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On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn as brightly as her all-consuming career ambitions...

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On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn as brightly as her all-consuming career ambitions...

30 review for Holding the Dream

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Nora at her best!! But, then when isn't she? This is the second book in the trilogy and our over all story line is moving along wonderfully! I'm so thankful I didn't have to wait months between books. Kate has discovered a secret about her father that hits her at a low time in her life. It hits her physically, emotionally and professionally. But, luckily she meets Byron. He is *romantic sigh* so nice. This is a wonderful book! But, of course, It's Nora. 😊❤ Nora at her best!! But, then when isn't she? This is the second book in the trilogy and our over all story line is moving along wonderfully! I'm so thankful I didn't have to wait months between books. Kate has discovered a secret about her father that hits her at a low time in her life. It hits her physically, emotionally and professionally. But, luckily she meets Byron. He is *romantic sigh* so nice. This is a wonderful book! But, of course, It's Nora. 😊❤️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    I somehow have misplaced this one - I know that I own books one and three of this trilogy, but couldn't find this one. So I was super excited to get a copy of this from Flannery when I was visiting this week. (thanks Flan!) Like most Nora books, this one has a great family - these people are all so real, and so likeable. Kate is a super ambitious accountant, with all the stress and anxiety of a person who keeps all her emotions locked up. Byron, despite his unfortunate name, is a perfect foil fo I somehow have misplaced this one - I know that I own books one and three of this trilogy, but couldn't find this one. So I was super excited to get a copy of this from Flannery when I was visiting this week. (thanks Flan!) Like most Nora books, this one has a great family - these people are all so real, and so likeable. Kate is a super ambitious accountant, with all the stress and anxiety of a person who keeps all her emotions locked up. Byron, despite his unfortunate name, is a perfect foil for all of Kate's personality issues - just as she is perfect for him (of course!). He is funny and adorable in his pursuit of Kate, even though Kate tries to seem too busy to be interested, she is totally into his Southern charm. Kate goes through a personal and professional crisis in this book, and her relationship with Byron is shaped by their responses to these tumultuous events, with the help of her supportive and hilarious extended family. Flannery - this main character is 27, if you are looking for an older main character...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    Kate and Byron continue to be one of my all time fave Nora Roberts's couples: they're so fluffy in their bickering. ;)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Orphan at a young age, Kate Powell was raised by her aunt and uncle, Susan and Thomas Templeton, the heads behind the Templeton hotel chain. They treated her like their own daughter and she never lacked for anything, but it left her with the feelings that she owe them everything and must always be the best. When the hardworking and pragmatic accountant suddenly find herself accused of commiting fraud by her employers, she find solace at Templeton House and Pretense, the retail store she co-own w Orphan at a young age, Kate Powell was raised by her aunt and uncle, Susan and Thomas Templeton, the heads behind the Templeton hotel chain. They treated her like their own daughter and she never lacked for anything, but it left her with the feelings that she owe them everything and must always be the best. When the hardworking and pragmatic accountant suddenly find herself accused of commiting fraud by her employers, she find solace at Templeton House and Pretense, the retail store she co-own with her two best friends. And no one is more surprise than Kate herself to also find comfort in Byron De Witt's arms; Templeton latest manager. Byron see Kate as an enigma. One he intend to resolve and he doesn't hesitate to tell her. But he still can't understand why his attraction to her is so strong when she's the total opposite of his type. As for Kate, she sworn off men after an ex played her for a fool. The first time Kate met him, she found him annoying but it's only because she wasn't ready to deal with the awareness he make her feel, a strong feeling she never felt for any man before. But Byron will push down those walls with his understanding about Kate's prickly personality, her smart mind but her fear to show vulnerability. But the blunt woman who like to stay in control might be not as predictable as we thought and could still surprise everyone with her spontaneity. While I liked this book, I totally get why it was my least favorite of the series. Could be because at first, Kate and Byron was both more brainy characters (nothing wrong with that but I prefer when the MC have opposite personality traits), but it's also for the fact they didn't have Josh and Margo's history nor did I felt the same potent sexual tension between them as between Laura and Michael. Like Margo, Kate was not your typical perfect heroine. I understand why some people might think Kate's attitude was annoying but maybe it's easier for me to forgive her flaws because I saw myself in her outlook on life and love; like how she doesn't deal well with strong emotions and prefer to walk away than put up with the confrontation. To me, Byron was like an old-fashioned hero, you know, like the ones in those classical romance from the 1800 (you know the ones I'm talking about ;p) but he was not as stiff or too proper. So saying it was my least favorite does not mean I didn't have a great time with this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    Just reread this book and oh, what a delight! Byron, Byron, Byron. Basically all of the below still applies; don't remember if I noted the humor last time as much as this, because some of the exchanges, especially that Kate has at the end when she's freaking out—so hysterical!! And is always a nice change when it's the hero who is in for the long haul and upfront about his feelings, as opposed to being a commitment-phobe; haven't read Roberts in a while, but if I remember correctly, that is more Just reread this book and oh, what a delight! Byron, Byron, Byron. Basically all of the below still applies; don't remember if I noted the humor last time as much as this, because some of the exchanges, especially that Kate has at the end when she's freaking out—so hysterical!! And is always a nice change when it's the hero who is in for the long haul and upfront about his feelings, as opposed to being a commitment-phobe; haven't read Roberts in a while, but if I remember correctly, that is more common with her heroes. Anyway, all around great read. Kind of wanted to slap Katie at the end there, but whatever. Will say it totally needed an epilogue though; I hate these abrupt endings where everything is resolved right on the last page. I know this is the 2nd in a trilogy and we see them again in Laura's book, but still ... ______________ (4.5 stars) Another great Nora Roberts book! Holding the Dream is book 2 in the Dream Trilogy and I haven't read - and don't plan on reading - book 1, just because Margo doesn't really appeal to me as a heroine. Kate was wonderful, however, and Byron was terrific - they were also great for one another, with Kate being so practical, logical, abrasive, etc. and Byron is smooth, a Southern-gentleman charmer, easy-going, friendly ... lol, they're just great together. The scenes in his house were really sweet, with the dogs and Byron always cooking for them and trying to get Kate healthy and make her take care of herself. Great book; definite reread.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3 stars. This was enjoyable, but I did find Kate, who was supposed to be logical and practical, a bit too neurotic. Except for the "Southern" upbringing, I thought Byron was almost a carbon copy of Josh from the previous book. Looking forward to Laura's book, I can't remember what happened, so it's going to be a surprise!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    “I'm in love with you. Deal with it." – Byron De Witt Now THIS is so much better! Unlike Margo's story, Kate's was such a fresh breath of air! In the second book of the Dream Trilogy, Kate Powell, Laura's cousin and the practical one of the trio, is having some health issues. Issues that she repeatedly ignores and makes worse. But her health isn't the only thing going downhill in her life currently. After finding out that her father stole from his company when he was alive, she takes an even bigge “I'm in love with you. Deal with it." – Byron De Witt Now THIS is so much better! Unlike Margo's story, Kate's was such a fresh breath of air! In the second book of the Dream Trilogy, Kate Powell, Laura's cousin and the practical one of the trio, is having some health issues. Issues that she repeatedly ignores and makes worse. But her health isn't the only thing going downhill in her life currently. After finding out that her father stole from his company when he was alive, she takes an even bigger hit when she's reported for practically the same thing. As she's trying to bring her life back to its former balance, Kate is about to find out that not everything has to be part of a plan - and trusting her body in the very capable hands of Byron De Witt seems like the most logical first step. I have to say, I immensely enjoyed this one. Unlike Margo, Kate was spanky and feisty, with a good head on her shoulders and tons of dry wit in her arsenal. She didn't dream of fame and all that crap the blonde bimbo wanted, instead she wished for stability and intended to work hard to get it. Now that's the kind of female lead I can totally relate to in a book! Next to her, Byron was the perfect man to stand and thrive - seriously! Because the guy was no Josh! (yes, I hate Margo's man, too) He was sweet, and gentlemanly, and used his heart in wonderful equality with his mind. Not only that, but he was also man enough to let Kate take the reins when he saw it worked out better, and yet go all "caveman" on her when she crossed the line. He was perfection and then some! And when he seriously started courting her - honestly, there's no other way to put it, judging from what he did to and for her - I nearly melted on my seat! Together, they were a badass duo. He took care of her health and her relaxation, she made sure he wouldn't slack off - not that he often did. And they had so much in common, although it was subtle. I'm telling you, the perfect relationship! One that was meant to happen and spelled "forever" bright and clear! (if you're hesitant to believe me, just read this line of Byron's: “You're not beautiful," he said in a quiet statement that made her brow knit. "Why do you look beautiful when you're not?” - the man clearly loved her for what he saw inside, not because she was a fuckable piece of meat!) I'm so glad this wasn't like the first book. I wouldn't have been able to take it had it been the same disappointment the previous one proved to be... Now, to review the third one... “I'm a mess. I'm insane. I'm in love with you." – Kate Powell Read this and other reviews at: https://cupcakesandpopcorn.wordpress....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    Holding the Dream, the 2nd book in Nora Roberts Dream series continues with the story of Kate Powell, cousin and adopted daughter of the Templeton family. Kate is smart, focused, totally goal-orientated and practical and nothing like the beautiful and glamorous Margo, who we met in Daring to Dream, now happily married to Josh and expecting their baby and not a dreamer like the sweet Laura, who finally divorced her cheating and thief of a husband and struggling with bringing up her two beautiful d Holding the Dream, the 2nd book in Nora Roberts Dream series continues with the story of Kate Powell, cousin and adopted daughter of the Templeton family. Kate is smart, focused, totally goal-orientated and practical and nothing like the beautiful and glamorous Margo, who we met in Daring to Dream, now happily married to Josh and expecting their baby and not a dreamer like the sweet Laura, who finally divorced her cheating and thief of a husband and struggling with bringing up her two beautiful daughters. Kate’s work is her life – neat, tidy, organized - and is looking forward to her promotion in the auditing company she works for. So who cares that she forgets to eat or that she eats Tums like …a lot of them. It’s all part of her dream. Making the family proud of her accomplishments. Finding out the truth about her dead parents and accused of embezzling her clients, suddenly finds her world crashing around her. Trying to deal with all the fall-outs, she begins working at the boutique that she’s a partner with Margo and Laura, and soon driving them crazy with her “management” style of the store. I loved the interaction and banter between the three. You feel the love and loyalty between them as strongly as they weather yet another obstacle in their lives. Byron de Witt, sexy gorgeous and fabulous, is now working for the Templeton’s looking after their hotels in California. Kate is certainly not the kind of women he’s attracted to and he’s certainly not her favorite guy either – how can anyone trust a man who looks like him!!!! Byron finds himself unexpectedly attracted to the prickly Kate…and being a loyal and honorable man he’s soon doing everything to help her clear and name and at the same time helping her in other ways…her health and of course her love life!!!![image error] She slowly begins opening up to Byron and I was laughing my head off here….she’s totally into him but no way will she give up her control in the relationship….and when he tells her he loves her!!!!!!!! I was rolling on the floor!!! I did that a lot in this story…….. I loved her transformation from “no boobs” to the secrets of push-up bras and wearing sexy clothes and having fab biceps. Running on the beach!!! [image error] [image error] Having great and hot and smoldering sex!!!! [image error] And the first time she cooks dinner for Byron - wearing an apron!!!!!! [image error] [image error] Byron, you are a truly fabulous and amazing man…..to playing an incredible this lovely transformation of Kate’s!!!! It’s the sassy, sparkly, witty and lively dialogue that just makes Nora Roberts’s books so so enjoyable. Here are just some lines I found truly memorable: You’re not beautiful," he said in a quiet statement that made her brow knit. "Why do you look beautiful when you’re not?" "How much of that wine did you drink, De Witt?" "Your face is wrong." As if to prove it to himself, he came around the counter for a closer look. "It’s like whoever put it together used a couple of spare parts from someone else’s." "This is all very fascinating," she said impatiently, "But-" "At first glance your body looks like it belongs to a teenage boy, all arms and legs." "Thank you very much, Mr. Universe. Have you finished your unsolicited critique of my looks?" “I think I’m beginning to like you, Kate. You are, I believe, an acquired taste, and I've always enjoyed odd flavors.” “That’s quite a statement. My heart’s going pitty-pat.” “How often does this happen?” “None of your business.” She yelped in pain and shock when he pressed two fingers to her abdomen. “Do you have your appendix?” “Keep your hands off me Dr Feelgood.” The character development is really great – these are people that have become your friends, with real obstacles that have you rooting for them. I loved Kate’s story and I am feeling kind of sad that the next book, which will be about Laura, will be the time to say goodbye to these friends.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Overall - an ok book... However, I liked it much, much less than the first one. Even though Margo (heroine from the first book) was selfish and annoying at times - I liked her much more than Kate. Kate seemed like a TSTL (too-stupid-to-live) heroine, that kept "cutting off her nose to spite her face". She constantly made bad choices and said stupid things, while trying to prove herself! All she ended up proving was that she was neurotic, self-centered, and undeserving of an amazing guy such as B Overall - an ok book... However, I liked it much, much less than the first one. Even though Margo (heroine from the first book) was selfish and annoying at times - I liked her much more than Kate. Kate seemed like a TSTL (too-stupid-to-live) heroine, that kept "cutting off her nose to spite her face". She constantly made bad choices and said stupid things, while trying to prove herself! All she ended up proving was that she was neurotic, self-centered, and undeserving of an amazing guy such as Byron! Kate's anorexic tendencies got really annoying... She never seemed to eat anything or want to eat anything... she eyed food with disgust... Then when she got seriously sick - she kept ignoring all the symptoms! I understand that there was that hospital trauma (that was kind of glossed-over), but had she acted like a normal, responsible adult, it needn't have come to her having to be rushed to the ER. Her breaking things off with Byron was absolutely ridiculous! She was angry that he "played her" by being a nice guy, doing everything right and making her fall in love with him!? Since when did being a nice guy and a perfect gentleman become a bad thing??? Anyways, she refuses to marry him because "you didn't marry someone you didn't know even a full year...maybe, just maybe, after two years, after you've worked out the kinks in the relationship you began to discuss the possibility of a marriage. You had to outline what you wanted, assigned the roles and the duties, who handled the marketing (??), who paid the bills, who took out the trash...And what about the children?! ... What about assignment of responsibility?? Diapers and laundry? Doctors' appointments? If you didn't nail down the details of responsibilities you had nothing but chaos..." She sounds like a demented lunatic!!! Am I to believe that a normal person thinks and talks like this?! She's a freakin' robot! So yeah - while i liked the book overall - Kate was one of the most annoying female characters EVER! If I were Byron, I would have had her committed!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Makenzie

    I really loved this book. Perhaps it's because, at times, I could see a part of myself in Kate, The tomboyish, practical, sarcastic member of the trio. I made a similar decision in my own career, and I absolutely love the dynamic between Kate and Byron. Me, personally, I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the investigation. It seemed to wrap up a bit too quickly for me, but overall, I liked the book a lot. I really hope there's a decent amount of Kate and Byron in the third book. I want I really loved this book. Perhaps it's because, at times, I could see a part of myself in Kate, The tomboyish, practical, sarcastic member of the trio. I made a similar decision in my own career, and I absolutely love the dynamic between Kate and Byron. Me, personally, I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the investigation. It seemed to wrap up a bit too quickly for me, but overall, I liked the book a lot. I really hope there's a decent amount of Kate and Byron in the third book. I want to see how their relationship flourishes. I see a lot of bickering and hot make-up sex in their future. And for Kate's sake, a few cold, wet, puppy noses on Byron's butt to wake him up in the morning!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Even better than the first!! Love Kate!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jimmyjane

    I love the Templeton girls. They're not sisters by blood, they don't share the same last name, but they grew up together, they run a store together and they're the best of friends, and now they feel like friends of mine. This is the second book in the Trilogy, Kate's story, and I think I like it best so far. I haven't read Laura's story, the final one, but Byron De Witt from this book is the frontrunner for being my favorite guy of the series- the man, with the lavish descriptions of his physique I love the Templeton girls. They're not sisters by blood, they don't share the same last name, but they grew up together, they run a store together and they're the best of friends, and now they feel like friends of mine. This is the second book in the Trilogy, Kate's story, and I think I like it best so far. I haven't read Laura's story, the final one, but Byron De Witt from this book is the frontrunner for being my favorite guy of the series- the man, with the lavish descriptions of his physique, his taste in classic rock music played loud, his classic Mustang and Corvette, his love of cooking, running on the beach, sex- anywhere (fans self, hee!), all wrapped up in a Southern accent...I couldn't have ask for a guy more tailor-made! It was fun to see the tightly wound Kate unravel in his hands, and I especially loved seeing her being taken care of and having someone look out for her the way Byron did. Plus, the store that the women own and run together is such an enjoyable element. It highlights their wonderful friendship, the type that everyone would love to have- I loved Margo dressing Kate up for their charity event- "Stop playing with my tits!". They are just plain fun together, playing off each other so well. Delicious men aside, this friendship is why I'll treasure this trilogy as one of the great comfort reads.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    The story of Kate, the practical, down to earth third of the trio, and Byron de Witt, a southern gentleman with whom she shares a strong attraction. Kate behaves too much like an idiot for a supposedly smart woman, insisting that she can handle all her problems on her own, pushing the people who love and want to help her away and wallowing in self pity among other things. Byron is a bit manipulative, used to solving problems and handling people, and that pushes Kate's buttons since she insists tha The story of Kate, the practical, down to earth third of the trio, and Byron de Witt, a southern gentleman with whom she shares a strong attraction. Kate behaves too much like an idiot for a supposedly smart woman, insisting that she can handle all her problems on her own, pushing the people who love and want to help her away and wallowing in self pity among other things. Byron is a bit manipulative, used to solving problems and handling people, and that pushes Kate's buttons since she insists that she will not be handled and doesn't need him to solve her problems. Although I understand her objections up to a point, she was too stubborn and childish at parts and lost the few points she managed to get when she reacted completely irrationally to (view spoiler)[his mention of marriage and her meeting his family (hide spoiler)] . By the end of the book I still didn't grow to like Kate, who despite having changed for the better, remained an idiot who would be alone if Byron didn't have the patience of a saint. I really hope reading Laura's story in Finding the Dream doesn't make me dislike her as well...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    3.5 stars again. I liked this a lot, but at the same time I wanted to like the romance more than I did. I don't know why I didn't. I am having a weird week on pretty much every level. Some comments: -Southern boy named Byron would have made even more sense if he were Byron something something the third. -Of course his dogs' names are Nip and Tuck. My brother used to name all of his stuffed animals after medicine. The original was Motrin. My other favorite was Zithromax. (He was not yet five years ol 3.5 stars again. I liked this a lot, but at the same time I wanted to like the romance more than I did. I don't know why I didn't. I am having a weird week on pretty much every level. Some comments: -Southern boy named Byron would have made even more sense if he were Byron something something the third. -Of course his dogs' names are Nip and Tuck. My brother used to name all of his stuffed animals after medicine. The original was Motrin. My other favorite was Zithromax. (He was not yet five years old when he named either of those stuffed dogs.) -The only thing more obvious than the fact that Thornhill was the embezzler was the fact that Kate had an ulcer. -I enjoyed seeing how well things are going for Josh and Margo (and now the baby)! -This book was published in 1997. The Yankees-Braves thing would have been a pretty big deal then. (I remember *begging* my parents to let me stay up for the '96 World Series.) -Please tell me Peter Ridgeway gets his due? Preferably Candy also. THESE ARE ROMANCE NOVELS. THESE THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK OUT. And now I am going to bed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath”). I think I have read every one of her books to date because despite the cheesy nature, the ending is always happy and the read is easy. Frankly, I like these books and will continue to read each one that comes out. I am going to post this same review for each of her books that I have read in the past.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aline

    Orphaned at the age of eight, Kate Powell was raised by the Templetons, and has vowed never to disappoint them. She's sharp, smart, a gamine woman with a head for figures. But her world is turned upside down when a secret from her late father's past comes to light and then she's accused of embezzling from the accounting firm she works for. To top it off, she's got Byron DeWitt, a new executive working for Templeton, breathing down her neck. Determined to ignore her problems, Kate throws herself in Orphaned at the age of eight, Kate Powell was raised by the Templetons, and has vowed never to disappoint them. She's sharp, smart, a gamine woman with a head for figures. But her world is turned upside down when a secret from her late father's past comes to light and then she's accused of embezzling from the accounting firm she works for. To top it off, she's got Byron DeWitt, a new executive working for Templeton, breathing down her neck. Determined to ignore her problems, Kate throws herself into work at Pretenses, but it doesn't work quite the way she hopes. With the police wanting to question her, her friends trying to mother her, and Byron wanting to take care of her, Kate can't find a moments peace. In order to get her life back on track, she'll have to face her demons - and open her heart.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    The second book in the trilogy of the Tempelton Sisters. I think it was better than the first book. I liked the characters much better. Kate was an accountant and not a model so she was more connected to real life and Byron managed hotels. You got a glimpse of the working day of both persons, and I enjoyed that. I also liked the mystery story about Kates father and embezzlement. I wouldnt mind finding a gorgeous man that can cook and could be my personal trainer in his own gym. So I dont think I The second book in the trilogy of the Tempelton Sisters. I think it was better than the first book. I liked the characters much better. Kate was an accountant and not a model so she was more connected to real life and Byron managed hotels. You got a glimpse of the working day of both persons, and I enjoyed that. I also liked the mystery story about Kate´s father and embezzlement. I wouldn´t mind finding a gorgeous man that can cook and could be my personal trainer in his own gym. So I don´t think I will forget Byron for a while. Sigh....

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Oh, Nora Roberts, even though this book was published when I was in fourth grade, you can never fail to please. I did figure out the antagonist/villain right from the beginning, though, which doesn't usually happen with NR books (maybe she's just gotten better at writing intrigue in the last 15 years). The heroine was also a bit stubborn and argumentative for my taste, but Nora Roberts heroines do tend to run in that direction. And it's better by far than a heroine who's simply TSTL.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dey Bernadeth

    Was in love with the 3 girls at once.. so it didnt stop me finishing the Daring to Dream. I like Margo's style and spirit.... but oh dear I dont want to finish the Holding the Dream,,,,, Kate's character is without sense, making this book a trash, absolutely boringggggg, from my own point of view.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I felt like one of the "sisters" as I read the second book in Nora Robert's trilogy. This is actually the second book in the series but it didn't detract from the plot by reading it out of order. I like how Nora Roberts developed the romantic side of the story amidst Kate's accusation of embezzlement that totally threw her for a loop.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    A very easy read. Overall it has a good plotline. As with the rest of the series I dislike the overall male dominance that occurs in this series as it seems to me the female lead often ends up following the male's wants. They put up a brief 'fight' but it appears more as lip service to make them appear to be strong characters rather than actual female strength.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Morawsky

    Thoroughly written to bring Kates story to fulfill the deepest crevices of your imagination. Nora Roberts brings the story to life start to finished. You feel yourself being absorbed into the storyline.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Graylark

    It occurred to me when rereading it that Kate and Byron's interactions remind me a bit of Eve and Roarke (from the author's In Death series).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Jenn

    An amazing book. It really makes you feel Kate's pain.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Enjoyed this book as well. It wasn't as powerfully written as the first. I had a hard time seeing what Byron would see in Kate but it was a cute story and they really did well together. What made me pick this book up? Libraried it for my CA trip so I would have the whole trilogy. What was the best part of the book? The part where they're about to get down and dirty and she feels sick and he immediately picks her up, calls his mom on the way (who's a doctor) and then takes care of her. What was the Enjoyed this book as well. It wasn't as powerfully written as the first. I had a hard time seeing what Byron would see in Kate but it was a cute story and they really did well together. What made me pick this book up? Libraried it for my CA trip so I would have the whole trilogy. What was the best part of the book? The part where they're about to get down and dirty and she feels sick and he immediately picks her up, calls his mom on the way (who's a doctor) and then takes care of her. What was the part I liked least? Again, it was a good book and there were no parts that particularly lagged or made me cringe. Favorite character: Byron? He was cute. Least favorite character: I'm not actually a big fan of Kate....never felt like I understood her. Rereadable: Probably when I forget most of the story. Rating: 3.5

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kshydog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For being the practical one in this series, Kate became self-absorbed, her I am the best lawyer/daughter attitude. Surprised how she wanted to keep the Templetons from knowing the past about her father's stealing when they already knew. The continuing story of running the specialty store was nice, the concern for each other beyond normal. Annie the housekeeper plays a small part this time. Margo becomes pregnant creating home-feelings for Kate to want. Byron is exceptional as rich boyfriend, car For being the practical one in this series, Kate became self-absorbed, her I am the best lawyer/daughter attitude. Surprised how she wanted to keep the Templetons from knowing the past about her father's stealing when they already knew. The continuing story of running the specialty store was nice, the concern for each other beyond normal. Annie the housekeeper plays a small part this time. Margo becomes pregnant creating home-feelings for Kate to want. Byron is exceptional as rich boyfriend, caring for a skinny non-built type of girl, encouraging her to become healthy and exercising. Would have thought she'd take a leave of absence rather than quit lawyer partnership.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ~Sara~

    This book hasn't aged that well in my opinion. It bothers me that violence is treated as acceptable or cute if it's the female hitting the male. I was super annoyed that it was "ok" for her to punch him because she's weak and he's strong. Then she eyes up the kitchen knives even though she wouldn't actually use them on him...she thinks. And the reason for her freak out? Because he had the nerve to get a completely innocuous call from another woman! She doesn't even bother to ask who it was befor This book hasn't aged that well in my opinion. It bothers me that violence is treated as acceptable or cute if it's the female hitting the male. I was super annoyed that it was "ok" for her to punch him because she's weak and he's strong. Then she eyes up the kitchen knives even though she wouldn't actually use them on him...she thinks. And the reason for her freak out? Because he had the nerve to get a completely innocuous call from another woman! She doesn't even bother to ask who it was before assuming he's a total scumbag. Grow up. You don't get a free pass to act like a dick because you're under stress.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura Aase

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved it! Kate is a planner and doesn’t like surprises. When she is called into the boss’s office she thinks she will be named a partner, instead she is accused of embezzling money and fired. Her world crashes in. Enter Byron who seems to see through to her very soul. Full time working at Pretenses slowly fills her world. I love the characters and extended story, I just hate the constant fighting and bickering. The absence of the arguing would have made it a 10. I a,so like epilogues!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great lovestory! Definitely hit all the right angles on the love story - antagonistic beginnings, dramatic falling in love, slow burn to come together! And the pair is great - or maybe that's because I'm just like her - ugly ducking, analytical, and unromantic - and I want a gorgeous southern gentleman to sweep me off my feet! Not my favorite style of writing, but not so distracting as to ruin the read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    June Marino

    Book 2 of the Dream Trilogy. Kate is the heroine of this novel. She was a practical, studious lady. She was working hard as an accountant in a prestigious firm, about to be named partner. Her dreams are suddenly dashed when she is charged with embezzlement. She joins her friends Laura and Margo to run their consignment shop Pretenses. She attempts another life path and then falls for Byron. Interesting tale.

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