Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Man of My Dreams Blog Tour.
My stop includes a review and the tour giveaway. The tour is being hosted by Love Between the Sheets.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 9/13
Source: Received from tour host for review
Rating: 4 stars
Mia Murphy may be married to the man of her dreams. But the man in her dreams is the one that got away—her high school crush.
Mia’s stuck in a rut, just like every other stay-at-home mom, and the only thing saving her from her monotonous routine is her perfect husband, Declan. He’s gorgeous, he adores her, and the man stole her heart with his sexy singing voice. Mia feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she discovers that Mr. Perfect is not Mr. Faithful. Mia is devastated. Everything she once believed about Declan and their marriage is now covered in a big cloud of doubt and regret. On impulse, she kicks the cheating bastard out, pushing them into a separation that could mean the end of the picture-perfect couple.
But when Mia receives an invitation to her high school reunion, she finds herself abandoning the present for the oh-so alluring pull of the past. Although her heart still belongs to her husband, inescapable thoughts of her crush, Noah, resurface. And ten years later, Noah isn’t afraid to make his move. When the build-up of fantasies and ‘what ifs' comes to a head, sparks fly and it’s Mia’s turn to question if her marriage is everything she wants out of life. Searching for answers, Mia dives head first into dating Noah, falling further away from her husband and closer to her old flame.
But Declan’s not giving up so easily. Mia is his one and only and he’s not about to let another man win her heart.
Man of My Dreams poses a few interesting "What Ifs?" : what if you can't forget the guys who got away? What if life leads you back to him? What if you have to choose between the man of your dreams and reality?
This is a story many women, or men, can relate to. Life, in all its unexpected glory, can catch you by surprise and take you in directions you didn't anticipate. Marriage is work. Marriage with kids is WORK. It's easy to lose focus and stop seeing your partner in the journey. Bonds become weak or broken. Temptation is ripe. This is the journey Man of My Dreams took me on. It is a story that hits on many difficult truths, for better or worse. It's an honest portrayal of a marriage. And I appreciated that.
I really enjoyed the format in which Man of My Dreams unfolds. The author moved back and forth, distinctly, between the past and the present. Through this, we slowly learn the history of Mia: her teenage crush on Noah; meeting Declan and the early days of their relationship; falling in love, a young marriage; life and kids causing stress on the two and how their relationship slowly began to come apart. You get a clear picture of all the angles and it helps to create a bond with Mia and Declan.
I know many who might shy away from Man of My Dreams because they may think it's a cheating story or a love triangle. It's not really either of those things, to me. One, because Declan's indiscretion isn't so clear cut. Plus, he's a really good guy who actually does love his wife and family. Second, yes there are two men in the story, but for me the choice always seemed obvious and this is more about Mia's journey towards fnding what she really wants and needs in her life. Whether she can forgive. Which man is the true "man of her dreams".
I found Man of My Dreams to be a consuming story. I ripped through the pages in a matter of hours, crazy anxious to see Mia's choice. At the end, I was left absolutely content, and happy I read it.
I want to move in and take matters into my own hands, but I also want Declan to possess control of our first kiss. I don't think I'll ever get enough of the way it feels to watch a guy lean in and tilt his head, the anticipation of his lips melding to mine for the very first time. The thought of watching Declan do this sends thrilling tingles fluttering through my stomach. ~eARC, 8%
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About the author
Faith Andrews lives in New York where she is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful daughters and a furry Yorkie son, Rocco. If she isn’t listening to Mumford and Sons or busy being a Dance Mom, her nose is in a book or her laptop. She’s a sucker for a happily ever after and believes her characters are out there living one somewhere ...
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