of 70’s/80′ cop shows and I find them very cool.