Monday, September 29, 2014

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

Title: In Your Dreams
Author: Kristan Higgins
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Blue Heron #4
Main Characters: Emmaline and Jack
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancé's wedding without losing her mind. But pickings are slim in Manningsport, New York, population 715. In fact, there's really only one option: local heartthrob Jack Holland. Everyone loves Jack, and he won't get the wrong idea…. After all, Jack Holland would never actually be interested in a woman like Em. Especially not with his beautiful ex-wife creeping around, angling to reunite ever since he rescued a group of teens and became a local hero. 

But when the wedding festivities take an unexpectedly passionate turn, Em figures it was just one crazy night. Jack is too gorgeous, too popular, to ever end up with her. So why is she the one he can talk to about his deep, dark feelings? If Em is going to get her dream man, she'll have to start by believing in him…

My Review:
Tonight I sat at dinner and told my husband the whole backstory with this book. That's a sure sign that it's a good book, because honestly, he doesn't care, but I had to share it with him anyway. 

This is a book interspersed with flashbacks for both Jack and Emmaline. They both have pretty complex backstories and I don't think either of them would have the impact without those flashbacks. 

In Manningsport, Jack has always been the golden child. He's great looking, hard working, and honestly one of the nicest guys around. As one of the few single good-looking men in town, he's served as pretty much everyone's date at some point in time. He's ALWAYS willing to help a damsel in distress. He's also former Navy and paramedic/firefighter who had to save 4 teenagers out of a submerged car recently. While the town heralds him as a hero, he can't forget the one he didn't quite get to as fast as he needed to. He's haunted and is suffering from some wicked PTSD...something that he doesn't share with anyone. The fact that his cheating ex-wife is back in town isn't helping his stress levels either. But this is Jack's downfall...he's a NICE guy and won't just tell her to get lost. He sees the good in everyone...even her. 

Emmaline doesn't need anyone...certainly not a knight in shining armor to come save her. She's 5'10", completely self-sufficient, and a hard-nosed cop. Three years ago, in a bizarre twist of circumstances that made me want to cry for her, her fiance broke it off. Not only did she lose her fiance, but she lost her best friend since 8th grade. She doesn't know how to recover from that. She gave him everything and it wasn't enough. Obviously, it's meant to just be her and her dog for the rest of her life. But when she's invited to the wedding of her ex-fiance, the town asks Jack to take her...that's what he does. He provides the eye-candy and does it well, but the two connect on their weekend away. 

Jack wants more. Emmaline just wonders why and knows that she's not up for that kind of heartbreak again. 

It's a sweet story and it's one of those that I love just because Emmaline is not your normal heroine, but she gets the great looking, perfect guy wanting her anyway. I love books with this theme which is why I've always loved Kristan Higgins stories. And as with all Kristan Higgins, there were lots of laughs and giggles and smiles throughout the story, too. I know that I always feel better for having read one of her stories. I definitely recommend this one. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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