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In Your Dreams

(Blue Heron #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  9,150 ratings  ·  955 reviews
Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancé's wedding without losing her mind. But pickings are slim in Manningsport, New York, population 715. In fact, there's really only one option: local heartthrob Jack Holland. Everyone loves Jack, and he won't get the wrong idea…. After all, Jack Holland would never actually be interested in ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Melody I read The Best Man a few days ago and it was mentioned in reference to her accent.

Here is the excerpt: "Why are so many people in my way?" asked…more
I read The Best Man a few days ago and it was mentioned in reference to her accent.

Here is the excerpt: "Why are so many people in my way?" asked Mrs. Johnson. The long-time Holland housekeeper managed somehow to convey terror in her beautiful, lilting Jamaican accent.(less)

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have I mentioned how much I love KH??? Minus one book, everything she's written has earned 4 or 5 stars for me. She's incredible!

We finally get Jack Holland's story and I LOVED IT. I've often wondered about him throughout the series and I never knew he endured so much from a disaster of a marriage to a heroic rescue that left him debilitated emotionally. He and Emmaline were fantastic together. He'd had a history of rescuing and falling for the damsel in distress, but with Em, he found
Geri Reads
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Kristan Higgins, especially her Blue Heron series, then you would undoubtedly enjoy In Your Dreams. This book is about Jack Holland, the all-around American hero and all around nice guy and Emmaline.

Their romance is unconventional because you would never thought of them as being the perfect match. Emmaline suffered from residual insecurities due to her stutter and then being dumped by her fiance for a gorgeously lithe Barbie. Meanwhile, Jack was tired of being called a hero e
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
NOTHING KICKED OFF Emmaline Neal's weekend like using a Taser.

One of the best first lines of a novel I've read in a long time.

This book really packed an emotional punch! Even though I would categorize this as a romance, this book was so much more. Jack and Emmaline both have so much going on this story that their romance almost takes a back seat to everything else happening.

I felt like I was constantly being sucker punched while reading about Emmaline's past. The way her ex-fiance treats her t
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Not like me to give a Kristan Higgins book less than 4 or 5 stars. Not sure why this one fell a bit short for me.

Both main characters were likeable. Maybe because I have been reading some real alpha assholes that Jack came across as too nice. Dreadful, I know.

Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancé's wedding without losing her mind. But pickings are slim in Manningsport, New York, population 715. In fact, there's really only one option: loc
In Your Dreams is the fourth installment in Kristan Higgins's adult contemporary romance series titled Blue Heron. This one is possibly my favorite of the series. The heroine presents with some pretty serious baggage: her past relationship ended as a complete nightmare that she suddenly has to revisit. In comes our hero who presents with some significant baggage of his own that feels never ending. Strong characters, an engaging plot, and plenty of palpable emotion that is lightened with sarc
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
These are just getting worse and worse. At first I really loved Kristan Higgins' books, but now they are rote:
Heroine has dog? Check!
Heroine humiliates herself in public? Check!
Heroine goes on at least one terrible date? Check!
H or h are so nice they're a doormat? Check!
Heroine is still in love with someone who is awful? Check!
Bitchy comments about Vegans from alleged animal lovers? Check!
Heroine isn't obese even though she eats twice her weight in junk food? Check!
It just sucks because t
4-4 stars – Contemporary Romance

I really enjoyed this one! I’ve read every single KH book and despite their more chick-lit feel and the no/very low steam, fade to black love scenes, I always somehow find myself engaged, charmed, and entertained by her witty writing, fun, quirky characters, and sweet, humorous stories.

KH created another genuine, flawed, cute, funny, strong, insecure, loveable, lonely, relatable heroine in Emmaline and made me feel every emotion right along with her. Jack was a
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Emmaline Neal was cruelly dumped by her fiancé three years ago and now he's getting married to the woman he left her for. She's over him (kinda) and needs a date to accompany her to the wedding (long but credible story as to why she has to attend). Jack Holland, the town's gorgeous good guy agrees to help her out as that's what he does and he needs a respite from the hero worship coming from a recent, daring rescue.

Jack's not avoiding al
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

I ended up really liking it. But I have to admit, there were quite a few times where I wanted to poke myself in the eye with a pencil. Emmaline took a bit long to grow a backbone, and Jack... Jack spent most of the book with his head up his ass. But in the end KH waved her magic wand made me love them both.

Imagine that. :D
Duchess Nicole
4.5 Stars :D

Again, I prostrate myself at Kristan Higgins feet. Goddess of sweet, sexless contemporary romance, divinity of realistic, sometimes slapstick comedy, wise woman of heart and meaningful get the idea.

I've never not loved a KH book. I like to think that this author, above most other authors I've read, leaves a little piece of herself in each story she writes. Most authors have a certain tone to their books, but it's more evident with this lady right here. Sometimes g
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta esta serie, me lo paso pipa.
Ay Jack
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como todos los libros de esta saga, me ha encantado , no solo por las risas ( y muchas ) que me han provocado por las situaciones y frases tanto de la pareja protagonista como de todos los secundarios ( todos de Lujo para que negarlo)...

Tanto Jack como Emmaline son una pareja atipica pero real... donde hay mucho del pasado en el presente y donde los dos tienen que enfrentarse para afrontar una posible relacion de presente y futuro... que importante es el pasado ( los hechos, las amistades , la f
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "Letting Go of the Past to Find True Love" Stars for the story and narration!

A funny, compelling, and uplifting look at how prior failed attempts at love can sometimes linger on and affect (and sometimes even bring together) future relationships. This was my first Higgin's book, and I'm impressed. Though chicklit is a romance sub-genre that I only read or listen to infrequently, and even then only from trusted authors that I already know I enjoy--Ms. Higgins drawed me in with her complex, hu
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Emmaline is a tough chick with a soft sensitive side that she tries to keep guarded. She grew up with a stutter that led to her being ostracized from the other kids, well except from the other outcast Kevin, who was obese. They ended up being each other's shoulder to cry on and their friendship evolved into a romance. As Kevin gets unhealthier
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's official! Kristan Higgins is a brilliant writer! She has been churning out consistently entertaining reads and this one is no exception. Emmaline Neal is in the highly awkward and undesirable position of being an invited guest to her ex-fiance's wedding to the body-perfect woman he ditched her for. Unable to politely decline the invitation without subjecting herself further to her shrink parents' psychoanalyses, she is in desperate need of a date. Practically everyone in their small
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Technically probably 1-1/2 Stars but I just can't bear to give Kristan Higgins a 1 star. Normally I really like her books but this one? Not so much. What was wrong with it? Let me count the ways...

1. LEAVE Manningsport. Why do authors insist on creating these series'?? It seems all at once lazy--not having to come up with new characters--and a lot of work--having to "catch us up" on the other characters from the past books or having to introduce new readers to them. Too many characters. Too much
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Me encanta esta serie, sus personajes y sus historias!
Consiguen engancharme y sacarme una sonrisa.
Esperaba con mucha ansia la historia de Jack y no llegó a enamorarme como esperaba....... me gustó pero no me voló la cabeza con el chico guapo.....
una historia bonita pero en la que me ha faltado química, sobre todo por parte de el
Así que 3 ⭐⭐⭐ para la historia de Jack y Em
This was a tough one to rate because Kristan Higgins is fantastic at pulling on the heart strings and writing intensly emotional stories. But I felt that this book was too light on the romance between the two main characters and instead focused heavily on the relationship with their unlikable exes.

I thought Emmaline was a little bit of a doormat and I was waiting for her to get just a little more pissed off at people...which she never did. The best we got out of her was when she hung up on her a
Oct 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was a hot mess and that's all there is to it. I am a fan of Kristan Higgins' backlist, and the first book in the Blue Heron series was a delight. But this series has gone downhill with each installment and this was the worst yet. It had no focus, lacked any kind of reliable pacing, and continually treated its two protagonists as though they (and their readers) were extremely dense. What a disappointment.
A pretty average book, I got bored at times and thought Jack very wishy washy, I did however like Emmaline. Didn't feel any connection between the two of them and cannot imagine them having a HEA!.....Stars of the show was 'Sarge' (Emmaline's puppy) and 'Lazarus' (Jack's cat)!!!

Like the author, like her style of writing but wouldn't rush to read this again :(
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it

From netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I've been thinking about this book and what to write about it for 4 days now. This was not my favorite book from Kristan Higgins and the reason is the heroine . IMO her character was not consistent throughout the book . One moment she was this confident police officer and next she was this crazy woman who said and did stupid things!(specially in the wedding scenes ).Those scenes were suppose to be funny but I didn't find it funny at all.

I liked the
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I liked this one. The only issue I had is that it stretched the conflict out with beautiful angst and then wrapped the whole thing up in a rather anti-climactic page which didn't balance out the earlier taffy pull of tension...
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I didn't review this earlier; but I guess sometimes words fail you.

Now see, I liked this book, but I also hated this book. This is a 2-3 star book that gave me 5 star tears on my face.

This is the best Higgins book in my opinion, however, it still had some of the same usual flaws all Higgins's books usually have. I feel like the heriones always feel too much, whereas the heroes feel too little (until the very last two pages, that is). And the redemption always leaves highly dis
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

3 stars!
In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins is the 4th book in her wildly popular Blue Heron series. I am new to this author’s work, and I must admit that I hadn’t read the previous books in this series before I picked this one up. This fact may have impacted my overall enjoyment of the book just a tad, as I had the distinct impression throughout this book that I was supposed to have knowledge of many characters who made appearances.

This is my second book by
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
This will probably my last Kristan Higgins book. It's a shame, really, because I think she's brilliant. My first book by her Catch of the Day was so phenomenal that I've reread it too many times to count. Higgins is known for her snarky, witty dialogue that has me laughing out loud. It started to go downhill at the start of this Blue Heron series when she started writing in 3rd person.

This book, along with the others in the series, are her first books in 3rd person and significantly lack the qu
Lisa Filipe
Ok...YES...I wanted to punch one of the secondary characters in the face repeatedly...BUT...I have to say, IN YOUR DREAMS just solidified that for me, Kristan Higgins is in a league of her own. Now, that is said not to put other amazing authors down..but it is just something about the magic of her talent, the writing, the plots, the humor, the emotion, the world building, the Special Something that is Kristan Higgins, and it just can't be duplicated.

For those who are HUGE Higgins fans like me,
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I swore off this author a while back. I used to be a big fan, buying every book on the first day out. Then, things went south (you can read my not-so-nice reviews of her other recent books) to the point that I swore off this author a while back. This was done with my utter regret because my favorite author list was already really short. Then this book came along. I didn't intend to pick it up at first, but I was in a deep funk. I can't finish a book for a very long time, it's like nothing can en ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I loved this one. Both Jack and Em were wonderful characters. They came with some serious baggage attached to each of them, but as a reader you couldn't help but cheer them on. I loved the secondary character development. It added significantly to the book. However, unlike the other books in the series, this one is better read in sequence. A reader who just jumped in, might get a bit frustrated and would definitely miss out on depth that prior knowledge gave to the story.

This was a thoroughly e
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Loved this one just as much as the first three. ♥♥♥
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times. She is a two-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and a five-time nominee for t ...more

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Blue Heron (5 books)
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  • The Perfect Match (Blue Heron, #2)
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“We’re trained to help damsels in distress.” “If you ever call me that again, I’ll kick you in the soft parts.” 7 likes
“I have a small phobia about being alone with women," he said smoothly.
"So I always come with him," Patricia said. "Always."
"Ah." Dear God, where do You hide the normal people? Love, Emmaline
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