Review: Better Than Your Dreams by Dee Ernst

September 1, 2014 Review 0

Review: Better Than Your Dreams by Dee Ernst

In this follow-up to Better Off Without Him, Mona Quincy once again faces life’s tough moments with good friends, lots of laughs, and a cold, dry martini. For the past eighteen months, Mona has had a long-distance relationship with the man of her dreams, Ben Cutler. She’s been in LA working on a screenplay, while he’s been keeping the NJ home fires burning. But now she’s back, and needs to answer a very serious question – will she marry Ben?

Mona doesn’t think she ever wants to get married again – not even to someone as practically perfect as Ben Cutler. But before she can think about her own marriage plans, she’s got a few other weddings to deal with. Aunt Lily, at seventy-eight, has finally met her match in Vinnie DeMatriano, who just happens to be the uncle of a slightly notorious crime boss. True, they’ve only know each other three months, but they want to tie the knot - in Mona’s back yard. Then Miranda, Mona’s oldest daughter, announces that she’s ready to get married after a three-month-long courtship of her own – to Ben’s son, David.

Ben believes in love at first sight, and is thrilled for Miranda and David. Mona doesn’t want her daughter to marry anyone after such a short time. As they find themselves at odds for the very first time, Ben thinks they should step back and take some time away from each other. Mona is still unwilling to commit fully to Ben, and can only stand by as Carmella Ciavaglia, Vinnie’s wedding-planner daughter, circles Ben like a great white shark. Will Mona finally get her Happily Ever After? Or has she learned her hardest lesson just a little too late?

Title: Better Than Your Dreams
Author: Dee Ernst
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Slight Change of Plan, Stealing Jason Wilde
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: August 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 272
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: one-flame

Mona and Ben are back in Better Than Your Dreams. This is a nice follow-up to Dee Ernst’s previous book, Better Off Without Him. It’s sweet, funny, filled with quick witty banter and with even more adorable characters than the first.

Don’t hate me but I did enjoy the previous book just a wee bit more. Probably because as funny as this book was I found Better Off Without Him just a bit funnier. Don’t get me wrong they are both funny, I just enjoyed Mona’s antics in the other book. Now, what does this book have going for it? The kooky cast of characters and the situations they find themselves in. It’s been four years and Ben is ready to tie the knot. Mona’s mantra thorough the book is if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Oh, Mona I want to shake you! You got a hot guy that loves you, GO FOR IT!

But of course, love does not flow so smoothly and we follow along while Mona comes to grips with what she wants. And it certainly does not help that not only does her daughter, Miranda, succumb to love at first sight but so does her Aunt Lily. Did I mention Miranda wants to marry, of all people, Ben’s son David(!) and Aunt Lily is marrying the uncle of a slightly notorious crime boss…and both weddings are after they’ve only know each other three months. Mona struggles, the inevitable weddings and all these characters definitely kept me tied to this book. Lots of smiles and warm fuzzy feelings make this book a wonderful read. Does everybody get a HEA? Most certainly yes BUT the journey each take is get there is what makes this book so special. One more thing, the meaning behind the title Better Than Your Dreams. What a SWOON worthy moment!

So now I have read several books by Ms. Ernst I have yet to be disappointed. The characters she creates and the adventures she puts them through are probably some of the funniest I have read in a long time. I have already told all my friends they need to read Better Off Without so this is a no brainer to recommend Better Than Your Dreams. So grab yourself a copy of this book, nice cold, dry martini keep back and enjoy the ride.


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