Dream Kisses

Romance on the Ranch Series #1

Romance - Contemporary
135 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2012
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Author Biography

My perfect day: Laptop; WiFi availability; Java Mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality. Afterward, I return home to wash dishes and vacuum.

Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. When I reached my teen years, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. A few years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written around twenty novels and novellas in the genres of contemporary western romance, historical western romance, and fantasy romance. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Mims Murphy is not your stereotypical romance author. She feels "average" and not overly desirable as a woman, but she enjoys telling stories about irrefutable, passion filled romance. When she meets the model for her latest romance novel, she is reminded that she doesn't fit in the population of "beautiful people". Sage is chiseled...the proverbial "hunk" that sells the cover stories she likes to tell. He is not real in his availability to someone like herself. He belongs to a place surrounded by swim suit models and medically enhanced media stars. Little does she know the real Sage...the real life cowboy and single parent of a teenage daughter. Mims a.k.a. Sarah discovers the "real" Sage when she travels to a dud ranch to research for her current writing venture.

I haven't enjoyed such a read in a long while. Romance novels are so often wound around similar plots and flowery vocabulary, but "Dream Kisses" is a pleasant piece of pastry on a rainy day. It is that forbidden square of chocolate that gives hope to the hopeful romantic. Verna Clay has woven the perfect amount of words into the perfect start to her new series. The plot is believable and a lovely balance of romance and reality. Not an avid romance fanatic myself, I was pleasantly surprised to be irresistibly pulled into the story and am anxious to read more about the characters introduced in this first installment. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with Sarah and Sage.