• Dream Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch Series Book 1
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Dream Kisses

By: Verna Clay
Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
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Publisher's summary

Mims Murphy a.k.a Sarah Carter, meets Sage Tanner at Imaginings Publishing while he's posing for the cover of her upcoming romance novel. After being bulldozed into a coffee break with him by her publisher, Sissy Johansen, an embarrassing incident makes Sarah furious and she walks out. Of course, fate has plans for this mismatched couple. Deciding her book needs a dose of reality, Sarah signs up for "dude" lessons at Lazy M Dude Ranch. Imagine her chagrin when she discovers the owner of the ranch is none other than Mr. Tanner himself!

©2012 Verna Clay (P)2015 Verna Clay

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The Romance Writer And The Model Cowboy?

If you could sum up Dream Kisses in three words, what would they be?

Modern Western Chicklit

What other book might you compare Dream Kisses to and why?

I don't really do that. I see each book and/or series as its own entity. I think that saying it isn't makes less of the work and the author!

Have you listened to any of Wendy Rich Stetson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to her! I really enjoyed her performance and will definitely be listening to more of her :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this book in one sitting!

Any additional comments?

This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book.


Mims is a famous romance novelist who is kind of sour on love. She believes in it for her characters... Just not a plain Jane like herself. Meeting the cover model Sage from her books sends her info a bit of a tailspin. Her editor and his joke on her just was not amusing! Now she can't write. Needing to finish her book, she books six long weeks at a dude ranch hoping to find real-life inspiration and insight into her modern chicklit western romance. Too bad Fate is conspiring against her! Will she make it to the ranch? Will she get her book written on time? Will she survive the lack of civilization?


Sage hates being a sex symbol. Too bad it pays the bills. What can he do? He has to make a living somehow to keep his ranch and all the land. How did Mims end up on his ranch as a dude? Is someone playing a joke on them? All he knows is that she intrigues him. Will they get along? Or will he lose a paying guest and a cover model job in one fell swoop? Will he win her over? Or send running back to the city?


***This series is suitable for adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy modern romance with chicklit overtones in a western setting filled with fun and second chances while learning to love again and move past tragedies of the past :)

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Sweet and Romantic I can't wait for the next audio

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I enjoyed this listen loved the plot, characters, the twists, and the messes they get into. Poor Sarah cannot get a break if it wasn’t for bad luck she wouldn’t have any luck at all. At least this is the way she see it. You could have knocked her over with a feather when Sage comes riding up to rescue her. The author gives you some humor along with some serious parts. Sarah just wants life back to normal away from this overbearing man. Everyone is so kind on the ranch maybe Sage isn’t as bad as she thinks or maybe she is just out of her mind in pain. Sage isn’t too happy to have her on his ranch either. He was just going along with the ladies can’t she take a joke?

Ms. Stetson narration was wonderful she gave the characters voices and emotions that you could feel. At times I felt sorry for both of them. There is no background noise or any places where it is higher or lower than it should be. You have no trouble knowing what each character is feeling the narrator gives wonderful emotion to her voice. You are never left guessing and it was easy to know who was talking. Her female voices were as good as her males. Ms. Stetson has a very strong rich voice which is smoothing. She made this a wonderful listen as she takes you through each page making you feel like you are part of the read. It was a pleasure listening to her narration.

The author gives you a wonderful plot with great characters and supporting characters. Some you will love and other are just there to get your back up. She throws in a few twists to keep the book interesting. This is a short listen once it starts you are hook and before you know it the book is over leaving you wanting more. I found this to be a believable story which at times is very humorous. I am really looking forward to listening to more audios from this narrator as well as more books from the author. I feel most will enjoy this walking away with a smile.

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Full bodied intertaining read

This is a delightfully sweet read. It's full bodied with interesting characters and an engaging story, easily one you'd want to read all in one sitting. The characters are loveable and just interesting. The author does a great job of really expressing the emotions of the characters without beating us over the head with internal dialogue. At times, the transitions between scenes seemed so abrupt I stopped to and went back a few seconds wondering if I'd somehow missed something. (I Listened to the audio of this book.) However, even that didn't distract me from being totally engaged in the story. Just a really great fun listen.
And, speaking of listening, this book was narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson. This narrator is new to me. I was offered this audiobook as an ARC and her sample was what sold me and made me decide to take a chance on it. And, Ms. Stetson does not disappoint. Her voice and interpretation of characters pulls you right in and makes you feel like you're right there. Her characterizations are feeling and real, her voice very easy to listen to and engaging. This book had women, men, teens, and accents and she expertly delivered them all while telling a story in a way that keeps the listener tuned in to every word. Will definitely be listening to more from these two!

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Chic Lit! Fun and Sweet Romance - Cute Could Be YA

'Mims' is a romance novelist whose book has finally hit the top of the chart. Dream Kisses begins as she is watching the models that will be used for the cover of her book. The male model, Sage is handsome, beautiful and strong. She knows the cover will be fantastic.

After an awkward meeting at the coffee shop after the photo shoot, with her agent and models-'Mims,' whose real name is Sarah, goes back to California to continue to write – but there's always a trace of Sage in her mind.

As Sarah hits writers block, she decides that a good cure may be actual experience, watching cowboys work a ranch. She goes online and signs up for six weeks at a dude ranch.

On her way to the ranch, in the middle of nowhere, her car dies. After a few hours wandering around on a twisted ankle she sees a cowboy on a horse in the distance. Sage rescues Sarah. They are both shocked to meet again and realize that their pseudonyms have met during the photo shoot AND now Sarah and Sage have now met.

This is a cute and sweet [at times eye rolling] romantic book. It follows the two of them during her six weeks stay. We meet the people who are most important to Sage; his daughter and those who help him run the ranch.

This is a very innocent book, one that could be played around anyone. No need for warnings. If you are looking for an alternative to the graphic and profanity laced contemporary romance books, this may be for you.

*I received this book in exchange for my review. It was an enjoyable book with narration by Wendy Rich Stetson - who is always great. I have listened to three other books performed by Stetson and she never let the listener down. She easily flows between male and female characters; from older, hardened voices to the innocence of a budding teen relationship and everything in between. I can't wait for her next book and performance.

Thank you for reading my review, if you found it helpful please take a moment to select "YES" immediately below this text. Also, consider following me via Audible.com

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Loved Dream Kisses Audiobook.

I haven't read or listened to a Verna Clay novel before, but would not hesitate to read any of her books. The Narration was great. Wendy Rich Stetson had great distinguishable voices for each character. Sage's sexy appeal shone through her voice. I did not have to re-listen to any part of the audiobook to understand the words be spoken. She made the characters come to life so that I did not want to say goodbye to them. I will listen to any book narrated by Wendy Stetson and in fact my next book is narrated by her too. I would also read any Verna Clay novel. Great job!

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Beautiful and Romantic

What did you love best about Dream Kisses?

Overall the Southern Ranch Romantic Love Story between the writer and the top model, although I would like it a little more 'hot and steamy' it was a wonderful story and made me smile for almost four hours!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dream Kisses?

The last scene of course...... (no spoilers here you should all read it)

Which character – as performed by Wendy Rich Stetson – was your favorite?

Wendy Rich Stetson is A W E S O M E!!!! of course I fell in love with Sage Tanner, but I really liked Sarah and all the characters equally.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly smiling it is so sweet and all in one listen!

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.
Thank you very much Verna Clay and of course THANK YOU VERY MUCH Wendy Rich Stetson for this book. I am looking forward for all the others too!!!!!

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The Author and the Model

Would you listen to Dream Kisses again? Why?

Yes, cute romance with fun characters.

Have you listened to any of Wendy Rich Stetson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the teen realized her dad liked her favorite author.

Any additional comments?

This was a fun read. It was a lite touch with a sweet romance for all ages. The couple has a slow start, but all is well that ends well. Maybe a little too many tears for my liking but, over all a fun read. I will listen again.

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Fun Cast of Characters

Fun "life mirrors art" plot line, and full of a quirky array of characters wonderfully voiced by Wendy Rich Stetson!

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A Sweet Western Story Within A Story

This was a fun western ranch story that is placed in a modern day lifestyle. The story follows a romance writer who needs inspiration for her book and a cowboy whose priorities are his daughter and managing his ranch while also taking advantage of his "assets" to help provide for his family's future.

I really liked the idea of Sage being the sexy rancher while giving confidence back to Sarah, who is self-conscious author that is more bold and assertive in her books than in her personal life. From a female perspective, many women want to be desired by the "unreachable" and to have that in story form gives a playful edge of "what if?" One of my favorite scenes in the story is the Wagon Train. The author, Verna, provided a fun section of material that makes me think she did a little research on her own in person to create this setting. It almost makes me want to find a dude ranch that does Wagon Train events during the summer!

Verna created a nice light-hearted romance that was just long enough for the story to provide enough "meat" and feel complete but not so overwhelming that this audio needed to be listened to over a period of several days. The audio and literary pace moved along smoothly. The Narrator, Wendy, did a great job on the voices. All the characters were believable and I could picture them to be realistic characters in their setting. Technical aspect of the audio was very good as well. There was no skipping, echo or repeating of words. This was a very clear recording.

All in all, this was a nice romantic story that left several assumptions to the imagination without having to go into descriptive detail. This would be a good audio and book for those who want something light, romantic and leave you feeling fulfilled.

I'm looking forward to listening to more of Verna's Stories and Wendy's characters.

Note: Audio was received in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Great start to a new series

Sarah meets Sage when he was posing for the cover of her new book. During a coffee break Sage does something to upset Sarah and she runs off upset.

A few months later Sarah sets out to do some research at a dude ranch. The only issue is the ranch is owned by Sage the same guy who made her upset months ago.

From the moment Sage runs into Sarah again sparks start to fly. But can both of them over come the past hurts they have both dealt with?

If you like sweet romance, with a little drama then this book is for you. Beware you will be sucked in and you will want to continue on to book 2, it is that good.

Wendy does an excellent job with all off different voices, and her country twang is spot on. I'm never disappointed with any narration that Wendy does!

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