Title: If I Dream
Series: Corrupted Love #1
Author: K.M. Scott
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017
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?
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If I Dream is the first installment in K. M. Scott’s Corrupted Love series. I started reading this book before I went to bed, but I suggest you don’t. I wound up staying up until 6 o’clock in the morning reading, because I couldn’t put it down! This author really knows how to keep you flipping the pages!
Orphaned as a teenager, Ryder becomes an underground fighter to survive. He is allowed to live at the warehouse where he fights while paying off his debts to a man named Floyd. When he is almost finished repaying him, Floyd basically sells him to a wealthy business man, Robert Erikson. Ryder is moved to his home where he gives him free rent, clothes, and food along with pay in exchange for being his fighter. Robert warns him not to tell anyone what he does for him and not to get romantically involved with his two daughters, Janelle and Serena.
Staying away from Janelle is easy, because she is a snobby little bitch. On the other hand, Serena is curious about their new house guest. Before long, Ryder and Serena bond over late night conversations in Ryder’s room. Their friendship eventually turns into something more, and they get caught in a compromising situation by her father. Serena is sent to live with her uncle in Italy immediately, and Ryder doesn’t see or hear from her for the next two years.
Time and distance do nothing to dull the feelings between them. After Serena returns, she and Ryder think that they may finally be able to be together, but Robert has other plans for them. He makes sure to keep them under his thumb, and he manipulates their lives in more ways than one. Soon, it becomes apparent that their own plans will likely never be more than a dream.
Reading this book was kind of like watching a soap opera after a while. The things Robert does to his own daughter and Ryder seem completely over the top. It didn’t make sense to me that everyone allowed him to do the things they did. I am sorry that I can’t be very specific, but I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Bottom line, I wanted to slap the characters in the head for a good portion of the book.
Ryder and Serena are not the strongest characters. If you have read my reviews before, you know I love a strong hero/heroine. Weak characters get on my last nerve. I kind of gave these two a pass because of their upbringing and the constant torment they go through. Besides, they weren’t completely pathetic. It was more like 50%. Haha! Ryder is a bad ass in some ways, but that just made me want to kick him for not taking control of the situation. Serena stands up to her father and others, but at the same time allows her father to manipulate and control her constantly. Don’t get me started on her relationship with her sister. Janelle is a monster, and I really wanted Serena to put her in her place in some way, preferably by resorting to physical violence.
Like a soap opera, this book is steamy, captivating, and will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. You will be on the edge of your seat wanting to know what’s going to happen next and if Ryder and Serena will ever get their happily ever after. Unfortunately, you won’t find that out in this book. It ends in a cliffhanger, and you better believe I will be reading the next one to find out their fate!
Overall, I enjoyed If I Dream in the way that I enjoy a guilty pleasure television show. Once I started, I couldn’t get enough! I was invested in the characters, and engaged the entire time, but I also had to suspend belief throughout much of the story. In other words, I sacrificed logic for enjoyment purposes. If you are looking for an addictive, sexy, angst filled romance, and don’t mind temporarily throwing rational thought out the window, I recommend this one to you!