If I dream, will you dare?
All I wanted was my freedom. It’s all I’d dreamed of from the first time I stood in the ring. Until I entered Robert Erickson’s world. Until Serena. Cruelty and ugliness surrounded me, but she was beautiful and good. I wanted to protect her from her father’s world, even though I knew being with her could mean the end of me.
I wanted for nothing as the daughter of one of the richest men in the world. But all my father’s money couldn’t buy what I truly craved. Until Ryder. I wanted all he was, all he brought out in me. All he made me desire.
Our love was forbidden by the one person who had the power to harm us. We dreamed of more than living in that world, though. We dreamed of having it all, but did we dare?
If I Dream is the story of Ryder and Serena, two young people trapped in a world where power, money, and control rule the day. Serena’s father is a very powerful, rich man who runs an underground fighting ring amongst other dodgy businesses. He “buys” Ryder from the man who previously owned him and moves him into his mansion, cautioning him against touching either of his daughters. Ryder and Serena strike up a friendship that turns to love and when her father finds out he separates them and they don’t see each other for two years. When she returns, they quickly pick up where they left off.
This forbidden romance is full of angst and longing and should have been right up my alley but the execution and character development were lacking and that dented my enjoyment. I had empathy for Ryder at the start but he became weak as the story progressed and I hated that he didn’t defend Serena and that he consistently bowed to her father’s will. It seemed contradictory. Serena was a sweet girl with spunk and she wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted in life. Her sister was a despicable character as was Oliver. The plot regarding her mother was weak in my opinion and could’ve been fleshed out better.
It took me a while to ship this couple because the author glossed over their relationship at the start. We were told they spent six weeks talking every night but we weren’t privy to those conversations which was a shame because I felt a big disconnect until the second half of the story, but, even then it was more about sex than any meaningful connection.
In the main the writing is decent and the pacing consistent. While this was an enjoyable read, I still felt let down by certain aspects of it, but that’s probably more of a personal thing. If you enjoy forbidden, angsty romance then you will most likely enjoy this one.
Thanks to author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.