I was so excited to read this book because I have been waiting for Andi and Kyle's book it seems like FOREVER. We had heard rumors about them in past books just a hint here or there and wondered what was their story going to be. Andi Harmon is the sister of kane who is married to Halley. If you have read any of the past 3 books you will have met her or one of the other 2 sisters. If not it's not a problem following right along in this book as each book is a free standing book. BUT I will share with you that each of the books in this series is a jewel in to itself and so worth reading. So back to Dream... In this book Andi discovers that her son's new teacher is her ex best friend from years ago. By years ago I mean as in growing up and up until she started dating her husband (well ex-husband now). Kyle is back home to help his mom who had a health scare and to teach. And boy did this man grow up in the years he was gone. Oh my stars. Not just in looks but also he is one fine man inside and out. This book is a second chance romance but more than that it is about true family and how it can be created from the heart and not just born from blood. Once again Carly Phillips has given us a read that brings in old characters to enrich a story with just the right touch that we remember the past books if you have read them, if not it will give you the desire to dig into those next. The characters support the current ones to help them find the perfect ending. I for one can not wait to see where our author leads us next. She never fails to keep me happy, even if I shed a tear or two along the way to the happy endings.
The Rosewood Bay series of books comes to an end with Dream, which is Andrea Harmon's story. Andi has been a part of the series from the very first book as her brother Kane married Halley Ward. I was so excited to finally get Andi's story and even move so to find out it would be a second chance romance. We had never actually known all the details of Andi's first marriage, but it had been implied her ex-husband was an abusive individual. I knew Andi was a strong woman, after seeing her stand up to her dad and his gambling, work 2 jobs to pay her bills, and raise her son Nicky with no help from his dad. I love she puts her son Nicky first always and while she still has some help from her dad and brother, she really has done it pretty much all on her own since her divorce. There was just something about Andi I loved from the very first time we met her in Fearless, and I only loved her more after reading Dream. When Kyle Davenport returns to town to teach at the elementary school, his only concern is running in to his once best friend Andrea Harmon. Of course the fact that her son is in his classroom means it is a given, and he is still very bitter about how she broke off their friendship all those years ago. Andi had no idea that Kyle had feelings that went belong friendship as he never made a move all those years ago. Especially once Andi was dating her now ex-husband Billy. I loved watching them reconnect as friends first before moving into a romantic relationship. Part of what I loved about Kyle and Andi together was the fact they were once again friends first. They had an undeniable chemistry that was strong from the moment they first saw each other again. I loved they really couldn't keep their hands off each other once they shared their initial kiss. They were so good together and I absolutely loved they included Nicky in so many of their outings. Kyle never questioned that Nicky would always come first for Andi, and I really loved that he seemed to fall in love with Nicky right along with Andi. I also loved that Kyle accepted that Andi was strong enough to handle anything that came along in her life, including dealing with her ex. I could tell it was killing him not to step up and protect Andi and Nicky, but I fell just a little be more in love with Kyle when he stood up for Andi's right to take care of the situation her way. Dream was the perfect wrap up to the amazing Rosewood Bay series from Carly Phillips. We got to spend time with each of the characters from the first 3 books, as everyone is family, and saw where each were now in their lives. I love revisiting favorite characters from a series and finding out what has happened since their story ended. While Dream was Andi and Kyle's story, it was fun to see each of the Ward sisters and where they were now. Dream was another emotional, sexy, and beautiful romance. I highly recommend Dream and the entire Rosewood Bay series to lovers of contemporary romances. Rating: 5 Stars (A+) Review copy provided by publisher
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Best friends throughout childhood, Kyle didn't know how to tell Andi his feelings for her were more than just friendship. Andi was swept away by Billy, the handsome quarterback, without a clue about his true nature until after she'd married him. A decade later, Andi has emerged on the other side of an abusive relationship, divorced and determined to develop her own independence, focusing only on the the one good thing from her marriage - her son, Nicky. Until Kyle comes back to town, as Nicky's teacher. I loved the way Kyle slowly worked his way past Andi's defenses without ever threatening her independence. The developments with the couples from earlier books in the series were a nice touch, and I really enjoyed the way Andi blossomed when she realized that she could have the kind of relationship that she'd always wanted. This story is perfectly paced, just enough drama and tension to move the story along. The characters are well developed as they both grow and mature on their way to their HEA. This book brought the series full-circle, back to the Harmon family where the first one started. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.