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Cocktails and Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Autumn Markus
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 398 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Jena Baker's life was a Type-A personality's dream: job she loved, degree almost finished, great friends... all firmly in her control until one night of insanity when her past collides with her present. After a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco, Jena wakes up in a strange hotel room beside her college crush, Nicholas Cooper. Funny thing, but showing her wild side to a man she knows makes the prospect of facing him the next morning infinitely worse, so she slips away before he wakes. Back home in Davis, she decides to let old flames die…but that doesn’t stop dreams of her night with him from coming back to haunt her. Nicholas wasn't looking for change, other than a change of scenery. His life was perfectly pleasant, even, and rational…until Jägermeister led to a madly out-of-character night. Now he's dreaming of an angel his mind can’t quite remember but his body won’t let him forget. When fate throws Jena and Nick together again, they find their physical attraction is undeniable. But they need to discover if there’s more to them than great sex. Can a relationship that started somewhere in the middle ever work? Or is it all just Cocktails & Dreams?

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About the Author

When she’s not chasing rug monkeys or otherwise running around like a madwoman, Autumn likes to look out at the Rocky Mountains that surround her, and daydream. She wouldn’t live anywhere else (except maybe Tahiti, if half naked serving men were included in the deal. Admit it—you’d trade, too). ** Autumn’s always up for a good chat about music, movies, wine, or good books. Or bad books. Or books of any kind (Really. She talks a lot. Almost as much as she reads. Ask her husband). She sucks down java at a scandalous rate to keep her going by day, but in the dead of night you’ll find her hunched over the computer keyboard, writing frantically while alternating between bouts of snickering madly, sniffling aloud, and despairing over her technodorkiness. ** Someday she’ll grow up and put her very grown-up education to use. ** Maybe. ** But not today.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2014 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M3INE8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cute, sweet and funny! July 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Super cute contemporary romance, set in Davis, CA. College crush turned drunken hook up...can they turn it into something real when they've started in the middle? This story is so reminiscent of those heady days of the mid-twenties, when you are a grown up, and you still haven't started your grown up life, but you are about to. Really sweet story, funny, cute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely read August 18, 2012
By Yesyov
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Cocktails and Dreams is a well written, modern love story. You follow the lives of Jena and Nicholas as they work through the trials and tribulations of beginning, maintaining and ultimately owning their relationship. Are you tired of reading simple romance stories where it's all hearts and flowers and chocolates with no earthiness or sense of normality? Then this book's for you. There's romance, there's fun, there's sex, there's love; but there's also a "humanness" in these characters that is rarely found in fiction - they make mistakes, they're not perfect and they deal with real issues. This is what makes this book so attractive to me. Sure, everyone likes escapism in literature, but I also like characters to whom I can relate...and this books gives me that, right down to the very last page.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great summer read! July 17, 2012
Her characters are charming and sincere and the whole thing definitely brings back memories. Well written and very enjoyable! Perfect a day by the pool, at the beach or in the hammock in the back yard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, engaging and REAL January 2, 2013
By sandra
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This is a thoroughly engaging read. The characters are all totally believable (particularly Jenna's lack of verbal filter), and I was really taken with the way commitment was regarded with a kind of fear. I can relate! I found it really endearing that the characters transitioned from the bloom of attraction and then having to work their way back from that into a relationship. Been there, done that ... *cough*

The confusion, angst and hurdles along the way were realistically managed to the point where you want to bang their heads together and hope they see sense. That's when I reminded myself of their age, compared it with my own behaviour back then and think "Oh, wait ..." Yup. The author really nailed it.

The dialogue was of a quality that I just wanted to sink into and enjoy for ages. The sassy back and forth and heartfelt declarations sounded so REAL that it just endeared the characters to me all the more. When characters talk to me like that I can forget that I'm reading a construct, and that's when I start to relate to them as genuine people. To me, that's a sign of quality writing right there.

This is a contemporary romance that tells it like it is, drama without slipping into melodrama, and laughter and lust along the way. I absolutely loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mhawk September 11, 2012
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What a wonderful book. I downloaded it to read on a vacation and found myself
not wanting to put it down. It was an easy read and one can relate to the
realism of the characters. Their conversational banter was a blast to follow
and the love story a delight to read. Autumn made the characters come to life,
with vivid descriptions, conversations, and spicy love scenes. One is engulfed in
a truly well written novel. Nicholas and Jena encounter the ups and downs of
a very real love story. You find youself cheering for them on their successes and
feeling the pains of their defeats. I look forward to reading Autumns' next book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summer read July 23, 2012
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I was fortunate enough to read this story in it's original form and see it's genesis into this gorgeous summer read. I've loved these characters forever and when they "speak" I hear their voices in my head. This happens because of Autumns wonderful writing style and ability to get into her own characters heads. There is so much more I can say about this book but I'll only bore you. Go buy it and read for yourself and you'll see what I mean. I can't wait to read more of Autumns work when it comes out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars such a romance May 16, 2014
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This was a great read until I got yo the end. Nick and Jena so confused about relationships. Do over!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic! October 19, 2013
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I had zero expectations when I purchased this book but it wouldn't have mattered anyway! This would have surpassed any of them anyway! Such a beautifully written story with relateable and love able characters. This is a definite must read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 1 month ago by glenda seats
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I had to push myself to finish reading the book. If you took the sex scenes and alcohol out of the book, it would reduce the book's length by half. Seriously, it was awful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nan1022
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely loved this!!! Such a cute story, very different from the usual romances.
Published 2 months ago by Deeaundra Ingram
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed the characters in this book but by about the 60% mark it started to drag out a bit and the main female character was starting to become annoying. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pinky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Romance--not too smexy
In this New Adult Contemporary Romance, Jena Baker and Nicolas Cooper--two who had admired each other in college but were unable to link up due to a sudden separation--meet again... Read more
Published 23 months ago by V. Rundell
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and lovely
I always love a book that actually shows a relationship progress beyond the angst and misunderstandings. Read more
Published on April 15, 2013 by Callie
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read
This was a true lesson of why communication is so important in relationships. These two could just not learn to communicate with one another and it could have cost them the... Read more
Published on March 31, 2013 by C. Wicklund
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny
Great read. Very funny and entertaining. entertaining loved all the characters. Always looking for a funny and sexy romance book
Published on March 24, 2013 by Deb
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Read
This story was okay at best. I was drawn in by the premise as it sounded like a sweet wee read but I really struggled with some of the language and the fact that the story was a... Read more
Published on March 3, 2013 by Reading Fanatic
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book
Although I enjoyed this book and I was engaged in the story, some chapters left me wanting more. I would recommend this book.
Published on February 22, 2013 by irishcream
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