Dream On by Stacey Keith Release Date: November 7, 2017 Publisher: Lyrical Shine Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Book #1 in the Dreams Come True series Number of Pages: 251 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Rating: R Read 10/31/17 to 11/3/17
Although this doesn’t seem to be Stacey Keith’s debut in writing, she seems to be a pretty new author. If this story is anything to go on, she should have a wonderful career ahead of her. It kept me engaged and turning pages.
Mason and Cassidy are both wonderful people with totally different lifestyles. I enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t make one of those lifestyles “wrong” or better than the other…they were just different. And both characters wanted to make the effort to understand the other’s world as much as possible, which was very sweet.
Every time I thought the book was going to go down the usual path of one character totally misunderstanding the other character or jumping to conclusions, it wouldn’t. Both Mason and Cassie tried their best to keep their tempers and really try to understand the other point of view or the reasons of certain actions. They had faith in each other and held onto that faith even when the signs were maybe trying to sway them from following their hearts.
Of course, emotions always change when there’s a child involved. That is the only time Cassie tends to act without thinking through what she’s doing…when she feels her child needs protection. That is so completely understandable though that I can’t fault her for those times.
The animosity between Cassie and the family of her baby-daddy oozes off the pages. I cannot express how badly I wanted to reach through those pages and throttle both Parker and his sister Kayla. The author also wrote Cassie’s anxious feelings extremely well. I’ve had many issues with anxiety and panic attacks and Cassie’s experience at the football game were so real and raw. But she held her own because of her love for Mason.
There was only one real problem I had with this story. I felt the Parker/Kayla part wasn’t wrapped up when the book ended. When I thought back I suppose the scene between Cassie’s mom and them was the closure, but it didn’t feel like closure at the time I was reading it. It was only in hindsight that I realized that it was the author’s intent for that to be the end of that issue.
I’m happy to see there will be another book in the series in the spring. I enjoyed getting to know Cassie’s whole family so I’m glad one of her sisters will get her story told.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**