Review & Giveaway: Not In My Wildest Dreams by Jamie Hollins

Monday, February 6, 2017

It really sucks to be in love with someone 
who sees you as nothing more than a friend. 

McKenna Series #2
Jamie Hollins
Releasing Feb 7th, 2017

It really sucks to be in love with someone who sees you as nothing more than a friend. Darcy Owens knows this from personal experience. From the moment she met Sean McKenna as a wary ten-year-old, he’s owned her heart. So when he asks for her help with an important construction project, she can’t say no.

Building a boutique hotel on Boston’s waterfront is a career-making opportunity, and Sean needs Darcy’s interior design expertise. She’s incredibly talented, and there is no one he trusts more. He knows he can always count on his childhood friend, but doesn’t know why he’s thinking about her tight skirts and blue eyes instead of tight deadlines and blueprints.

When Sean and Darcy’s excitement about their work turns into an entirely different kind of excitement, it’s a sexy surprise. But they soon realize that building a new relationship is more challenging than building a new hotel, especially when life-long habits and old insecurities create cracks in the foundation.

This was my first time reading something by Jamie Hollins and I ended up enjoying it a lot. Not in My Wildest Dreams is the second book in the McKenna series, but can be read as a standalone. The couple from the first book make quite a few appearances but you would be fine to read this one without reading the first in the series beforehand. I actually didn't get a chance to read the first book in the series, but I may have to go back and check it out after reading this one.

Not In My Wildest Dreams is a friends to lovers romance, which happens to be one of my favorite types of romances. Darcy is a quick witted girl that isn't afraid to say the first thing that comes to her mind, unless it's about her feelings for her best friend, Sean. She doesn't embarrass easily and has gotten used to being "one of the guys" when it comes to Sean. Sean is a charming ladies man, who happens to be completely clueless about the way that Darcy feels about him. He loves teasing Darcy just to get a rise out of her, and can't explain why he makes it his goal to get her to smile every time they are together.

I really loved the way this one started out. Darcy was starting to come around to the idea of being with someone that wasn't Sean because "he was never going to see what was right in front of him", but then Sean sees her flirting with a guy and starts to get jealous and everything starts to change. I really loved the chemistry that they had together. The buildup to them finally trying to make a go of it was great and seeing them trying to get past their insecurities, but I thought there may have been an area where it stalled for a while. I thought it took a look too long for Sean to really get with the picture and it frustrated me and almost made me wish Darcy would move on. 

That all being said Sean really came through in the end and got himself together. I'm glad this one included an epilogue. I felt as if it really solidified their HEA. 

* I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *


Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio.  After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing.  Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog, Winston.


  1. Thank you for reviewing Not In my Wildest Dreams today! Brandy, Tasty Book Tours

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by! <3


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