Pulled by a Dream (The Matthews Brothers Trilogy #1)
Emily Darrow is ready for a change. She’s sold her interior design company, and is taking some time off to consider her options before starting a new life with new challenges. But when she inherits her Aunt Jane’s dilapidated farmhouse, along with all its memories, she realizes her future might not be exactly what she’d envisaged. Ignoring resistance from her family, Emily sets out to make her aunt’s dream a reality.She abandons city life for the tranquillity of the quaint English village where she spent so many happy summers as a child, determined to make a success of her new venture. Emily is used to relying on no one but herself, and that’s just how she wants it. She certainly doesn’t need a man, especially one as stubborn as handsome carpenter Jake Matthews.Jake’s dreams suffered an unexpected setback with the death of Jane Phelps, and when it becomes clear her niece has no intention of accepting his offer, he has to walk away. But when events take another turn and the pair have to work together, Jake can’t help but be attracted to her, despite her stubborn streak. A chance discovery, however, causes him to think that Emily is not all she seems. And if he’s right, there’s no way they could have a future together.

Pulled by a Dream (The Matthews Brothers Trilogy #1) Details

TitlePulled by a Dream (The Matthews Brothers Trilogy #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2018
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance

Pulled by a Dream (The Matthews Brothers Trilogy #1) Review

  • DTM
    January 1, 1970
    Pulled by a Dream by Kathryn Greenway (aka K.C. Wells) is a beautifully written contemporary romance that takes place in the quaint English countryside. I read M/M most often these days, but when one of my favorite M/M writers takes the leap in to the M/F genre, you can be sure I’m going to take the leap with them. I’m so thankful I did. Pulled by a Dream was sweet, tender and witty. The writing was top notch, as I expected. I was thoroughly engaged from word one and did not put it down until “T Pulled by a Dream by Kathryn Greenway (aka K.C. Wells) is a beautifully written contemporary romance that takes place in the quaint English countryside. I read M/M most often these days, but when one of my favorite M/M writers takes the leap in to the M/F genre, you can be sure I’m going to take the leap with them. I’m so thankful I did. Pulled by a Dream was sweet, tender and witty. The writing was top notch, as I expected. I was thoroughly engaged from word one and did not put it down until “The End”. I found the the entire cast of characters completely charming. I do not like too many details in my books unless they are meaningful. Ms. Greenway set the scene for this romance and future books beautifully, and did not just fill the page with meaningless words. This is not an insta-romance, it’s a slow burn that allows you to participate in Emily and Jake's journey towards love. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the trilogy!
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  • Books Laid Bare
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsEmily Darrow was a strong woman, able to able to take control and stand her own ground. Her self-assured nature was a welcome inclusion into a story that warmed my soul. Emily brought all she had to the page and didn’t shy away from facing life head-on, she stood by her decisions and ran with what life delivered to her plate…be that good or bad. I admire the author for delivering a woman with conviction, the sort of well-rounded honest character that any mother in real life would hope h 4.5 StarsEmily Darrow was a strong woman, able to able to take control and stand her own ground. Her self-assured nature was a welcome inclusion into a story that warmed my soul. Emily brought all she had to the page and didn’t shy away from facing life head-on, she stood by her decisions and ran with what life delivered to her plate…be that good or bad. I admire the author for delivering a woman with conviction, the sort of well-rounded honest character that any mother in real life would hope her daughter would grow up to be like.But as you would expect from the genre there has to be somebody else in the storyline and typically that person is going to be the hero of the show…not in this case because refreshingly Emily didn’t need a hero but that didn’t mean, that she didn’t want a man… BUT did she want Jake Matthews and everything that being in a relationship brought with him?Whilst I thought the two of them had a lot in common, I was glad that the author gave their connection a ways to go, she drip fed them to each other somewhat in a way that only served to develop the intensity of what they could possibly have if they ran with the feelings that they were both experiencing. There were misunderstandings that threatened to skew their possibilities and conclusions that weren’t only jumped on, they were completely devoured…patience is a virtue that neither had much use for. But despite that, there was a connection that refused to lay down and die…no matter how much they may have initially thought that is what they wanted, they were under each others skin, their connection was more than an itch to be scratched, it was relentless, it rode out the fact that at times it appeared as if they could barely stand the sight of each other. The fine line between love and hate was stretched to its absolute limit with this pair…and while what they had never really got as far as being real distaste…what they had definitely tickled around the edges of genuine mistrust. I was rooting for the two of them from fairly early on, although at times I wasn’t actually sure why. The author put a lot of effort into the development of the characters and believe me it shows, this was a no holds barred beaut! With some gloriously descriptive locations and a cast of secondary characters that each added more than their own tuppence worth to the situation, this was a generous story, the author spoils us with not only the quality of the work but also the depth of sensitivity that she imparts. Beautifully written, this is an author that I may not have read before but that I would certainly read again. First Class.
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  • ButtonsMom2003
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful love story with main characters over age 30.I read all kinds of romance stories but these days I primarily read M/M romance except for M/F stories by a very few favorite authors. Which is why I surprised myself when I volunteered to read and review Pulled By A Dream. Yes, under a different pen name, this author writes smoking hot, gay romance stories that I have loved, but I did not need to find another author to follow who writes M/F romance. 😊 Follow her I will, though, at least un A beautiful love story with main characters over age 30.I read all kinds of romance stories but these days I primarily read M/M romance except for M/F stories by a very few favorite authors. Which is why I surprised myself when I volunteered to read and review Pulled By A Dream. Yes, under a different pen name, this author writes smoking hot, gay romance stories that I have loved, but I did not need to find another author to follow who writes M/F romance. 😊 Follow her I will, though, at least until The Matthews Brothers Trilogy is complete, because I couldn't put this book down once I started it (except I had to get at least a few hours of sleep).Pulled By A Dream is a wonderful, slow-burn, over age 30 romance. Emily is a successful business woman. She started and maintained her business without assistance from her wealthy family because she wanted to prove she could be successful all on her own. Emily meets Jake Matthews when he is hired to work on restoring the home she inherits from her aunt.Ms. Greenway's descriptive prose pulled me in right from the beginning. I knew within the first 20% of the book that this is one I need to have a copy of for my keeper shelf. I hesitate to call this a "clean romance" because I know that will immediately make some people stay far, far away and that would be a shame. But it is a clean romance; I couldn't find one single F-bomb in it and very few instances of other four-letter words. This however, does not mean that it's anything close to a boring story, nothing could be further from the truth.Emily and Jake's romance doesn't follow a smooth path. There's a bit of mystery and intrigue wrapped around their romance and it kept this reader fully engaged throughout the story. The love story of Jane's aunt was a pleasant surprise.Pulled By A Dream is a story that includes all kinds of diverse characters; something I shouldn't have been surprised by given this author's other books, but not something that I've read much of before in M/F romance stories. I'm being deliberately vague because I think it would be a spoiler to say more.This is a complete story with no cliffhanger, but Jake's brothers Simon and Taylor have certainly piqued my interest and I'm eagerly looking forward to reading their books. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. In fact, I loved this book enough to purchase a copy for myself after reading it.***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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  • Anu
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off by explaining that I haven't read M/F romance in a good while. But I love the author's other work so I figured this would be at least a solid story, even if I wouldn't love it. But I have rarely been happier being proved wrong! This was gentle, pleasant story centering on Emily Darrow and her return to a small countryside town where she spent much of her childhood summers and where she also meets Jake Matthews, a local carpenter and artist. Our couple is not a pair of teenagers Let me start off by explaining that I haven't read M/F romance in a good while. But I love the author's other work so I figured this would be at least a solid story, even if I wouldn't love it. But I have rarely been happier being proved wrong! This was gentle, pleasant story centering on Emily Darrow and her return to a small countryside town where she spent much of her childhood summers and where she also meets Jake Matthews, a local carpenter and artist. Our couple is not a pair of teenagers but grownups, adults with jobs and exes and families that need attention and it all makes the background cast so rich and enjoyable. Especially the Matthews family, since we are going to be seeing more of them in this series. We are introduced to Jake and his brothers slowly, first secondhand from other people's telling to Emily and later on, we get a peek into their family firsthand. Emily herself is a very enjoyable character. She is lovable, of course but not perfect. She is a smart businesswoman who knows what she wants and how to get it done, but she has flaws too - she can be blunt, leap to conclusions and generally make bit of a mess of things. Jake does not swoop in to rescue her, quite the opposite. He stands alone very well, he's courteous and friendly but never expects Emily to be a lesser partner in anything because of her gender. The plot of the house renovation provides background as well as a timeframe for the romance, which incidentally doesn't 'spark' until quite late in the book which is excellent storytelling - we get to know the characters as individuals before they become a couple. Which brings me to the sex (always to the sex). Going by the author's previous work, I was expecting lot of explicit sex but what I got was beautiful, soft and romantic instead. Very tasteful and sweet, fitting the tone of the rest of the narrative very well. All in all, an absolute stunner of a story from a seasoned author branching to new avenues. I look forward to reading about the next Mitchell brother (it's Simon, right? Let it be Simon!)
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  • Lisa Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Greenway has created a small corner of the world with a charming little village, friendly neighbors and a story that draws you in from the very beginning. I enjoyed getting to know Emily and Jake. While Emily and Jake did not always get along I always felt a small pull between the two. The relationship goes from barely liking each other, to grudgingly working together, to friendship to finally love. I found this to be a sweet story that pulled me in from the very beginning and I can not wait Ms. Greenway has created a small corner of the world with a charming little village, friendly neighbors and a story that draws you in from the very beginning. I enjoyed getting to know Emily and Jake. While Emily and Jake did not always get along I always felt a small pull between the two. The relationship goes from barely liking each other, to grudgingly working together, to friendship to finally love. I found this to be a sweet story that pulled me in from the very beginning and I can not wait to read more about the remaining Matthew's brothers from Ms. Greenway.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy a well rounded story and Pulled by a Dream was just that. This was a low angst, contemporary romance with likable and believable characters. Even the town was an important secondary character. While reading this I could imagine living in a small English countryside. I look forward to reading more about this town and these characters - especially the other 2 Matthew brothers.
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  • Brenda Pace
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well done romance with believable characters, a likeable and independent heroine, and an intriguing plot line. It didn't lag or stumble.
  • Lexy
    January 1, 1970
    Romance as Romance should be.Pulled by a Dream by Kathryn Greenway is the first book of the Matthews Brothers trilogy, and is the story of Emily and Jake.After having had a successfull business in Londen Emily finds herself back in Fairdown after the funeral of her aunt Jane.Her aunt left Emily her cottage and related lands in her will. After initial doubts Emily sets out to turn the cottage in a high end Bed and Breakfast with leaving the original features as much intact as possible. With Jake Romance as Romance should be.Pulled by a Dream by Kathryn Greenway is the first book of the Matthews Brothers trilogy, and is the story of Emily and Jake.After having had a successfull business in Londen Emily finds herself back in Fairdown after the funeral of her aunt Jane.Her aunt left Emily her cottage and related lands in her will. After initial doubts Emily sets out to turn the cottage in a high end Bed and Breakfast with leaving the original features as much intact as possible. With Jake being introduced as Carpenter and impromptu project leader.Kathryn takes the time in building up the story of Emily and Jake and the people of Fairdown.When reading the story you are just being pulled in to this world, really I had the feeling of this being the next town over. I love that Kathryn is taking the time in telling the stories of Emily and Jake, you get to know the person behind the name. The romance is slowly building up with the couple finding their happy ever after.For me this book is all what romance is about, two people in the world finding each other and their place in the world. I am most definitely looking forward to the second book in this trilogy.A 5 star book for me.LexyI voluntary reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    When Emily Darrow returns to the quaint little English village of her childhood summers to attend the funeral of her aunt, she has no idea her life will take an unexpected turn. Inheriting her aunt's house sets a new business venture into motion, and she needs the help of local carpenter Jake Matthews to bring it to fruition. As their rocky beginnings gradually give way to a more compatible professional and personal relationship, they must overcome misunderstandings and mistaken perceptions in o When Emily Darrow returns to the quaint little English village of her childhood summers to attend the funeral of her aunt, she has no idea her life will take an unexpected turn. Inheriting her aunt's house sets a new business venture into motion, and she needs the help of local carpenter Jake Matthews to bring it to fruition. As their rocky beginnings gradually give way to a more compatible professional and personal relationship, they must overcome misunderstandings and mistaken perceptions in order to build a future together.This is a charming little romance by author Kathryn Greenway, her first foray into the m/f romance genre. She does a lovely job of setting up her characters, each with their own individual personality and contribution to the village of Fairdown. They bring life and substance to the page, layering the story with their daily activities and their plucky, home-grown charm and quirkiness.The main characters of Emily and Jake are not heavily drawn; rather, they are painted into the story with a gentler brush, providing an enticing "starter" for the trilogy of the Matthews brothers. Their romance is relatively low in angst, a slow burn that satisfies in the end, and light in tone and development. The fact that they are established in their lives and not young twenty-somethings is also refreshing and appreciated by those of us "of an age."The more weighty issues come in the form of the brothers' struggle with the realities of a parent with Alzheimer's, something to which I personally related, having lost my father-in-law to the disease. Ms. Greenway's handling of the family dynamics that occur as the disease progresses is a delicate balance of sensitivity and difficult truths. Accurately portrayed and carefully drawn, the scenes with the Matthews family are, in my opinion, the best in the book.I really enjoyed this sweet, small-village story by Kathryn Greenway. It lays a lovely foundation for the rest of the trilogy, introducing engaging, likable characters within a warm, inviting setting that the reader wants to visit again very soon. I am looking forward to my return when Simon and Taylor are front and center for their own stories. Well done, Ms. Greenway.
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  • Becky Condit
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy all kinds of romance, whether same sex or traditional stories. I particularly love stories in which both partners in the romance are strong and capable of taking care of themselves. Emily is a strong and opinionated woman some might call stubborn. In fact, she is frequently referred to as stubborn by her family, friends and those who have only recently met her. The fact is she is very independent and that goes back to the way she was raised. She has been a London business woman and an in I enjoy all kinds of romance, whether same sex or traditional stories. I particularly love stories in which both partners in the romance are strong and capable of taking care of themselves. Emily is a strong and opinionated woman some might call stubborn. In fact, she is frequently referred to as stubborn by her family, friends and those who have only recently met her. The fact is she is very independent and that goes back to the way she was raised. She has been a London business woman and an interior designer. She grew up with a stiff mother but enjoyed visiting her aunt and her lesbian partner in the country during the summers and other holidays. Recently her visits have dropped off due to business concerns. Because of the stress of running a business, Emily has decided to sell her business. Her aunt and her partner have both passed away so Emily has returned to their country home for the funeral and reading of the will. The fact that Aunt Jane has left her estate to Emily comes as a surprise and also brings some family complications with it.Jake has also returned to the same country area to help care for his father, whose diminished capacity requires Jake and his brothers to spend more time with each other and their father. Emily does not remember Jake in total but her memory of him is refreshed when Jake needs work and he falls into working for Emily to refurbish her home. Jake also has other ideas for Emily’s property.There is a thorn in the story in the person of Jane’s greedy son, who has been left out of the majority of the will. Emily and Jake find themselves thrown together in an engaging way, which I loved reading. First enemies, then friends, then possibly more by the end of the story. I loved this book so much and look forward to more stories set in this small town and among these characters. While it is a debut contemporary romance by Kathryn Greenway it is obvious there is great talent behind it, well worth following and enjoying.
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  • Helena Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Those who have been following my reviews may have noticed that I rarely, read MF romances these days. And there’s a reason for that. In traditional romance the M-F divide is mostly still as stark as it has ever been. As a result we almost inevitably end up with women who, even when they appear to be self-sufficient and strong, need a man to save the day. God forbid that the woman should be as strong as or, shock horror, stronger than, her male counterpart. Or, when the female lead is portrayed a Those who have been following my reviews may have noticed that I rarely, read MF romances these days. And there’s a reason for that. In traditional romance the M-F divide is mostly still as stark as it has ever been. As a result we almost inevitably end up with women who, even when they appear to be self-sufficient and strong, need a man to save the day. God forbid that the woman should be as strong as or, shock horror, stronger than, her male counterpart. Or, when the female lead is portrayed as strong, that almost always also means she is portrayed as bitchy and overbearing.Thankfully, this is not the case in Pulled by a Dream. In Emily Darrow we meet a strong and independent woman who needs nobody else to save her, make her decisions for her, or show her the error of her ways. What is more, Emily’s strength doesn’t come at the expense of Jake Matthews’ image. Both characters are strong. Both of them know what they want. And both of them may be too quick to jump to conclusions on occasion. As a result, Pulled by a Dream, is a delightful and fascinating read. And not ‘just’ that. The book is also very well written. The English countryside location jumps off the page, as do the various primary and secondary characters. I found myself rooting for Emily and Jake from the moment they were introduced, even if the two of them don’t even come close to liking each other at that stage. Their journey from distrustful, to ‘forced’ to work together, through almost begrudging respect, to friendship, and ultimately love was as captivating as it was beautiful.If you like your romances with well-rounded characters, well plotted, beautifully written, with a dash of mystery, and yummy sensuality, you really ought to try Kathryn Greenway’s first release. While she may be new to the MF romance genre, it will be clear to any discerning reader that this lady knows her art, and knows it well.
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  • Brandy Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    I thought Pulled by a dream was a good read it would be the first one I've read by Kathryn Greenway and I'm looking forward to what's to come in the Mathews brothers trilogy . The characters are likable with a story line that has me into whats happening . Emily and Jake are both strong characters who are amazing together with off the charts chemistry . copy provided for honest review ****************************************hero= 9 heroine= 9 secondary characters=8 Chemistry=8 enjoyment= 8 angst I thought Pulled by a dream was a good read it would be the first one I've read by Kathryn Greenway and I'm looking forward to what's to come in the Mathews brothers trilogy . The characters are likable with a story line that has me into whats happening . Emily and Jake are both strong characters who are amazing together with off the charts chemistry . copy provided for honest review ****************************************hero= 9 heroine= 9 secondary characters=8 Chemistry=8 enjoyment= 8 angst= 3 story line= 8 Story ending=9character development=9 pacing= 9 cover= 8 stars= 4 would I read future books by this author= yes
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  • Becca Waldrop
    January 1, 1970
    I've gotten out of the m/f genre for a while for the most part. I still read some but it's by authors I really love. But knowing this author, I thought I'd give m/f a go and I liked it. It wasnt cheesy or fake seeming as a lot seem to be. It was a story that can happen in every day life. The story was believeable and I loved that. The woman was some stacked weakling that drove you crazy. There was intimacy and an actual relationship that formed instead of it being sex that started it and it bein I've gotten out of the m/f genre for a while for the most part. I still read some but it's by authors I really love. But knowing this author, I thought I'd give m/f a go and I liked it. It wasnt cheesy or fake seeming as a lot seem to be. It was a story that can happen in every day life. The story was believeable and I loved that. The woman was some stacked weakling that drove you crazy. There was intimacy and an actual relationship that formed instead of it being sex that started it and it being perfect after that. It was really good and I can't wait to read more in this series.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Free on Amazon through Feb 16, 2018! http://bit.ly/2BVbyzW
  • Kerry Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great story. Well written and beautifully told. I loved the characters and look forward to more of them in the next instalment.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I was certainly pulled in by Greenway's writing! It was so beautiful and touching. There are wonderful romantic bits as well as suspenseful moments as well! I look forward to meeting the next Matthews brother. I hope he's as freakin wonderful as this first guy!!I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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  • carol rowe
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended readI downloaded this book as it was free and looked like a reasonable read . I am pleased I did as it kept me engaged and interested . There. is currently a lot of 'lonely / heartbroken person inherits cottage ' books about , but this book had a couple of sub plots which made the book readable. I look forward to reading more.😀
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
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