Recent Reads: Mini-Reviews



You’ve lost your daughter.

She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.

Then, quite by chance, you see her busking in New York’s Central Park.

But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened and clearly in trouble.

You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs.

And you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace.

Now it’s your life on the line. And nowhere and no one is safe.

My thoughts:

I’d never read a Harlan Coben book before Run Away. This book caught my eye last year on Instagram and I was intrigued by the blurb. It sounded like a suspenseful and exciting thriller. For me, it started out great, but as more characters’ perspectives were added I found my attention drifting. These parts really slowed the book down through the better half of the book. In the end, there were a few interesting twists and turns I didn’t see coming, but it wasn’t enough to change my overall opinion of the book. This ended up being just an okay read for me, and kind of left me scratching my head a bit.

Rating: 3 stars

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She’s ready for the ride of her life . . .

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won’t fit in at Bubba’s. Yet there’s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

I absolutely loved the first book in the Colorado Mountain series, The Gamble, and was able to overlook some of the bigger writing issues. Unfortunately, the same wasn’t true for Sweet Dreams. It started out fine, but as the story drug on I wasn’t able to see the story for the bad writing. I’m shocked this book was published in the state it’s in, honestly, as it seems completely unedited. One of the horrible sentences that caught my eye was, “Seemed Tate had bonded with his cat even more it appeared he’d bonded with his cat and it was pretty clear he’d seriously bonded.” WHAT?!

I’m not going to continue to highlight the numerous issues because I don’t want to shred this book. Suffice it to say, it was rough and I had to skim to get to the end of this very long story. I don’t think I’ll be picking up another Kristen Ashley book in the future.

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase on Amazon.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Time for a five star read for you!

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    1. Thankfully my last read was! I just need to hurry up and write a review for it. ❤️


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