Not in My Wildest Dreams by Jamie Hollins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It really sucks to be in love with someone who sees you as nothing more than a friend. Darcy Owens knows this from personal experience. From the moment she met Sean McKenna as a shy ten-year-old, he’s owned her heart. So when he asks for her help with an important construction project, she can’t say no.
Building a boutique hotel on Boston’s waterfront is a career-making opportunity, and Sean needs Darcy’s interior design expertise. She’s incredibly talented, and there is no one he trusts more. He knows he can always count on his childhood friend, but doesn’t know why he’s thinking about her tight skirts and blue eyes instead of tight deadlines and blueprints.
When Sean and Darcy’s excitement about their work turns into an entirely different kind of excitement, it’s a sexy surprise. But they soon realize that building a new relationship is more challenging than building a new hotel, especially when life-long habits and old insecurities create cracks in the foundation.
This book had a really cute premise of girl meets boy at 10 and falls in love with him because he took up for her on a playground and she's been in love with him for 18 years. Boy is just clueless...how often are men just clueless? All the time!! Sean is a magnificent hero. He's just effortless and he genuinely loves Darcy but he's so unsure of himself that he can't be sure of anyone else. This story had me at hello...no it had me at 5 percent.
Darcy is a smart aleck, she's sarcastic and snotty sometimes and that's okay because Sean likes her that way. He's the same way. I love the part where they're celebrating and she tells the waitress
"Excuse me but could you get your t*ts out of my drink?"
How many times have we been out and wanted to say something like this but thought "Nah, I'll sensor myself.." Darcy doesn't sensor. I don't really think she knows the meaning of the word.
My all-time favorite is where they're out to dinner with friends, they run into Lisbeth who's an Ex of Sean's. From the the description you get she's just a mean character and promiscuous to boot. Lisbeth says to Sean:
"You think about me in the mornings?"
Darcy wanted to vomit. "He can't help but think about you every morning. He's been living in fear that his night of poor judgement in high school will come back to haunt him. Lisbeth and herpes are synonymous, after all."
"Darcy! What the hell!" Lisbeth slapped Darcy on the shoulder before turning around to look at her date, "I don't have herpes."
Darcy is no push over except with Sean. She doubts herself with him and she's not a strong person when she's with him. I think EVERY woman can relate to Darcy. We all have our doubts but especially when we're around someone we love like Darc loves Sean. Sean on the other hand is always used to being second fiddle to his sister Megan and he doesn't know how to be first in Darcy's world. Sex he can do, unattachments he can do but he can't do love until she yells it at him.
This was an absolute gem of a book and I would recommend it to everyone. My one tiny pet peeve....the sex and language. I really wish they had like a clean version and a spicy version because they would make lots of money on books if they did that!! I'm not joking. So many times my friends are saying, I would love to read the books you review but they had too much sex and language and they're right. I know that in today's society that's okay but man would authors make a lot if they had 2 versions. So, if you don't mind skipping over the sex and ignoring the cussing then buy the book!!! It's definitely worth the hours it took to read!
I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
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