Love me the way I love you…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 276 Pages
Best-selling romance writer Darcy Butler is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.
Successful lawyer Josh Ryan is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.
But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I’m not quite sure where to start on this so I’ll just jump right in and try my best not to give away any details that would ruin the storyline.
Darcy is a romance author and I think the hero’s she creates for her books have ruined her for actual living men. She wants the perfect man, the knight in shining armor who rides up on a horse and whisks her away, but since when does real life ever happen like it does in a romance novel. Well….in this book it does. Her character (or well someone very closely resembling him) comes out of nowhere and sweeps her off her feet.
“No. I mean he’s really my hero.” She reached into her tote bag and pulled out her ARC. “I get dibs on him.”
Josh is Darcy’s best friend. The only problem with that is he’s been in love with her since he met her and she has no clue. He was officially stuck in the friend zone and it never bothered him until she met Blake and Josh’s world began to crumble. He was no longer the one she ran to, hell he barely even saw her after her Romeo came into the picture.
“The temptation to kiss the chocolate from her lips tested his resolve. He held her gaze a moment before the intercom buzzed, breaking the spell.”
I enjoyed the beginning of this book. The blind dates were funny, Darcy was sweet, and Josh was everything she ever needed him to be. Once Darcy met Blake the book took a turn into snoozeville. I kept waiting for something good to happen, but it never really did, not until Blake disappeared from the picture….which is not until much closer to the end of the book. I did enjoy the ending though. That was a nice way to say, Happy Birthday.
Dreams of Perfection is a story about getting exactly what you want and realizing maybe you had what you wanted to begin with. The grass is not always greener on the other side and sometimes love is staring us in the face so long that we don’t notice it.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: Darcy’s blind date with Kempton was the funniest thing in the entire book. I laughed so hard. I mean really…a letter of reference from the ex-wife, now that was hilarious!
“Oh, don’t worry, I am not opposed to children. I have a strong sex drive, so children are inevitable, but I don’t believe in premarital sex, so marriage is mandatory and soon.” …… “This is my resume.”
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