by Kristen Ashley
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.
I wanted to love this story, I really did. Kristen Ashley is one of my comfort read authors. She has great worldbuilding, amazing descriptions and in-depth stories that really pull you in. I really liked the previous book in this series, Dream Maker and I was hopeful for Dream Chaser. Some of my fellow reviewers have highlighted the issues with this book, including the harmful description of Hawk as a “mutt”, fat-shaming, the problematic depiction of the D/s relationship between Boone and Ryn, and the “evil woman” tropes. I absolutely agree with all these observations and problems with the book and want to add my own issue as well. What bothered me about this book, in addition, is well, it’s boring. Honestly, I read it a few days ago and I have a hard time picking out all of the plot points because they were forgettable. The description states that Ryn’s niece and nephew were in danger from the outside forces in Ryn’s life but they really weren’t. There is a scene or two where Ryn is in danger but it was quickly resolved. I know that the Rock Chick series is over the top and the heroines stupidly put themselves into unnecessary danger but at least that’s interesting, even if it’s annoying. The Rock Chick stories move quickly but Dream Chaser did not. Part of that too is that Ryn and Boone’s story was very tied to the overarching storyline of this series and it wasn’t resolved in Dream Chaser so the ending didn’t have closure. This book was just… dull. Yes, there were scenes that made me tear up, especially when Boone was making stupid choices that hurt Ryn. But overall, I was just bored with this story, and that, combined with the problematic issues, means that this will not be a Kristen Ashley book I will reread. All of that being said, I did go back and reread some of my favorite KA books after finishing Dream Chaser so maybe that’s the silver lining in this…
*Received a free copy from the publisher.