ARC Review: In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

Posted September 29, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
In Your Dreams
by Kristan Higgins

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Sept 30, 2014
Series: Blue Heron #4
Published by Harlequin HQN
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
 

 

“IN YOUR DREAMS is an outrageously funny feel-good story. If you need an immediate pick-me-up, Kristan Higgins is your girl.” ~ Under the Covers

You can never really tell what you’re gonna get with a Kristan Higgins book and that is never more true when it comes to a Blue Heron book. For one, you never know what kind of shenanigans the characters will find themselves in next. For example, would I ever think I would read a scene where the heroine loses the thing that makes your boobs look good in a bra (You know, that “chicken cutlet” looking thing?) while getting competitive with her ex? Hell no. But oh my God, Kristan Higgins is a genius for doing it! I have never laughed so hard while reading a book.

IN YOUR DREAMS is (finally!) Jack Holland’s book. As the sexy winemaker of the family, I was looking forward to Jack’s story the most and it ended up being better than what I expected for him! For one, there’s a deeper side to Jack that Higgins delves into. As Higgins shows why and how Jack harbors this guilt he feels concerning this accident and a few injured teenage boys, you really get a more serious side to story that balances it out well. With all the hilarious stuff that happens with Em, it’s nice to have that serious, more heartfelt pieces in the story to make it feel more whole.

Em and Jack get together when Emmaline is invited to her ex’s wedding. It’s quite the sad story because Em is still in love with the “old” version of her ex even though he has turned into a self-absorbed fitness freak. I don’t know why the girl wants to go in the first place, but bless her heart, she endures the torture anyway with the help of Jack as her date.

You can expect a whole lot of laughs and smiles throughout this story. Not only do the past characters come back and create some havoc, but Em and Jack themselves are really endearing characters. I love their upbeat dialogue and the way Higgins was able to slowly build their relationship. It really made for a genuine experience and I totally believed in their romance by the end.

IN YOUR DREAMS is an outrageously funny feel-good story. If you need an immediate pick-me-up, Kristan Higgins is your girl.

 

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About Kristan Higgins

I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish.

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother's friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I'm not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um...can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it's my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment.

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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Thanks for the review, I can’t wait to read.

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i could really use a funny, feel-good story. Thanks annie.

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Yay! Finally! I pre-ordered the paperback & will have it tomorrow. Glad you loved it! I need some laugh, too!

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Thanks for the review Annie