Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jen Armentrout’s Dream for You! You can read my review – and an excerpt – below. Thanks for stopping by!
Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #4.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Format: eARC, 131 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.
Despite having seen the 1001 Dark Nights novellas all over the place, this is the first one I’ve actually read. Strange, huh? I think so, too. It’s also something that needs to be rectified sooner rather than later because I enjoyed this bite-sized book with its perfect mix of romance and suspense.
Dream of You was a great addition to Jen’s Wait for You series. It was also a super quick read. I finished it in a little over an hour. But when we’re talking a second chance romance of sorts with characters I found it easy to connect with, there was no holding me back once I got started. The setup for this one was fun, in a way, if you take out the horrific murder Abby witnessed, anyhow. When it comes to tropes, I love my crushes, friends-to-more and second chance romance. With Dream of You, Jen combined these together to make one sexy and swoony (and, you know, suspenseful) novella.
I really liked both Abby and Colton. It was fun to relate to Abby with her bookish career and I definitely grinned a couple time at the author references that were thrown in. Colton was smoking hot, protective and sweet. Who doesn’t love a man in uniform, after all? I loved the chemistry between them and enjoyed watching them admit to their feelings and try something out together. The suspense caused by the murder Abby witnessed and the resulting fallout made for a nice extra in the story. An important side note about this novella – I loved that Jen worked self-esteem and accepting oneself into the story here. I think this is something most people will relate to in one way or another. I know I did!
While Dream of You is part of the Wait for You series, it could absolutely be read on its own and enjoyed by someone who hadn’t read the other books in the series. But, you really should make time to read the other books at some point. Jen’s got a great series here. You won’t be sorry.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
“I just don’t want to end up doing what my entire family does. Everything is about the Academy, and that’s not what I want to do. The only way I’m going to escape that is by leaving now. Anyway,” she said, pursing her lips as a thoughtful look crossed her face. “One of the things you never really see in a romance book is a woman who has self-esteem issues. I mean, I’m sure they’re out there, but they’re few and far between. Like they can have eating disorders, post-traumatic stress from sexual assault or mental abuse. They can be sold into sex trafficking and they can carry epic amounts of grief. We have female characters who have suffered every loss imaginable and ones who are scarred physically and mentality, but where in the hell are the average women? Ones who look in the mirror and cringe a little? Like, why are all those others acceptable to women, but reading or knowing another woman who has a low self-esteem is, like, worse than all that drama llama? Dude, I get reading for wish fulfillment, but you’ve got to have a little reality in the story.”
Brushing her bangs out of her eyes, Jillian exhaled loudly and then continued. “Whatever. It doesn’t matter. You’re normal. I’m normal. We’re not perfect and not having the greatest confidence doesn’t make you any less of a person.”
What Jillian said was so true.
Holy crap, the raw truth of it all floored me.
Women wanted other women to have high self-esteem and confidence. No one wanted to ever admit that their confidence was lacking, that they had a hard time looking at themselves in the mirror.
It was wrong that we weren’t able to have our weak moments. That we had to hide the fact that we were uncomfortable with our imperfections. That the journey to loving yourself doesn’t exclude recognizing there were days when you just didn’t want to see yourself naked.
And that there were worse things than having some confidence issues.
I glanced over at Jillian. This was one of those moments when I forgot that she was so young, because damn, she really could be a hell of a lot wiser than me. “You’re right.”
Her face transformed prettily when she smiled. “I know.”
I laughed. “And modest.”