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When You Close Your Eyes

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I could not get into this book and found myself skimming through most of it. I had a really hard time connecting with the characters, especially Lark, who I didn't find to be relatable.
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Yes this is a romance story, but it is a unique story. You will be pulled into Larks life and go on a ride through the pages. The story is one that will stick with you even after the last page is read.
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What happens when the man of your dreams becomes your reality? I absolutely loved Niall. He was everything a romance hero should be and his and Lark's chemistry was off the charts. The love scenes went on a little too long and I found myself skimming them just to get back to the action but I wasn't ready for the book to end. I would have loved an epilogue but it was a very satisfying story.
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Well written hot and steamy romance for adults.  Likeable characters.  Well developed storyline.
Interesting from start to finish.

My first time reading that author and it won't be the last.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me access to this book.  This is my honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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4 stars:  Great book!  This book had a different take on boy meets girl …Lark meets her man through her dreams!  This novel had all the right elements of a good book  …good plot line, good character development, hot steamy scenes!  This is my first outing with this author and I would definitely check her out again!

I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased report
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Wow.  Great story!!  Family, romance, drama... all my favorites!!  I need this book to be a series so I can follow Lark and Niall! Definitely recommend!!
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Oh my! when You Close Your Eyes captivated. With every page and with every chapter, I fell through the rabbit hole. This book was like a puzzle for me. I needed to break the code. But with every word, I was not getting closer to the truth. 

About the book:
Lark is a woman on a mission. She has left her life...then she is warped back into time. Back to her roots. I will admit, Charles aka the fiance, never strike me as the hero of the story. And this because when Niall steps in, the world stops spinning.

When You Close Your Eyes will keep you on your toes!!! I loved the characters, well all of them except Charlie that is. I recommend this book! The only reason I gave this review a 4 is because of the ending. I won't spoil it, but I feel like there is unfinished business with Charlie. Other than that, I loved this book!
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Didn't understand this book. Not much of a storyline. The erotica parts were meh. It was like reading online porn. Definitely wouldn't buy it. But at least the writing wasn't bad.
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I love a good steamy romance and When You Close Your Eyes has it in spades. The best part, though, isn't the steamy scenes but the story itself. The steamy scene balance the drama and tension perfectly. This is my first book by Roxanne D. Howard but it won't be my last. Highly recommend! 

My Rating: 5 stars
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This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the book. 
I was happy when Lark kicked that loser Charles to the curb. Her and Niall’s relationship was funny and sweet and I enjoyed watching them connect
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I am rather middle of the road on When To Close Your Eyes.  The premise intrigued me, but the final product didnt have enough to do with the premise.  There was a plethora of erotic dreams, but that's all they were, dreams dropped into the story without context or follow through.  The story just went nowhere for me.  It was entertaining but not remarkable. 
I received my copy Through NetGalley under no obligation.
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This review isn't going to be long. I'm not a huge fan of a review rehashing the entire plot and spoiling it for everyone.

This is the first book by Roxanne D. Howard that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Her style of writing. keeps you interested and waiting for more.  I cannot wait to read more of her books.

I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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Lark Braithwaite has done a lot to further her life and career since making a break from her family.  She lives in London, works a great job as one of the best business minds at her company, is engaged to an equally powerful successful driven man (Charles, for 6 years), lost a TON of weight and had done it all on her own.  Her world is doing fine even though she started getting dreams with an OMG man who creates sexual fantasies she never knew she had it in her to have.  As months go by, the dreams become more and more to where she is waking with aftereffects.  On top of that, during the biggest merger of her career, she gets an email from home that her father has passed away and she needs to be back asap.  Nothing like drama.  Oh wait, there is more!  Once she gets home, she comes to realize that Mr. Dreamy God is actually a real live, breathing, non sleep inspired person...and her late fathers attorney Niall O'Hagen.  Yep.  With the gorgeous looks, sexy Irish accent and undeniable huge heart Lark is simply lost.  The reality is, next to Niall, Charles pales miserably by comparison.  Their relationship had already hit some major rocks before this all went down and his true nature has never been clearer to her.  Not to mention, Niall is completely as interested in Lark as her body is in him.  He has zero intention of ignoring either of them as well.  Now she is filled with tons of decisions she doesn't feel ready to make.  Everything from what to do with her family, life, her fathers will and her fantasies.  How often do people get to literally meet the man of their dreams anyways?  
This was an interesting book.  Things I liked about it were actually quiet a bit.  I really enjoyed the style of writing.  I loved not only the idea of the dreams but the way they were written into the story.  Lark may seemed to have been a bit wishy washy but I really think it had more to do with a person trying to realize who they were meant to be verses who they thought they were supposed to be.  Niall was simply too much!  He was too cute, too honest, too dear, too well intentioned, way too observant and simply too good to be true.  (I completely mean all of that in a good way ;) ) Lark's Mom and brother Aaron were perfect.  I enjoyed how they filled in those spots in the story that needed to be and made you feel welcomed to be along with their ride.  There was always something happening and definitely a lot of breath holding moments as you read it.  There was so much steam in here I ended up taking notes for my personal use!  With that being said, they were all really well written.  Maybe rough language but sometimes rough is exactly what you need.  If I had to pick a part that needed to fine tuned, I would say the ending.  I wanted some more resolution to it.  It seemed to kind of drop off, wrap up and rush the end of it a bit.  There was a TON of detail and several moments in this book that could have been cut back a bit to finish off the ending a little more complete.  I would completely recommend it though and I will definitely read this author again.  I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
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The book was a good read. The story sparked my interest near the start. A strong woman with dreams many women would like to have.  But meeting her dream man in the flesh felt a little reaching for me.  I like a story to be highly improbable but still slightly possible, and not sure I have ever heard of that happening.  But that aside, it does make for good conflict in Lark's thoughts that add good interest in the story. The guilt Lark carried was too much at times. I just wanted to yell at her to get over it.  
The book was written well and held my interest most of the time. My biggest issue with it was the end.  As most books like this, there is a conflict or confrontation that changes the course you think the story is heading. That came near the end and was quick but only partly resolved.  It has me wondering if this book was left open to be a series? There are several questions I wish were resolved, including one of Lark's dreams that I wonder about. Neither the cover or description lead you to believe this is a series, but the open questions at the end make it fell like there is more to come.  
I would recommend this book if you want a nice romance to read.  I rate it in the middle of the list of book I read, it was good but not great. It did not make me stay up reading because I would not put it down.
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I received this book as an arc from Netgalley.

The one thing I found odd was that Lark, the savvy and strong business woman, was such a pushover when it came to her cheating fiance. Why was he still in her childhood home after their confrontation of his infidelity? The idea of the dreams relating to the story was interesting though.
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This book was phenomenal. To preface, I think readers for this book will fall into either two categories; either you love the hell out of it (which I did), or you hate it.  That's it. The ones who hate it are likely (and from what I've read in the small amount of negative reviews against the positive) readers who prefer insta-love and instant gratification. If that's your jam, this is probably not the best book for you. This is a story that unfolds and has many layers. Insta-love books are like a shot of tequila. When You Close Your Eyes is a long, tall glass of red wine on a balcony in Italy, and I loved every damn sip. The novel is long, even-paced, and a slow, delicious burn. Beneath the heart-pounding, passionate dream sequences and love scenes lies a story of finding who you truly are, and embracing what you really want out of life. It's a complete romance, but also a journey of Lark's self-discovery, and for those who enjoy a slow, satisfying romance novel with twists and turns, this is the book to read. I highly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone looking for a book that will stay with you long after it's over. I'll read this again and again. Great writing, and wonderful characters. Two thumbs up.
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Roxanne Howard is a new to me author and I found this book while poking around on NetGalley. The title caught my attention at first - it's very close to a song lyric I'd been listening to recently - and the blurb sounded fantastic. Who wouldn't be intrigued by a dream lover that you actually meet in person? That sounds so fated and romantic and even a little paranormal. I excitedly requested a copy and was delighted to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

And, honestly, as the two stars indicate - it was ok. But, if I'm honest, it fell short of my hopes. First off, this book deserved a better editor. There are so many repeating words, every thought and action for the entire book is written out, the POV jumps all over the place and is difficult to follow, and the book has a horrible case of telling, not showing, but it's done through dialogue. Read some of the in person (not dream) sex scenes aloud. NO ONE talks that much about what they think and feel during sex - especially at the passionate beginning of a relationship. It felt like a first-time author with a first-time editor

The story itself felt very dated and not 2019 at all. This was most obvious with the technology mentioned - flip phones, blackberries, and ipods - but also cropped up with the clothing choices, Toastmaster references, the use of the old Jerry MaGuire catchphrase "you complete me," and dozens of other little things that pulled me out of the story. 

The biggest issue I had was with Lark, the heroine. I never felt that I understood or connected with her. She says she loves her family, but was able to walk away - not just from her father - and not show up again for six years. Her mother didn't have her address and her brother didn't have her phone number. Then two days later they're all "I love you" and playing happy family. Her weight issues bordered on fat shaming, too, so if that's an issue for you, I'd skip this book. Plus, what's the deal with LITERALLY everyone in the book (her mother, Niall, and Charles) wanting to control how she wears her hair? Up for work, down for the funeral, unbraided or braided. SO many controlling comments about her hair. That, with the heavy-handed no smoking message, I found myself skimming most of this book.

The nail that really sealed her fate for me as a TSTL heroine, though, is the way she left Oregon. She's "in love" with a lawyer and didn't ask him if any of Charles's accusations were true, or if his threats would hold up in court, etc. Instead, we find out about her father's business partner (Should've mentioned him earlier to set this up! Bad editing!) and have a long message from Lark's assistant/best friend about Charles. So, someone else solves all her problems and she's able to go on with the happy life she wants. At least, that's what we're left to assume since there wasn't an epilogue to tell us if she and Niall stay in London or return to Oregon. Does she ever sign the house over to her mother? Does she help run the family business? And, when her brother isn't at the ranch, who takes care of the horses? So. Many. Unresolved. Questions.

In general, I loved the premise of this book - a dream lover that turns into reality - and if you're someone who has experienced the recent loss of a parent and wish you could've hooked up with your family's estate lawyer, this might be the book for you.
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Haven‘t read till the end, i will, but i‘m sooo Slow with this Book. I‘ve really really tried it, but i don’t like cheating storys 🙈.
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Beautiful, bittersweet story about true love and special connection.

That story is different to the others I've read so far. It gave me the feeling that souls can connect and if there is someone destined for us we will find our way to that somebody. It was bittersweet. No sugarcoating. It is slow burn with precisely thought through story line. Characters are very well developed and I could easily connect with them. There's perfect hero, perfect villain anti-hero and confused heartbroken heroine who needs to reconcile her past. Current events doesn't make it easy for her and she is conflicted. Reading it I didn't feel angst the plot was moving on smoothly and when I thought there is nothing else to surprise me suddenly twist that left me shocked. The ending of the book was another surprise. I very much enjoyed this story and will for sure read more books of this author because of the writing style and the way the story was delivered.
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This author is new to me and I enjoyed the story very much, her writing style is good kept my interest and I quite liked the characters.
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