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Review: Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

1001 Dark Nights Dream of YouTitle: Dream Of You

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Wait for You (#4.5)

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Format: eBook, 131 Pages

ISBN-10: 1940887399 (1001 Dark Nights)

ISBN-13: 978-1940887395 (1001 Dark Nights)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Dark storyline interspersed with steamy and fun romance and characters that are likeable.

Opening Sentence: You’d be really hot if you’d just lose some weight.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Dream of You is a novella set in the Wait for You series and it features the hunky detective Colton Anders. If you like hot, steamy romantic scenes than you will love Dream of You. This novel is loosely a mystery/thriller but heavy on the romance. This is definitely for the mature reader. I am a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing. She is able to write such steamy/tension filled scenes and Dream of You was no exception.

Abby Erickson witnesses a violent crime and it taken to the police station to file a report and identify the men that she saw commit the horrific act. One of the detectives who helps her just happens to be an old classmate of hers, one that she had a huge crush on but since she was with someone else at the time, she never acted on it. Heck, she didn’t even think Colton even knew who she was from school.

Life had just gone on in a different direction for Abby and not a very happy one either. Instead of dwelling on it, she pretty much just drowns herself in work. She doesn’t quite realize it until she meets Colton again. He spurs a fire in her that she hasn’t had in years.

Colton doesn’t want to miss out on an opportunity with Abby so he shows up at her house. He wants to check up on her and connect with her after all these years.  He also believes that Abby’s life may still be in danger so he partially uses that as an excuse to see her.

The love/lust connection is pretty instant in Dream of You since it is a novella, partially explained by the fact that they had a past “connection”. I liked it and I think it did work for their story.

One thing about this series is that Abby’s job is as a book editor so there is a lot of name dropping. As a reader it is kind of fun in the beginning, especially the inside look of being an editor for some great authors, but after a while it did become a little annoying.

Abby is kind of complicated for me. I felt like she should have been more of a nutcase with all the tragedy happening around her. She manages to keep it together and notice what her shortcomings are so she tries to make an effort to fix them. I still think she could have freaked a little more. She does have a self-esteem problem that to me is pretty realistic.

Colton is quite open about why he wants to be around Abby and I am amazed at the fact that he does give her space even though he is pretty sure her life is in danger. He is sweet, comforting and masculine. He doesn’t want to push Abby too much.

Overall, the story was dark but the romance was quite steamy and fun. I liked the characters and would love to see their story expanded or at least mentioned in the future stories in this series. I haven’t read anything from this series before but I eagerly look forward to reading this series.

Notable Scene:

Colton kissed me once more. “There’re a few things I want to get straight.”

“Does that require talking?”

His answering chuckle brushed my lips. “It does.” There was a pause as his mouth brushed the corner of my lips. “But I can multitask.”

“Thank God,” I whispered.

His body shook with another laugh and then his mouth was moving along the curve of my jaw. “You’re not pretty.”

My eyes flew open and widened. “Excuse me?”

“I don’t think you’re pretty,” His mouth found my pulse. “I think you’re fucking beautiful.”

Wait for You Series:

1. Wait for You

1.5 Trust in Me

2. Be with Me

2.5 The Proposal

3. Stay with Me

4. Fall with Me

4.5 Dream of You

5. Forever with You (September 29, 2015)

6. Fire in You (TBA)

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FTC Advisory: Evil Eye Concepts/InkSlingerPR provided me with a copy of Dream of You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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