“Mara, I’m keepin’ you safe. I’m keepin’ those kids safe and you don’t have a choice in that, sweetheart. Thats just the way it’s gonna be… I was made to protect you and you were made in the way that it would always be worth it.”
Oh *swoon*, Mitch has stolen my heart!! Seriously hot, family oriented, loving, swoony, drool-worthy badass Alpha cop 🙂
Mara and Mitch live in the same apartment complex. They have each been crushing on each other secretly for the past 4 years but for various reasons have never acted on them. When, one day, Mara suddenly gets a desperate call from her dead beat cousin’s two little children, Billie (girl) and Billy (boy), saying that they ran away from their home, she runs off to rescue them and Mitch comes with her. Mara suddenly ends up with custody of them and Mitch is willing to do everything in his power to help her and the kids. Serious drama ensues involving the Russian mob, druggie trailer trash, custody battles, family issues, as well as a swoon-worthy romance, a whole lot of healing, and the heart-warming building of a beautiful, if unconventional, family unit held together by whole lotta love and earned trust.
“I’ll go gentle, baby,” he whispered against my lips. “I promise. You’ll always be safe with me.
“Mitch,” I breathed.
His soulful eyes held mine captive as he repeated firmly, “Always.”
I’ll be honest, the first 70% of the book was a 4 star read for me because of Mara. Although I loved her, and she was very sweet and caring, she got on my nerves a little with her insistence on always finding reasons why things shouldn’t work out with Mitch and for her serious self-esteem issues. But Mitch made up for it with his unwavering awesomeness. And once Mara came around, things took a drastic turn up and I would easily give the last 30% of the book 5-6 stars (meaning I LOVED and ADORED it)!
I absolutely ADORED seeing how whole heartedly Mitch adopted the kids into his life. His commitment and love for them and Mara gave me chills and shivers and the conviction with which he went about convincing Mara that he wanted this was beautiful and totally adorable!!
“That’s another thing that doesn’t turn me off, sweetheart, knowin’ that you come with those kids and you need to know that. You also need to know I want kids of my own, two of them. But I don’t care, if this works out between me and you, that the kids we have will have an older brother and sister that don’t have my blood, just my heart.”
And I loved the effort he went to to help heal the kids of the scars of their previous home and to comfort them with the concrete knowledge that with him and Mara, they were loved, cared for and wanted.
“The man who gets Mara gets you and Billie. I’m that man. What you gotta get is, while fallin’ in love with Mara, I fell in love with you and your sister. Straight up, Bud, no lie. The feelings I feel for Mara are hers, the feelings I feel for Billie are hers and the feelings I feel for you are yours. You all have my love, not collectively, individually. Do you understand me?”
And as with the previous books of the series, we get to see all the characters we have come to adore from this world working together and honestly, it was Totally. Badass. Swoon. Overload that left me clutching at my heart!!!! Hawk and Gwen had a seriously hot and swoony cameo, and we get to see Brock and Tess as well. And when the big drama goes down at the end, Tack and his badass biker boys step in and boy did his scenes make me just dying to read his book!!!!
And WOW!! That epilogue!!!!!! I had the hugest grin on my face for the whole of it and then at the very last line of the book, the happy tears just started rolling!
Rating: 4.5 stars
** Dream Man Series Reading Order **
Each book is a standalone about a different couple but
it is recommended to read the series in order.