I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #4
Published by Harlequin on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
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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.
Emmaline Neal was cruelly dumped by her fiancé three years ago and now he’s getting married to the woman he left her for. She’s over him (kinda) and needs a date to accompany her to the wedding (long but credible story as to why she has to attend). Jack Holland, the town’s gorgeous good guy agrees to help her out as that’s what he does and he needs a respite from the hero worship coming from a recent, daring rescue.
Jack’s not avoiding all the accolades just because he’s a good guy. He’s quietly suffering from PTSD resulting from that rescue as it was frightening, dangerous and emotional. So, he tries to power through it on his own and not everyone is pleased with how he handled the rescue. It also doesn’t help that his cheating ex-wife is back in town looking for a second chance. And, it looks like his “pretend” romance with Emmaline has taken a turn towards reality.
What I loved
Emmaline and Jack. They’re both really good people and she’s overcome some serious past baggage, sort of. At least she’s handling it normally and there’s a lot to admire about her. Jack seems almost too perfect but he’s not, in all the best of ways. Their romance hit all the right notes, developing just the way I like. I loved disliking their ex’s and they really made it easy and fun to do. There are cute pets involved and well-intentioned (but nosy) family and friends that provide comic relief typical of a Higgins story.
The bottom line
I’m struggling to pick a favorite in this series because every book has something special. This one has two very appealing main characters in a lovely romance that neither was actively looking to be in and it just worked. It wasn’t easy but nor was it filled with a lot of angst. They both seemed to have used what they learned from their failed relationships and made it work. I’m still smiling about these two and enjoyed it, though I thought it wrapped a little hurriedly.