Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt: Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
We are so excited to bring you our stop on the Review & Excerpt Tour for DREAM OF YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout, a novella in her Wait For You Series. This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella so it is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Grab your copy today!!
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About DREAM OF YOU:
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.
Colton leaned toward me with his gaze locked onto mine. “I didn’t know you in high school, but I knew of you.”
“You did? I can’t imagine it was anything interesting. I was boring as—”
“I never got the impression you were boring,” he interrupted, and goodness, I could fall into those eyes and never come back out. So cheesy sounding, and if I saw it in one of my author’s books, I’d redline the hell out of that, but now I got it. It was possible. “I just thought you were this pretty girl who sat two seats behind me in history class and was shy.”
Several things occurred to me at once. He remembered that we shared history class together? Holy crap on a cracker. And he thought I’d been pretty? I was sure I probably weighed twenty pounds more back then and I wore these godawful glasses that were so trendy nowadays.
Colton was a flirt.
“Looking back, I wish I had the balls to talk to you then.” He returned his attention to his crepe while my jaw hit the table. “But you were with Kevin and…yeah, that’s not my style, you know?” He glanced in my direction. “You’re going to eat the crepes, right?”
“Yeah,” I murmured, cutting into one side. I forced myself to eat a bite, and it was like heaven just orgasmed in my mouth. Wow. That was inappropriate. I resisted a giggle. “What about you? You’ve been a cop this whole time?”
“Yep. It’s what I always wanted to do. Started off as a deputy, then became a detective for the county before transferring to the city. I love working as a detective, but with my hours all over the place, Reece, my brother, has pretty much straight up adopted my dog. She doesn’t even stay at my house anymore.” He finished off the second crepe with an impressive quickness and then settled back against the chair, stretching out his long legs. “Almost got married.”
Thank God I had just swallowed a piece of crepe because there was a good chance I would’ve choked. “Almost?”
“Was engaged.” He grinned, and I felt my tummy dip in response. “Nicole and I were together for…hell.” He glanced up at the ceiling, pursing his lips. “For about six years.”
Holy crap, six years? That was a long time. I wondered if she was the woman I’d seen him with at the movies that one time, but that was like, maybe a year ago.
“Got all the way down to planning the wedding date when we came to the realization that we wanted different things in life.”
Spoiler Free Review:[book rating=5.0/5.0]
Bookcrushin are unabashed fans of J-Arm so of course we were thrilled when we were able to get our hands on a copy of Dream of You the newest novella in the excellent Wait For You series. We were first briefly introduced to Colton Anders in Stay With Me and I was intrigued by the handsome detective. I have to be honest while I love me some YA and NA (hello it’s the fuel for this blog) I am a GAW (grown ass woman) so it was refreshing to dive into this adult contemporary.
We meet Abby Erickson after she has just witnessed a horrific crime. As she’s waiting in the police station she finds out Colton Anders is the detective assigned to her case, did I mention that Colton was Abby’s crush in high school? Awkward.
What I’ve always loved about Jen’s storytelling is the realism that she infuses her characters with. Abby is flawed she’s not perfect, in fact, for the first time in a long time I felt like I was reading about a female character that was just like me! Normal not a size 2. She had humor, smarts, and never met a chocolate eclair she didn’t like. She was vulnerable and self conscious and someone I wanted to hang out with.
And Colton? Dear lord. The sexy as hell detective can read me my miranda rights any day. I liked that he was able to pull Abby out of her low self esteem issues to let her know that she was sexy as hell (chubby thighs and all). I have to admit that I read this in one sitting staying up to the wee hours of the night, with a shit eating grin on my face (my husband gave me some strange looks). Some of the novels intimate scenes had me literally curling my toes. THAT GOOD! And like I said maybe it was the older ages of the characters but I just felt more connected to them. That and the book took place in Plymouth Meeting, a town I know very well having grown up outside of Philadelphia.
While this story is short, it felt more complete and fleshed out to me than many full length novels.
It’s not required that you read any of the other books in the Wait For You series to enjoy this novella, but I highly recommend it.
My only gripe is damn it I want more of Colton and Abby!! I wouldn’t mind there being another novella in this series featuring them in the future.
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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