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Review: Dream With Me (With Me #4) by Elyssa Patrick

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There are a few things I, Evie Hart, thought I knew for sure:

1. That I hated Griff Sinclair ever since that night. You know, the night where he totally pulled a Mr. Darcy on me at the dance.

2. That Griff Sinclair hated me. I mean, seriously, would it kill him to smile at me. Just once.

3. That my life plan for post-graduation was golden.

4. That I knew exactly what I wanted.

5. And none of that included Griff.

But everything I thought I knew is thrown out the window by the biggest surprise of my life. All it takes is one touch, one kiss, one night . . . that leads to so much more.

I need to know what Griff means to me, what I mean to him, and what really happened all those years ago. If we even have a future together. And I need to figure it out before we graduate in seven days. Before I move out of Vermont, hundreds of miles away from Griff. I’ve taken risks, but this might be the biggest gamble of my life.

My Review

“It’s never too late to dream.”

Dream With Me is the fourth book in the With Me series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. Dream With Me was a quick and easy read for me and is going to be one of those books that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. For me, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought it was just ok.

Dream With Me follows the story of Griff and Evie. Their story begins at the start of their freshman year in college. They see one another at a party and sparks fly. Griff can’t take his eyes off of Evie. Evie feels the same way about Griff…..that is until she overhears Griff tell his friend that Evie is hot, but not enough to tempt him. Hearing this only serves to piss Evie off because Griff doesn’t even know her. And so begins their strange relationship. Evie doesn’t understand why Griff always looks like he hates her, but doesn’t let that get her down. Now, they are just a week away from graduation and everything Evie knows is about to change. This one night will take both Evie and Griff by surprise. All it takes is one touch and it’s game over. Everything has changed and now Evie has to know what Griff wants. She leaves in 7 days and is afraid of getting her heart hurt. Will Evie finally find out the truth about Griff? Will Evie and Griff get the HEA they’ve always wanted?

Overall, I thought this book was ok. Dream With Me is fast paced and entertaining. The characters are fun and easy to relate to. I really liked how determined Evie was and how she wasn’t afraid to take chances and go after her dreams. Griff was not at all what I was expecting. I expected him to be a total jerk; especially after how he behaved towards Evie the last few years. But, he really took me by surprise. He was sweet and swoon-worthy, even if he did make some dumb mistakes. I thought Evie and Griff were cute together and had some great chemistry.

However, I did have a few issues with the story. There was a still a little confusion to me as to why Evie and Griff spent so long hating each other. Yes, it does get explained about the incident freshman year, but that doesn’t really explain why Griff spent the next four years looking at Evie like he couldn’t stand her or even being around her. My other issue was the pacing. The fast track of Evie and Griff’s relationship didn’t really work for me; it didn’t feel realistic. I would have liked to have seen Evie and Griff spend a little more time getting to know one another and really build a foundation. My final issue was the epilogue. Here’s why: I enjoyed seeing things wrap up with Evie and Griff, but I wasn’t too keen on seeing the other characters stories wrap up. Now, that might just be because I haven’t read the other books, so I don’t know enough about the other characters, but I just wasn’t feeling it. If you know me, then you know I have a habit of reading books out of order. I do it all the time. And usually when it’s part of a series, the previous characters have enough presence to where I want to know how things worked out for them. But, sadly that just wasn’t the case for me. Maybe I will change my mind if I go back and read the others or maybe I won’t. That is just my opinion.

Even though Dream With Me wasn’t a home run for me, I’m still glad that I checked it out. Yes, I had some issues with the story, but there was some things that I liked and I can definitely appreciate the sweetness of the story. This is my first book by this author and even though it wasn’t exactly a hit for me, I would still be open to checking out more of her books in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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