Release Date: Dec 15, 2020
Series: Dream Team
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Grand Central
This is the second book in the Dream Team series by Kristen Ashley. Kathryn aka Ryn is a struggling stripper who has put her own dreams aside to help those around her. She hasn’t much luck in the men department as well. When she gets a hard dose of truth presented to her by Boone Sadler, she can’t help but to lean on him for a little bit of support.
I actually didn’t mind the romance with Boone and Ryn. It is a bit of a slow burner romance but the chemistry is there. Of course, Boone is this strong and protective Alpha male. He knows what he wants and of course, he sets his sights on Ryn. So there is this tug and pull component to the book.
This is BDSM-Lite. I don’t know Ms. Ashley’s normal writing style when it comes to this but I wanted more. Maybe my smutty mind anticipated more. Boone contradicted himself because he barked out orders outside of the bedroom but when it came to the bedroom he is pretty tame. Since the author uses this as a huge part of Boone’s personality, I would think it would be more fleshed out and not glossed over in the actual love scenes.
The plot is where I struggled with the story. Ryn is too sugary for me. She is out there hustling as a stripper to make ends meet and her family dumps on her. She enables the bad behavior and gives all of her money to them. I needed for her to get more assertive and take control of her life. I guess the author using her “submissive” nature in the bedroom spill out in the other areas but it didn’t work for me. The storyline just kind of fell apart.
This is my second book by this author and I realized that in order for me to fully enjoy her writing style, I need to go back to some of the earlier series. I know that each book is a standalone but I get the sense that if you knew some of the background of the characters and their world, it would be a bit more pleasurable. Readers should definitely read the first book in this series though.
Overall, I enjoyed the story in parts. I am definitely going back to read some of the author’s earlier works. Fans who appreciate a nice contemporary romance will like the book.