Kristen Ashley returns with the second in her Colorado Mountain series and narrated by Emma Taylor, this one featuring a woman looking to make a new start in the vast mountains. Please read on for my review of
At just under 700 pages or 25 hours listening time, these are stories to get lost in, and without the need (at least in the first two) to read in order, you can grab these for your vacation listens, perfect for beach or travel. In this story we meet Lauren. After discovering her husband is a cheater, nothing could be worse except the fact that it is her best friend was the one he chose. Yeah – major hit to the confidence there. So, Lauren packed her things and left – and after wandering about for a place to begin again, she lands in Carnal – the perfect quiet place. But she needs work, and the local bar is hiring – so in she goes.
Tate is a part owner of the bar, and while they hired Lauren, he’s an utter ass with snarky side comments and a bad attitude. Let me start by saying I despise this approach in contemporary romance: bad attitude and crappy behavior to hide the ‘hurt little boy’ who then apologizes and things are ok. I expect it in historicals and give it a bit more leeway – but considering Lauren’s already damaged confidence and the treatment by her ex-husband, I was hoping for something a little bit different from the ‘I think you’re hot, and I said things I ‘didn’t mean” so forget that because I apologized and we can move on to sexy times” moments. It was a bit more than that – and as a couple, they did mostly work, but I was inclined to be hard on Tate and clench my fists when Lauren was ‘pushover easy’ for some of his antics. That being said, again I had issues here with the writing and the run-on sentences, often meandering into moments that really went nowhere, and simply added to the length, not the substance of the story. With a to frequent refrain of “I went, I did, I walked” the editing of the story needed work, and focus to make this a more manageable length for readers. However, there were engaging moments, and the story did show far more than tell, so while the story was long, it didn’t feel as if I needed to put it down frequently because I was bored.
Narration is provided by Emma Taylor and she did keep each character’s voice distinct, and different, while managing to imbue them with a bit of personality, life and even humor. Even in the frequent moments of action for actions sake, she kept the listening experience engaging. With several plot twists and turns there was no overreaching with presentation tricks like pauses to signify a change, or overly pushing an emotional tone forward.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 3
Title: Sweet Dreams
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #2
Also in this series: The Gamble
Narrator: Emma Taylor
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 24 June, 2014
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 25 Hours: 6 minutes
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She's ready for the ride of her life . . .
Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.
When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.