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…
Dreams by Kristan Higgins is the 4th book
in her wildly popular Blue Heron
series. I am new to this author’s work,
and I must admit that I hadn’t read the previous books in this series before I
picked this one up. This fact may have
impacted my overall enjoyment of the book just a tad, as I had the distinct
impression throughout this book that I was supposed to have knowledge of many
characters who made appearances.
second book by this author, and so far, the books I’ve read by her have a
definite “chic-lit” feel to them. The
sensuality is mild (or warm at best), and the love scenes are
fade-to-black. There are a host of
characters, and an emphasis is placed on friendship and family relationships as
much as on the romance between the main couple.
In fact, in both books I’ve read by this author, as much (if not more)
time is spent focusing on the hero and heroines past relationships.
story we get Jack Holland’s story. He is
the only boy of the Holland clan, and he is perfection personified. He is a knight in shining armor who is always
making sure everyone is safe, but after he is unable to save one of the victims
of a horrible accident, he suffers deep and profound PTSD that is
debilitating. Although this is a light
and funny contemporary romance, it is by no means fluff. There are deep issues that exist for both
Jack and Emmaline. Within these 480
pages lies a myriad of feelings and emotions stemming from grief to joy,
bitterness to forgiveness, and all the many emotions in between.
Higgins specializes in heroines who you can really love, and Emmaline is
certainly lovable. She is a police
officer who is much more used to serving and protecting than she is to being on
the receiving end of these things. She
is funny and someone who I would want for a friend. The betrayal she experiences at the hands of
her ex-fiancé was a huge blow to her “being”, and she spend the majority of
this book trying to come to terms with it.
part of Ms. Higgin’s writing is her unbelievable talent and her ability to
write humor. Good humor is hard to write
well, and she writes it very well. There are numerous scenes in this book
that had me laughing out loud in the dark as I read into the wee hours of the
I continue to feel disappointment after finishing books by this author. The attention to the main couple often takes
a backseat to the many other things going on, and by the time our couple is
finally united, I find myself feeling let down and in need of MORE: more romance, more time spent
with the couple and more sensuality!!
of deeply emotional, heartwarmingly funny chic-lit, there is nothing better
than a book by Kristan Higgins. I just
wish that was all I was looking for.
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