Review: Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley

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Guys, I’m in love. With a fictional character. He’s completely imperfect. He’s a rough and tough type of guy. He’s a single father. He’s over 40, and in my head, he looks like this:


Tate Jackson… oops, I mean, Joe Manganiello

Okay, yes, Manganiello is, as of this writing, only 39, while book-hero, Tate is 44. But, please, just indulge me.

What I love about “Sweet Dreams” and the Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley:

  1. This is a long-ass book. As in, I read it on my iPad Mini and when I put it on landscape mode, it was more than 1,200 pages long. Despite the incredible length, I never got bored. Never put it down, unless I was gonna cook or eat, or go to the bathroom, or work.
  2. Ms. Ashley’s descriptions of everything that happened to the characters – they made me happy because I can actually VISUALIZE everything.
  3. Based on having read the first book in the series, and this one, I totes love the fact that Ms. Ashley writes about older people falling in love. “Sweet Dreams'” hero, Tate, is 44. His love, Laurie, is 42, was a former HR executive, who likes doing bootcamp at the gym. And swimming. She’s a bit nutso, but then again, she’s warranted to be so, after living thru what she has. And, Ms. Ashley makes her crazy older heroines amazing. Can’t complain.
  4. Tate, the alpha hero, is perfectly imperfect. He has a bad temper; he strikes out at the ones he love the most, but recognizes when he’s in the wrong; he loves his son; he loves his woman; he loves his work; and he loves well.
  5. I’m starting to love (fake) weird-sounding towns in Colorado, despite the murder and mayhem happening there, as told in the books.

I could go on and on and on about why I am currently obsessing about Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain books, but, TBH, I’m currently knee-deep in the 3rd installment, “Lady Luck,” so…. um, I’ll catch y’all later.


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