Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancé'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…
Series: Blue Heron series
Review: Emmaline Neal feels like she is just ‘one of the guys’. She’s a police officer, plays sports, and even her parents think she’s a lesbian. When she gets an invitation to her ex-fiancé’s wedding, she wants to take a date without them getting the wrong idea. Everyone suggests Jack Holland, handsome, funny, and all-around nice guy. He’s also a local hero due to rescuing a car full of teenagers – not that he feels like he’s a hero with PTSD and guilt for not being able to save everyone that fateful night. Now Jack’s duplicitous ex-wife is in town, much to Jack’s consternation. When Emmaline and Jack realize they are more compatible than they ever thought, will they be able to overcome the obstacles in the way to their happiness?
IN YOUR DREAMS is my favorite Blue Heron series novel to date. Emmaline was relatable – funny, self-effacing, and somewhat insecure. Jack is sweet, handsome, funny, and humble. I think IN YOUR DREAMS struck a chord with me because the characters were so relatable and not perfect. The fact the love scenes were more ABC Family and less HBO was a nice change of pace as well. While Emmaline and her ex-fiancé were childhood friends, the way things ended made it seem a little odd to me that he would invite her to his wedding. Maybe it’s more common than I realize, but it seems strange to me. IN YOUR DREAMS had great dialogue and wonderful characters – I definitely needed some tissues reading it.