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Everything I've Dreamed Of by Norah Bennett


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Kate Willowbrook dreamed of a life filled with beauty –– a man who loves her, friends, and a home. At eighteen, Kate's dreams were replaced by nightmares when she witnessed a crime. Kate fled, never settling down and never trusting anyone until at the age of the thirty, she discovers the small town of Lakes Crossing and CEO, Noah Reed.

When Noah’s wife was killed in an accident, his world exploded. Noah settled for an empty, loveless life until the day he met Kate. When he learns about Kate’s past and finds she is still in danger, Noah takes over, becoming over-protective—to the point Kate feels stifled and controlled.

As Noah and Kate struggle to put the past behind them and find a balance that fulfills both their needs, they learn that there are no guarantees in life, but in Lakes Crossing they have been given a second chance at love.



Kate pierced him with her green eyes. “I’m certain there’s no shortage of women who would be happy to go out with you. Why me?”

Noah’s cocky grin faded into a soft smile that stole her breath. His eyes darkened as he focused on her. She could feel the heat creeping up her cheeks again, and she couldn’t believe she’d asked him that question. She didn’t even know why she had, except that she wanted to hear his answer. If she let herself fall for this beautiful man with the killer smile and the softest brown eyes in the world, she’d fall hard and fast. If she were just a toy to him, one that he got bored of and discarded after a while, she’d be devastated. She had lost so much already and survived, but Kate wasn’t sure she could survive his games. If she allowed herself to hope and dream of a life with Noah but then lost it all, she’d crumble, and no amount of superglue would put her back together.

 Kate waited for his answer, her eyes locked with his, and he didn’t let her down.

“Yes, I won’t deny that I’ve dated other women and there are those who wouldn’t turn me down for a date, but they’re not you.”

Noah reached for her hand, and she let him feel the tremble that ran through her as he engulfed her small hand in his. He raised her hand to his mouth and kissed her fingers, never taking his gaze off her.

“You say you’re not special to anyone, but that’s not true. I see something special, someone special. I know we don’t know each other very well, but if you give us a chance to change that, together, we may be something special. We won’t know unless we try.”

Kate’s breath hitched, and her heart squeezed. Jesus, the man had a way with words. How did he know what she needed to hear? Now she understood what Roberta Flack meant when she sang “Killing Me Softly.” He was clawing at the door to her heart, and she didn’t think she was strong enough to resist him, even knowing that she may get shredded if she let him in.

Kate dropped her gaze again as her eyes began to fill. Her breathing was ragged, and her heart broke its confines and was on the run. Whether it wanted to be caught by Noah or not, Kate wasn’t certain.


Kate had waited thirty-one years to hear someone call her special. She struggled to rein in her emotions and push back the tears that threatened to roll down her cheeks. She wanted to go out with Noah so badly it hurt. She wanted to get to know him and to be a part of his world, but she was terrified. Good visited her very few times in her life. The instant it arrived, she began preparing for its departure. Good was a temporary visitor, and a fickle one at that.

“Come on, Kate. I can sense you’re afraid. I swear I’m a nice guy. I’ll do my damnedest not to disappoint or hurt you. Take a chance. Take a chance on me.”

 Kate heard the vulnerability in Noah’s voice. She explored his handsome face, a face she was sure she would never tire of admiring. All traces of his earlier cockiness vanished. Instead, it was replaced by a rawness, an earnestness, a tenderness she’d never seen before. That was the look Kate would remember for a lifetime. Years from now, she would say that was the exact moment she knew, if Noah Reed asked her, she would be his for a lifetime.

Kate let out a slow breath and with a soft smile, she whispered, “Okay, Noah Reed. I’ll take a chance…a chance on you. I’ll go out with you.”

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  1. I liked it a lot! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    This book held my attention right from the first pages. Great characters, romance and intrigue.

  2. Pleasantly Surprised 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018


    So first of all, as a reader, I don't read a lot of contemporary romance cause it's not exactly my genre but when I do get the urge too, it has to be GOOD!

    Everything I've Dreamed Of gave me ALL the feels but had the right amount of chemistry, action and mystery packed into it! I strongly recommend it to contemporary romance fans!

    I can't wait to read more from this incredible author, hopefully in the very near future!!

  3. For the first time Kate is given love and stability and a real home and also taught ... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    Kate grew up on a life of physical and sexual abuse, hunger and fear. She runs away when she witnesses a rape and murder in her HS as she fears for her very life. Kate ends up on the streets fighting to survive until and elderly vivid lady gets her off the streets. For the first time Kate is given love and stability and a real home and also taught how to take care of herself. Then her elderly substitute mom/ mentor dies. Kate figures it is time for her to find a place and make it her home. Katie finds a book store for sale and goes for her dream. She turns the bookstore into a bookstore exclusively for children.called Dreamscapes.Kate sets up Children’s books morning and other events with a child’s perspective or interest as the themes. Kate has an apartment about the bookstore and has a cockatoo named Shakespeare- what else would the name be of her pet. Noah goes to the bookstore looking for some books for his niece. Noah had grown up in Lake crossing but now lived in NYC as that is where his work is. Noah had been married but while in London his wife got into a car accident and died and he never forgave himself. Noah threw himself into work and wanted nothing to do with relationships although he did occasionally date. But then Noah meets Kate and he starts to rethink things. Kate makes him laugh again which he hadn’t done in a while. But the more Noah wants Kate the more protective especially with Kate is still in danger from her past. he gets and that becomes a problem for Kate because of her past. Noah and Kate have to learn to let go of their fears and share their past.
    This is really a sweet romance filled with loss and pain from the past which must be overcome. I loved Kate and Noah together they just balanced each other out except with Noah being to overprotective. I also loved that Kate was taken in and given love and stability from a woman who had been a stranger but wanted to help and teach Kate. All and all a good read with a great plot.This romance just seemed realistic to me for the most part and I like that. It wasn’t all easy and had to be worked on and for. The pace was good and the romance sweet so I loved the characters of this story and the ins and outs and I recommend.

  4. Another great book by Norah Bennett! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    Another amazing story by Norah Bennett. Her stories and characters draw you in and make you care for them and root for them in the end. Kate and Noah's story does not disappoint! I look forward to reading more by this author!

  5. A great read from Norah! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    I thought that Kate and Noah were such well developed characters and I enjoyed going on the journey with them that Norah created. They both weht on a journey of self-discovery and came out the other side. The book had me turning the pages and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the other Love in Lakes books.

  6. Thank You Norah! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    So in my opinion, you don't have to read Book 1 in this series, but you SHOULD! My wife brought Book 1 to my attention but it was me that got us both reading Book 2. This author has basically given my marriage back on it's feet again and all it cost me was two very affordable books. If you have ever been in Love, are in Love or just a fan of Love than you need these books in your life

  7. Wow. Every woman needs a Noah! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    Loved this book. You don't have to read R.I.L.Y. as this is a stand alone but it will fill in some of the family dynamics. Kate and Noah show what true love is. The
    only thing to me that was a distraction was some of the language used when I didn't feel it was needed.

  8. A perfect book to leave you happy. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    Everything I've dreamed of is an incredible read. It draws you in and tugs at the heart strings.
    Both Kate and Noah have had issues in the past (I will not go into details as I do not want to spoil the story) but it defines who they are at the moment. I loved the characters.
    The books tell of how they overcome these issues and find love.
    It is well written, a relaxing read; I recommend it.
    The writer is one I will definitely look out for in the future.

  9. Loved it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    I loved this book! The writing flowed so very well. I was turning pages. Flawed and broken characters are my very fav. and the MCs in this story had a dark past. Especially the heroine, Kate. She was a broken but a very strong soul. She was trying to make a life of her own, never expecting Noah Reed in her life. When their paths cross, she is skeptical but slowly, she learns to trust and open up. It was a beautiful and emotional journey.

  10. Loved the ups and downs of their journey 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2018

    Everything I've Dreamed Of, my second Norah Bennett book, has firmly convinced me she is a master wordsmith who captivates her readers from the very first pages. Kate and Noah are so real and their past and present stories flow so seamlessly it is hard to put the book down until you reach the end. Loved the ups and downs of their journey. Am thankful to have had the opportunity to be able to read and review an ARC.

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