Monday, September 29, 2014

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron, #4) by Kristan Higgins ~ Review & Giveaway

Received a paperback ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron, #4) by Kristan Higgins

Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancĂ©'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…,%201

Available 9/30/14 from Harlequin


Kristan Higgins is a master at contemporary romance, especially in the small town setting.  This is the third book in this series I have read.  Somehow I missed the first one.  

This one has one of my favorite premises - pretending to be a couple.  I adore that because it puts two people together that may not have ever given each other a chance and it puts them in situations where the sparks can fly usually surprising at least one of them.  I so enjoy that.  Such is the case with this story.  

Loved the characters in this one.  These two are not perfect and they have their quirks but they belong together.  Their interactions are funny and enjoyable.  The whole hate the ex's is perfect.  But really what's perfect about these two are their genuine imperfection.   Both have problems- real problems.  Em's is out in the open while Jack's is a more hidden.  Together they not only fall for each other but deal with those problems.  I enjoyed that.

The heat in this one is sweet.  The romance is clean and fades to black.  A refreshing difference that I needed.  A satisfying happy read.

If you've read this series, then you will want this one too.  But what's great is that it can be read Stand Alone!



About the Author...

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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  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Because I love sweet romances with realistic main characters who have real insecurities!

    Lovely review!!!!

    thank you so very much :)

  2. Because I love Kristan's books and this one sounds awesome. I just love that cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  3. Oh I have a copy of this one! I haven't read Higgins before, but am looking forward to this during winter. Glad you enjoyed!

  4. I would love, love, love a chance to read this book :) Love Kristan's books!!! thanks for sharing!

  5. I am not entering to win for me. My grandma loves Kristan Higgins books and loves these series. She would love to win this.

  6. That puppy on the cover is adorable and therefore I must read it!

  7. I have loved all of Kristan's books so far, and can't wait to read about Jack!

  8. She writes such good romance and always has a cute dog on the cover!

  9. I love the fake relationship stories and I love Kristan Higgins' books - both together? Can't beat it!

  10. I haven't read any of Kristan Higgins' books yet but hope to soon! Love romance books :)

  11. I have read most of Kristan's books & loved them all! This one sounds like another winner!!

  12. I love this series and Kristan's books in general! I'm really looking forward to this story!

  13. I chatted with Kristan on Twitter before I enjoyed her wit and have read some of her books, this one is most likely to be a great one as well!

  14. I love those fake relationship reads too, and how they turn into some thing more! Fab review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  15. Why do I want to read this book? Besides "why not?" it's because I love Kristan Higgins' writing, stories, characters, you name it. I'm from a small town and I like small town stories too. The first time I ever saw Kristan's name was on a FB post where she and Jill Shalvis (another author I love) were going back and forth to see who could do a photo or quip better. :-) Thanks for the interesting question and this post.