Cassie McClean dreams of building beautiful, quality luxurious homes, but her new housing division seems plagued with disaster, contributed to by her neighbor, Jake Coffey. Road restrictions, restraining orders, threats of court all contribute to her frustration. But when Jake comes up the hill to complain to her in person, Cassie's life is transformed.
Horses are Jake's life, and the horrendous construction noise threatens to send value mares into labor much too soon. His and Cassie's peevish telephone skirmishes quickly escalate to all out war. Surprisingly, after meeting they do establish compromises and quickly fall into a dating routine. Unfortunately, vandals strike at both of their properties, endangering their livelihoods and eventually their lives.
Author Darlene Gardner pours on the romance while never backing away from the painful events of the past in DREAMLESS. Cassie and Jake begin as enemies who make an immediate connection when tragedy draws them together. Then they do something seldom acknowledged in the romantic genre: they date and truly enjoy their growing relationship: movies, a favorite restaurant, hearts and flowers, oh my! Of course, they also meet with incredible personal challenges that put their beliefs and their love to the test. But once established, their feelings for one another never waiver. Cassie's father and Jake's ex-wife provide important subplots that teach important lesson in love and forgiveness. A beautifully told tale that will hold readers riveted, DREAMLESS comes highly recommended.