Deeper Than Dreams by Jessica Topper #Review #AfternoonDelight

Deeper Than Dreams by Jessica Topper #Review #AfternoonDelightDeeper Than Dreams by Jessica Topper

Series: #1.5 Love & Steel
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Intermix on August 18, 2015
Pages: 99
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars  

I’m one of those who enjoy reading what happens after the Happily Ever After in stories so I mentally jumped up and down with glee when I saw that Adrian and Kat were getting a follow-up novella. Their rocker fairy tale romance is one of my all-time favorite books. This one went quickly and it was somewhat a surprise from what I was expecting.

As this is a follow-up story of sorts, yes, it definitely needs to be read in order. Besides, Louder Than Love, the first book, is a can’t miss as far as I’m concerned.

Normally, I’d offer a longer summation of the story, but this one really can be summed up quickly. Adrian wants to give Kat a special day and a surprise evening of her dreams so he does just that by enlisting the aid of some special co-conspirators. While being happy, Kat stews a little wondering if the fairy tale is really just a dream that she will wake up from and if things will fall apart if Adrian goes back on tour. Adrian being Adrian; he knows exactly what his lady librarian needs to feel safe in their love.

This novella is what comes after the big high of success after the band succeeded with their reunion concert and Adrian and Kat also reunited. The story takes it slow as the pamper me day progresses. I thought it was hilarious that each time Kat thought she’d have some sexy time with Adrian, the doorbell would ring again. The middle of the story lagged particularly when they went over the details of how the band came together and its early days. I found it interesting, but also found it an odd thing to tell at this point of the story. But then things sped up both in pace and in intriguing events. This is when I worked out that this novella wasn’t just a follow-up to Louder Than Love, but was also an intro to the next story which will be Riff’s which made sense of that segue into the band’s history.

The heat between Adrian and Kat was sizzling. He is very much the rocker Prince Charming with his passion, his thoughtful acts, and his music making. Kat goes swoony over his lyrics, his sultry charisma, and the way he is with her daughter. His big finale at the end of the story left me grinning like a crazy gal and clutching my melting romance loving heart. Adrian Digger Graves rocks!

All in all, I was super excited to read the novella and it did the job of leaving me eager for the next book. Rocker romance fans really need to give this series a try.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I would read a book like this about after the HEA if it were after a book I really liked. Great idea.

    • The other one ended so abruptly and left things at a Happy For Now so I was very excited to get this one that wrapped up all that stuff. And agreed, follow up to a favorite book is always welcome, Mary!

  • Oh you so make me regret skipping these. I always think it’s funny when they get interrupted like that. That sadist in me maybe? lol

    • And the heroine would agree with you. She was frustrated by the line of folks stopping by when she just wanted to be with Adrian.

      This was one that I was so pleasantly surprised to see getting a follow up and another book about his bandmate. I’ve seen a couple series like that, too, where I wished I had jumped on it in the beginning. Only so much time…sigh.

  • Same here! I would like to see more romances who show them as a couple instead of just the road to get there. So it’s always neat to see what happens after the HEA. Sounds well done how this one was a follow-up of the previosu story and set the stage for the next book.

    • It was a nice surprise that I wasn’t expecting. I know many readers who are so glad to get this follow-up story.

  • Have you ever read Samantha Towles books, The Mighty Storm and Wethering the Storm? Those are my favorite rock star books, and the second one continues their story. So so good! Now you have me curious about this series!

    • No, I haven’t, but I will definitely have to check them out if my review put you in mind of them, Lorna. Thanks for the recommend.

      OH, and yes, do check these out. I still have to read book two about the other band member, but the set up looks good.