Book & Author Details:
The Girl of His Dreams by Janet Nissenson
Publication date: 21st May 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
He was convinced he’d be a bachelor for life. And then he met the girl of his dreams.
Jordan Reeves has fully embraced the carefree, uncomplicated bachelor life, figuring that the poor example he’d been provided by his parents of so-called marital bliss was reason enough to remain single. He’s more than content to date one woman after another and never even consider settling down, especially since the only female who’s ever seriously caught his attention belongs to another man.
But during a vacation in Hawaii, Jordan unexpectedly meets a woman who could very easily change his mind about the joys of bachelorhood. Aubrey Larson is young, gorgeous, fun-loving, and has a wicked sense of humor to match his own. She’s also a dead ringer for the woman Jordan’s had an admitted crush on for the past few years, enough to be mistaken for her twin.
Aubrey recognizes the handsome Doctor Reeves as a player of epic proportions the first time they meet, but even her usual disdain for that type of male can’t diminish the overwhelming attraction she feels for him. But as their relationship deepens, Aubrey has no idea that becoming involved with Jordan will lead to a startling discovery about her own past, and cause her to question his true feelings for her.
This is the second book I have read from this author where the female lead was a likeable, relatable character, but the male character – not so much. That is in part due to to the dual POV of this story. Because the reader has insight into both characters’ motivations, there is nowhere for them to hide.
Jordan gets about. And whilst he plays up the fact that he never made a play for his married patient, the fact that Aubrey looks so much like her, and this prompts the relationship made me uncomfortable. I completely understand the reactions of all the other characters to that fact.
And this story was one of two parts – vacation and post vacation. For me, the post vacation element went off on a tangent, and was clearly signposted in the earlier narrative, and led to both elements (the romance and the reveal fallout) feeling a little rushed in conclusion.
A reasonably enjoyable read, if a little obvious in places.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity was her first official release in December 2013. There are a total of six full-length books planned in the Inevitable series, along with the upcoming “spin-off” Splendor trilogy.