With a Dreamboat in a Hammock
“Sir, I am so sorry,” Valynn started to apologize as her intestines began to twist themselves into knots of anxiety. “I had no idea who you were. I thought you…well, that you were here to lock up the building or something. I don’t even know what I thought really…but I didn’t think you were, you know, you.”Valynn found herself uncharacteristically breathless as he smiled down at her and said, “It’s fine. Valynn? Is that right?”“Yeah,” she managed to answer.“It’s good to finally meet you,” he said. “And your work is…” He shook his head with admiration. “Your work really is the best I’ve ever seen.”“Th-thank you! Wow, that means more than you can imagine…coming from you.” she stammered...Instantly Valynn realized that she’d never really seen a photograph of the well-known photographer and entrepreneur. His work was so popular, as well as artistic, that she’d never paused to wonder what the man behind the camera looked like. But if she had taken a moment to wonder, she never, ever, ever would’ve imagined he was six foot three-ish, with gorgeous raven black hair, eyes that looked like two sapphires had been placed in them, the firmest, squarest, most perfectly shaped chin and jaw she’d ever seen on a man, and an overall appearance of just plain sigh-inducing hotness!

With a Dreamboat in a Hammock Details

TitleWith a Dreamboat in a Hammock
Author
ReleaseApr 12th, 2015
Rating
GenreRomance, Clean Romance, Contemporary

With a Dreamboat in a Hammock Review

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    This totally hit the spot! The book opens with Valynn going for a job interview at the prestigious Wolfe Photography. She specializes in restoring vintage photographs. I thought Valynn was a fun character, full of laughter and passion. She is so excited to be working at Wolfe, her dream job. The people there are all nice and great at way they do. Especially owner and boss Jensen Wolfe. If you've read McClure books before you know the heroes are pretty swoony and charming. And of course handsome! This totally hit the spot! The book opens with Valynn going for a job interview at the prestigious Wolfe Photography. She specializes in restoring vintage photographs. I thought Valynn was a fun character, full of laughter and passion. She is so excited to be working at Wolfe, her dream job. The people there are all nice and great at way they do. Especially owner and boss Jensen Wolfe. If you've read McClure books before you know the heroes are pretty swoony and charming. And of course handsome! Jensen and Valynn have a lot in common and fun chemistry. I love McClure books when I just want a fun escape and conflict-free romance! This one made it to my top favorites for her contemporaries. I loved the setting and character. I've always loved photography and feel a certain connection to this story. Overall, a fun, swoony romance. ContentRomance: Squeaky clean, just kissingLanguage: MildViolence: NoneReligious: NoneSource: Distractions, Ink. This book has been nominated for a 2015 Swoony Award. To vote for it, click here.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a light, clean, fun, fluffy read perfect for readers who are already fans of Marcia's writing. If you have never read Marcia I don't know that I would recommend that you start here. While I love this book I don't think I would have appreciated it as much if I didn't already have a love for Marcia's writing. There is a fun tie in at the end to her Little Girl's Dressed in Blue series that wouldn't be appreciated if you haven't read that series. There is really not any conflict in this one This is a light, clean, fun, fluffy read perfect for readers who are already fans of Marcia's writing. If you have never read Marcia I don't know that I would recommend that you start here. While I love this book I don't think I would have appreciated it as much if I didn't already have a love for Marcia's writing. There is a fun tie in at the end to her Little Girl's Dressed in Blue series that wouldn't be appreciated if you haven't read that series. There is really not any conflict in this one. Just a nice sweet story with a photography studio setting. As always I love her author notes at the end. To me this story was just a quick pick me up that make me smile and sigh.Content: Clean
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsQuick, fun, contemporary romance. I'm a HUGE Marcia Lyn fan...so I despise not giving her five stars...but this wasn't my favorite. I especially adore her Historical, Western, and Regency Era books... so maybe I just wasn't in a contemporary mood. I did love the photography and restoration theme because I'm a huge fan myself. Our hero, Jensen, who was indeed adorable, tended to throw in quite a bit of swearing that was disappointing, but he did have the "Marcia trustworthy" moral standa 3.5 starsQuick, fun, contemporary romance. I'm a HUGE Marcia Lyn fan...so I despise not giving her five stars...but this wasn't my favorite. I especially adore her Historical, Western, and Regency Era books... so maybe I just wasn't in a contemporary mood. I did love the photography and restoration theme because I'm a huge fan myself. Our hero, Jensen, who was indeed adorable, tended to throw in quite a bit of swearing that was disappointing, but he did have the "Marcia trustworthy" moral standards in all other ways. Valynn was also a sweetheart...a little immature and "giggly" but she is very young in the story...so I tried not to find it annoying. See, I really think it was just my mood. I just read Marcia's latest Christmas regency and I adored it so much that I was wanting to stay in that time period I guess.
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  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite Gilmore Girls scenes is when Lorelai and Rory are watching The Donna Reed Show and the following dialogue goes down...Rory: My favorite episode is when their son comes home from school and nothing happens.Lorelai: O that's a good one! Umm...one of my favorites is when Mary, the daughter, gets a part-time job...and nothing happens.Rory: Another classic! What does this have to do with this novella? Well, it's like the plot of a Donna Reed episode. My favorite part of this book i One of my favorite Gilmore Girls scenes is when Lorelai and Rory are watching The Donna Reed Show and the following dialogue goes down...Rory: My favorite episode is when their son comes home from school and nothing happens.Lorelai: O that's a good one! Umm...one of my favorites is when Mary, the daughter, gets a part-time job...and nothing happens.Rory: Another classic! What does this have to do with this novella? Well, it's like the plot of a Donna Reed episode. My favorite part of this book is when a girl who overuses the word "ay caramba" (no reference to if she actually is taking tequila shots in Mexico at the time-that being the only time "ay caramba" should be uttered) gets a job as a photograph restorer with a hottie for a boss..and nothing happens. No drama whatsoever. Just a hammock and characters that live in a world where there are possible rainbows and bunnies everyday! Everybody giggles and smiles and talks like a "hip/cool" mom. I know it sounds horrible of me, but where's the grit?! The angst?! You should know I am a hardcore Marcia fan! Under 3 stars is killing me! Her earlier works have those moments of tension...the ones where you hold your breath and wonder how it's all going down. I'm all about the sugar darlings...but this novella is straight up stomach ache/cavity-inducing. A little more wine if you're selling me all that cheese! Okay-enough metaphors! Just know that I know that one day I will have my mind blown again by my beloved McClure...but today was just not that day! I will keep waiting....
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  • Tori
    January 1, 1970
    I read this super cute novella on a flight from SLC to Denver. I really, really enjoyed the little escape. It was a pure fluff read and exactly what I wanted.And as if I could love Marcia Lynn McClure more than I already do... The hero is named Jensen, as in Ackles, as in Supernatural, as in my fave show. Well done Marcia!!
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  • Valerie Waters
    January 1, 1970
    I love MLM books but there were some things in this book that I was not a fan of. I didn't like the swearing. Lately when I read I look for books to share with my girls and I can't share a book with a bunch of cussing. Maybe once or maybe twice is ok but it was more then that and I didn't like it. Also the innuendos! They were a little over board for me. It makes me sad but it's true.
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounding upLight, fun. Easy to like characters. Not a long book so I read through it fast. I enjoyed the photography aspect.Content: Mild swearing, kissing
  • Carisa
    January 1, 1970
    As with any of Marcia Lynn McClure's books, you just come away happy. This book did not disappoint. Loved it!!!
  • Ashley Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say that I avoided this one for the longest time because I thought the title was so dumb but it might actually be one of my favorites by her. It was adorable.
  • Kathy Jo
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsValynn loves photography and restoring old photographs. When an opening presents itself to join Wolfe Photography doing the very thing she loves, she jumps at the opportunity. She was not expecting the owner Jensen Wolfe to be so young or so good looking! She is definitely going to enjoy her work and the scenery while there! ;) When Jensen first lays eyes on Valynn he was hooked. Seeing her little victory dance after restoring an Edwardian bride had a lot to do with it but he can't help 3.5 StarsValynn loves photography and restoring old photographs. When an opening presents itself to join Wolfe Photography doing the very thing she loves, she jumps at the opportunity. She was not expecting the owner Jensen Wolfe to be so young or so good looking! She is definitely going to enjoy her work and the scenery while there! ;) When Jensen first lays eyes on Valynn he was hooked. Seeing her little victory dance after restoring an Edwardian bride had a lot to do with it but he can't help but think how adorable, funny and passionate she is about her work. They were both goners from the very beginning. ;) Their courtship was cute and drama free.While this book was cute and I enjoyed it, it seemed to lack some of the Marcia trademarks that I fell in love with. I can't explain exactly what was missing but just that something was. But if you are looking for a quick, drama free, cute, fluff read then this is definitely a good choice to curl up with! :) And yes... I did casting for this one too! Aren't they cute?! ;)
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  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    (3.5 Stars) One thing I can guarantee is that Marcia will deliver a cute story with some good, clean kissing and a few unique details. With a Dreamboat in a Hammock is no exception.Valynn is on the prowl for a new job and applies for a prestigious photography business. Hired on the spot, she then has a humorous run-in with the gorgeous boss, Jensen. I immediately pictured Jensen Ackles, which I later found is who he got his name from. There's not a lot of conflict in the story--the reader gets a (3.5 Stars) One thing I can guarantee is that Marcia will deliver a cute story with some good, clean kissing and a few unique details. With a Dreamboat in a Hammock is no exception.Valynn is on the prowl for a new job and applies for a prestigious photography business. Hired on the spot, she then has a humorous run-in with the gorgeous boss, Jensen. I immediately pictured Jensen Ackles, which I later found is who he got his name from. There's not a lot of conflict in the story--the reader gets a how-they-met-and-fell-in-love story, which is sometimes a breath of fresh air. I read most of this at the pool while my kids were swimming and it was nice to just have some brain candy.While not my most favorite of this author's, I did enjoy the photography and photo restoration aspects. I loved the description of the location for an engagement shoot--that was my favorite part! I love the way Marcia incorporates real life, true experiences of hers, her family's, and close friends to get those humorous and endearing parts. I always look forward to the snippets at the end.Content: mild swearing and kissing. Clean!
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  • Teya Peck
    January 1, 1970
    I love Marcia books! I will say it again and again. This one had one phrase that really started to annoy me. I mean I say all the time, you know, but I don't necessarily want to read it from ever person. It did because every person not just one person and not just once in a while. I got confused of who was who because they all said the same phrase. The phrase was a constant and it drove me nuts. I've never encountered that with any of her books so I was surprised. However, that being said I love I love Marcia books! I will say it again and again. This one had one phrase that really started to annoy me. I mean I say all the time, you know, but I don't necessarily want to read it from ever person. It did because every person not just one person and not just once in a while. I got confused of who was who because they all said the same phrase. The phrase was a constant and it drove me nuts. I've never encountered that with any of her books so I was surprised. However, that being said I loved the content. The story line was so cute. I am a HUGE fan of old photographs and photography. Although I don't think I"m good at it that doesn't mean I don't enjoy doing it. I loved the snippets and pictures in the snippets. My favorite part was beefcake shoving idiot out of his studio for Valynn. I love that name by the way. OH, I totally forgot to add my favorite part!! I loved and totally gasped when he brought her the pictures from the girls in blue series. I swear I completely died and went to heaven at that point. I was probably more excited that Valynn t the moment because I KNEW THE STORIES BEHIND THE PICTURES! LOL! Had to add that.
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  • Bry Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    I love MLM books. Even though its basically the same story, I love that they're easy reads. Cute characters. Always puts me in a good mood. Some of her books are among favorites. That being said, this was one of the worst I've read. Starting with the cover. WTH?!!! Straight from the 80's. First glance at it and I was already weary of the book content. Not only the wrong generation but looks nothing like her main character. Who's her publisher?!!!The book. Yes her heroines are always young and in I love MLM books. Even though its basically the same story, I love that they're easy reads. Cute characters. Always puts me in a good mood. Some of her books are among favorites. That being said, this was one of the worst I've read. Starting with the cover. WTH?!!! Straight from the 80's. First glance at it and I was already weary of the book content. Not only the wrong generation but looks nothing like her main character. Who's her publisher?!!!The book. Yes her heroines are always young and innocent but she sounded down right dumb. I had to skip over so much dialogue because I just couldn't handle how stupid she was coming across. Huge difference between being cute, innocent and witty and another thing to ramble nonsense.There wasn't any reading time allotted to them getting to know each other. Her parents? She lives with them hello?Just totally disappointed.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Snap shotI know this is just a sweet work place romance and can get a bit drippy and descriptive, but I enjoyed it and the images it created.
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    This is a light fun read. Not long enough for a novel but a great feel good book about true and abiding love. I love Marcia's books. She has never disappointed me. I've said before she is the Queen of Kissing and this book is no exeption. I love that Jensen is so dreamy but is still unsure of his attractiveness. He is a wonderful photographer but he is humble and giving. Valynn never tries to hide her feelings. She always speaks whatever is on her mind. She is soft hearted and giving but also su This is a light fun read. Not long enough for a novel but a great feel good book about true and abiding love. I love Marcia's books. She has never disappointed me. I've said before she is the Queen of Kissing and this book is no exeption. I love that Jensen is so dreamy but is still unsure of his attractiveness. He is a wonderful photographer but he is humble and giving. Valynn never tries to hide her feelings. She always speaks whatever is on her mind. She is soft hearted and giving but also sure of herself. You will love this easy read.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Light and fun, just as I would expect from Marcia's books. Enjoyed the escape for a day!
  • Chesney
    January 1, 1970
    Marcia does it again. A fun afternoon novella read with some charming characters Valynn and Jensen. Now to wipe the drool off...
  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    More fun from Marcia Lynn McClure! I enjoyed the setting at a photography studio, and the falling in love with the boss plot.
  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    I love matchmaking coworkers! Sweet book with sweet characters. I wish there would have been a little photography aspects between the characters but the photo session was entertaining
  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book a lot. Cute, fun, romantic. A good light read.
  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    Such a sweet idea to have a story dedicated and written for the author's fabulous daughter. I imagine my own Momma would have done the same thing if she had chosen to write. I thought that's what made this book so lovely. I could feel the Mom/daughter love. I miss that so much and have to find it elsewhere, and nowhere is better than a trip to Marcia land! Marcia's kind heart and soul are just so abundant in anything she does, probably why I am so drawn to each and every book. They always tug at Such a sweet idea to have a story dedicated and written for the author's fabulous daughter. I imagine my own Momma would have done the same thing if she had chosen to write. I thought that's what made this book so lovely. I could feel the Mom/daughter love. I miss that so much and have to find it elsewhere, and nowhere is better than a trip to Marcia land! Marcia's kind heart and soul are just so abundant in anything she does, probably why I am so drawn to each and every book. They always tug at my heartstrings and fill me with such joy. How lucky I am to benefit from it, as I enjoy yet another just-for-fun, feel good read from Marcia with new kissing scenes to make me swoon. (And wish for a hammock! Sigh!)
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Lighthearted and fun, Marcia makes me smile once again. In this is a novella, so there is not a great deal of conflict. Just a sweet story of a young woman who lands her dream job in a prestigious photo studio. Little does she suspect how much her boss will come to mean to her. I love the photography aspect of the story. Since photography has been a hobby of mine for many years, I could relate to the characters in that way. As always Marcia's character and fun loving personality shines through i Lighthearted and fun, Marcia makes me smile once again. In this is a novella, so there is not a great deal of conflict. Just a sweet story of a young woman who lands her dream job in a prestigious photo studio. Little does she suspect how much her boss will come to mean to her. I love the photography aspect of the story. Since photography has been a hobby of mine for many years, I could relate to the characters in that way. As always Marcia's character and fun loving personality shines through in this story.
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  • Karen Phelps
    January 1, 1970
    A very entertaining book!Another great read from Marcia. If was fun too read of Jensen and Valynns story. Lynn was funny and kept you on your toes with her comments. I liked the romance and the hammock. Rolling down the hill was just like a memory I also did. It was fun too know that they were so good in photography. But the best part was that being as few and mother were important to. I would give this a big thumbs up.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun, cute easy read. This is one of those books that it's a quick fix when you just need a fast fun read. I love reading about all the old photos. I love looking at old photos. I wish it could have been longer but it was a fun little story. I loved the snippets in the back. They were so fun to read. Good job Marcia
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  • Megan Alton
    January 1, 1970
    Needed more of a story/conflict. The story was cute but I wish the characters didn't sound so immature. The use of the word "like" kinda makes me cringe. Even teen or YA fiction doesn't seem as juvenile.
  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I give 3 stars for its shortness. Which is actually good to read every once in a while! But Marcia never fails to make you wish you were the heroine and that the hero in the story is real. A few spelling errors here and there, but still a great read!
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  • Lydia
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and as always, swoon-worthy.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Too cheesy!
  • Mary Bulloch
    January 1, 1970
    Every book by Marcia gets 5 stars of course. Her books never disappoint and are a happy go to for me.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, fun and fast read.Loved the snippets at the end and the pictures of some of her past books' couples.The only thing that bothered me was all the "you know?" quotes.
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