December 3, 2021 | Posted in:Release Day Blitz, Review

If Only in My Dreams by Carrie Aarons is now live!

‘Tis the season to … be freshly divorced at twenty-six and moving back into your parents’ house?

Because that’s my reality this Christmas. As if it isn’t bad enough that my entire hometown is buzzing with the news of my failed marriage, who is the first person I bump into at the grocery store? The guy who treated me like his personal booty call in high school just happens to be looking at spices while I’m trying to pick up cinnamon for my mother.

And get this; Porter Kelly, the broody, mysterious recluse who exposed his own secrets to the world by writing a book about his family years ago, is the one who acts like I wronged him. His rude remarks on aisle nine are the final straw as my exhausted unhappiness breaks, and I’m officially calling off the most wonderful time of the year.

Too bad it’s literally impossible for the woman whose parents own a railroad that specializes in Christmas train rides to ignore the holiday season. Because I’m back under their roof, it’s mandatory to work in the middle of the red and green merriment, Santa himself, and wait for it …

Porter serenading us with the greatest festive hits of all time. That’s right, apparently my teenage heartthrob turned nemesis not only works for my parents, but can strum a guitar like he’s trying to get every soccer mom on board pregnant. As we’re forced to spend more time together than ever, his past baggage and my marital rejection make their way to the surface, bonding us in ways neither of us knew possible.

I thought I was heartbroken about my ex-husband wanting to end our marriage, but that pain is nothing compared to what Porter could inflict. He seems like a changed man, one on the precipice of a new chapter, which is exactly where I find myself. Would it be crazy to think we could turn the page together?

Returning home was the only option I had. But as I come dangerously close to counting on the first man who broke my heart, I wonder if all of my future dreams are too good to be true.

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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

If Only in My Dreams is Carrie Aarons’s newest small-town romance with a twist of enemies-to-lovers and second-chance at Christmastime! I mean, come on, all of those things are amazing and delicious. 
Madison is recently divorced at twenty-six. She thought she found her happily ever-after in her husband but turns out he stopped loving her just one year into their marriage. He didn’t love her anymore. Now, six months later she was home and figuring out what was next. She was over it. She wanted to move on from his ex’s family and everything else that was part of the marriage. She just wanted to work and help her parents on the Polar Express, a train ride at Christmastime. What she didn’t expect was her ex-fling, the boy she loved years ago to be such an asshole to her. At every turn. He was the one who didn’t want her heart and now he is acting like she was the one who broke his…
Porter has always been a mysterious soul. He was a secret. He was a recluse in some ways. In others, he was an artist. He played for the Polar Express every year. He didn’t do relationships. He wasn’t really a player either. He just was sometimes an ass when he had to push people away. That was exactly what he did with her. Madison. He hated her. She made him want more. More he couldn’t give. She was now everywhere and he didn’t want to want her. Can he let her in? 
These two! The anger. The love. The banter. The heat. The tension. The laughs. The music. It was all there. They see each other like nobody else can and it is beautiful. I loved reading their growth as well. 
Slowly, not even a kiss. It’s a whisper; a haunting. He’s unmoving and I’m just … testing.
Good lord, this woman will be my undoing. She always got me the most, always saw me when I didn’t even really want her to. Even now, all these years later, she’s taking an approach I can do nothing but respect and admire.
My God, it’s like he’s trying to get all the women in here pregnant. This isn’t a Christmas song, it’s porn in lyrical form.

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son, and Great Dane/Lab rescue.
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