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Not In My Wildest Dreams
     

Not In My Wildest Dreams

4.1 14
by Jamie Hollins
 
It really sucks to be in love with someone who sees you as nothing more than a friend. Darcy Owens knows this from personal experience. From the moment she met Sean McKenna as a shy ten-year-old, he's owned her heart. So when he asks for her help with an important construction project, she can't say no.

Building a boutique hotel on Boston's waterfront is a

Overview

It really sucks to be in love with someone who sees you as nothing more than a friend. Darcy Owens knows this from personal experience. From the moment she met Sean McKenna as a shy ten-year-old, he's owned her heart. So when he asks for her help with an important construction project, she can't say no.

Building a boutique hotel on Boston's waterfront is a career-making opportunity, and Sean needs Darcy's interior design expertise. She's incredibly talented, and there is no one he trusts more. He knows he can always count on his childhood friend, but doesn't know why he's thinking about her tight skirts and blue eyes instead of tight deadlines and blueprints.

When Sean and Darcy's excitement about their work turns into an entirely different kind of excitement, it's a sexy surprise. But they soon realize that building a new relationship is more challenging than building a new hotel, especially when life-long habits and old insecurities create cracks in the foundation.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940157527457
Publisher:
Jamie Hollins
Publication date:
02/07/2017
Series:
McKenna Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
431
Sales rank:
55,585
File size:
557 KB

Meet the Author

Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio. After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters. When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing. Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.

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Not In My Wildest Dreams 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BookSnuggle 9 months ago
Not In My Wildest Dreams by Jamie Hollins is book number two in the McKenna series. This is Darcy Owens and Sean McKenna's story. Darcy and Sean have known each other since they were ten years old. Darcy is in the process of starting her own interior design business and Sean has partnered with a man that he has worked for and respects. Since they are busy on their careers Darcy and Sean have not spent much time together. This all changes when Sean is working on a business changing project. Sean asks Darcy to be the interior designer on this project. Darcy has been in love with Sean all these years that they have been friends. Lets just say that Sean is clueless and needs to be more observant. I enjoyed their story but wanted to smart some sense into them especially Sean. The reader gets to hear Darcy and Sean's side of the story but I wish that they had communicated more with each other. Will they take time to communicate and take a change on true love? FYI, includes mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KRiff22 11 months ago
This is the second book in the McKenna series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I also recommend reading the first book in the series, to experience the story of some of the background characters from this book. Trust me, you'll love it! Sean has been Darcy's friend, and secret love interest, since Darcy was ten. When Sean asked Darcy to work with him on the design of a boutique hotel, Darcy saw an opportunity to expand her business, and spend more time with Sean. Will Sean see what's been right in front of him his whole life, or will the two continue along as best friends? Amazing twists and characters had me unable to put this book down. Another great book from Jamie Hollins! I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 11 months ago
I got me so funny moment of embarrassed shame from one Darcy Owens. She was shameless, fun, serious, and real. She knew her heart and knew what she wanted but she didn’t dare to dream it would ever be possible. Sean McKenna was a dream that was beyond a dream. It could never, ever, ever happen. That was until it did. But by them she had already steered her interest in a different direction. To say this was a surprise that Sean did not like this. Sean and Darcy were friends for years. Darcy has seen women come and go in Sean’s life. She was just a fixture that was there. Sean was just a typical guy that saw only what he wanted to see until the day he saw more than he thought he could handle. This was a slow rise to the friends-to-lovers relationship that I usually find. There was no looking that just said jump now. Right now. They worked together and spent more time together and things just felt right. I did not read the first book of the series and I did not feel like I missed anything. I did however feel like I would like to know more about the McKenna’s as a whole. That would push me to go back and read book one of this series. It was something about Ewan that had me wanting to know what it was like for him and Quinn.
thesecretworldofbooklover 11 months ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book, given by Netgalley. thesecretworldofbooklovers.blogspot I missed these Mckenna men and was ready for this new story to come. We already met the characters in book 1 of the series and we loved them, Darcy was as perfect as I imagined. She had this tough exterior but in reality she was just a girl in love with a boy from as long as she could remember. Sean was something different altogether, I loved him in the first book, but during this story I learned that he was actually a coward and an insensitive boy. The story had it's super cute moments and Sean had his good moments too, when he was actually good for Darcy and took into account what she needed or how she felt. But most of the time he was just thinking about himself, what he wanted, how he felt, even when it was Darcy's story, he still made that about him. Don't get me wrong the story was good, her love was so pure, but she was missing out in life because of him, and he didn't even notice her for most of their lives. And when he finally saw her, he didn't really appreciate her, he took her for granted. The lesson learned from the story in my opinion was that sometimes you don't see a good thing until it's gone. He knew he had her and he never really looked at her, or asked her how she felt, he just felt good by having her there. But we all know that relationships take work, and you need to be there for that person, listen to them and help them, because if you don't then you will wake up one day and they could be gone. Being loved by someone is a privilege, and Sean learned to appreciate that and be there for Darcy. He was scared and played safe, but ultimately realised that if you don't risk it you can never win, and he needed to win her back if he wanted to be happy. Even tough he was kind of an deuce most of the book, I still enjoyed the story, the sex scenes were amazing, and Darcy's innocence and thrive for life made everything so much better. She loved him with all of her heart and if a way that made us love him too.
JenPH 11 months ago
More than once during this book, I found myself thinking in my head, "Oh God! Get a clue, Sean!" Maybe he honestly just never saw Darcy in a romantic or sexual manner, but come on! He blundered and fumbled more than once after she informed him of her long-held feelings. But that doesn't mean that Sean was a bad guy. Far from it. He truly was Darcy's friend and cared about her a great deal, even though it was purely platonic during the length of their friendship before they started sleeping together. Darcy seriously needs kudos. She never expected nor demanded anything from him, having been okay with just being friends. There was not a thing about her to dislike. I liked the flow of the story for the first handful of chapters, which pointed out how strong Sean and Darcy's friendship was while also showing how Sean was beginning to notice things about his best friend. There was point, however, where things began to not just slow down but become muddled, and maybe that's why the book is much longer than its predecessor. The ending felt just a tiny bit abrupt and I was hoping the epilogue could have had a tad more oomph. Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the book, just not as much as I did The Best Part of Me. Still, I liked Sean and Darcy and so far, the McKenna series has left me satisfied. Four stars for Not in My Wildest Dreams. ♥
JenPH 11 months ago
More than once during this book, I found myself thinking in my head, "Oh God! Get a clue, Sean!" Maybe he honestly just never saw Darcy in a romantic or sexual manner, but come on! He blundered and fumbled more than once after she informed him of her long-held feelings. But that doesn't mean that Sean was a bad guy. Far from it. He truly was Darcy's friend and cared about her a great deal, even though it was purely platonic during the length of their friendship before they started sleeping together. Darcy seriously needs kudos. She never expected nor demanded anything from him, having been okay with just being friends. There was not a thing about her to dislike. I liked the flow of the story for the first handful of chapters, which pointed out how strong Sean and Darcy's friendship was while also showing how Sean was beginning to notice things about his best friend. There was point, however, where things began to not just slow down but become muddled, and maybe that's why the book is much longer than its predecessor. The ending felt just a tiny bit abrupt and I was hoping the epilogue could have had a tad more oomph. Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the book, just not as much as I did The Best Part of Me. Still, I liked Sean and Darcy and so far, the McKenn series has left me satisfied. Four stars for Not in My Wildest Dreams. ♥
BuckeyeAngel 11 months ago
Quinn was Darcy’s roommate.they were having their monthly girls night with Mallory and Jesse. Quinn was with Evan and had been for the last year. Then Evan and Sean came in - they were cousins. Sean and Darcy were best friends but Darcy had been crushing on Sean for years since her first day of school in Ballagh. Darcy had seen all of Sean’s tricks and moves but only from the sidelines. Sean was the reason Darcy was still a virgin at twenty eight years old as no man seemed to match up to Sean. Darcy had just finished her graduate degree. Sean was a partner in a general construction firm for some reason Darcy looked different to Sean when he seen her. Darcy had started a design firm but so far she had only had two small jobs. Then Sean told her that his company was bidding on a project that needed an interior designer and he wanted to offer her the job. On her way to Boston Darcy stopped to see her grandmother and her best friend Mary Mcphee or Phee who shared a home Darcy had taken a bus to her grandmother's when she was ten. When Darcy was ten she seen a kid being bullied stuck for the boy being bullied so the bully started on her then Sean stepped in and defused everything by his humor and wit. He had been Darcy’s rescuer and that had started everything. Darcy’s parents had dragged her out at the age of three to sing for tips. Darcy swore she would never sing in public again. Darcy’s parent would rather spend what money they had on getting high rather than feed their daughter. Darcy was excited about the project Sean had told her about. Darcy had two in a half weeks to come up with the interior design for the project. Sean loved to make Darcy smile that big true smile she had. Sean ended taking Darcy’s virginity but wasn’t very happy she hadn’t told him she was a virgin. Darcy thought she had done something wrong and Sean hadn’t enjoyed having sex with her. I really enjoyed this story it was predictable yet it didn’t take away from the story. I liked how Sean thought of Darcy for the project for his company. He had faith in her. This was a very enjoyable read with a good plot. I felt bad how Sean was so busy when his partner took a vacation that he didn’t seem to have time for Darcy and she felt he was taking her for granted. I thought it was sweet that Darcy thought Sean didn’t enjoy being with her sexually when actually he was overly excited and didn’t last long. I also loved how he acted so jealous but didn’t realize what he was feeling. All all a good story , loved the characters and the ins and out of this story and I recommend.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I read Hollins first book "Best Part of Me" and loved it, so I figured her second book would be just as good. Let me tell you it was better than advertised! The opportunity to build upon characters from the first book made it all the better! Kudos to Jamie Hollins for yet another fantastic read!
ljtljtljt 11 months ago
4.5 Stars! I really liked Not In My Wildest Dreams, by new to me author Jamie Hollins. This is a best friends to lovers romance, and Ms. Hollins executes this popular trope with realism, angst, and excitement. I loved the first third of this book the most, because when the heroine discloses her true feelings, the hero seals them with an extremely hot kiss, just like in the movies. I read this book from cover to cover in just a couple of days, because the engaging plot kept me glued to my seat. Interior designer Darcy Owens, and general contractor Sean McKenna, have been best friends since they were ten years old. Darcy has always been in love with Sean, but never shared her feelings with him. In fact, her undisclosed desires have prevented her from allowing herself to find happiness with anyone else. She has watched Sean date glamorous woman after glamorous woman, while always wishing it was her on his arm. A new work project brings them even closer together, as Sean begins to see Darcy in a non-platonic way. Overtime, they fall in love. However, their respective insecurities and vulnerabilities play incredible havoc with their chance of a future together. This is quite an impassioned read. I loved Darcy's independence, but hated how and why she turned out to be so strong. Her karaoke ordeal is heartbreaking and feverish, due to the author's tangible way with words. Although Sean is easy on the eyes, funny, and determined, I did not care for his intermittent callousness. Darcy and Sean are two people that truly belong together, but needed a ton of time to realize how much they compliment each other. Their sexy times are hot, and I enjoyed how Darcy's innocence in the bedroom evolved into so much more. Overall, this is a well-written romance about two characters that I could not get enough of. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
2kasmom 11 months ago
This is book #2, in the McKenna series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order. Darcy has been in love with Sean for almost twenty years. They are best friends. She is getting to a breaking point where it is time to decide can she live with herself if she walks away? Sean loves having such an amazing buddy. He has no idea how she feels about him. He just knows he never wants to live without her. This series just gets better and better. I loved this story and the characters! They were so much fun to read. Lots of humor, and some really sexy moments between them. I cannot wait to see what the author will do next. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
CrystalsBookWorld 12 months ago
Not in My Wildest Dreams just rocked!! This story is about Sean and Darcy. You remember them from book one in the Mckenna series. Sean is Ewan's cousin, and Darcy is Qunn's best friend/roommate. In the first book, you know that these two had something from the start. They have known each other since they were kids. I liked that this story brings the characters back together. Jamie Hollins has made this book fun, flirty, sexy, and gives it the right amount of drama. Darcy had a rough start from when she was a child. She holds near and dear a dark secret from her past. Sean has always been the "clown" of the family. Always cracking the jokes, and always trying to lighten the mood. He can have the crowd laughing. Now is the time he needs to be an adult. He has made partner within the company he interned for, and has his Masters Degree. He has always been so consumed with the goings and comings that he never realized what he has in Darcy was always more than friendship. This story about two people trying to figure their life together and has you full of hope as a reader. Sean and Darcy can be bullheaded, clueless, and sometimes inconsiderate of each other. But they love fiercely. This book can be read as a stand alone, but if you read the first book, you will have a better background knowledge of the characters within the story. The McKenna men will rock your world and take your breath away! This was a great story and I can not wait for the next book with James and Megan's story.. I am so curious where their story will take us! I give this story a 4.5 star rating!
LittleMissBookmark 12 months ago
I haven't read anything by Jamie Hollins prior to this and maybe that was one of my issues with this book. I don't think that having read the previous book that my thoughts would have changed but I may not have read this one if I had read the first one. I don't know. I'm a little torn on this book. I always enjoy the friends to lovers plots. I think that they are interesting and I love watching the struggle between those two relationships morph into something, whether it ends as expected or not. I think it shows a lot of depth of character when the author puts the characters through these kinds of obvious stretches. And that part of the book worked well for me. I liked how the story was framing out to be and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I immediately really liked Darcy. I admired how she could say what she was thinking and her not have any kind of remorse for that. I wish that I could just say what I think to people's faces but I always feel badly because it might hurt someone's feelings. So I do the healthy thing and just internalize everything and go home and eat my feelings. So living vicariously through Darcy was a fun little ride for a couple of days. I also really liked Sean. Boy, did he like to poke the bear! Sean is an ornery little turd and you'll go between wanting to karate chop his throat or make out with him. His behavior shouldn't be attractive but for some reason, it is. Like I said before, I liked how the story was put out there. But. You get about 80% done with the book and it feels like the story has reached its natural ending. But it keeps going. And going. If I had stopped the book at that 80% mark, this would be a totally different review and rating. I liked it up until that point. Then I just wanted the story to end. It didn't feel right, the conversations felt forced, the plot felt stretched to its max and it just lost the magic I had previously found on those pages. I didn't even finish the last tenth of the book! That has never happened before. I don't know why I had this type of reaction to the ending. This is literally a first for me. It makes me wonder if the first book was like this as well. I don't know if I'll be reading another book by this author. I mean, she can write. REALLY well. But I just don't want to be crushed under another extra long, unnecessary ending. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
nelriv 12 months ago
I received an ARC for a voluntary review for netgalley. The book was good. Poor Darcy and her love for Sean, I probably would have given up on him, but she didn't, her love was strong, and she was loyal to the end. She was a great friend, and I honestly liked her. I was a little surprised, because given her attitude or how she was portrayed, I would have thought she would have been a little stronger, but she was a great person. There were times that I wanted to slap Sean, but thank god he came woke up and came thru. And I liked Rhys, I hope we get to read more about him, he was a nice guy. It was fun to read about the crowd in Ballagh, I personally would love to visit. I loved reading about my favorite couple, Ewan and Quinn, they are awesome and I can't wait for more.
Janet_Reads 12 months ago
Not in My Wildest Dreams is a sweet and fun friends to lovers romance that will have you smiling throughout the entire book. I freaking loved Sean McKenna! He is an easy-going, fun-loving guy who kept me laughing. He is a little bit goofy and a little bit of a lady’s man, and I know why his best friend Darcy Owens has been in love with him for eighteen years. Sean has never seen Darcy as any than just his good friend. When he gets the opportunity of a lifetime to build a boutique hotel in Boston, he hires Darcy to be the interior designer. The two have lived in different cities for a few years, but this job now has them seeing each other often working together on a regular basis. Sean begins to notice Darcy in ways he never has before, and things between the two friends start to get complicated when Darcy reveals her feelings. Sean doesn’t know what to think, but he does realize he desires his friend. He’s just not sure how this could work between them. Both are afraid because neither wants to lose their friendship. Not in My Wildest Dreams is my first time to read anything by Jamie Hollins, but I immediately looked for more of her work after I was done. Lucky for me - Not in My Wildest Dreams is the second book in the McKenna series, and I have already downloaded the first book. Don't miss this charming friends to lovers romance! ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley, but this review was voluntarily and honestly written