Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: In Your Dreams (Falling #4) by Ginger Scott

Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.

Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one.

Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?

** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **

This is the second book by Ginger Scott that I've read ... the first one was actually the first book in this series. I really adored This is Falling but things didn't go that smoothly for me with this one. I actually told myself that I must not have read this author before and I need to put her on my 'No, Thank You' list for the future. You can imagine my surprise when I realized that I had in fact really enjoyed another book by her. 

Diving right in ... I get a few books each day to review. They pile up pretty quickly sometimes ... I add them to a schedule and then pretty much move on until it's time for that next book in line. I read the blurb when I get the book and then not again until I'm finished reading. It can be months in between those two ... I like doing it this way because I go into a book knowing absolutely nothing and everything is a surprise. When I picked this one up and started reading, I would have bet the life of my first-born that the book was in a woman's POV in the beginning. It had a feminine feel to it for me or something. I just assumed that it was a chick. Negative. It's totally not. Casey is a dude. I had no clue. I was only a few pages in, but I had to start the book all over again because I just couldn't get the female stuff out of my head. 

I liked the characters ... for the most part ... in the blurb is says that Casey has women just flocking to him because they can't resist his swagger and charm. I know nothing of this swagger. Or charm, for that matter. I didn't think that he had the confidence that I associate with said swagger. He seemed very unsure of himself and everything around him. I also didn't think that he was charming. I just thought that he was a dude ... but that was it. I didn't pick up on any redeeming qualities or any memorable qualities either. I didn't connect with the dude. But then again, I didn't connect with Murphy either. I didn't understand the motivation behind creating a character like her. And once again ... no memorable qualities. They were just taking up space on the pages, is what it felt like. Honestly, I couldn't even tell you what the characters look like if you offered me a million bucks. That's unfortunate.

The pacing of the book was different. There was a lot of inner dialogue which really dragged the book down. It felt awfully weighty and then when you add in how the plot seems to move smoothly and then it gets caught on something and it totally slows down. Here ... it was like mowing your grass ... you've got your headphones in, you're jamming out to your favorite song and just walking along and then all of the sudden, you don't realize that you've stepped in dog doo but it's so hot outside that you don't want to stop mowing, so you just keep mowing but with each step you drag your foot in the grass, trying to get the doo off your shoe. Whew. Long explanation to tell you that the book slows down but hey, I wanted you to experience it with me!

This wasn't the book for me but hundreds (no joke) of people really enjoy this one. I don't think that I'll give up on Ginger Scott but I will probably hesitate a little bit before I pick up another book by her if it's anytime in the near future. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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