Thursday, July 17, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: Dreams of Perfection by Rebecca Heflin

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What if perfection isn’t truly perfect?

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?


This is a cute book that can easily be read in one sitting. The premise is one best-selling romance novelist who wants her own Mr. Right and Mr. Perfect like the ones she writes about. In the wings is her best friend who has loved her for years, but is afraid to tell her because he doesn't want to ruin what they have. Enter the hero of her soon-to-be-released novel...and he's Mr. Perfect--but Darcy has to figure out if he's indeed Mr. Right.

The characters of this are very well drawn...they are people you would love to hang out with. I loved Josh and wanted to shake Darcy for not seeing him as boyfriend material for so long. Her best friend Laura, too, was a hoot. Loved the back and forth between her and Josh. I hope that she will be the main character in one of Rebecca's next books.

There were several laugh out loud moments-- loved Laura's account of her "accident" that led Darcy to meeting the mysterious Dr. Garret and the accounts of the "first dates" described...what fun! I would have liked to have known the mystery surrounding Blake Garret, but maybe there is a fairy godmother working in the background.

Four Stars, Ms. Heflin, and I'm looking forward to reading your next book.


Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.


2013 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Award of Merit (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggie Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Shooting Star Award (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers' Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)

Twitter: @RebeccaHeflin


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  1. Great review, I really like books that stand alone but give a glimpse at possible future stories for secondary characters.
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