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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Dream Keeper’ by Kristen Ashley

Dream Keeper, the all new white hot and action packed contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!


Spinning off from the bestselling Dream Man and Rock Chick series, this is the emotional and steamy contemporary romance fans of the Dream Team series have been waiting for!

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers.

Pepper Hannigan is determined to keep any romance off the table—and out of her bedroom—while her daughter Juno is still young. Sure, a certain handsome commando is thoughtful, funny, and undeniably hot, but Pepper’s had her heart broken before, and she won’t let it happen again. Not to her or her little girl, even if this hero could melt any woman’s resolve.

Augustus “Auggie” Hero can’t deny his attraction to beautiful, warm-hearted Pepper or how much he wants to make a home with her and her little girl, but Pepper’s mixed signals have kept him away. That is, until Juno decides to play matchmaker. Her efforts finally bring Pepper into his arms, but they expose the danger Pepper is in. To protect Pepper and Juno, Auggie will have to live up to his last name and prove happy endings aren’t just for fairy tales.


4.5 ‘My end all, be all’ Stars!

ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

I am a sucker for single parent romance. I am also a sucker for all things Kristen Ashley. So, when I have those two things together? Well, I am sure a happy lady! Not only that, we are also having the amazing Dream Team crew back together, we have a heroine that lives for her daughter’s happiness (and is extremely afraid to love) and a hero that is all the protective alpha goodness I was expecting from Kristen. Yes, I do have to confess that I was a bit scared too because I have crazy high expectations when it comes to this author, but I am happy to say this time those were reached very early in the game.

So, Dream Keeper is the fourth installment in Kristen Ashley’s Dream Team series, and it tells the story of Pepper Hannigan and Augustus ‘Auggie’ Hero. We’ve been teased about this couple for a while now and it’s their time to finally get their happy ending. But it’s not easy at first. Pepper is decided to keep romance off the table while her daughter Juno is still young. She did not have the best luck with her last relationship, and she is definitely not ready for Auggie. But Auggie is nothing but patient (and Juno is more than happy to play matchmaker!). Our hero wants his two girls in his life and, while it’s not an easy journey, it’s oh-so-worth it. Even when there are many obstacles and difficulties on the way.

“I want you for you,” I stated. “I don’t want you for an orgasm. I don’t want you in order to get something out of it for me. To make myself feel desirable. To end a dry spell. To feel more solid in what we’re building,” I explained. “I just want you. To be with you. Just for you.”

We are back with Kristen’s typical style of writing and, once more, it was so easy to fall in love with these characters. I love the familiarity between this crew, it reminds me of how and why I fell in love with KA’s books. I love seeing the girls interacting, I love this crew of alphas being protective and loving their sassy women and I love getting new characters involved. But let’s focus on Pepper, Auggie and Juno. These three! What an adorable family they created! Juno is so sweet, and I loved how she manages to bring this couple together (with a little bit of help!). When finally Pepper and Auggie get to the next level, it’s all I was expecting from KA. And that is completely fine, because I love her style and how she develops her stories and characters. And of course, the chemistry. Not lacking on that department either! As well as some drama and suspense, which is always good to keep us more interested in the story. So overall, Dream Keeper is a great addition to the series!

“Is Auggie ours?” she demanded to know. Ummmmm… “He is,” she answered her own question (correctly, I’d add). “And we take care of what’s ours, don’t we, Mom? You take care of me. I take care of you. We take care of what’s ours.”

Therefore, I am rating Dream Keeper with 4.5 STARS because, as I said, it’s the story this couple deserved and a lovely addition to the Dream Team series. I loved Pepper and Auggie together, how they finally act on their burning chemistry and how they develop as a family together with the adorable Juno. I also loved seeing more of these characters and I am definitely excited to have more stories in the series (I really hope Brett gets his HEA because I am soooooo curious about this man!). So, if you are a fan of KA’s writing and you have enjoyed the previous installments, I am pretty sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy this one because it’s, for sure, one of my favorites in the series!

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Auggie stood at the front of the church and watched her walk down the aisle. The bridesmaids’ dresses Lottie chose were very Lottie. Sleek. Sexy. Baring.

All the women looked great in them, but none of them looked better than Pepper.

And he thought that even before Pepper, as she strutted down the aisle, caught sight of her daughter, Juno, and shot her girl a huge smile.

Pepper Hannigan was gorgeous.

Anytime she was with her daughter?


They were the next in the line of Lottie’s matches. Auggie and Pepper.

Mo and Lottie were the obvious firsts (Mo was one of Aug’s four best buds), and Lottie earning the love of Mo had been all Lottie’s idea.

Mo never thought he’d find anyone as fantastic as Lots, would never go for it, until Lottie talked him around.

Now Mo was standing at the front of their line, waiting to make her his wife.

Once Lottie got her happy ending, she set about giving the same thing to Mo’s friends…fixing them up with her own crew.

And so far, she’d done a bang-up job.

Mag and Evie, the second couple, were living together and getting married.

Boone and Ryn, the third, were tight, and further, they were in business together.

Axl and Hattie, the fourth, were as good as living together, and practically inseparable. It was him and Pepper who were the holdouts.

This was not for lack of trying on Auggie’s part.

Once he’d met her, Auggie saw no reason not to go for it.

She was gorgeous. She was funny. She spoke her mind. She was laid back. Together. She didn’t seem to have any hang-ups.

But Pepper saw reason not to give it a shot because she had a kid.

He got it. She was being careful. Whatever had torn her and Juno’s dad apart had made her skittish.

So yeah.

He got it.

That didn’t mean it wasn’t torture.

Like right now, when her eyes caught his, the smile that she gave her kid still in them, and Auggie felt that. He felt it.


It wasn’t even aimed at him in any real way, and that residual love she’d targeted at her daughter was so big, it took forever to fade away.

He’d never felt that kind of love.

Not once in his life.

And he wanted it so bad, the backs of his teeth hurt with the need to taste it.

He lost her attention when she shifted to take her place at the front of the church and

Auggie tore his gaze away from her to watch the next woman, Hattie, march down the aisle. On its way, his gaze snagged on Juno.

Dark hair to her mom’s blonde, she was all dressed up, her hair curled —her mom was a bridesmaid in a big wedding with all the prep that entailed, but it was clear Juno had not been forgotten.

She was staring at her mother, beaming with pride.

Seeing that beam made Auggie want even more of what he’d never had. From the both of them.

The Author

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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