Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Man of My Dreams by Faith Andrews

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.

The book opens up with Mia flashing back to her high school days when she was lusting over Noah, the hot jock that she was head over heels for but he didn’t pay her any attention.  Fast forward to adulthood and Mia found the man of her dreams, Declan whom she met is college. However, she has been dreaming about Noah for years. And I am talking the good kind of dreams if you know what I mean.

The author takes us from the present to the past in alternating chapters. We get a glimpse of her puppy love for Noah and his rejection and then her life as a young mother and wife.  

“If I ever have a daughter, I will be sure she knows that no guy, no matter how hot, is worth making her second guess herself, making her consume her day around his every move.”

Mia heads off to college and meets Declan. They had an instant connection right from the first dreamy date.  Declan wooed her and they date all through college. He was perfect and they are perfect together.

“I know you’re going to be part of my future and I’m ready to make love to you because I love you. I’m in love with you, Mia and I know we are young, but I’m pretty sure I want you to be my first and my last.”

They rush and got married young but they loved each other and all was well in their world. They have a two unplanned children through their 4 year marriage. Declan travels quite a bit with work, coupled with the duties of having 2 young children, their marriage weakens. This is a life that many women can totally relate to. Mia is such a real character. All her thoughts and feelings were so real. I can see anyone of my friends having these same feelings and actions. 

One night, Declan slips and makes a huge mistake that rocks the couples’ marriage.  All the doubts they had pushed away over the years come bubbling to the surface and the two take a break.

In walks the dreamy Noah at the high school reunion and all those school girl crush feelings come rushing back to Mia. Add in the smoking hot sexy dreams she has had and the two flirt all night. Noah always thought she was beautiful and now thinks this is his second chance.

Mia decides to give this second chance with Noah a shot. I won’t tell you any more because I don’t want to ruin the ending of the book. The author kept us on the line till the last page. The epilogue was sweet as well.

The flipping back and forth to me got frustrating towards the end. I was sooooo sucked into the present day that sometimes I just wanted to move ahead. However, the past chapters were a good insight into the threesome’s (get your head out of the gutter, it didn’t go there but that would have been HOT) history and how they wound up where they were in the present.

This was a great love triangle book. The feelings every one in this story had were true life feelings and situations.  I think we all wonder about the hot jock we had a crush on back in high school and what came of them. The author did great job brings us into Mia’s world.

4 dreamy stars

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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