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Dream On

by Beverly Brandt

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Bradley Nelson is an aspiring country singer who's just been dumped (literally--out of her tour bus in Reno) by his girlfriend who, unfortunately, is also related to the owner of his record label.

He's just started talking to a woman in a gorilla suit outside the casino where his mom works when his mom drives up in her Winnebago, and men with guns come out of the casino, so he grabs the woman in the gorilla suit and they jump in the Winnebago and all drive off with the mobsters in hot pursuit.

It only gets more complicated after that.

Turns out Mrs. Nelson has just stolen $3,000,000 that she's determined the casino owes the IRS, and she's planning on turning the money over to her old supervisor at the IRS.

Delphine Armstrong is the woman in the gorilla suit. She's caught up in the adventure, now that the mobsters--and her boss--think that she's assisted Mrs. Nelson in the theft. But as time goes on, Delphine doesn't want to get away. She falls in love with both Bradley and his mom, and comes up with better and better stories to get them to let her stay with them.

It's reminiscent of both Housesitter and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, which is a good thing, because I loved both of those movies.

Delphine, like Gwen in Housesitter, despite her tall tales and her floundering career-wise, does know who she is. It's a lovely angle that Bradley, who's so sure of his goals, who's trying to be something he's not, and that's the source of his lack of success.

As in all the best romances, both Delphine and Bradley need something from each other, and they complement each other perfectly. The backdrop of madcap adventure and excitement just highlights it all and makes the story more fun.

I'd love to see this as a movie--over-the-top, fun, car chases with a Winnebago, the gorilla suit, and of course the romance and the music--cinematic gold.

By the way, this is connected to Record Time (#6), though I didn't realize that until I started checking out the reviews. Bradley's ex-girlfriend is the sister of Kylie, the heroine from Record Time. It makes no difference to enjoying this story, by the way--it's not a typical sequel. No gratuitous scenes of the previous couple in their wedded bliss with half a dozen offspring, in other words. ( )
  Darla | Nov 19, 2008 |
From BackCover:
His Love Life Was A Nightmare...
Country singer Bradley Nelson always had big dreams. He's sure they're coming true until his debut album tanks, his record contract is cancelled, and his rock star girlfriend kicks him off her tour bus in Reno. Single and stranded, Bradley tracks down his IRS auditor-turned-casino-worker mom. But while he's looking for a shoulder to cry on, Mom's got problems of her own, namely a gang of thug casino owners who are trying to kill her for exposing their criminal deeds. Suddenly, Bradley and his mom are on the run-and they've taken a gorilla along for the ride...

Until He Met The Woman Of His Dreams...
Delphine Armstrong's dreams never included wearing a gorilla suit to work every day, but strange things happen when you're in Reno. Like the gunshot that whizzes past her just as she strikes up a conversation with a cute country singer. Delphine doesn't have time to ask questions-she and Bradley are too busy running for their lives! But while dodging bullets and side-stepping crooks, Bradley and Delphine discover that you can find passion when you least expect it-and that sometimes, real life can be even better than dreams. ( )
  nikel27 | Aug 14, 2007 |
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His Love Life Was A Nightmare...
Country singer Bradley Nelson always had big dreams. He's sure they're coming true until his debut album tanks, his record contract is cancelled, and his rock star girlfriend kicks him off her tour bus in Reno. Single and stranded, Bradley tracks down his IRS auditor-turned-casino-worker mom. But while he's looking for a shoulder to cry on, Mom's got problems of her own, namely a gang of thug casino owners who are trying to kill her for exposing their criminal deeds. Suddenly, Bradley and his mom are on the run-and they've taken a gorilla along for the ride...

Until He Met The Woman Of His Dreams...
Delphine Armstrong's dreams never included wearing a gorilla suit to work every day, but strange things happen when you're in Reno. Like the gunshot that whizzes past her just as she strikes up a conversation with a cute country singer. Delphine doesn't have time to ask questions-she and Bradley are too busy running for their lives! But while dodging bullets and side-stepping crooks, Bradley and Delphine discover that you can find passion when you least expect it-and that sometimes, real life can be even better than dreams.

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