Erryn reviews ‘Winter Dreams (Winter Magic Book 2)’ by Marie Sexton. This book was released on November 28, 2022, and is 282 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo. It was released on November 23, 2022, and is 9 hrs and 6 mins long.
Why I read this book: I loved the first book and so had to grab this one.
What happens when a player gets played?
Actor Dylan Frasier is known as one of the biggest playboys in Hollywood, infamous for seducing men and women alike. He’s also half in love with his two best friends. Unfortunately, Jason and Ben are madly in love with each other, leaving Dylan the odd man out. When Ben suggests an extended Christmas vacation at a resort modeled after his favorite 80s TV show, Dylan reluctantly agrees. Sure, his heart breaks a bit every time he sees them together, but it’s a vacation in the Bahamas. How bad can it be?
At first, the resort seems like any other. Dylan plans to work on his tan, get laid, and hunt for Hollywood’s most in-demand director – not necessarily in that order. Then he meets Connor, a tennis instructor still hurting from a bad breakup. Connor knows Dylan’s reputation and refuses to be seduced. Dylan sees Connor as just another conquest, but this tropical island isn’t as mundane as it appears. It has its own kind of magic, and it’s about to make things interesting.
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I loved Winter Oranges, and so was thrilled when a sequel came out. I listened to the two books in two days, loving them. I adore books where I can follow characters through the series and this hit the perfect note. I fell in love with Jason and Ben in the last book – most especially Ben.
In this book, I loved both characters. Connor was so endearing – not wanting to get involved with a ‘player’. I adored Dylan because he was protective of his friends Jason and Ben. And also because, although he has lots of shallow relationships, he is capable of depth.
And, because this is a winter magic story, there’s an element of the supernatural or magic or whatever. It’s the island they’re all on. The matchmaking island. I was sure Connor and Dylan would wind up together – but I was surprised how much they went through to get there.
Anyway, I loved it and I was so happy Marie chose to give Dylan a happy ending and giving me more time with Ben and Jason. Finally, Nick J. Russo. Fantastic. Great narration that seamlessly transitioned between a story he narrated more than five years ago and now this one. I suggest listening to the duology together if you hadn’t found them before. Like, go get them now.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.