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.
I love it when I start a new book and get instantly drawn into the story. That’s how it was for me when I began Cocktails and Dreams by Autumn Markus. I didn’t want to put it down even when it was way past my bedtime, and if I wasn’t working the next day I would’ve just kept reading all night long.
Jena and Nicolas knew each other back in college, but never hooked up. They meet again under interesting circumstances, but it doesn’t last long enough…and there’s a problem…Jena runs away, and because Nick had a few too many libations, he can’t remember a lot of the night they spent together. He can’t get the woman he thinks of as his angel out of his head though. He dreams about her constantly…
Several months later they meet again, and begin a relationship. The love story that follows is what makes this book so wonderful. There are ups and downs, and moments to cherish…it’s sweet and it’s hot…it’s funny and it’s sad.
I loved Nicolas… most of the time at least. He has a few issues, but then that seems to be a trait that all of my fantasy boyfriends have. It’s what makes the literary guys I fall in love with more than just a pretty face. And let’s face it…if the guys that make me swoon while I read about them didn’t come with some complications…they’d be a little less interesting I think. The same goes for Jena. She’s not perfect but she’s a character I care about. She flails and fails at times…just like we all do, but I want this couple to end up together with a HEA…because by the end of this story…they’ve earned it.
There are great secondary characters as well. Roommates, girlfriends, best friends, and just enough parental problems on Nick’s side to make it interesting, and a little bit angsty. Jena’s roommate is a guy btw…I’ve seen that in several books lately, and for some reason I really find it kind of fascinating. I’ve had many boy best friends, but never one I wanted as a roommate.
Cocktails and Dreams isn’t a small book by any means…it’s 385 pages, but it ended too soon as good books always do. If you love a good romance with great writing, characters, and a storyline that makes you care about the people in it…then you’ll love this book as much as I did.
My rating for Cocktails and Dreams by Autumn Markus:
A solid 4 hearts!
I hope you’re busy writing another book Autumn, cuz I’m ready for more from you!