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5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic! Basically clean. Entertaining.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2021
Mims Murphy is approaching mid-life as an author, divorced and settled into a life of writing love stories while she is alone. A chance encounter with Sage Turner, the male model doing a photo shoot for her new book, didn't end well. For research she decides to sign up at a Dude Ranch for the western experience applicable to her book. To both their surprise Sara, pseudonym Mims, meets the Dude Ranch owner... Sage. This is a great story of her six week stay at the ranch.
Never have I found it so hard to read 100+ pages. I've devoured 600 page books in one day. I'm going on three days trying to make it to the end of this book. I sincerely do not like the heroine at all. I know the author was trying to give a reason to not make an immediate romance, but man the heroine is rather..er..bitchy. She's mean and doesn't seem to know how to have fun. She gets mad over a joke, which most people would've brushed off as helping a brother out. It honestly wouldn't have been remembered by anyone as anything significant. Even if you had a bad relationship. Then she holds a grudge to top it off and is like he's a jerk, cruel and she hates him. Then she hurts herself and is rude about that. Then she gets herself nearly lost and is rude about that. Then finally you catch a break, and the romance seems to have potential, and out of the blue panic attack. What the fudge? I honestly would've called the Hero stupid for liking someone who is sincerely unlikable. If no one had mentioned that hey this guy likes you, she would've just ditched the dude and hated him for no reason whatsoever. I had to just stop. I don't hope for a happy ending even though I'm sure there is one. I wish the hero would've been like screw you, that's it and walked away. If the heroine had been erased from the book, I would've finished the book. I did enjoy the dude ranch experience and stuff they planned for the occupants. I even liked the secondary characters, but the heroine completely ruined the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Romance Writer And The Model Cowboy?
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2016
•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••
The narrator was incredibly expressive and brought the story to life with all of the myriad emotions from each and every character! It was a really fun listen and I ended up listening to it all in one day! I just couldn't stop :) I will definitely read (or listen to) more books by this author and I will definitely be seeing what else this narrator has done so I can listen to her again :)
This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to (or read) Honey Kisses!
Mims is a famous romance novelist who is kind of sour on love. She believes in it for her characters... Just not a plain Jane like herself. Meeting the cover model Sage from her books sends her info a bit of a tailspin. Her editor and his joke on her just was not amusing! Now she can't write. Needing to finish her book, she books six long weeks at a dude ranch hoping to find real-life inspiration and insight into her modern chicklit western romance. Too bad Fate is conspiring against her! Will she make it to the ranch? Will she get her book written on time? Will she survive the lack of civilization?
Sage hates being a sex symbol. Too bad it pays the bills. What can he do? He has to make a living somehow to keep his ranch and all the land. How did Mims end up on his ranch as a dude? Is someone playing a joke on them? All he knows is that she intrigues him. Will they get along? Or will he lose a paying guest and a cover model job in one fell swoop? Will he win her over? Or send running back to the city?
***This series is suitable for adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy modern romance with chicklit overtones in a western setting filled with fun and second chances while learning to love again and move past tragedies of the past :)
A nice charming tale brought to life by the wonderful vocal talents of Wendy Rich Stetson. She’s really good and has an interesting array of character vocalizations that you’ll like to hear on the audible version.
You’ll like the characters of Sage, the hot gorgeous cowboy cover model and Sara the writer who inadvertently ends up in his world. They first meet when Sage is hired to be the male cover model of Sarah’s latest novel, but things don’t go to well and by the time they meet up again well…you’ll enjoy the outcome. You’ll like the other supporting characters like Sage’s daughter Julie and the ranch hands that work for Sage and some of the really nice guest that show up unexpectedly and the not so nice ones you won't like because they'll be a pain in anybody’s universe.
It had a lot of humorous moments and some unusual ones and a whole lot of quirky guests. So, if you like books about authors and cowboys you’ll this tale of an unlikely match that just might be a very good match. So pick up a copy and enjoy the audible version or the e-book, and enjoy.
LOVED the book, look forward to reading the series. If the rest of the series is as good as this one I will be more than satisfied. Romance is a tricky genre, the road to a happy ever after has to be a bit rocky, but not to the point of being totally impassable. This book manages to capture the best of the stumbling blocks without falling into a generic rut. I liked that Sarah had real issues of self image to deal with. Not every woman, or man, can be perfect, in looks or size, but the truth that many overlook is that true love does not demand perfection or impossible beauty, just the willingness to believe that everyone deserves a happy ever after IF they are willing to work for it! Love is ALWAYS a work in progress. I think that this book manages to capture a bit of the struggle that comes with acceptance of self limitations not necessarily meaning that the dream of young happy ever after is not attainable as it is if one gives love a chance. In Dream Kisses two people give love a chance and find that they are each others happy ever after. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has issues with their appearance as well as to anyone looking for a very sweet romance.
3.0 out of 5 starsSweet, innocent, allegedly contemporary 'cowboy' romance. Gran would like this
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2012
This is a decent read, though why the author left out info about the female lead, which might have explained her awkwardness and ill-ease with the male lead, til around 56% of the tale gone, was puzzling. It was a thing that the leads had in common, and might have drawn them both together a lot quicker, so it is a bit mind-boggling, though by then we'd already seen that Sarah wasn't a very worldly female, despite being a modern romance writer.
Ok, so Sarah Carter is Mims Murphy, romance writer extraordinaire, who has women swooning over her romantic tales. She can't write an erotic love scene, just sensual ones, but readers love her anyway. In town to see her publisher, she meets the male cover model of her books, and thinks he's a few years younger than her. Uh-oh, here we go, 'Cougar' romance, I thought. But, though he turns out to be a decent enough type, she's made up her mind about him and dismisses him. He, Sage, is in fact the owner of a dude ranch, who does the modelling for money to help his business.
As she's writing a western romance and knows nothing of western life, Sarah signs herself up for 6 weeks on a dude-ranch, only to come face to face with Sage, aka Martin. She's still resentful of what she deems was Sage being cruel to her, but he's happy to have her on his ranch, under his rules.
So, that's the basis of their romance, which kind of wasn't the be-all-and-end-all of the tale, as we got told a lot about the other guests at the ranch, and their issues, and yes, some of it made for funny moments, and there was even a teen romance going on, but Sage and Sarah's romance...took its time.
It was very innocent, with love - not sex - scenes of the 'fade away' variety, but which seemed to suit the wounded woman the author made Sarah out to be. It did get there in the end, and had a lovely epilogue, but it wasn't my idea of a contemporary western/cowboy romance - your elderly gran could read this and wouldn't be shocked in the slightest. Still, it had some funny moments, and it was well-written - and sweet. Innocent sweet, not sexy sweet.
Sarah a romance writer has signed up to stay on a ranch for research purposes for her book. When she arrives she realises that the ranch owner is the cover model she met at a photo shoot. At that meeting there had been an embarrassing incident in a coffe shop with him. That incident had left her with a poor impression of him, so she does not feel that she can stay. But having sprained her ankle after her hire car broke down on the journey to the ranch she is stuck. This is a pleasant enough read. The storyline is okay. The characters are not very well developed which was a disappointment. Sarah the heroine seemd extremely unworldly for a woman of almost forty years old, she certainly had an awful lot of issues about herself, and was not confident at all. Sage the hero was a much more rounded character. I felt the story meandered off into other areas away from the two protangonists too often. The incident that so upset Sarah in the beginning of the story leaving her angry at Sage, was not that big of a deal, and Sarah's reaction was a bit OTT and not entirely believeable. The supporting characters were one dimentional, some of the scenes in this story were funny while others were a bit twee. This is a contemporary story, but it feels more like a period romance. I like it when a relationship builds gradually in a story, but it was a bit too slow here for my liking, although I did get that it was because the heroine had so many hang-ups. Not a bad read. But this has not inspired me enough to check out the other book available in this series.
I enjoyed reading this book, it's a good story and flows nicely. I think the love scenes are fine and anything more explicit would spoil the feel good factor of the story. I smiled as I was reading which for me means it's worth the time taken to read the book.
Excellent romance book, the kind where you can pick it up start reading it and you are transported into the book as though you are really there yourself and you just can't seem to put it down until you have read it all to the very end. I would recommend it to others.