Dream Keeper (Dream Team #4) by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dream Keeper is my favorite installment of the Dream Team series for sure. Pepper and Auggie are so good together but Juno and “Mr. Cisco” steal the show! We are treated to a sexy alpha hero waiting, somewhat impatiently, for his reluctant dream girl and once he finally gets her – he’s KEEPing her. I am all for the drama that KA usually brings, but what a sweet change to go “kinda” drama free for this serving of Lottie’s coupling expertise.
Pepper has had her share of tragedy between her cheating ex an`d her crazy religious frantic family. But her main focus in life is raising her darling 8-year-old Juno in a safe nurturing home. And what a fabulous job she has done. Juno is absolutely the star of this story. Along with her co-conspirator Mr. Cisco. Yes, that would be Brett Cisco, our “occasionally” baddie but ultimately the protector for the ladies in the Dream Team. (Wondering when we are going to get his romantic hookup?)
Auggie has been pining for Pepper for so long he is on the verge of giving up. In fact, he gets a little mouthy at her right off the bat as Juno manipulates a co-parenting school presentation and sets up an Auggie and Pepper connection. (With a little help from Mr. Cisco). Which Auggie screws up by ripping Pepper out and mistakenly dumping her in with all the past women and their misdeeds. Sounds like a standard KA storyline? But, nope.
What the Dream Keeper’s couple lacks in the crazy drama dynamic, makes up for it in so much more loving couple time and future family unity. Their googly-eyes for each other does not go unnoticed by Juno – via her own POV – as she gets into some matchmaking to find her Mom some happiness. There are lots of cameos from all our Dream Team couples but this is easily readable as a standalone. And in typical Kristen Ashley storytelling, she drops some hints for the next coupling set up – I am guessing “Billy and one of the newbie dancers at Smithies?” I wholeheartedly recommend this delightful romance and am looking forward to the next KA book as always.
I was given an ARC from NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.
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