Only In My Dreams (Ribbon Ridge Series #1)

Only In My Dreams (Ribbon Ridge Series #1)

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by Darcy Burke
     
 

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From USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke comes a sexy and emotional family saga about seven siblings who reunite in a small Oregon town to fulfill their brother's dying wish … and find love in unexpected places.

Fed up with her self-imposed single life, successful event planner Sara Archer heads to a bar for a night of dancing … and

Overview

From USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke comes a sexy and emotional family saga about seven siblings who reunite in a small Oregon town to fulfill their brother's dying wish … and find love in unexpected places.

Fed up with her self-imposed single life, successful event planner Sara Archer heads to a bar for a night of dancing … and bumps into Dylan Westcott, a high school crush she hasn't seen in years. Harmless flirting leads to a hot, completely uncharacteristic one-night stand. But when she wakes up alone, Sara knows there won't be a repeat.

Dylan, a divorced, ex-military construction contractor, limits himself to casual flings—his failed marriage proves he's better off alone anyway—but he can't stop dreaming about Sara. And when his firm is hired to oversee the renovation project run by the Archer siblings, the two are unable to resist their explosive chemistry.

But when their secret affair grows beyond "friends with benefits" and neither is willing to admit they want more, family drama and emotional scars may ruin their chance at a love they believed was only in their dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Lori Wilde
“A delightful story filled with small town drama and steamy romance.”
Publishers Weekly
12/08/2014
Sara Archer, founder of a successful event planning business, is devastated when her brother Alex ends his lifelong battle with lung disease by committing suicide. She returns home to mourn with her family and receives a second shock: Alex had purchased an abandoned monastery before he died, and his will instructs his six siblings to put their differences aside and reunite in their home town to transform the old structure into a hotel. Despite the painfully obvious setup for a family series and the wholly unrealistic contrivance of the brother’s last demands, this sweet romance bounces back from the shallows to find unexpected depths, boldly pairing a heroine with sensory processing disorder (portrayed in an impressively consistent and compassionate way) and a hero with some serious and believable hang-ups about emotional intimacy. This contemporary romance is an easy read even when it stumbles, excellent for an afternoon’s mindless pleasure and a quick hit of the warm and fuzzies. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062389299
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Series:
Ribbon Ridge Series , #1
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
424,101
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional, contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age eleven, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan that loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. In her “spare” time, Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a twelve-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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Only In My Dreams 4.4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Great story! Already on to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never reviewed a book before and have read many. I almost passed this one over and am glad I didn't. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great emotional read & loved Dylan & Sara.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realize that the book stated something about a one night stand however I find it a little too much when I'm on page 157 and they have already had sex three times and the book gives some strong details and many pages of sex. Flat out its book that's x-rated. Wish books could be rated like movies if I want porn that is what I will choose but obviously that is not what I wanted. This book deserves zero stars in my opinion.
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Couldn't wait to read and I loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for a wonderful heart warming read. I hand never heard of SPD, love how you brought it to light, how you make all the charaters wonderfulbwith real faults. Looking forward to the rest ofvthe series!
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mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review.  I truly enjoyed reading Dylan and Sara's story, it was very engaging and also somewhat educational.  I had no idea SPD even existed, so for me, this story turned out to be quite informative. I enjoy reading stories where characters have real life issues to overcome, which I think, makes them seem real and in some instances very relatable. I can tell that Ms. Burke put a lot of time and care into developing these characters, and it is refreshing to read about a family who is flawed but still  manages to hold it all together.  The story line is very engaging and very well written, and very easy to just get lost in, so much so, I stayed up far past my bed time just to finish it!  Discovering this series has been quite the literary treat for me, and I have truly enjoyed my introduction to the Archer family. I cannot waitfor future visits to Ribbon Ridge,    I'm dying to see what Ms. Burke has in store for the rest of the family!  Highly recommend you aquaint yourself with the Archer family of Ribbon Ridge, you will NOT be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing sexy love story between Sara and Dylan. It had my hooked from page one all the way through the end. Sweet, smoking love scenes and lots heartaches with both families. Do yourself a favor and start reading the Ribbon Ridge series. I am so excited to start the next book. I was given a readers copy for my honest review.
KristenLaJ More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series. I loved it and look forward to reading more in the series.
AneMailname More than 1 year ago
Sara Archer has a rather large family which we met in Where The Heart Is, the prequel to this book. The family is large but loving. She has made a life for herself just a half hour drive away, she is an event planner. Sara feels like she is different because she has a disorder known as Sensory Processing Disorder. It makes it hard for her to process things like other people. Sara decides she has been holed up in her apartment long enough! She needed a night out and her assistant, Craig, agrees! He talks her into going out for some fun and maybe a one night stand. She agrees to go out but not the one night stand. Until she gets to the bar she wanted to go to for the line dancing. She runs into an old friend from her hometown, Ribbon Ridge, he is actually someone she had a crush on even though he was a few years ahead of her in high school. In comes Dylan Wescott. Very good looking, and at a table with some friends. He recognizes her as well, his brother is one of her brothers best friends, and, of course, there is the tv show. They Archers had sextuplets! So they had a television show for a short time. Sara feels like Dylan is NOT the kind of guy for her "adventure," but he could be fun for a bit. They decide to dance and get reacquainted. Before Sara realizes it, she is really attracted to Dylan all over again! And they both consent to a one night stand. The night was fantastic! But waking up alone the next day was ok with Sara. She didn't figure she would have to see him again anytime soon. Unfortunately, Sara was wrong. Her brother Alex, the sickest sextuplet committed suicide and she was devastated. She went home to be with her family and to grieve. But Alex had other ideas! He had set out a task for his brothers and sisters. To do this task, they would need a contractor and so they opened bids for the first part of the job. This would be the perfect job for Dylan Wescott's construction company. This is going to get awkward! Dylans crew win the bid and things get really tense between him and Sara, she is in charge of the first part of the project. It is going to be an event venue. This is totally in her wheelhouse, so to speak. But the heat she feels every time Dylan is near is almost impossible to resist. So she decides not to. With a grieving family and business problems, he becomes her safe place. This is going to get messy! I don't do spoilers so I will just say that I like the fact that the author didn't make it easy, at all! The characters are real people with real problems. This book is well written and brought out emotions in me as I read Highly recommend!!
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
Darcy Burke's first book in the "Ribbon Ridge" series gives us an introductory glimpse into the lives of the Archer family.  Only in My Dreams provides an emotional glimpse into a family reeling from tragedy and rising from the ashes, slowly, to reclaim their lives. The healing begins in Only in My Dreams, facilitated in the aftermath of the tragedy but I'm confident we will continue to see the healing through the subsequent books in the series.  In this introductory book, the emotions are raw and running high and the family appears on the brink of splintering due to the stresses.  The author does a wonderful  job of depicting a family in the throes of grief and working to dig themselves out, each manifesting their grief in their own way. It felt as though the author threw the reader into the deep end of the tragedy.  After a first chapter, which felt more like a prologue by setting the stage for the future situation, we are brought together by family tragedy with little to no background on the family members or the background which led them to where they were.  I would have liked a bit more background woven into the beginning to help understand this family - I felt the tragedy would have resonated a bit more emotionally if we had felt a bit more invested in the characters first.  Sara is the Archer featured in this story.  Sara has a strong personality but lives with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which causes her to get a bit spun out of control when she is feeling stress or her environment is overwhelming.  I could sympathize and relate to Sara's struggles, but felt the author went a bit overboard with the continued references to SPD.  Every time there was anything other than "unicorns and rainbows" in Sara's life, we were hearing about another "coping with SPD" moment - so I felt it was a bit overdone.  Had those references been introduced early on and then reserved for the especially stressful situations, it wouldn't have been quite as frustrating to always hear about her SPD. Dylan's character was very easy to relate to and realistic in this story because he was depicted as being the "forgotten child"; the one child of two divorced parents who each went on to remarry and have children with their respective new spouses.  Dylan's experiences were insightful and I don't doubt that many children find themselves lost between two families like Dylan did.  Dylan felt, because of that, that he was incapable of being loved and lived his life accordingly - until Sara. It was clear that he felt his emotions deeply but that he also had deeply held beliefs that he was not destined for love. I liked that the Archer's were not depicted as an "All American family." They fought. They yelled.  They stormed out on each other.  They had plenty of dysfunction to go around, but they also had a lot of love. The tragedy that struck the Archer family shook it to its foundation and we see the repercussions rippling through the family in this book - repercussions that will continue, I'm confident, into the subsequent books in this series. As Dylan and Sara's relationship develops, Dylan begins to realize that not all families are like his, and Sara comes to realize that she is stronger than she believes; and stronger than her siblings treat her.  Through their relationship with each other, the find what they felt was missing in their relationships with their families, and with former loves, and realize that what was intended to be a brief affair was really true love.   All in all I felt this was a powerful introduction to the Ribbon Ridge series and I look forward to subsequent books about the Archer sextuplets and their baby brother!  Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Let me first start off by saying I am in love with this story. I was gifted an ARC for an honest review. I loved it so much I finished in a day and a half. Only in My Dreams is the story of two people who are trying to find their way. Due to mistakes made and obstacles each are working to overcome-Dylan and Sara each feel not worthy of the other. I enjoyed this story and the element of family within. GREAT BOOK THAT TOUCHES THE HEART.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
This was a very emotional read. The undercurrent of the story is the death of a family member. This adds a bittersweet layer to a very sweet romance. Also adding to the story is our heroine's SPD. Burke does a great job of explaining how the disorder works and how it affects Sara and ultimately her relationship with Dylan. The romance in this story is sweet and sexy and has plenty of angst. This really was a complex story and not your average contemporary romance. I really loved it and can't wait to get to know more of the Archers. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want a realistic story even when it isn't realistic. Confused? Well I want a story that I can fall into! And this delivers!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series and I enjoyed getting to know the people in this small town. Dylan and Sara grew up in the same small town and Dylan was friends with Sara's brothers. Sara's world has been turned upside down with the loss that her family has suffered. She is having difficulty holding it all together and the one thing she didn't expect was the attraction that she and Dylan are trying to fight.With Dylan working for Sara's family it makes it very difficult to not see each other. Dylan doesn't do relationships any longer not after the mess his marriage turned out to be. He now does one night stands and moves on. After the childhood and family issues he had growing up he just thinks that no one in his family knows how to get it right, but Sara makes him feel things that he doesn't want to feel.  If they can do the one night stand and move on without any strings attached maybe he can get her out of his system, but Sara brings out his protectiveness. He wants her physically, but more than that he wants to protect her from the family turmoil she is having so much difficulty getting through.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.  Lori P
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! I find that strong, interesting characters can really make a book for me and this book was filled with them. I have found that a lot of romance novels take FOREVER before any kind of action or excitement happens between the couple but this book jumped in right away. This is the first time I have read a book by Darcy Burke and I feel like the beginning of this series was the perfect place for me to start. Sara is part of the large Archer family who are well known in the town of Ribbon Ridge not only for their brewery but also from the former television show that featured the family and their sextuplets. Sara has a Sensory Processing Disorder which I thought was both well done in the book and completely original. Sara leaves her event planning business in the hands of her friend and assistant to work on a project that was her brother's last wish. Dylan is very focused on his construction career. He has family but has never felt like he belongs since his parents divorced when he was very young. He puts in a proposal to work on the Archer project and soon finds himself around Sara much more than he ever imagined. The chemistry between Dylan and Sara was off the charts. I loved every scene in the book that focused on Dylan and Sara together. They were both such amazing characters and they really did seem to click on the page. I loved the fact that it actually made sense as to why they wanted to keep their relationship from everyone else. There was a lot of other characters in this book and just a whole lot going on. Sara's family was huge and every one of them played a role in the story. Dylan's family was pretty large as well and they also played a huge role. Dylan and Sara had their romance to deal with but this book also focused on Sara's family dealing with a tragedy. Dylan and Sara also had their own individual problems that they faced. It all seemed to work together in the end but there really were a lot of subplots to deal with in this book. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I feel like they are just starting to process everything that has happened and I can't wait to find out what else is going to happen to Sara's family. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.