Dream Maker (Dream Team #1) by Kristen Ashley

Evie is a bonafide nerd and a hyper-intelligent chick who has worked her whole life to get what she wants. Growing up, she had no support from her family and has only ever been able to rely on herself. So when Evie decides she wants to earn her engineering degree, she realizes she needs to take an alternative path to get there. She takes a job 52189666._SY475_dancing at Smithie’s club thinking this would be a quick side gig, where she can make the money she needs. But with her lack of dancing skills and an alpha bad boy who becomes overly protective, Evie realizes this might not be as easy as she thought.

Daniel “Mag” Magnusson knows a thing or two about pain, but the mask he wears is excellent. No one can tell that this good-looking, quick-witted, and roguish guy has deep-seated issues. Mag puts on a funny-guy routine so he can hide his broken heart and PTSD. But when Evie dances her way into Mag’s life, he realizes that he needs to come face-to-face with the demons of his past if he wants a future with her.

MY REVIEW

4 Dreamy Stars

Only KA can get away with writing about a hero who says baby and babe instantly; if this was any other author, I might’ve DNFed it with how the hero started calling the heroine baby in the first chapter. But KA writes the perfect alpha heroes, and it’s hard to put down these books.

“Baby.”
“I’m not your baby,” I breathed.
His gaze shifted back to my eyes, and he rumbled, all sexy, hot and sweet, “Oh yeah, you are.”

I love all her Rock Chick books, and I was ecstatic when the characters from those books appeared in this story. Especially my favorite men, Tex and Smithie.

Evie, or Evan, is working two jobs to earn money for school. She works with computers and strips at Smithie’s. All while also always helping her mother and brother when they get in trouble or need money, which is a lot. When her friend, Lottie, sets her up on a blind date with Daniel Magnusson, she goes through with it. Only this man is not at all what she expected.

“Good call,” he muttered.
One could say I was correct in my concerns about Daniel Magnusson.
I didn’t know if he was toxic.
But he was a bossy damned alpha. And meddling. “I don’t like you,” I told the ceiling.
“You like my eyelashes,” he said as I heard him settle in my armchair.

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Daniel “Mag” Magnusson is stunned when he first meets Evan. She’s dorky, and kind of a klutz but most of all beautiful and she’s in trouble. With her brother behind bars, he’s still managed to put her in harm’s way. Even though their first date doesn’t go as planned, Mag is adamant about keeping her safe.

I loved this book. If you’re looking to read a book with an OTT alpha hero who calls his one-woman baby and babe, this one is for you. If you loved RC, this book is definitely for you. I was sad when I finished all the RC books, but now we get a whole new series with The Dream Team, Smithie’s girls.
I’m looking forward to Ryn and Boone’s story and the others too.

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“All my life, you know?”
“All your life what, baby?”
“Until you.”
He curved both arms around me and his voice was growly when he asked, “Until me, what?”
“The people I loved made loving them hard. Until you.”
I got just a growl for that as Danny slid a hand up my spine, into my hair, and then my mouth was on his again.

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