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Cocktails and Dreams by [Markus, Autumn]
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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: 2393 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M3INE8C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By P. Olsen on July 16, 2012
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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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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. Up until this point I would have given this a five star rating and it's the only reason I dropped back to four stars.

I did actually purchase the book because it was 400 pages and it's nice to have a decent length book to read but it was a bit unnecessary in this case.

The secondary characters really added to the story. Lots of humor. Still worth reading.
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Nicholas was a sophomore in college when he saw & fell in love with a freshman, Jena, on his rowing team. He pursued her throughout the semester, but was never confident enough to really show her how he felt. After having a great night at a party with her, he gets called home for a family emergency and never sees her again. At least not until a few years later on New Years Eve. He spots her from across the bar and immediately decides to go talk to her. Unfortunately, Nicholas had previously had a night full of bar-hopping and rounds of Jaeger before he decided to approach Jena, so what happens after they've reconnect at the bar is a total blur to him. He remembers certain things; the graze a his chin on her stomach, the feel of his hands on her hip, the way she caressed his back with tiny little circles...everything but her face. He spends months dreaming about his "Angel" before an accident he has causes them to cross paths again.

Jena is a type A personality, that loves her job as a physical therapist, the order she has in her life, and doesn't like to lose. When she reconnects with Nicholas, it scares her to death because the order & reason that she values most in her life just flies out the window. The feelings that she has for Nicholas are so intense that she worries about losing herself in him and is afraid to trust completely in what they have together. Nicholas is closed off from his feelings because of his upbringing and Jena is bull-headed because her need to control everything that they almost let their love implode because of misunderstandings and miscommunications. In the end, they both come to an understanding that they love each other enough to recognize their shortcomings and want to change so that they can be with and not hurt each other. I LOVED the story, however, I wish there had been a little more insight into their happily ever after.
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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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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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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. I will not be reading anything else by this author.
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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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