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In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #4
Published by Harlequin on 2014-10-01
Reviewed by Vanessa
Everyone loves Jack Holland, but Emmaline Neal needs him. Her ex-fiancé is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can't go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won't get the wrong idea. What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he's been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He's always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem. So when they wind up in bed together, Em chalks it up to red wine and chocolate cake, just one impulsive night not to be repeated. But Jack's pushing for more, and if she lets down her guard, either she'll get her heart crushed again, or discover that Jack's worth more than just dreaming about.
White knight, Jack Holland, loves to help. No matter what the need, he is there to assist. Jack had dreamed of being a hero, and he was there on just such an occasion, but Jack never weighed the cost of aiding those in need until that one night. Still carrying around the ache and disappointment of feeling like a failure, Jack is called upon again to be there for someone in need. Giving that this is ingrained in his character, he just can’t say no. So, Jack agrees to escort Emmaline Neal to her
ex-fiancé’s wedding so that Emmaline can save face. However, Jack never banked on the ramifications that one weekend will play on his heart.
Emmaline Neal is a strong woman who has found her calling as a police officer for the small town she was transplanted to when she just couldn’t deal with the bullying anymore. Emmaline has always found it within herself to rise above her shortcomings However, her ex was a steadfast fixture in those valleys of her life, holding her up and helping her to feel like she was more. His leaving her high and dry had an impact on her life, and she desperately wanted others to believe that she has moved past his betrayal of her several years previously. If Jack was willing to aid in her pseudo-relationship, who was she to say no? Besides, he was just the eye candy she needed to distract her from so much more. Yet, Emmaline never banked on that one life changing night, and she tries to chalk it up to “what happened in Malibu stays in Malibu”, but Jack is pushing for more, and she just doesn’t know if she’s up for another opening of herself in this lifetime.
In Your Dreams WAS all that and a bag of chips with a heaping slice of decadent chocolate cake on the side!! Oh, I could NOT get enough of this newest offering from Kristan Higgins. From the opening page to the wrap up, In Your Dreams pulled you in as though you were listening to a tale from your BFF. I cannot believe that Kristan Higgins does not enjoy writing. It pours through In Your Dreams as though she were sitting right there distracting you from the worries of your life with her humor and delightful characters whose exploits literally have you laughing out loud.
Even though on the surface, In Your Dreams seemed like a happy go lucky romance, I found there was deeper meaning beyond the surface. Both Jack and Emmaline were guilty of seeing what they wanted to see and looking at things with a myopic view at points, but they grew and saw beyond In Your Dreams.
I felt that In Your Dreams was about people revealing their true selves, while others had to let go of what they believed those people were for the longest time. They learned to accept the past and that they wouldn’t change it for the world because it made them who they are today, without those hardships they might never achieve their full potential In Your Dreams. In Your Dreams also explored the view that the characters had on themselves and what they believed to be their failings, yet others didn’t see it that way.
I found In Your Dreams far exceeded my expectations of a romance as it entertained and enlightened me, igniting thoughts and views that were always there, but just needed another voice to solidify them and remind me that in some areas others see the same way. Because In Your Dreams was ssssooo much more than I expected, and actually put me in a good mood (I suspect that Kristan Higgins was in that mood when she penned this novel) I must Joyfully Recommend this tale. Sure, there were some hard, tear jerking moments between the covers of this story, but I felt that she softened those blows by giving the reader so many feel good moments and reminding them to look beyond the surface.