In Your Dreams
By Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Jack Holland is apparently perfect. Blond, blue-eyed, and “ridiculously gorgeous,” he is also intelligent, generous, kind, and devoted to his multi-generational family. He enjoys his work as the youngest in a line of Holland winemakers, and he takes pleasure and pride in the home he had built on land where Hollands have lived and worked for eight generations. Jack added the crowning touch to his status as hometown hero when he risked his own life to pull four teenagers from a winter lake where they were trapped when the driver lost control of his speeding car. Jack’s erroneously named “Midwinter Miracle” became national news, and now Jack can hardly step outside his house without being hailed as a hero. But while his neighbors and three sets of grateful parents can’t stop praising him, Jack is dealing with PTSD and burdened with guilt that he failed the fourth boy who is on life support in a local hospital. Jack may have spent his adult life preparing to save lives, but he is not prepared for the after-effects of the “miracle.” When his sister Faith asks him to be Emmaline’s “plus one” for the wedding, he seizes the opportunity as a respite from the pressures at home.
The wedding weekend is a series of misrepresentations and disasters, but it leads to a surprisingly passionate encounter between Emmaline and Jack. Emmaline is convinced that it is a night best forgotten, but Jack is persistent. However, persistence may not be enough to overcome Emmaline’s low self-esteem and the complication of Jack’s unfaithful ex-wife who is in town looking for a marriage do-over. All of Manningsport is rooting for this pair to find their HEA, but both Emmaline and Jack have to deal with baggage from their pasts before they can embrace a future with one another.
In Your Dreams is the fourth book in Kristan Higgins’s Blue Heron series, and it is a welcome addition to an excellent series. It is filled with the things that make Higgins’s books perennial favorites: hold-your-sides funny moments, families with their quirks and kerfuffles and myriad manifestations (and sometimes failures) of love, and protagonists you want to add to your circle of friends—plus, of course, puppy love for canine fans. Emmaline is a heroine in whom independence and insecurity are blended in fascinating measure, but it is Jack, who is saved from perfection by a twenty-year-old, life-altering wound, that makes this book a standout in the work of an author who has the knack for crafting keepers.
If you are a Higgins fan, go straight to your preferred book source to purchase this book. If you like your romance with a generous serving of warmth and humor, this is a must-read. If you are a contemporary romance reader looking for a book that will make you laugh, set your heartstrings reverberating, and remind you why you love this sub-genre, I highly recommend In Your Dreams.