Only In My Dreams
Ribbon Ridge # 1
Ribbon Ridge # 1
By: Darcy Burke
Releasing February 17th, 2015
From USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke comes a sexy and emotional family saga about seven siblings who reunite in a small Oregon town to fulfill their brother's dying wish ... and find love in unexpected places.
Fed up with her self-imposed single life, successful event planner Sara Archer heads to a bar for a night of dancing … and bumps into Dylan Wescott, the high school crush she hasn’t seen in years. A little harmless flirting leads to a hot, completely uncharacteristic one-night stand; but when she wakes up alone, Sara knows her life is too complicated for a relationship and there can’t be a repeat.
Dylan, a divorced, ex-military construction contractor, limits himself to casual flings—his failed marriage proves he’s better off alone anyway—but he can’t stop dreaming about Sara. And when his firm is hired to oversee the renovation project run by the Archer siblings, Dylan and Sara are unable to resist their explosive chemistry.
But when their secret affair grows beyond “friends with benefits” and neither is willing to admit they want more, family drama and emotional scars may ruin their chance at a love they believed was only in their dreams.
I find that strong, interesting characters can really make a book for me and this book was filled with them. I have found that a lot of romance novels take FOREVER before any kind of action or excitement happens between the couple but this book jumped in right away. This is the first time I have read a book by Darcy Burke and I feel like the beginning of this series was the perfect place for me to start.
Sara is part of the large Archer family who are well known in the town of Ribbon Ridge not only for their brewery but also from the former television show that featured the family and their sextuplets. Sara has a Sensory Processing Disorder which I thought was both well done in the book and completely original. Sara leaves her event planning business in the hands of her friend and assistant to work on a project that was her brother's last wish.
Dylan is very focused on his construction career. He has family but has never felt like he belongs since his parents divorced when he was very young. He puts in a proposal to work on the Archer project and soon finds himself around Sara much more than he ever imagined.
The chemistry between Dylan and Sara was off the charts. I loved every scene in the book that focused on Dylan and Sara together. They were both such amazing characters and they really did seem to click on the page. I loved the fact that it actually made sense as to why they wanted to keep their relationship from everyone else.
There was a lot of other characters in this book and just a whole lot going on. Sara's family was huge and every one of them played a role in the story. Dylan's family was pretty large as well and they also played a huge role. Dylan and Sara had their romance to deal with but this book also focused on Sara's family dealing with a tragedy. Dylan and Sara also had their own individual problems that they faced. It all seemed to work together in the end but there really were a lot of subplots to deal with in this book.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I feel like they are just starting to process everything that has happened and I can't wait to find out what else is going to happen to Sara's family.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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