Tuesday, May 17, 2016

In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott

* * * 3/4

Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.

Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one.

Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?

** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **

I’ve had a hard time writing this review because what can I say about Ginger Scott that I haven’t already said? I’ve read nine books by her including this latest one, and what I do know is that I return to her repeatedly because I admire her writing and I enjoy the stories she has to share. In Your Dreams, is an off-shoot of the Falling Series with characters that feel more grown-up than her previous ones in the series. It follows two individuals who approach their dreams from different directions. Casey, who wants to be a DJ, is told that his dream is fanciful and rubbish by his dad. Murphy, who’s on the quiet side, has her parents’ unconditional support to be who she is as she pursues her singing career. Alone, they’re a little lost. Together they’re unstoppable.

As Casey works hard at making his dream a reality, he's conflicted about the state of his relationship with his dad. I think anyone who’s ever butted heads with a parent about what an appropriate career choice is will absolutely understand where he’s coming from. This part got me. I’ve had toxic relationships with certain family members and I ultimately came to realize that I could only take care of my half. If the other person wasn’t going to meet me half way then I just had to walk away for the sake of my soul and sanity. I envied Murphy’s cozy little family unit. Her parents are awesome, her brother is a delight. Even though she prefers being under the radar, she shines so brightly. She’s comfortable enough about herself. It just takes Casey’s presence to give her a little nudge into the spotlight.

I think you all know that I’m recommending In Your Dreams. Ginger Scott doesn’t write half-heartedly. You'll always find emotion and depth. In Your Dreams offers inspiration for those of us who need that extra push. Persevere. Find your people who get you and your dreams. Hold them closest to you and shine away! 

~ Bel

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