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UntamedJo Wilder had the heart of a lion and the temper of a wildcat. And when Keane Prescott crossed her path, she bared her claws. Jo was certain her charming new boss imperiled everything she cared for, but she couldn't deny the attraction between them. Though Keane's kisses left her breathless, it was his tenderness that threatened to tame her heart.Less of a StrangerCUntamedJo Wilder had the heart of a lion and the temper of a wildcat. And when Keane Prescott crossed her path, she bared her claws. Jo was certain her charming new boss imperiled everything she cared for, but she couldn't deny the attraction between them. Though Keane's kisses left her breathless, it was his tenderness that threatened to tame her heart.Less of a StrangerConfident and colossally arrogant, David Katcherton swept into Megan Miller's life and awakened feelings that had long been lying dormant. But she wasn't about to fall for this irresistible stranger who was after her grandfather's business. As Katch challenged her to fulfill her dreams, he also aroused passions she'd never known before.......

Title : Dream Makers: Untamed / Less of a Stranger
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ISBN : 9780373285242
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 411 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Dream Makers: Untamed / Less of a Stranger Reviews

  • Alicia Jespersen(BehindThePicketFence)
    2018-12-08 01:12

    These two stories are the perfect match! The characters are super sweet and romantic. I usually don’t like it when there is more than one story in a book, but Nora Roberts pulled it off. This book kept my attention all the way to the end. Especially when it switched in the middle to the new story. I may be biased because Nora Roberts got me started in the romance genre, but I’m glad Dream Makers was the first book i read.With the first story; Untamed you meet Jo Wilder. She tames lions at a circus for a living. Then Keane Prescott comes along and tames her heart. They then learn that life together is worth it all. Personally this storyline was absolutely beautiful to me. I can’t think of a better way to be inducted into the romance craze. Even if you have been reading romance for years this story will still warm your heart and keep you wondering how Jo and Keane’s life will continue even after the last page.In the second story; Less of a Stranger you meet Megan Miller. She is a professional artist. She does any kind of sculpting, but mainly focuses on clay and wood. She doesn’t sculpt for money she does it because it is her passion. When David Katcherton comes along and tries to buy her grandfathers amusement park. Megan will do anything to keep Katch away from her and her grandfathers business. But will she push him so far away that there is no hope for them as a couple? When i read this part of Nora Roberts Dream Makers book i found myself crying with happy tears :D Less of a Stranger is the perfect complement to Untamed. Though don’t get me wrong, it is just as amazing a story as Untamed.I really hope you guys enjoy Dream Makers, whether it is your introduction into romance or just another book that caught your eye.Enjoy, and Have Fun while reading Nora Roberts’ Dream Makers!

  • Aurelia Rowl
    2018-12-04 20:58

    3.5 starsThese haven't stood the test of time as well as many of Roberts' other stories.

  • Maura
    2018-11-20 23:59

    Untamed - 2/5 - The book started out pretty well. It takes place in a traveling circus - the heroine Jovilette is a lion trainer and Keane has just inherited the circus from a father he never knew. There are plenty of misconceptions and assumptions that get in the way of these two to start and they overcome them pretty well. The hero goes through what seems an irrational asshole phrase (since we don't get his POV we have no idea why he's acting like that) but we get to experience the angst through the heroine. And it all goes pretty well. The insights to the circus were interesting and the characters were likeable enough (even Keane, because we just know he's being an asshole for a good reason, right?) Then the ending. All I could think was, WTF? That's not how to end it. It was rather unsatisfying. And I'll give a spoiler ending...just in case you'd like to know. (view spoiler)[ So he was an asshole because he realized he couldn't be with her. She couldn't give up the circus and he couldn't stay with the circus and watch her risk her life every day. So she gives it up for him. Sweet, really, but when we look at how she's spent the entire book arguing that the circus is her life and that through it she builds dreams and miracles, etc. and then she just gives it up like it meant nothing to her? She was all ready to be pissed if he would have sold it, but she can just quit. And do what exactly? She's been in the circus her whole life - she's not qualified to do anything but sit on her ass. There could have been a compromise. Like, maybe she agrees not to train the cats, but she still works with the circus or something. It just felt like a crap ending.(hide spoiler)]Less of a Stranger - 2/5 - Some of these early Nora Roberts books are completely awful. I'm supposed to think that a guy who creeps about and stalks a woman in the grocery store and crosses physical boundaries like touching and kissing without any hint from the woman that it's okay, is romantic? He (the Hero Katch) is arrogant and bent on owning everything...including the heroine. He doesn't even know her and he tells himself that he will have her - it's as though he's saving up for a new car or something. And I'm sorry, but how is "We both know if I'd been a little more persuasive tonight, I'd have had you," even the slightest bit romantic...no wonder the heroine hates him. He also blows hot and cold. One minute he's ready to have sex with her on a beach and she's trying to stop him and the next she's trying to have a sleepover and he's pushing her out the door. Incidentally, we never see his POV, which I don't like.The heroine, Meg, is overly suspicious and thinks the worst of him, even though all he's done so far is make a few unwanted moves. He doesn't listen to the word no, but she honestly doesn't seem to mean it. She tells him no and then a minute later she changes her mind. Talk about mixed messages. Not that the hero understands the word no. About halfway through the book, the hero becomes a bit more likeable, but then the heroine gets out of control annoying. She thinks he's deceitful and manipulative until she finds out he's involved in several charities - then he's a nice, trustworthy guy. And despite her hatred of him, she fell in love with him about a week after meeting him. This whole book irritated me. So far, I don't recommend anything by Nora Roberts before 1990.

  • Jane
    2018-12-07 19:06

    Okay, I may have to rethink my goal of reading all of Nora Roberts' books from the beginning of her career. And the reason is because they are formulaic Silhouette Romance books.I mean, I'm tired of the same-0ld, same-old. The heroine's parents are both dead. If the heroine is not completely ditzy, she's confused and/or cutesy dumb, and she lets past failed relationships rule her heart & won't let the new man into her life almost to the point of losing him altogether. Mind you, this is not just Roberts' books written in the 1980s; it's also books by now well-known mainstream romance writers who also started out writing these formulaic romances, whether they were Harlequin or Silhouette Romances.Because of Roberts' newer books (and also the books from Jill Shalvis, to mention one of my other favorite authors), I am now used to reading about strong, smart heroines who know their minds, know what they want from life, and go after it, whether it's a career or a man. None of this confused simpering, AND their parents are still living, which sometimes adds to the heroine's (or the hero's) stress & day-to-day juggling act. Quite often, there are other family members involved, too, as is usually the case with the average family. It all helps to make a more entertaining story. And on top of that, the hero's not always rich. He's more than likely just an average hard-working Joe. Same with the heroine. What a breath of fresh air the modern mainstream romances are compared to the old formulaic Harlequin & Silhouette Romances!I realized early on, that I'd already read both "Untamed" and "Less of a Stranger" (the books included in the "Dream Makers compilation), but went ahead and finished reading "Less of a Stranger" because the story was less familiar. In other words, I couldn't remember exactly how it went & how it ended (although I knew it was going to be a happy ending--after all, that's one reason why I read romances!). But only 11 pages into "Untamed," I stopped reading. "Oh, no, I thought. Parents are dead, rich hero is about to make an entrance, & the heroine, for whatever reason, already hates him." Was it because they'd already met & didn't hit it off, or was it for some other inane reason? Plus, "Untamed" is a circus story, and I don't like books about circuses. So, I promptly closed it, took another Roberts' book from my bookcase with higher hopes for this one, which is part of the MacGregor family series. These two books were published in 1985, but I already know from reading other books in this series that at least the parents are still alive & a big part of the two main characters lives.So, I'll at least START reading this compilation as hope springs eternal. Why else would I read romance in the first place, right?

  • Nath
    2018-12-02 20:10

    These two books are obviously Nora's earlier work, so I won't be too picky... they're cutsie stories, but nothing more. In fact, I thought they lacked depth, but that's probably because they're both really short. In Untamed, Jolivette Wilder is a lion trainer. She was born and raised in the circus and followed her father's footsteps. Unfortunately for her, her parents died in a fire when she was 5-6 y.o. Her legal guardian was Frank Prescott, the owner of the circus, and she loved him as a father. Frank just died recently and he left the circus to his son, Keane Prescott. Jo resents Keane because he never came to visit Frank (Keane is an attorney and lives in Chicago... his parents divorced when Keane was still a baby). So anyway, Keane comes to the circus and must make a decision about what to do with the circus.In Less of a Stranger , you have Megan who's an artist (she sculpts thing) and who lives with her grandfather after the death of her parents. Her grandfather owns Joyland, an amusement park. Enter David Katcheron, Katch, who wants to buy the amusement park and you almost have the whole story already.So as I said, both are cutsie and simple stories. Nothing compared to Nora's present work. My problem with these two stories is that even if they can "withstand" time... they lack the sleekness of Nora's writing and you can still tell by the way the storyline and the characters are written that it is a work in the 80's, early 90's. First of all, the two heroines are very, very naive ^^; and they easily fell in love with the guys, a few kisses and the deal was done... only, it took them so much time to realize it. What bug me more tho is that you don't get anything from the main guys. Of course, by the way they behave, you know that they're smitten too, but they don't say it and the heroines are clueless... they're not TSTL... just extremely clueless and naive. At the end, when the heroes are "I love you" they're like: "Really?!?" well yeah girls, obviously. Another thing that bug me, esp. in Untamed is that you don't get to know the heroes very well, esp. compared to the heroines. Why didn't Keane visit his father? Why does he resent his father? Finally, the stories were too short, so lack of development. You know, each year, Silhouette re-prints a couple of Nora Roberts earlier book that you can't find anymore. I have a couple of them and some were just awesome... Loving Jack is one of them... however, these two are not on par.

  • Caroline G'wattage
    2018-11-30 00:20

    Dream makers, both romantic stories, and both l really enjoyed.This is the second Nora Roberts 2 in 1 book, l have read, and feeling very satisfied at the end.The first short story is called:Untamed - It is set in the circus. the owner has just died and left the circus to his son, whom he had no contact with for most of the son's Keane's life.Jo was the protagonist, is worried that Keane will sell the circus and had disliked him since before his father's death.Things change when she meets him. the chemistry is instant and distracting.The second story is called:Less than a stranger - The feature of this story is an fairground.Megan has grown up with her Grandfather, who owns, the fairground.She is worried when a stranger, Katch comes along and tries to buy it.Although the fairground is only just making a profit, Megan does not want to see it go. Along with that Katch is determined not only to have the fairground, he is determined to have Megan too, and she is finding it hard to resist falling for him.Both of these stories were good.l preferred 'Less then a Stranger.'l felt l engaged with the characters more.However both were romantic and can keep you reading all night.l liked both Jo and Megan. they were both determined and prepared to stand up for what they think is right and what they believe.

  • Cassie
    2018-12-03 19:58

    Untamed is one of my favorites. Nora roberts takes you inside of a circus where you realize how much danger lies within it, how much love and how much family. When she throws Keane into Jo's life, Jo realizes that danger isn't just found amoung the lions in her cage, it's also giving her heart away to a man she is sure is going to break it. The lovw between Keane and Jo is beautiful and by the end, you feel like you really understand what love is.Less of a stranger. I loved this book for so many reasons. David is a strong, confident and from the description, an extremely good looking man. A man that I believe Megan needs. Megan is a beautiful, strong, independent woman who puts her grandfather before herself, before her dreams. The undeniable attraction between Megan and David keeps you wanting to keep reading... it keeps you wanting to know if he can make her see who she is and the talent she holds inside.

  • Shae
    2018-12-13 19:10

    I feel really bad for saying this, but I wanted to stab both heros with a fork. They were pushy and domineering and thought they knew what was best for the woman. It just drove me crazy how controlling they were and insistant that the lady would bend to their ways just because they were supposedly sexy. I do have to say it was a good thing for Megan's character because she was very lame and needed someone to force her to get her life together. The only reason I read this was because a friend told me that the first story starts out in the town where I live.

  • Janet
    2018-11-19 01:17

    first stories was about jo and keane who was the new boss of a circle and his question of what to do about it keep it , sell it or give it to the circle people because its their home. jo is a lion tamer but doesn't trust him but she can't deny their attraction to each other. david wants to buy fairground attraction from megan dad but she is scared of what could happen to her dad when he isn't working. megan mistrust misleads her in different directions but eventually to each other.

  • Catherine
    2018-11-28 22:10

    Two more great stories by Nora Roberts. She took me to places I loved growing up - the circus & boardwalk/carnival.I loved seeing the circus through Jo's eyes. I wanted to train the lion right along side of her. She is brave and loving. And she other's see the world from her point of view.Megan learned there is more to life. Katch helped her find it.

  • Lavendersbluegreen
    2018-12-14 03:09

    I just love that they keep repackaging her old books into 2fers! I may have read Less Of A Stranger before… it seemed familiar and I am almost sure I remember having this book with this cover… at any rate cirus / carnival books!! Untamed makes you want to join the circus and both sweep you away… if you like Nora, then these classics are must reads!

  • Janet
    2018-12-05 22:06

    Pretty formulaic. Girl is attracted to guy /she pretends to hate him / they share tragic histories /she falls in love with him /he doesn't want to commit / she hates him again /he proposes. The only thing different here were the circus and amusement park settings.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-25 19:08

    I never tire of Nora Roberts. You can always count on her books for solid writing, entertaining storylines and juicy dialogue. This one was two quick reads in one and I choose it because it was light and I like to read light after coming off of something heavy. Will always be a Nora fan!

  • Lani
    2018-12-03 20:07

    Yes this is a romance novel...it was very clean though. It had some passionate kissing moments. It was like reading a chick flick and I just really loved it and could hardly put it down. And that's that.

  • Aberforth
    2018-12-02 03:07

    I loved the settings but hated the characters. I couldn't help but feel the heroines were whiny and the guys were giant douchebags. I picked it up at a used bookstore and suspect that it will be going right back over there.

  • Natalie Borg
    2018-12-16 19:05

    Really enjoyed this book :) especially liked the story with Jo and Keane! and i love how fun the settings are; circus, amusement park... great little love stories :) This is the second Nora Roberts book i've read, will definitely be buying some more soon!

  • Lauretta
    2018-11-22 01:27

    I keep periodically thinking that I should try again to read one of the great authors of romance novels. I am still underwhelmed and should just give up on this genre (if not for the fact that I wouldn't have stumbled across Gabaldon if I hadn't sought out this genre)

  • Janet
    2018-12-17 22:06

    Good

  • Anna-Lisa
    2018-12-10 23:08

    Both stories in this book were okay. Both a fast read but nothing special. I read them because I bought the book but they're definitly not must reads if you like Nora Roberts.

  • Latosha
    2018-11-27 22:03

    it was two short books in one and I enjoyed them both. quick wit by the characters that you can enjoy in both books

  • Loryn
    2018-11-30 00:13

    I didn't actually finish the second story but I have no clue when I will! So I want it off my feed. The first one was great!

  • Prachi Gupta
    2018-11-29 19:01

    This was my first Nora Robert's book. And i would not say I was disappointed. All though endings of both the stories were very predictable. But she presented them in an extraordinary way.

  • Heather
    2018-11-22 01:08

    i thought it was a good book to read

  • Peni
    2018-12-09 00:25

    Please see individual stories for review.

  • Cielo
    2018-11-25 19:27

    aww. so sweet and lovely ♥

  • Diane
    2018-12-01 23:22

    Don't read this unless your bookshelf is empty and you are desperate!

  • Clare
    2018-11-17 00:58

    No good only lasted two days.

  • Nabila Amr
    2018-12-08 03:26

    Witzige und gefühlvolle Liebesgeschichten erzählt Nora Roberts hier wieder mal. Ich liebe ihre Bücher, auch wenn die beiden Geschichten hier eher zu der einfacheren Liebesgeschichten ist.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-06 19:02

    I really liked the two stories in this one, especially the endings of both! I like that the men seem to be able to feel without being too stunted ;)