The second I hit this month, I began dreading it, because I knew I'd have to read this book at some point in it. Not even the first 5% of the book in, and I knew the heroine would drive me nuts! She ranks folks around her based on beauty, then rounds them to a .5 mark. For example, she thinks Mitch is a 10-11 on a 10 point scale, so she calls him a 10.5. Not to mention, she's got such a convoluted social ranking system, that I really don't like her! I spent a lot of time remembering how much of a jerk the hero of [b:Mystery Man|17333485|Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361485925s/17333485.jpg|17276473] was while reading this book and how much Mitch made him look like a saint!
At one point in the book, I wanted to give negative stars to this read! The heroine, Mara, is so screwed up and convoluted, she makes ditzy Gwen from [b:Mystery Man|17333485|Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361485925s/17333485.jpg|17276473] look good! Mara is a doormat as well for a good portion of the book. However, she has a reason for it, but she also stands up to Mitch when it is important for her to do so, especially when it concerns the people she is in charge of. Mitch can be a regular A-hole, as bad as Hawk, if not worse sometimes, but there are times when he dons his ""knight's armor"" and rescues Mara, both from outside forces and herself. This is not a bad thing, and added to saving the book from being DNF'd.
Tessa from [b:Wild Man|17786018|Wild Man (Dream Man, #2)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1366118262s/17786018.jpg|18034302] reappears in this one, briefly, but we also have mention of Jet (from Rock Chick 2) and Roxie (another Rock Chick? Have only read that series to book 2.) I really hate the ""cross pollinating"" between this series and the Rock Chick one. Tack, star of [b:Motorcycle Man|17924006|Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1370836949s/17924006.jpg|18968802], makes an appearance, near the latter 20% of the book and rides out to the end. Even Gwen and Hawk from [b:Mystery Man|17333485|Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361485925s/17333485.jpg|17276473] show up in this story! The end, and Mitch's role in it, pulled it out to a two star read for me, especially after reading the epilogue.
During the latter 25% of the book, some major stuff goes down, and suddenly, there's a lot more people involved. Rock Chick universe plays a big part here, and I felt a little lost not having read that series entirely as well. That is my biggest gripe about this author's work, that she has to mesh all of her contemporary works together in such a way that you need to read all of her series in order to understand the big picture. At this point, I really dislike this author's writing style! She writes spineless doormat heroines and ""Alpha"" heroes that have to act like jerks and A-holes to their significant others as if those women have not a brain cell in their heads and need ""big strong men"" to take care of them. I'll read [b:Motorcycle Man|17924006|Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)|Kristen Ashley|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1370836949s/17924006.jpg|18968802], because I'm too OCD not to, but I hate this author's work at this point, now having read 6 different books of hers, and will A)be deleting all books of hers off my Kindle Library and B)will never be buying or reading another book that she's written again. I get that a lot of people really enjoy her work, but I'm not one of them.