385. Alternative READ: Dreaming of You: A Grayson Novel ~ Francis Ray ~ St. Martin's Press ~ Romance/African-American - Alternative-Read.com

385. Alternative READ: Dreaming of You: A Grayson Novel ~ Francis Ray ~ St. Martin's Press ~ Romance/African-American

Title: Dreaming of You: A Grayson Novel
Author: Francis Ray
Website of Author: http://www.francisray.com
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Website of Publisher: www.stmartins.com
Genre: Romance / African American
Publication date: August 2006
ISBN: 0312939736
Length: 344 pages
Format: Paperback

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Dreaming of You: A Grayson Novel ~ Francis Ray ~ St. Martin's Press ~ Romance/African-American

Dreaming Of You ~ Francis Ray


Brandon Grayson is a bachelor, the owner of the "Red Cactus" restaurant and a member of a large loving family. The Grayson clan is headed by one busy-body mother Ruth, who is determined to marry off all her children and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The day of Brandon's 21st birthday arrives and as the middle and the next offspring Brandon is next on his mother's list to be paired off and married to a suitable candidate chosen by her. However, Brandon was born a bachelor and plans to stay that way, despite his mother's interference. Why get married when he can enjoy the attention from lady friends without committing himself?

After his brother Morgan's marriage, Brandon deliberately chooses to become celibate, to avoid those tricky situations relationships cause. But, as in all good romances, the burden of such a decision is hard to deal with - and his interest is sparked by the most unlikely candidate, Faith, his dependable best friend. He tries to fight it of course, but little does he know whilst he is battling with his confused emotions his long-term friend, Faith is after more than their current safe alliance. To complicate things further, she's had enough of being the rock, and is now determined to make Brandon notice her as the desirable sexy woman she is, and not just a family friend. Hence she puts operation 'Get Brandon' into action.

But will she complete her secret mission before time runs out, and his mother pairs him off with someone else? Will bachelor Brandon ever be able to see Faith as marriage material?

I have a confession to make. Originally this book was booked in for another reviewer, but I peeked into it, and the next thing I knew I was halfway through, and couldn't part with it. Naughty, I know, but it's one of those stories that once you start reading, you will not be able to put down until you find out if they get together or not. Surely this comment speaks volumes for how I felt about this book! In addition, all avid romance readers will get their happy ever after ending, but with a twist. I shall not say more than that.

I enjoyed the officious mother's antics, and the way Ms Ray causes her to meddle with Brandon's emotions just to get what she wants out of life! This book is well written, and the characters are not only realistic but very interesting. When there is a hint that the mother has got someone else lined up for her son, and Faith is forced to act fast if she is to snatch Brandon up for herself, it ups the stakes and of course the plotline, too. As Faith's need to ensnare him becomes greater, and the thought of another woman becoming his wife threatens to ruin all her chances of marital bliss, this makes for an entertaining - immensely romantic - fast paced story. I'd recommend Dreaming of You to all romance readers, and I can't wait to read more of Francis Ray's work in the future. The African-American audience will love it, and so will the normal (as in not model skinny) sized women - two more reasons you should pick up this book.

This is the third novel in Ray's Grayson family saga, and I now wish I'd read the first two!




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385. Alternative READ: Dreaming of You: A Grayson Novel ~ Francis Ray ~ St. Martin's Press ~ Romance/African-American 385. Alternative READ: Dreaming of You: A Grayson Novel ~ Francis Ray ~ St. Martin's Press ~ Romance/African-American Reviewed by Sassy Brit on 5:30 pm Rating: 5

4 comments:

  1. Found this via a rather good Amazon review of '1001 books to read before you die'


    Anyway. marvellous. Bookmarked. I shal return!

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  2. GOOD REVIEW!  I'm an avid fan of Ms. Ray's and I'm waiting (not so patiently) for Rio's story :  )

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  3. Thanks :) Funny, i am only replying to this 4 years later, but yes, Mikey, even though you may have forgotten your comment, my review of 1001 books is a dear favourite of mine. I met loads of lovely people through writing that one review. Which is what I love about writing about books!

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  4. Thanks for your comment TiffineyM,I appreciate it, and you highlighted the fact that I hadn't seen a comment on this from 4 years ago LOL  Pretty cool really. I hope you enjoy Ms.Ray's Rio's story when you get it!! :)  @TiffineyM

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a sassy comment. It's truly appreciated. I aim to get back to you as soon as possible -- Sassy :)

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