Monthly Mini Review
Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout – B Dream of You is both part of the Wait For You series and the 1001 Dark Nights series (by multiple authors). Colton Anders is the elder brother of Reece Anders (hero in Fall With You) – both brothers are police officers; Colton is a detective and Reece is a patrolman. When Abby Erickson witnesses a brutal murder, Colton and his partner are assigned the case. Colton and Abby went to high school together. They weren’t exactly friends but they weren’t enemies either. Abby was dating Kevin, the man she married after graduation and they both moved away for college and then ended up in New York for work in publishing. Kevin was killed in a car accident four years before the book begins. After Abby was widowed, she moved back home to Philadelphia. She works as a freelance book editor and is only just starting to wake up and want to live for herself again. Even though she was with Kevin and completely loyal to him, Colton was gorgeous and she’d always had a secret crush on him.
Abby doesn’t think of herself as particularly attractive. After four years alone, her self esteem is low. Kevin was always loving and supportive so as far as I can tell it was Abby’s hangup and not anything resulting from emotional abuse. And, when I say hangup, I say it with compassion because it’s a hangup many women have and I’d have to raise my own hand in a survey. Abby thinks Colton is out of her league but clearly Colton disagrees. Once he sees her again, he is all in like Flynn and hoping to take things further with pretty, shy, girl he remembers fondly from high school. He doesn’t see the flaws Abby sees, he is totally turned on her Abby’s body and he enjoys her company.
Also, Colton is busy solving the murder and protecting Abby from the bad guys who know she witnessed it.
I enjoyed the story quite a bit but for one thing. Abby’s job as a freelance editor was a bit too meta for me and there was waay too much fangirling over authors with not-great reputations in my little corner of Romancelandia. I prefer to be taken away from the real world when I read and comments about Author A (when Author A is a real person) usually submitting clean manuscripts were too real and made it more difficult for me to engage in the fantasy of the story. In the end the editor aspect of the story felt too self-indulgent. I guess there are some readers who’d enjoy it but I’m not one of them.
The romance between Colton and Abby was sweet and sexy and when it was just the two of them, I lapped it up with a spoon.
Reviews of these books will be up soon at AudioGals.
Here’s what you may have missed:
The Wall of Winnipeg & Me by Mariana Zapata, narrated by Callie Dalton
Crazy for Her by Sandra Owens, narrated by Amy McFadden & Mikael Naramore
And I posted my favourites of books reviewed here for 2016.
Playboy Pilot by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward, narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York
A Tale of Two Dragons by GA Aiken, narrated by Hollie Jackson
Salt Hendon Collection by Lucinda Brant, narrated Alex Wyndham
Outsider by Olivia Cunning, narrated by Mackenzie Cartwright & Joe Arden
at Dear Author
Brutal Game by Cara McKenna – joint review with Michele Mills
First Step Forward by Liora Blake
Absolute Trust by Piper J. Drake