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Publisher's Summary

Spinning off from the best-selling 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, warmhearted 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. 

©2021 Kristen Ashley (P)2021 Forever

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  • Three Libras
  • 2022-02-15

Seriously returning this book

What a huge waste of time. 15 hours and I felt like a little kid being lectured to about EVERYTHING - How to be a good person, a good mother, a good girlfriend, what a good boyfriend is, cheating is unacceptable, cheating can’t be forgiven, cheating can be forgiven, it’s ok to have your mother arrested, accept people for who they are, accept everyone, don’t accept people for whatever reason. Then you had all the viewpoints and lectures on religion, politics, military, gay rights, social justice, cults, being involved in wars we don’t belong in, voting rights. The whole dang book was mainly how the main characters felt about all this crap and the plot was null. The dirty cop thing was completely dropped then a teaser at the end for another book or series that may address it. Pepper was supposed to be in danger but was never really in any danger. The whole plot shakes out in 40 minutes at the end and even that had nothing really to do with Pepper or Auggie. It was all her sister and came out of nowhere. I usually like KA’s books but this one was just preachy. I listen to books to escape the crap in the world not listen to 15 hours of dialogue on every social topic out there. Even social media and having a zone in your house for it and not letting it clog your mind or your kids mind. I know this stuff. I don’t need to hear it in a dang book. She has done some of this before in other books but it is sprinkled in not the whole book. This DIDN’T end. I am honestly Leary of buying another book. I have been listening to the burg series before this one and will go back to it. They were stories with a plot. This was nothing like those and for 15 hours of time, that’s what I expected. Her last book was 10 times better than this. I really hope this is a one off. I will definitely be returning as I can never listen to that torture again.

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  • NovelMomma
  • 2021-12-01

Love it!!

I seriously love this series! It's the perfect balance of romance, mystery, and suspense. These characters have completely captivated me. I love that we get to see the whole group in each book, so we don't really have to say goodbye, because I've fallen for each and every one of them! The love stories are fantastic, but I also adore the friendships that are so important.

While this book and narration we're fantastic, my only complaint is that it left me wanting more. I
hope Kristen Ashley is a writing away, because I need more already!

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  • Rochelle
  • 2022-01-11

Great!

A series reminiscent of the original Rock Chick series and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series. Though them "giving up" on the women drive me BATTY because the original Hot Bunch boys definitely didn't give up after lame excuses or even valid reasons.

And this series isn't as action-filled as the Rock Chicks either.

Still I still love this author. I just need to reread the older series.

They also added new men that are clearly going to get books in this series too.

But if you want a Rock Chick book and have reread that series to death, this series is almost as fun!

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  • Lisa
  • 2021-12-02

Wonderful!! ❤️❤️❤️

Worth the wait! Fell in love with the characters as usual. Cried and laughed. And now can’t wait for another! Thank you KA, another great one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-12-02

Fantastical (Once Again!)

Kit knows how to rock a series and romances. Lottie and Mo still hold my heart ❤ It must be said though, I dig all these couples! Juno and Brett also hold a special place for me

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  • Yvonne Moss
  • 2022-05-17

Dream Team Series

This whole series has been so much fun to read and I wanted to say, keep up the good work. Hopefully you will finish the series with what happens with the dirty cops, don’t leave us hanging. Love you Kristen Ashley
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PJ

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  • LB
  • 2022-05-14

Favorite of this series

This was, by far, my favorite of this series! I am now anxiously awaiting Brett’s story!!!

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  • John Erwin jr
  • 2022-04-02

Enough!

I read to take a break from reality, when an author adds their politics in a fictional story, there is a problem, when said stories have all the black people as criminals or former criminals and all the Italians are MOB like, in books set around Alpha men, the author liberal view are rather out of place.

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  • 2022-03-06

Loved this whole series

I cannot wait for the 5th and final book if it is your final I can't wait you left this on a cliffhanger I'm waiting for the next book Love this whole Series That includes Smithy The rock chicks the chaos series the dream men series. the unfinished heroes I like that they're still working all together. You are an awesome writer Love all of your stories From fantasy land to the Burg series In the Colorado mountain series I have all of your books every single 1 that you've written I have either audible or Books Sometimes I even listen or read several times a year Love you love you❤

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 2022-02-17

Love her families!

Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley had my favorite element of a great Kristen Ashley novel, a child. I just love the way she writes blended families. The Dream Team Series is kind of like a big reunion special. Many of her series overlap here, including Dream Man, Rock Chicks, Chaos, and there may have been other crossovers as well but I will leave that for you to find.

It’s a little campy, a little silly (every match Lottie made worked out perfectly), but it’s feel-good, alpha male/sassy female Kristen Ashley goodness. Pepper is the last of Smithie's dancers to hold out on the commando who she is destined for, but she had good reason—her 8-year-old daughter, Juno.

But Juno has other ideas. She wants her mom happy and enlists help behind her back to get her mom and Auggie together. It didn’t take long, and I’m glad we didn’t wait a whole book. But they had SO MUCH happen to them from both of their crazy families.

I loved Juno and how Auggie immediately fell for her, and like any good KA alpha, he took good care of what he had.

“I’m making you mine. Juno mine. You’re both gonna be in my life. And I look after the people in my life that I care about.”

Likes:
•I loved the story of Pepper’s family.
•Felt more like the old KA, and her style wasn’t overblown this time.
•Juno. I love her so much!
•The found family and friendships that are such a huge part of the Kristen Ashley experience.
•Since the overreaching dirty cop story wasn’t wrapped up, that means there will be more to the series.
•I love visiting with the other couples from this series.
•Once again Kristen Ashley wrote an amazing child, and she stole the show for me.
•Can we have Cisco’s book, please? I love him.

Dislikes:
•Though it was sometimes cute and a main part of the story, It was kinda creepy that this 8-year-old is having secret conversations with an adult male that isn’t family or family friend. And this man is encouraging the lies. When I overlook this, these convos are some of my favorite moments, so I’m torn.
•The investigative skills of the commandos wasn’t so impressive this time.
•A few parts really made me feel like a shitty mom. My kid grabs a pop-tart on the way to school, I don’t cook a homemade breakfast for him.
•Too many cameos and side stories taking away from the main couple, and even more new characters are introduced. There are characters from almost every series in this book.

The Narration:
Susannah Jones is synonymous with KA heroines for me, and she did a great job.

The Down & Dirty:
Kristen Ashley did what she does best in Dream Keeper: families, both born and found. I love when she writes children and blended families, and both the girls at Smithies and the commandos are like family. Dream Keeper combined romance, friendship, some action, some crazy, and a curveball I didn't see coming. This far into a series that combines 3 other series there are a LOT of characters to keep straight. I've gotten to the point where I don't know who goes with who anymore, but I just go with it and love it anyway. This is a book for KA lovers, and this KA lover...well...loved it!

Rating: 4.25 Stars, 4 Heat, 4 Narration