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Estelle: In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins (Blog Tour)

In Your Dreams by Kristan HigginsIn Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet )
Part of the Blue Heron series.
Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 480
Target audience: Adults/romance fans
Keywords: old loves, new loves, small towns, California, cops, wine
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary: When Emmaline gets an invitation to her ex-fiancee’s wedding, she lands a “date” with the most eligible bachelor in Manningsport — Jack Holland. They play hockey together, see one each other at the town bar, but it’s never gone further than friendship. Jack is dealing with the aftermath of his efforts to save some teenage boys in a horrible accident, and needs a break from being treated like a hero when all he can think about is the one kid left in a coma. Can these two overcome their pasts and look toward the future together?

Kristan Higgins continues to weave her magic spell on me, folks. I’m totally hooked.

In Your Dreams brings us Emmaline and Jack — two people who live in the same town and are just passing friends. Over the course of the book, we learn that both characters are thrown into situations where they are forced to see the rawest part of the other. For Emmaline, she’s the cop on duty when Jack saves teenagers from an accident, when their car plunges into water. Later, Jack agrees to accompany Emmaline to the wedding of her ex-fiance and sees for himself the tension caused by her family and her insecurities sparked by her ex-fiance.

This is another area where Higgins excels. It’s not all about the chemistry or pushing her couples together but she really creates a backstory for each of her characters. Jack’s heroic gesture connects to his past, and is also affecting his present. He’s having nightmares, some shady things are going on, and he can’t confide in anyone. Not even his clingy ex-wife who is back in town and hoping to make amends. Jack is just SO nice. Too nice. Even Hadley’s reappearance doesn’t bother him (on the outside). He’s so polite, and helpful that it’s pretty much a curse because she is not one to get a hint.

For Emmaline, her parents are constantly on her case about her job as a cop and how they know she’s gay, and why doesn’t she come out already? They’re therapists and very judgmental and so frustrating. I was continually flabbergasted by how heartlessly they treated Emmaline, and how quick they were to disregard how she really felt. No wonder she had so many walls built up. Her parents paired with her ex-fiance (now that was a story)? It’s amazing she didn’t move to Fiji and change her name. (Okay, that’s dramatic but still. I felt bad for her.)

Somehow Higgins makes Jack and Emmaline’s pairing as unexpected and natural as possible. Emmaline knows that Jack is going through some rough stuff, and he has seen firsthand what kind of crap she is trying to dig herself out of. But it’s the resistance from Emmaline that makes this relationship so freaking sexy. Jack practically has to beg for her to go out on a date with him, and it’s pretty adorable and delectable. I loved how sarcastic and funny Emmaline was amongst the town, but also in her own head. That’s the thing about Higgins’ books. You have to be prepared to be swooning one minute to giggling the next. I can’t think of another romance author who succeeds at both so well. Jack and Emmaline made me fall in love with her work all over again.

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⇒ ⇒ GIVEAWAY! ⇐⇐

Hi! Little Bird Publicity has one copy of In Your Dreams for me to provide as a giveaway! Please leave a comment below to be entered. I will pick a winner on October 10, 2014 11:59pm EST. You must be 13 years old to enter and live in the United States. Good luck!!

October 10, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Mary m - I’ve never read any books by Kristin Higgins but this on sounds great.

October 8, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Alexa S. - I have yet to read a Higgins book. Yes, yes, I know, I should definitely remedy that! In Your Dreams sounds so dang adorable + sweet + complicated. It’s just the kind of contemporary romance that I could see myself enjoying!

October 7, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Janice Hougland - Gosh, I liked this reviewer’s way of telling about Higgins’ storytelling and this story in particular! She does it so well and it dovetails with how I feel about Higgins’ stories. I had a domineering mother growing up, who loved to criticize rather than build up, and I was chubby and kind of a nerd so I was rather quiet and by myself a lot during the school years. I could really empathize with Emmaline…and Jack too. I think I’m gonna love this book as much as I have all the rest of Kristan’s books! Thanks for the post.

October 7, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Sherrie J - Who doesn”t like to get lost in a good romance novel, and let all the cares of the world drift away, if inly for a few hours, dreamy!

October 4, 2014 - 8:41 am

Leah - I was grinning throughout this entire review, E! I’ve been slacking with this series (oh my gosh, we’re already up to book FOUR?!), but I’m thrilled Kristan hasn’t lost any steam! I’m a teensy bit worried about that cover though – the snowy scene automatically makes me think this is a Christmas Novel (idk why, but I’ve never been a fan of those!). From your review it doesn’t seem like that’s the case though.

October 3, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Anna G - I have never read a book by Kristan Higgins before, but I’ve been curious. This sounds like a good story!

October 3, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Jessica - My Mom loves Kristan Higgins books! And I love the cover of this book, it’s darling! 🙂

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