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In this follow-up to Better Off Without Him, Mona Quincy once again faces life’s tough moments with good friends, lots of laughs, and a cold, dry martini. For the past eighteen months, Mona has had a long-distance relationship with the man of her dreams, Ben Cutler. She’s been in LA working on a screenplay, while he’s been keeping the NJ home fires burning. But now she’s bIn this follow-up to Better Off Without Him, Mona Quincy once again faces life’s tough moments with good friends, lots of laughs, and a cold, dry martini. For the past eighteen months, Mona has had a long-distance relationship with the man of her dreams, Ben Cutler. She’s been in LA working on a screenplay, while he’s been keeping the NJ home fires burning. But now she’s back, and she needs to answer a very serious question – will she marry Ben? Mona doesn’t think she ever wants to get married again – not even to someone as practically perfect as Ben Cutler. But before she can think about her own marriage plans, she’s got a few other weddings to deal with. Aunt Lily, at seventy-eight, has finally met her match in Vinnie DeMatriano, who just happens to be the uncle of a slightly notorious crime boss. True, they’ve only know each other three months, but they want to tie the knot - in Mona’s back yard. Then Miranda, Mona’s oldest daughter, announces that she’s ready to get married after a three month long courtship of her own – to Ben’s son, David.Ben believes in love at first sight, and is thrilled for Miranda and David. Mona doesn’t want her daughter to marry anyone after such a short time. As they find themselves at odds for the very first time, Ben thinks they should step back and take some time away from each other. Mona is still unwilling to commit fully to Ben, and can only stand by as Carmella Ciavaglia, Vinnie’s wedding-planner daughter, circles Ben like a great white shark. Will Mona finally get her Happily Ever After? Or has she learned her hardest lesson just a little too late?...

Title : Better Than Your Dreams
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ISBN : 9780985985462
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 282 Pages
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Better Than Your Dreams Reviews

  • Sandra Nachlinger
    2019-04-05 22:58

    FYI: Better Than Your Dreams is scheduled for release on August 6, 2014, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced cost. I read an advance copy.I’ve read Better Off Without Him, A Different Kind of Forever, and all Dee Ernst’s other books, which is why I knew I’d enjoy Better Than Your Dreams. And I was right!This book begins four years after Better Off Without Him ends and features many of the same characters (but it is a stand-alone story). Divorcee Mona Quincy copes with: (1) the impending marriage of her almost-80-year-old aunt to a shady character; (2) her eldest daughter’s engagement to Mona’s boyfriend’s son after a too-short courtship; (3) a curvaceous predator who’s trying to steal her man; (4) preparing her back-listed books for ebook publication; and (5) a whole bunch of other stuff, including a marriage proposal herself! She relies on her friends and her wry sense of humor to get through it all. I wish Mona Quincy lived down the street from me because I’d like to have her for a friend. She’s funny, vivacious, complicated, wise, and never dull. One of my favorite quotes from Mona is: “I’m allowed to feel more than one thing at once, you know.” The complexity of her feelings, which we all share, make Mona easy to relate to, and Dee Ernst’s conversational style makes the book a delightful and fast-moving read. More than once while reading this book I laughed out loud! I highly recommend Better Than Your Dreams and gladly give it five stars.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-22 01:55

    I enjoyed this sequel, but it didn't seem to have the same spark as the first book.

  • Obsidian
    2019-04-24 01:47

    I really loved "Better Off Without Him" and honestly laughed so hard while reading that novel that I was crying. "Better Than Your Dreams" was a letdown to me since there was really no humorous moments and I got really tired of the main plot less than halfway through this novel.The main character, Mona Quincy, is happy that her relationship with Ben Cutler is still going strong four years later. She has been traveling back and forth completing a screenplay and is happy to be back in New Jersey once again with him and her family. However, after arriving home Mona is surprised but not one, but two members of her family announcing their engagement. Mona, is not a fan of marriage in general anymore. To make things even worse we have Mona and Ben coming to an impasse after he proposes since she doesn't see why things have to change when she is perfectly happy now.Overall the novel had too much going on, repetitiveness of conversations with many characters, and a disappointing ending.I really think there was just too much going on in this novel. We have two weddings being planned which took up a lot of the novel with discussions about clothing, shoes, locations. We then had Mona deciding she would change her career direction which was nice and all but could have been cut out of this novel since it does not actually add anything to this book to keep it in. We then have the introduction of new characters and also the appearance of characters from the previous books with shallow descriptions, characterizations, etc.Having Mona struggle with her decision regarding her relationship with Ben was interesting at first and then it just got repetitive. We had constant talking about Mona's struggle with practically everyone over this course of this book. Frankly I understood her hesitation and I started to dislike the character of Ben for acting like all people needed were love to have a happy marriage. Yes love is great, but Mona's bigger points about two people taking time to get to know each other, get to know themselves was largely dismissed and criticized by him and other characters. And Mona's bigger point about her being happy to be dating him but living largely by herself I think was important. The character of Ben may not have had a bad marriage but Mona did. As the saying goes, 'once bitten, twice shy."I wish that we had seen a different ending than what we got since that would have made the novel more interesting to me and very true. Not all novels have to have a cookie cutter happy ending. There was an alternative I think that Dee Ernst contemplated but she ultimately just dropped it and pushed for everything to be wrapped up in a tidy bow.

  • Nina Draganova
    2019-04-23 00:16

    Въпреки ,че не беше толкова забавна както първата книга, ми хареса.Може би защото поставя теми ,които ме вълнуват и мен, и разбира се стила на авторката , който ми допада много.Тази част е малко по-тъжна на моменти.Но това е неминуемо.Остаряването не е забавно, за съжаление.Но аз бих казала- всекиму такова остаряване,като на главната героиня Мона.

  • Brian Stuart
    2019-04-24 07:02

    WonderfulSo glad Dee decided to write a sequel. I'm one who loves sappy, happy ending love stories and this definitely fit the bill. As a woman who had her first marriage end pretty much like Mona's, I know how wonderful it feels to have God send you someone even Better Than Your Dreams the second time around.

  • Dawn Trlak-Donahue
    2019-04-17 23:16

    Chick lit

  • Cathy Merten
    2019-03-30 00:56

    Very good.Another good read. I loved the three generations finding their happy ever after. Aunt Lily is a riot and Anthony is great, too.

  • Jacque
    2019-03-30 01:02

    Mona and Ben are back in Better Than Your Dreams. This is a nice follow-up to Dee Ernst’s previous book, Better Off Without Him. It’s sweet, funny, filled with quick witty banter and with even more adorable characters than the first. Don’t hate me but I did enjoy the previous book just a wee bit more. Probably because as funny as this book was I found Better Off Without Him just a bit funnier. Don’t get me wrong they are both funny, I just enjoyed Mona’s antics in the other book. Now, what does this book have going for it? The kooky cast of characters and the situations they find themselves in. It’s been four years and Ben is ready to tie the knot. Mona’s mantra thorough the book is if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Oh, Mona I want to shake you! You got a hot guy that loves you, GO FOR IT! But of course, love does not flow so smoothly and we follow along while Mona comes to grips with what she wants. And it certainly does not help that not only does her daughter, Miranda, succumb to love at first sight but so does her Aunt Lily. Did I mention Miranda wants to marry, of all people, Ben’s son David(!) and Aunt Lily is marrying the uncle of a slightly notorious crime boss…and both weddings are after they’ve only know each other three months. Mona struggles, the inevitable weddings and all these characters definitely kept me tied to this book. Lots of smiles and warm fuzzy feelings make this book a wonderful read. Does everybody get a HEA? Most certainly yes BUT the journey each take is get there is what makes this book so special. One more thing, the meaning behind the title Better Than Your Dreams. What a SWOON worthy moment!So now I have read several books by Ms. Ernst I have yet to be disappointed. The characters she creates and the adventures she puts them through are probably some of the funniest I have read in a long time. I have already told all my friends they need to read Better Off Without so this is a no brainer to recommend Better Than Your Dreams. So grab yourself a copy of this book, nice cold, dry martini keep back and enjoy the ride. I received this book from the JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.Stars– 4.5, Flames – 1

  • Suze Lavender
    2019-04-10 03:13

    Mona has spent a year and a half in LA working on a script. When she's finally back home she looks forward to spending more time with Ben, who is the man of her dreams. They've been together for four years and Ben would love to take the next step, so he's asking Mona to marry him. Mona's ex husband broke her heart and she isn't looking forward to another marriage. Then Mona's aunt Lily announces that she's getting married to Vinnie, who's a member of a notorious crime family. It's something Mona has to get used to, but she's happy for her. After that Mona's oldest daughter Miranda tells her mother that she's engaged to Ben's son David. Mona doesn't really agree with it and she tries to convince her daughter to think about her decision. Ben can't be happier with the situation. For the first time in four years they have a disagreement and one that is so big that Ben decides they need a break from each other. Unfortunately someone else would love to get her perfectly manicured claws into Ben as well. Vinnie's daughter, who is the wedding planner for both weddings, is serious competition. Will Mona change her mind about the meaning of marriage so she can win back the love of her life? And is there still hope for her and Ben? Mona is a writer, she's in her forties and she writes romance novels. I liked the irony of that, an author who doesn't believe in her own happy ever afters. It was great to read a love story about a woman whose kids have all moved out already. The overall feelings of this book are hope and sadness and Dee Ernst has written her story so brilliantly that I could feel what Mona was feeling. I needed a lot of tissues. I love it when an author can write about something that well. I immediately liked Mona and her big family. Every member was interesting and had a wonderful role in the book. I also liked the eccentricity of most of the characters, it made all of them strong individuals. I understood Mona's hurt and the process she needed to go through to come to terms with her past. It was a great journey to read about. I think Better Than Your Dreams is a great novel and am so happy that I had a chance to read it.

  • DCT
    2019-04-23 03:07

    I enjoyed the prequel, Better off without Him, so of course I had to see how the future would treat Mona and Ben, and the menagerie of wonderful characters that made the first story so much fun. We pick up four years from where we left off, and Mona and Ben are blissfully happy and both doing well with their professions, so naturally, Ben is feeling that they are ready to take the next step in the progression of their relationship. Mona is totally opposed to getting married and feels that they are doing just fine with the current status of their coupledom. However, love and marriage abounds as Aunt Lily and Mona's eldest daughter Miranda are engaged to be married after dating both their intendeds for 3 months; and by the way, Miranda's fiancé is David, Ben's oldest son. Conflict rears its ugly head, when the basic ideals of marriage are debated between Mona and Ben; Ben feels that the divide is threatening to destroy the foundation of their union and suggest a break to think things through and to focus on the couples that do want to tie the knot. This is where all the angst and fun ensures, and the emotional rollercoaster takes Mona on quite the ride. This really was an enjoyable read, Mona had to do a lot of reflection on her feelings regarding marriage, and comes to terms with the demise of her first one. Of course, all her friends surround her, offering advise, a shoulder to cry on, and of course the Grey Goose Vodka martini with olive to help along the way. Don't know what Dee is thinking, but I would actually love to see more from this cast of characters, and hope that she would consider giving us more. If you read Better off without Him, you need to continue on with the journey of Mona and Ben with this read. Thanks Dee.

  • Esraa Bassiouny
    2019-04-14 22:55

    I loved this book. I would normally not enjoying it, but I did. Whenever I read adult books they are either erotic or thriller and this book is neither so I was surprised when I did like it. Mona is forty something divorced after her husband cheated on her. She believed that marriage destroy love and she wanted to stay away from it as far as possible, but with her daughter and aunt getting married it became hard for her to hate marriage. This book is about believing in marriage and love can survive. It is about something I haven't tried yet (I am eighteen and still believes in finding my prince and getting married) so divorce and second marriages was a wired concept to me. But the author did a great job making me believe in those stuff, making me live the story she made the characters live. I felt Mona's fear and jealousy. I felt her concern about her daughter. This book is a real experience in life and I really did enjoy it. I hope you like it and enjoy it, as much as I did.

  • Christine Mize
    2019-04-16 23:46

    If you believe something with all of your soul, are you able to change that belief? Mona Quincy is a roman author who does not believe in personal happy-every-afters. She has been in a relationship with Ben Cutler for the last 4 years, and while he is ready to take things to the next level, she is not. Can he change her mind or is their love affair over?I loved this book – from the first words written to the very end (although I do wish it had an epilogue). Reading Better Than Your Dreams was like visiting with old friends and catching up with their lives. Aunt Lily, her quirks and new relationship was hilarious. Watching Mona learn about love through her daughter’s eyes and experiences was heartwarming. The peek into the life of an author was fascinating. The book is very well written and the story just flows perfectly.This is the follow up to Better Off Without Him, but can very easily be read as a stand along. I wish that I could rate this book higher than a 5 because it truly is in a league of its own.

  • Julie Post
    2019-04-15 03:46

    Really enjoyed 3/4 of the story.The closer I got to the end, the less I liked Ben! Mona had valid reasons for her reluctance yet Ben forced the issue by walking away and entertaining Carmella's advances. That is not how someone who truly loves you treats you. I think what bugged me was Mona's groveling and Ben not being accountable for his role in the breakup.

  • Michelle Foster
    2019-03-28 05:06

    She did it again... I really love these books by Dee Ernst. Time goes by pretty quickly when I'm reading one of her books. I love the humor, the real emotions that we've all felt at one time or another, and the fact that while families aren't perfect, they are so important. I'm going to read everything I can find by this author!

  • Tiffany
    2019-04-24 04:00

    Ernst has an accessible, appealing heroine in Mona Quincy, a plainspoken, forthright woman who's knocked down by love and gets back on her feet--only to panic when she finds the man of her dreams. Packed with heart and humor, this book is a terrific follow-up to BETTER OFF WITHOUT HIM--a fast-paced, fun, sweet ride of a book that finally offers Mona her happy ending.

  • Denise Bills
    2019-04-06 23:13

    What an awesome storyAgain, I was drawn to the storyline, the emotions and was talking to Mona - marry Ben but I finally understood why she hesitant on the last page but I was disappointed that there was no mention their wedding.

  • Bree Mitchell
    2019-04-16 00:03

    I loved this book!!!! I don't know how else to describe it lol!!! worth the read and inexpensive!If I remember correctly I got my copy for free through Amazon and I was like "why not!" it was a funny, witty, slap that man in the face!!! it made me have a love for a new author!!!

  • Jill
    2019-04-27 00:09

    Usually enjoy her books - this was a fast read with interesting characters, lots of detail, but fairly flat of feeling. Not much happens - it's a follow up to a previous book - likable characters but I was frustrated with Mona. So-so.

  • Marie
    2019-04-05 00:16

    A great sequel to Better Off Without him. I really got attached to all the quirky characters in this story and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.

  • Olivia Gould
    2019-04-02 06:04

    Very well written book... loved the storyline..I can just imagine this happening to many divorced women.

  • Iliyana
    2019-04-19 03:15

    Лятна и лека - тъкмо като за морето :)

  • JoAnn Laffey
    2019-04-06 01:57

    Such fun reading!To all the recently singled women who have endured and survived divorce, only to realize it was the best thing that could have happened to them, just like me.

    2019-04-12 07:04

    Love this authorSo happy I discovered her! Had a hard time putting this book down. Great characters, easy read. I'll be reading all her novels.

  • Gissel Arvizu
    2019-04-03 05:03

    I just got an email saying I won a copy of this book! can't wait to read this book and review it!!

  • Andrea Clark
    2019-04-07 04:53

    Very well written book... loved the storyline..I would like to read more from this author.

  • Cb
    2019-04-25 00:59

    Unexpected pleasureI'm so glad that Dee continued this story. I didn't even realize that there could be more, but she definitely made it worth reading.

  • Michele
    2019-04-27 01:04

    Loved Mona and Ben the first time around. Dee Ernst's writing just keeps getting better and better. I hope there is a 3rd installment in the Better Off... series. Keep it up Dee.