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Book 3 of the DreamMakers. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors VIVIAN AREND and ELLE KENNEDY.He wants to rock her world—in bed and out of itFor former Army Ranger Dean Colter, sexual escapades and wild flirtations are the norm—but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, the DreamMakers co-owner was a one-woman kind of guy until he toBook 3 of the DreamMakers. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors VIVIAN AREND and ELLE KENNEDY.He wants to rock her world—in bed and out of itFor former Army Ranger Dean Colter, sexual escapades and wild flirtations are the norm—but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, the DreamMakers co-owner was a one-woman kind of guy until he tore Emma Lee’s heart apart. Yet he’s never forgotten her, and when Emma waltzes back into his life, a second chance is suddenly within his reach…and he’ll be damned if he’ll screw up again.She wants her world to stop spinning apartEmma’s no longer the naïve girl she used to be. Now a successful designer in the fashion world, she refuses to let Dean’s killer smile and sweet-talking ways distract her from her goals. But being the target of Dean’s full-out seduction isn’t easy to resist, even as the dynasty she’s built teeters toward disaster. This time she might the one who breaks both their hearts when she has to walk away. --------------DreamMakers All Fired Up (Parker & Lynn)Love Is A Battlefield (Jack & Pepper)Don't Walk Away (Dean & Emma)...

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Don't Walk Away Reviews

  • Geri Reads
    2019-03-30 16:52

    3.5 stars!A very sexy and intense second chance story about two people who loved each other but because of shitty circumstances are forced apart. Dean Colter is known as the ladies man. The one who can't commit to someone long term. What his partners didn't know was that Dean was committed before he even entered the army but he betrayed her, and they never saw each other again. Emma has never forgotten how Dean left her either. So when they finally meet again after all these years, she vowed not to get involved with him again. But Dean is persuasive and determined to win her back and determined to prove Emma how much he has changed. But Emma has changed too. She was no longer the naive girl that Dean once knew. She's confident and has her own business. I really enjoyed both Emma and Dean and how different they have become from their past persona. It's no secret that I love this trope. What made it more enjoyable watching Dean's single determination of winning Emma back. Plus their chemistry is insane. I love the writing. I am not familiar with Vivian Arend's work, an oversight that I need to rectify soon, but I am familiar with Elle and always, her writing is addicting. This book was on the short side, which I am perfectly okay with but apart from Emma and Dean's POV, we also get a few secondary characters' POV which threw me off a bit. I assume, since I haven't read the previous books in the series, that this was normal and used to set up future story lines but I didn't care much for it. I don't really need their POV to make me invested in the character or their story because even without it, I would still love to read it based on how much I enjoyed this book. That and I wanted more Dean and Emma. I'm greedy like that. But overall, multiple POVs notwithstanding, this was a very enjoyable read. I can't wait to read more and I'm pretty sure I have book one on my Kindle already. ARC provided by the authors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    2019-04-24 17:39

    3 Second Time Makes Up for the First Stars * * *Finding that special someone and then letting them slip away...the worst... especially when what you did was the reason for the loss... This is the position Dean of the DreamMakers finds himself in...He is part of this company which is the end all be all for men who haven't a clue how to woo a woman...and he finds himself tired of playing the game. He has been The Man in San Francisco... bedding and enjoying all the women who have crossed his path. Yet lately he has been feeling off... his partners have all met their matches... found their women and he hates to think it... but maybe... he is wishing he had his own too. He is at a company event dressed in the required Halloween costume... mask and all. He spots a glorious woman...a silver vision and follows her into the haunted house they set up. As he is almost there next to her, the electrical circuits blow dashing the area into darkness. It is announced to stay where they are and the lights will be on shortly. Dean hears some commotion and spilling...makes the decision to pull this woman into the closet with him for her safety. As they wait for the lights, a banter and joking take place...and then actual kissing...They both are feeling it and are caught up in each other. Before it can get further, the lights come on and Emma races out the door covering her face from Dean. For you see Emma realized who she was kissing after the lights went on...It was the man who she loved, trusted and thought she was going to have a life with...the man she gave up going to Italy for was Dean. The man who left her without ever telling her why...and changing how she saw men after that. Yes, months later he tried to contact her....but by then the pain and heartache made her colder...and so to be in the same room with him...let alone kiss him...No, just No... not going to happen at all.Emma has learned how to say no. She has also made something of herself without Dean. She became that designer she wanted to be...and is successful, too. She is strong and independent and knows she just needs to stay away from him. Dean, on the other hand has no idea who it was he was kissing...and he is compelled to find out. It was different...caused a sensation not the norm...he is driven to find this woman and see what this is...and he does. He tracks the place where she is staying and knocks nervously...the door opens and is stunned...both are in shock...him because the mystery woman is Emma...Emma because he is there at her door. What happens next is the mental dance between these two...Dean knows to show Emma he is no longer the selfish 19 year old boy, he has to make amends and do it on her terms...he must take it slow and easy... not scaring her away. Emma is confused and feeling like she just needs to go on with her life..without him. What will happen...will these two work it out...this is the journey presented.This is the 3rd part of this series and my coming into it not reading the other parts did put me at a little disadvantage but I was able to catch up easily. I wanted these two to work. What was a little confusing were all of the side stories about the other characters as they really didn't enhance the Dean and Emma storyline. I was curious about the Gillian interest with her security guy, though. I sense this may be the hint for part 4 if it comes. A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  • Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
    2019-03-28 21:01

    **ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review**I’m a sucker for second-chance love stories and this was a quick, light, and rather spicy one.Dean and Emma were high school sweethearts who were about to move in together when Dean suddenly abandoned her without explanation. Fast-forward eleven years and Emma is now a successful NYC clothing designer but she still hasn’t forgiven Dean for breaking her heart. Dean is a former Army Ranger turned San Francisco entrepreneur/manwhore, but he’s never gotten over his first love. When their paths cross at a Halloween party, the chemistry is still there. Although Emma won’t trust Dean with her heart and is only interested in a short-term fling, Dean is determined woo Emma and make her fall in love with him again.I enjoyed watching Dean earn his way back into Emma’s heart. He’s sexy and confident but also romantic and sensitive. Dean knows he’s a player with some serious moves and he’s not sure the sweet Emma he remembers can handle his dirty talking ways. However, Emma’s not the shy virgin she once was. She’s a woman confident in her sexuality and once she encourages Dean to let his freak flag fly the two create some serious heat in the bedroom.Don’t Walk away suffers from the same problem as many other novellas: not enough time for fully developed characters. The book is too short to allow for ample exploration of the characters’ past and it was difficult for me to connect with the story in the beginning. There are sub-plots involving other couples. In addition to Dean and Emma, there are chapters that alternate between Colby, Suz, and Gillian’s POVs. It was distracting and confusing. On the whole, however, this was an enjoyable read and a sexy afternoon escape.Don’t Walk away is the third book in the DreamMakers trilogy. It includes characters from the previous books but may be read as a standalone. There is no cliffhanger.

  • Kahea
    2019-04-19 17:41

    Second chance at love stories are not typically my thing. I tend to find them too angsty and end up wanting to smack the H/h because even when they say they are over whatever it was that happened in their pasts, they really aren’t and they constantly allow it to get in the way of forgiving and learning about who they are now, but thank the muses who were whispering in the ears of these wonderful author goddesses that didn’t happen here. Doubts surface, but neither character knowingly sabotages the new relationship that is forming. Instead we get two adults, who admittedly have a couple moments of silliness, who actually put the past in the past and work to move on.Dean and Emma both pleasantly surprised me. Dean has been the manwhore, as per Suz, of the Bay area but in this book we finally get to learn more about his past and see the sweet side to the man who can charm the panties off any woman. Emma, despite a little phobia she has, was a fun character to read. She’s intelligent, strong and sweet with a few surprises up her sleeve. With this being a second chance romance and it being in the middle between a novella and a novel in length, things move at a fast pace but the main points of their relationship are addressed and the connection between Dean and Emma is apparent and the chemistry is hot! So as far as the HEA couple and their story, they get 4 stars.The remaining 1 star comes from two other aspects..5 is for the writing in general. I’m a huge fan of the authors clean, no muss no fuss style of writing. They give the reader a good story without adding unnecessary fluff to take up space. The other .5 goes directly to Gillian aka Hot Shot. I LOVE her and she is now on my girl crush list. Her first appearance in the story is awesome but the last time we see her in action was just brilliant and I can’t wait to see what is in store next for her.Overall: Don’t Walk Away is a fun, quick, smexy read that was highly enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for the DreamMakers team~ ARC generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review ~

  • Darcy
    2019-04-06 13:38

    The opening of this one drew me in right away, loved the party atmosphere and how things went crazy. I first felt sorry for Dean and how the girl got away, however when I learned of their past, that went away and I thought Emma could do better. I know people change, but to get past what happened in the past and with learning how Dean lived his life seemed a lot for one person to get over.I did love how all the others associated with DreamMakers chimed in on things with Dean and Emma. Everyone seemed to have their own opinions, many of which made me laugh. Even though I was a bit indifferent on the romance of the couple, I was glad to see how this one ended, glad for the HEA.I did love the couple of side romances that seem to be brewing, they should make for some interesting stories ahead.

  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    2019-03-26 19:50

    Well, that was a bit of a disappointing end to this trilogy. It was cute, sexy, but oh so short a piece of fluff. Maybe 150 pages, and quite a bit of that was filler about side characters Suz, Gillian, and Colby. The relationship between Dean and Emma had little substance, but there’s not much plotline that can really be built up in what was basically a novella. I had hoped for more for bad boy Dean; and especially after waiting so long for his book. I had wanted him to go out with a bang, not down without a whimper.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-20 19:04

    ARC received for reviewAnother great book in this series. Man, Dean sure gave up his wicked ways for the one he walked away from. Thank you Emma for not dragging out forgiving him. Now I can't wait for Suz, Colby, Gillian's stories.

  • MaggieReadsRom
    2019-04-13 13:50

    4,5 stars!I love this series and when an early review copy found its way to my inbox I might have done a happy dance because I have been wanting to read Dean's story since I finished reading book 2 (and maybe, if I'm realllly honest, since *that* scene in book 1). What I absolutely love about this series is the witty humor, the camaraderie between the characters, especially between Dean, Jack and Parker, and the sexy heat of the romance in them all. I loved seeing all the characters from the previous 2 books back and they formed the perfect secondary cast for Dean and Emma's story. Oh! I liked the secondary romances a lot! Wasn't expecting the first one and it was as yummy a treat as the main romance was. And then..BOOM! Another budding secondary romance and this was just as interesting as the first one and fodder for more DreamMakers books in what I think was originally meant to be a trilogy. You won't hear me complaining. Not at all!I love this series (have I said that yet?). This installment was just as awesome as the previous two. Dean was sexy and sweet. Emma was kickass! Their history was bittersweet but I knew it was all going to be okay in the end. And I liked that there was no suspense-like plot in this one. The plot that was there fit the story and complemented the romance perfectly. Memorable Scenes:- the one on Emma's balcony > Djeez! That was hot! - the one on the DreamMakers yacht > have I mentioned the sexy scenes in this book are dirty and hot?Favorite Quotes:“Word to the wise—never joke about something like that with a guy like me.”“Why?”“Because I take kissing very seriously, darling. If making out was an Olympic sport? I’d be a gold medalist.”Emma raised a brow. “You call that dirty?”“Are you seriously questioning my dirty-talking skills, Em? Because the moment my mouth goes into filthy mode, there’s no going back.”“Yeah? Because I’m still not hearing anything dirty…”Emma dropped to the mattress, panting hard. “You’ve killed me.”“You speak real good for a dead person,” he teased, his chest moving just as rapidly as he caught his breath.

  • Paige
    2019-04-04 21:02

    3 "Short and Sexy" StarsDon't Walk Away is the third book in the DreamMakers series. I read the first All Fired Up and Dean plays a pretty big role in that book. His introduction is the opposite of tame so I was really interested to see where his book would take him. This was a pretty quick read that covers quite a lot of ground in a short time.Dean and Emma dated in high school. After graduation they planned to go to college and live together. Emma even gave up a scholarship in Italy so she could start her life with Dean. Out of nowhere Dean left never giving an explanation. This story takes place 11 years later when they run into each other at a Halloween party thrown by mutual friends. Emma, hurt and angry, makes Dean earn his place in her life but Dean is determined not to give up this time. Since this was on the shorter side, it was difficult to delve too deeply into the characters. With so much history between them, their reunion felt a bit rushed and Dean didn't really make me feel like he understood the full impact of his decisions. Sure Dean had his reasons but what he did to Emma was pretty major and I wished I could have seen more than a quick resolution. In addition we get multiple pov's throughout the story. I like that we get Dean and Emma's but getting Gillian and Suz's and Colby's take up time that could be devotee to Dean and Emma. I'm not sure why these character's side stories were included as they really didn't add much to the main Dean/Emma storyline. I did love how they first ran into each other at the costume party and getting to see Dean sulk a little. It was also fun to see Dean actually try to woo Emma since we've never seen that side of him before. The love scenes were smoking hot too. Dean is a master at dirty talk. All the guys of DreamMakers are swoon-worthy and Dean was no exception.Arc provided by publisher via Netgalley for honest review.

  • Tanya
    2019-03-29 21:02

    This was a 5-star story in my light indulgence category of reads. It was short and sweet, truly a wonderful tale. Dean is the third of the three partners in DreamMakers to find his lady. For Dean though, it means refinding and reconnecting with Emma, a fashion designer. They were first loves way back as teenagers, and he left her when he left his abusive family. They haven't seen each other or spoken in 11 years at the start of the story. He broke her heart, but never really got over her either. For all his manwhore ways, he never again had a serious relationship after leaving Emma when he was 19. After seeing her again, he is committed to not being separated from her again, and begins his plot to show her he has changed and won't leave her again or let her down. This hit all the highlights of a good light read for me - sexy, funny, sweet and a touch of serious all in one good story. It was shortish, so obviously there was not a ton of background or anything, but that wasn't my point in reading this one. It was pure indulgence reading, and excellent in that category.I think this is the end of the series, but I'm crossing my fingers there is a spinoff as some of the secondary characters in this one clearly have stories to be told (Suzy, her brothers, etc), and I would love to read those. My thanks to the authors for an ARC copy of this book to review.

  • Sheryl
    2019-03-24 14:38

    *4.5 stars*I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE second chance/reunion stories and this one was pretty darn awesome!!!Review to follow...*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy*

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-03-29 16:47

    3.5 starsI admit that even though I’ve been a fan of both of these authors for a long while, I have dragged my butt in starting this series. Why???? The DreamMakers series has such a fun premise. Three ex military dudes find themselves back home after their service and needing to come up with something to do. So they start a dating service. Naturally! LOL I think that’s brilliant and now having read this book I’ll rectify my mistake and go back and read books 1 and 2.That being said, DON’T WALK AWAY is a sweet second chance romance story. You know I’m a sucker for those. And this is so sweet! Dean Colter is now a manwhore extraordinaire but deep down there’s only been one woman he’s loved since forever. Since the days when he wasn’t a player and waited years to take one girls’ virginity. Since he made a huge mistake and lost the love of his life. He’s never been able to even apologize since. But life has a way of dumping Emma back on his lap. And this time Dean is determined from the get-go to keep her there.I loved Emma’s character. She’s just tough enough but full of female empowerment. She’s become successful on her own and taken from life what she deserved. Now that she has the man she once loved and broke her heart delivered on a platter, she’s also woman enough to take what he’s offering. There isn’t a lot of fighting attractions and rehashing the past, which sometimes can bug down a story. Just two great characters reconnecting and rekindling their love.Another thing I loved? The camaraderie between the whole cast of characters. We see glimpses from the previous two couples, as well as two upcoming couples, and the friendship between the whole gang is one of my favorite things. It’s definitely an element I always look for in a good contemporary romance and gives this book an instant feeling of comfort for me.If you like your heroes big, sexy and alpha and the chemistry steaming up off the pages then look no further than DON’T WALK AWAY! You’ll be hooked like I was!*ARC provided by author

  • Holly (epiloguebookblog)
    2019-04-18 17:02

    3.5-4 starsDon't Walk Away is a light, short, and (mostly) fun read! I requested this title on NetGalley because I saw Elle Kennedy listed as one of its authors. (I've become a big fan of hers since reading The Deal.) I am not familiar with Vivian Arend, and I have not read the two previous "DreamMakers" novels.Still, I had a positive experience reading this one. As I've admitted in other reviews, I'm not typically a big fan of second chance romances. They tend to be heavy on the angst, and the process of those characters getting back together is usually fraught with heartbreaking obstacles. However, I didn't find either to be the case with Don't Walk Away. In fact, if I'm being honest, the main characters' reunion came about a little too easily...One thing that bothered me was Dean's reason for leaving the first time around. In my opinion, what little excuse he offers does nothing to make up for the fallout Emma endured post-abandonment. Thus, I don't understand the following statement, and then thoughts, of hers:"Now that I've heard why, I don't blame you for leaving, Dean." "even knowing he'd had a good reason to leave...""Yes, she understood why he'd deserted her."Franky, I didn't "understand" why he left--even after the scenario was explained. So by extension, I didn't see the reason as a "good" one either. Furthermore, Dean is frequently referred to as "the manwhore of the century" or "Manwhore of the Year"; for a couple whose past relationship was sweet, tender, and innocent, this reputation of his seems like a lot for an ex to swallow. Nevertheless, she doesn't seem to take it too seriously (other than what his pattern of hookups might say about his trustworthiness). While main characters Emma and Dean are at the forefront of the novel, other characters (Suz, Colby, and Gillian) figured prominently as well--probably to provide context for subsequent novels. Overall, I liked Don't Walk Away and will keep an eye out for other books in the "DreamMakers" series!*Copy generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-04-15 13:41

    KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsI binge read this series this week in order to review this book. This is one of the smartest things I have ever done. I was told I could read them as stand alones, if I needed to. I’m so glad I didn’t. The three guys that make up this friendship and business are truly amazing. I laughed with them found them smoking hot!!Don’t Walk Away is book three, and it centers on Dean, the self-proclaimed man-whore. He has a big secret that he has kept from his oldest friends though. He had a first love that he walked away from to join the army where they all met, and now that he has run into her again he wants a chance to apologies. Or does he want more than that?? He is a great character!! His dirty talk alone makes a girl shiver, but he also has an amazing sense of humor. I absolutely loved his interactions with everyone, but Emma brings out something special in him. They truly are one of those couples that you can’t wait to see what they will do next. She brings out his softer side, and he brings out the naughty bad girl side of her.Emma is a fashion designer with issues in her professional life, so she has come to San Diego for the winter and to get a break from all of it. She has partied hard with Suz, but never expected to run into the one person that broke her heart so long ago. She is a feisty Texas gal!! She makes Dean work for a chance to talk to her, and I love every thing about her, specially her big heart.I love rekindled love stories. I am truly a sucker for them. I love to watch how they overcome the issues of the past. This one is not full of overly horrible events or a secret baby. It is just a darn good story!!! It did leave me wanting more from the secondary characters though!!! I want the stories of Suz, Colby, Gillian, and Suz’s brothers. I see so much potential for a spin-off series. I highly recommend this whole trilogy, and no I can’t pick a favorite! I loved them all!!!!Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Maria Rose
    2019-04-20 13:48

    This second chance romance is a sexy, romantic treat, and third in the DreamMakers series. This time it's Dean's turn, only wouldn't you know, the woman he meets in a haunted house in the dark just happens to be his old high school sweetheart. But he left her and his life with her behind, breaking her heart. Finding Emma again after all this time, and finally being able to explain what happened and why he left her is fine - but can he convince her to give him another chance? I think this is my favourite of the series to date. They've all had a little something fun and sexy about them, but seeing Dean brought to his knees by this petite spitfire was something else. She's totally within her rights to never give him the time of day again but the reality is that despite her broken heart, she's never really lost the love she had for him - and he for her, as it turns out. Dean's got a lot to do to convince Emma that he's changed, that he can make things good for them again. Along the way, it's a sexy fun ride. Their love scenes are hot and steamy (as expected) but Dean also shows a tender and caring side that's been missing in his normal playboy antics. I liked the camaraderie he shares with the other guys and there were some interesting tidbits from other character's points of view to show where the series is headed. Lots of fun scenes, laughter and great sex. 5 stars.Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-24 21:02

    Sometimes we love the right person at the wrong time and we are given a second chance to love right. Emma and Dean share a past that left them both heartbroken. Emma and Dean find themselves back in each other's lives. The two crash back into one another and this time choose love. The writing is pretty good and the story line moves. There isn't much character development which is a bit disappointing but it didn't ruin the story. Overall, this story get a 4 star rating. It is always nice to have love win out in the end.

  • Chanpreet
    2019-04-05 18:56

    4.5 stars!Just when I thought I had a handle on Dean Colter and what was a hallmark for this series, Elle and Vivian totally changed things around! Getting to know Dean over two books through his eyes and the eyes of his friends and their women, it's very easy to see Dean in a certain light. I loved seeing a completely different side to him as well as learning more about him.I really hope Elle and Vivian continue this series soon, because I'm really looking forward to Suz and Colby's book and Gillian and Chase's too!

  • Michelle the Romance Witch
    2019-04-05 14:02

    3.75 stars. short but sweet story of love redeemed and trust restored... thank gods for a forgiving soul

  • Linda Levy
    2019-04-02 16:52

    Better than expected but still left one thing hanging.Dean stops his manwhore ways when his first love Emma, comes back into his life. He deserted Emma and broke her heart hurting her dreadfully when they were younger.I did find it funny Dean worked his socks off to get Emma to talk to him and see him again. Emma is no ones easy mark, she is a fully capable woman who can protect herself really well and I loved how she beat Dean up and pointed a gun at his groin when he broke into her room, beautiful.I found her interesting, marvelled at her career and loved her playing the 'we can have booty call sex but no relationship' card on Dean, the most prolific player ever. Karma.My only complaint is a fact that I mentioned in both other reviews and that is Emma never finds out that Dean has had ménages with both Lynn and Pepper. I would love to have read that conversation.The sub plots for other characters was a fun diversion and I really hope this series gets added too in the future but as I have owned these books for ages and this one is two years old I am not holding my breath. A new book is supposed to be coming out but no details are available yet.

  • Kim
    2019-03-31 16:58

    Please say there will be another bookWhen I first started this series, I wasn't very impressed. The first in the series was okay. The second was good. I liked it and the storyline well blended. And now this... absolutely loved it! Interesting storyline, fun characters, I just thoroughly enjoyed this one. So Miss Ellen and Miss Vivian, you hinted at other stories to be told. Suz and Gilliam deserve their HEA too. As well as the other characters you introduced.

  • Ashley Nelson
    2019-04-20 18:51

    Enjoyed this sweet and sexy story from Elle & Vivian. The plot was minimal, featuring the one that got away romantic trope, but still a satisfying read. Very steamy sex scenes. I will continue to read on in this series as new stories are released.

  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    2019-04-08 19:04

    I admit that even though I've been a fan of both of these authors for a long while, I have dragged my butt in starting this series.  Why????  The DreamMakers series has such a fun premise.  Three ex military dudes find themselves back home after their service and needing to come up with something to do.  So they start a dating service.  Naturally!  LOL I think that's brilliant and now having read this book I'll rectify my mistake and go back and read books 1 and 2.That being said, DON'T WALK AWAY is a sweet second chance romance story.  You know I'm a sucker for those.  And this is so sweet!  Dean Colter is now a manwhore extraordinaire but deep down there's only been one woman he's loved since forever.  Since the days when he wasn't a player and waited years to take one girls' virginity.  Since he made a huge mistake and lost the love of his life.  He's never been able to even apologize since.  But life has a way of dumping Emma back on his lap.  And this time Dean is determined from the get-go to keep her there.I loved Emma's character.  She's just tough enough but full of female empowerment.  She's become successful on her own and taken from life what she deserved.  Now that she has the man she once loved and broke her heart delivered on a platter, she's also woman enough to take what he's offering.  There isn't a lot of fighting attractions and rehashing the past, which sometimes can bug down a story.  Just two great characters reconnecting and rekindling their love.Another thing I loved?  The camaraderie between the whole cast of characters.  We see glimpses from the previous two couples, as well as two upcoming couples, and the friendship between the whole gang is one of my favorite things.  It's definitely an element I always look for in a good contemporary romance and gives this book an instant feeling of comfort for me.If you like your heroes big, sexy and alpha and the chemistry steaming up off the pages then look no further than DON'T WALK AWAY!  You'll be hooked like I was!*ARC provided by author❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-03-24 22:04

    Review can be read at It's About The Book I love Elle Kennedy’s books and I’ll read anything she writes; when I saw these co-authored books with Vivian Arend of course I gave them a go. They are awesome and amazing too! This is the third in the series of “DreamMakers,” a guys how-to dating service where they help hapless men set up perfect dates for their ladies. Each of the three former-military owners are set to meet their own perfect match in the trilogy, and this last one is the total man-whore Dean Colter’s story. And of course it is about second chances and a girl from his past! A favorite trope of mine, and I’d imagine with the sexy heat in this romantic tale, it will become one of yours too.Emma Lee loved Dean Colter with all her heart through high school, and gave up a significant scholarship and intern opportunity to stay with him afterwards. Unfortunately, Dean just up and left town without letting her know, leaving her stranded and without any information from him. She had to cancel all of their plans and try to reconstruct her life around a broken heart. Luckily she was able to make it happen…sorta. But she never got over him. When he appeared again in her life, she did everything she could to get rid of him–until he kissed her. Could she have a sexual fling with him–no strings attached? Who was she kidding?!Dean Colter ran hard and fast from his abusive past. But he never forgot the woman he’d left behind. Too embarrassed to contact her the few times he’d been in the same area, he’d given up on ever reconnecting with her. In his heart, though, he still yearned for her. A chance encounter in a dark hallway with a stranger that turned out to be Emma brought forgotten feelings to the surface…and he knew he needed to not only ask for forgiveness but to find a way to make her agree to a future with him…STAT.Emma is up to her neck in problems with her business partner, and she doesn’t need any pressure from Dean about a relationship. If he can’t prove himself trustworthy today, then there’s no way she’ll agree to give him a shot at tomorrow. But how can you re-create a future based on a dream from the past?Maybe by calling a company called DreamMakers? Hmm…Hot, sexy, compelling, romantic. Everything you need for a great summer read and more. Love both of these authors and they are now on my must-read list! Thanks ladies!

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-14 19:00

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:’t Walk Away is the perfect mix of sweetness and spice. Emma and Dean’s story has all the raw passion I’ve come to expect from Elle Kennedy and Vivian Arend, and it’s wrapped up in a truly sweet reunion romance. Add in the incredibly fun supporting cast of characters and it’s easy to see why I devoured this book in one sitting.They say the bigger they are the harder they fall, and that’s definitely true for “Manwhore of the Year” Dean. The final member of the original DreamMakers trio enjoys sleeping his way through San Francisco and claims he has no desire to change his naughty ways. Seeing Emma again changes all that. She’s his first and only love and though it’s been eleven years, Dean quickly falls head over heels for the woman Emma has become. But it’ll take more than charm and boatloads of sex appeal for Dean to regain Emma’s trust. He broke her heart when they were younger and though Emma can forgive him once she knows his reasons, trusting him with her heart again isn’t so easy. Dean has to put all his DreamMakers skills to use to win her over and it’s an absolute blast to watch. Emma and Dean have such bright chemistry and they’re both so genuinely likeable that it’s impossible not to be swept away by their love story. I do wish we’d gotten to see a bit more of their shared past, but as it stands Emma and Dean’s romance is a satisfying combination of dirty good fun and genuine emotion.Don’t Walk Away is the final story in the DreamMakers trilogy, but I’ve got my fingers crossed so hard they hurt that there are related books to come. Mses. Arend and Kennedy leave some pretty big teasers for their awesome supporting characters, and I just might cry if Suz and Gillian don’t get books of their own. While I keep my hopes up, I’ll definitely enjoy re-reading all three DreamMakers books. All Fired Up, Love is a Battlefield, and Don’t Walk Away are a blast to read. Hot as hell former Army Rangers heroes who make dreams come true, smart, sassy heroines you’d love to have as friends, red-hot romances… What’s not to love?FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • LJT
    2019-04-06 16:43

    Don't Walk Away is the third and final book in the DreamMakers trilogy from authors Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy. Each book focuses on one of the three owners of DreamMakers, an event planning service that arranges all kinds of dates for men that don't have the time or creativity to do it themselves. Ex-army rangers Parker Wilson, Jack Hunter and Dean Colter are best friends and equal partners, using their charm, wit, and military skill to gain client after client. Don't Walk Away is about Dean and his former love, Emma Lee. After eleven years of separation, they rekindle a spark that leads to a future of happiness.Emma is a talented fashion designer that prefers anonymity. As a result, she does all the style creation, while her partner Lorenzo Fuoco is the public face of their Fire and Ice design label. Up until recently, their arrangement has been very successful. Unfortunately, Lorenzo has evolved into an uncontrollable diva, which is causing their business relationships to unravel. Emma knows she needs to dissolve their partnership, but she is reluctant to do so. All she is needs a little push, and that is where Dean comes into the picture.Years ago, Dean abruptly left his hostile home and Emma, in order to ensure a safe future for the two of them. After serving in the military, he is now a successful businessman with a playboy lifestyle that has kept him satisfied for many years. When Emma accidentally enters his life for a second time, he realizes that he never stopped loving her and does everything in his power to make her his once again.Emma and Dean are a hot couple both in and out of the bedroom. Their smarts, good looks, lively banter and genuine love for each other, create their potential for happiness. Not to mention the scorching heat that constantly surrounds them.I really liked this reunion romance. I was fortunate to have read the first two books in the series and Don't Walk Away ends up being my favorite. I found the way the authors brought Emma and Dean together to be very quite original and fun. I liked them from the very first chapter as individuals and as a couple. Emma and Dean are exciting and their unique relationship kept me wanting more. Each book can be enjoyed as a standalone. This is another well-written book from authors Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy.Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley.

  • Sue
    2019-03-27 15:59

    I really liked how Vivian and Elle set the scene for the initial part of Don't Walk Away. It's a fun one that made me dive right in! A second chance at love, this time as adults, is what Don't Walk Away is all about. I really enjoyed the fast pace, the characters and the chemistry between them. After years apart, the chemistry is just as strong, if not stronger. Emma is still nursing a broken heart though, and Dean is going to have to find a way to prove to her that he won't walk away this time around if she will only take the a chance with him.I liked both of these characters. They have both obviously matured from the teenagers they were. Emma has done well for herself, even if her professional life is a bit chaotic right now. Seeing Dean in San Francisco is unexpected, and brings back a lot of old heart ache. I didn't like how she still held a grudge, especially when Dean had tried to contact her previously, but her character showed strength and maturity in that she didn't dwell on it too long and was able to move away from that and into life today. I liked how she didn't immediately cave to the combustible attraction between them, but was cautious. Even when her feelings for Dean were still so strong. Dean has quite the reputation as a lady's man, and it's something he's out to prove is no longer true. He is determined, romantic, and wants to be with Emma again...even before he knew who she was he was hot for her. I like how both of these main characters don't pretend to be someone they're not, they are honest about things, everything is out in the open now.I felt like the length of the book was perfect for Dean and Emma's story. It wasn't a story that needed to be dragged out or explored just was.There are a lot of secondary characters in Don't Walk Away with sub plots and various POV's being told. I'd recommend reading the first two books in this series first to understand them all. I liked the connection between all the characters and their friendship. The opening of Don't Walk Away was just as fun as the ending!With a mix of humor, love, and real life, I'd recommend Don't Walk Away to any romance reader who likes a lot of heat between characters looking for a second chance at love together.

  • Crazychriss889
    2019-04-20 18:49

    So yeah I was so sure Dean would end up with Suz when I was reading the other books and was then pretty disappointed when I found out that the third and final instalment would be about him but not Suz. Well, I can assure all of you who wanna find out more about Suz that reading this book will make all of this way clearer :DI like the writing style and the plot. But all the interruptions (we’ve got multiple POVs, not just Dean’s and Em’s but also Colby’s, Gillian’s and Suz’s) were quite nerve-wrecking cause I wanted to know what had happened to Dean and Em. And I totally like the characters. Seriously, all of them.The beginning is very Cinderella like and I LOVE it.And then of course we find out that Dean and sweet Em already know each other. Well, who would have guessed.And their past… wow… Dean, Dean, Dean. He told her they were soul mates, he crushed her dreams, he destroyed her. And yet his reason for leaving? Can’t say I can blame him. What I can blame him for, though, is the way he handled it all afterwards. He could have fought for her. I mean, eleven freaking years. Good god…What I think was pretty disappointing was that Dean wants to prove that he isn’t just some jerk. I would have loved it if he had realized at once that he still loves her. So when that wasn’t the case… yeah, I nearly stopped reading.But of course I continued :D Cause I wanted to know what will happen later on – especially because Emma’s not in San Fran to stay. Yeah, Dean was gorgeous throughout, he’s really a cutie and a sunshine. Absolutely adorable. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE the ending!! It was just soo sweet and so full of love, I was very, very satisfied.The other POVs that we get to know in this book:Colby – Good god he is so awesome. I love that he is so determined, that he doesn’t put up with less and doesn’t let Suz mess with him.Suz – uhu, I’m seeing some potential in a story here. Some huge potential.Gillian – Well, I guess even her POV chapters couldn’t really warm me up for her. Don’t know, she’s very badass and yeah… But I think I’m a Chase fan so I guess I have to read her book to.All in all, fantastic reading material!

  • Erin Burns
    2019-04-11 19:38

    I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.Don't Walk Away is the third book in the DreamMaker's Trilogy. Previous books have been comical and sexy, and I enjoyed them quite a bit. The premise is really the fun part, these former military Special Forces guys get out, and rather than opening up the ubiquitous security agency, they open DreamMaker's, which is an upscale event planning service for clueless guys who want to impress their ladies.The last book ended on a small cliffhanger regarding Dean, the unabashed manwhore of the group. There is a mysterious lady, because of course there is. Rather than having another heroine in jeopardy situation, this book takes a different route. Once upon a time Dean and Emma were inseparable, until they weren't and Dean broke her heart. And it definitely was true love, as you'll see why when you read it. When Emma happens to move to San Francisco, she inadvertently makes friends with Dean's best female friend Suz, which of course throw the star crossed lovers into each other's path. Because of their history together, this book really ramps up the feels when compared to the previous two books. It is a bit angsty, at least to start, because of all the emotional baggage. But their relationship settles in to sweet and caring with a nice side of sexy. And Emma's secret was a bit...odd, but nothing insurmountable. And, as one of the things I enjoy about this series is the tapestry of relationships it forms, we also got peeks into Suz and Gillian's future HEA's, so whatever is happening next in this series looks promising. I am not sure if this series is going to extend past the previously promised trilogy, or if it is going to go into spin-off mode, but either way, color me stoked that there will be more.This isn't high literature, it is fluffy and happy and sexy, and they are fairly short books, but it's a solid and enjoyable series.4 starsCross-posted http://erinsburnsbookshelf.blogspot.c...

  • April Symes
    2019-04-10 21:00

    ***A gifted copy was provided by NetGalley for an honest review***Dean and Emma went together in high school. Emma gave up a scholarship in Italy so she could be with Dean. After graduation they planned to go to college and live together when Dean abruptly deserted her without any warning or explanation. Go forward thru 11 years and Emma is now a successful NYC clothing designer but to this day, she hasn’t forgotten not forgiven what Dean did to her or to their relationship… to breaking her heart the way he did and for leaving behind , heart, broken on the floor that day.Dean is a former Army Ranger turned San Francisco businessman whose also a Casanova , but he’s never gotten over Emma/ his 1st real love . When they meet up at a Halloween party, the chemistry is still as potent. Emma still doesn’t trust Dean with her heart, what she is willing to do is have a short-term fling. Dean is determined to woo Emma and make her fall in love with him again and to make her his.I really enjoyed reading about how Dean and Emma had their second chance. I do not want to give spoilers but when I say there are reasons as to why Dean ran. I kind of understood , just as I understood how angry and betrayed Emma felt as to when he left her with no word or contact. The passion , the seduction, the emotions of the main characters were terrific. I loved everything in this story and the secondary characters were good as well. I hope we get to see a spin off story for them ( i.e. Suzy..) . I always enjoy reading about second chance love story HEA. When I read that this about Dean’s story, I was super excited. I will say I wish there was more pages to this story than the hundred and something but I understand being this was more like a novella so this was in the short range. Hopefully maybe the authors can write a follow up for Dean and Emma down the road. Overall, I did enjoy this story and do recommend this as a great read,My rating: 4.4 stars ****

  • Eva Millien
    2019-03-26 17:57

    Former Army Ranger Dean Colter has never forgotten the woman whose life he tore apart so he’ll be damned if he screws up again when Emma Lee is suddenly within his reach in this dreamy contemporary romance.With the dynasty she’s built teetering on disaster, Emma refuses to let Dean’s killer smile and sweet-talking ways distract from her goals and the reader can’t help but get drawn into this sweet second chance romance as Dean pulls out all the stops to convince Emma he’s a changed man. The chemistry between Emma and Dean heats up every page and the sex scenes are hot and steamy but with their pasts looming like a storm cloud, Dean has his work cut out for him especially since his playboy reputation isn’t winning him any points. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader’s attention while the fast paced, smooth flowing plot captivates readers with lots of turmoil and passion. Anticipation builds lots of tension and excitement throughout the pages as Emma sure doesn’t make it easy for Dean to win back her heart and her fashion designer business continuously distracts them also adding to the tension. Well written scenes and details capture the imagination while the intriguing happenings ensure that the reader wants to know every detail of Dean’s campaign. The intriguing sexy men of DreamMakers really captured the heart throughout this series and their truly inspirational idea adds so much sweet spice to the series that you just have to know what’s going to happen next. It’s a good thing Dean knows his job so well, he might not have stood a chance against Emma. I enjoyed this quick sweet and dreamy romance immensely and I have to say that I also enjoyed the teases about Suz’s and Gillian’s love interest as well so hopefully I will get to read their books one day.4 1/2 STARS