Tuesday, June 17, 2014

**Review & Giveaway** NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE by Jennifer Wenn


(The Royal Family #2)

A Historical Romance



Never Had A Dream Come True was my first book by Jennifer Wenn and I am sure it won't be my last.  I tend to read more contemporary books these days but every now and then I am tempted away from my preferred genre and take a chance on a new historical book.  Never Had a Dream Come True was an interesting read with lots of interesting plot points and a few twists that left me scratching my head.  This is book 2 in a series and I think I might have needed to read book 1 to get the background I was craving and fill some of the holes in the story.  I would suggest reading A Family Affair first before diving into Never Had a Dream Come True, I know I will be going back to read it to see if that was the key I was missing.

Jennifer Wenn created an interesting mix up of characters with Penny and Rake.  Penny was very young (17) and some of her choices and decisions reflected that.  Rake was older (not sure by how much and had been the source of Penny's daydreams for years, until one day at the lake.  While I did enjoy this story it did leave me wanting more information.  I never really understood Rake.  I would have LOVED to get inside his head or learn more about him.  My heart broke for Penny and the way her father treated her, but some of her choices infuriated me and led to many misunderstandings.  

Never Had a Dream Come True was a good historical book, that takes on a bit of a different side to your typical books about the ton and the aristocracy.  While I wish it would have dived deeper into subject matters I did enjoy the story of Penny and Rake and will be looking for future Jennifer Wenn books since the Darling family was quite enjoyable and I would love to read more about all the brothers (especially Rake's twin) and get the scoop on Penny's sister.


Lady Penelope de Vere has been in love with Rake for as long as she can remember, daydreaming over him constantly. But as her debut in the ton comes closer, she decides to finally let go of her silly childhood dream and accept someone else's wish to court her, someone who appreciates a quiet, book-filled life as she does. She wants marriage and, despite all the hints she throws his way, Rake only wants a mistress...she thinks. 

Lord Richard Darling has known Penny since she was a child and not once thought of her as anything but his niece's best friend and a very convenient scone-fetcher. That is, not until he happens upon her swimming in the lake at Chester Park dressed only in her thin chemise. A most eligible bachelor with a libertine reputation, he suddenly finds the girl he's always appreciated has turned into a woman he could love forever. So why won't she accept his proposal? 


Rake walked slowly to her side and pulled out the book she had just placed on the shelf. “Promise me you won’t go to Gretna Green with Thomas or any other man.”

“You can’t ask me to promise you that. I don’t know what lies in my future, and such a promise is impossible to make.”

“Then promise me you won’t go to Gretna Green without telling me, so I have a chance to stop you.”

She laughed outright. He was hilariously outrageous sometimes, this Lord Richard Darling.

“You want me to tell you if I’m about to elope, so you can stop me?”

“Yes. I want you to promise to inform me beforehand, so I have a chance to interfere.”

“If I ever do elope, my reputation would be destroyed immediately, and the only thing to save me then would be a marriage. Do you really think I would then want you to interfere and make sure a marriage never takes place?”

“I might marry you myself, to save you.”

She laughed again. “Then I promise to never elope to Gretna Green, if only to save you from a fate worse than death—marriage.”

Rake chuckled as he ambled toward the door. “With the right woman, marriage would not be a complete waste.”


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Jennifer Wenn has been a great lover of romantic books since she read her first historical romance at a tender age. When not enjoying life with her husband and their four children, she spends every last precious minute writing. 


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