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I enjoyed this book. Nice change not to have the stereotypical "alpha male" main character. And yet Sage is still very much his own person despite the issues he faces because of who he is. And Carlie didn't annoy me anywhere near as much as many female leads do which is a bonus! They had their awkward moments too which was nice, it often seems like there's none of that in this sort of book.
I haven't read any others in this series but will definitely be looking to do so. Had no issues reading this one though, can definitely be read as a stand alone with no confusion
What can I say? Yet again Maria has managed to come up with two leading characters that you just can't help falling in love with. For anyone who loves her 'Goth' series and the 'Stick Shift Lips' boys, Sage will be right up your street. He's a secretly rich, lonely, lonely guy who finds a safe place in the local coffee shop to write his songs/poems, away from the violent room mate who just doesn't understand his uniqueness. Oh, and the other thing that is a definite pull for him, is the very lovely Carlie who works in the shop. Through a series of misunderstandings, late night stalking and an injured guitar, these two people meet and fall in love. Oh, and there's a fair amount of heavy breathing, and general HOTNESS as well, so only mature-minded adults should read it! /I really enjoyed this book, there is a slight tie in with the Stick Shift Lips, but if you haven't read the previous books you will still enjoy this one (although you should read books 1-5 and they are fantastic) Thanks Maria for another great read xx
I was first introduced to Maria Bernard’s work through House of Goths. I really liked the premise and going into it, I was intrigued by the characters and the story itself. Naturally, I wanted to read more by this author, since I tend to delve into other stories when I develop a particular liking to an author’s style. I came across A Dream for Winter and was overjoyed to realize this tale was slightly different from other books by Maria Bernard. I loved that the male lead was slightly more naïve than the heroine, but it broke my heart that he was going through so much, and had been putting up with things that no one ever should. Carlie was Sage’s little ray of hope. Both Carlie and Sage are strong characters in very different ways. Sage is clear on who he is, and what he stands for, but has been unsuccessful in being accepted. He’s had years of dealing with public rejection yet he continues to be himself, never once changing for anyone. Carlie is cheerful as she is reserved, but somewhat open-minded. But unbeknownst to her, she’s the rock that keeps Sage going. The romance between these two is sweet at first, but things pick up fairly quickly soon thereafter. I thought it was very creative to have the male lead be less experienced than the heroine for once. With a few twists to the plot, we have a great romance that will keep you turning the pages. By the second chapter I was emotionally invested in this book, and couldn’t put it down. I think it took me a day to finish it, but I loved it.
I love the Stick Shift Lips boys and this book brought them together with a new favorite, Sage. He lost his very wealthy parents in an accident a few years earlier and blames his father's ambition for their death as they were on their way to a work event. Sage always felt his father put his success before his son. So Sage closes up the house and the cars and refuses his father's money. The story of love and pain starts as Sage and Carlie, neighbors unknown, meet in the coffee shop where she works. He always sits quietly and writes songs in his notebook for hours. Little does she know, he lives across the hall and has been following her to keep her safe from his roommate. Sage has been beaten by his roommate who thinks he is gay because of his eccentric Goth look. He also has saved Carlie more than once from Derrick, as he is a pig who thinks that because she is shy and doesn't respond to his flirting that she is also gay. Derrick is racist and violent and Sage and Carlie have confrontations with him and his friends more than a few times. Finally after Sage threatening to kill him, Derrick moves. Sage moves in with Carlie and a romance blooms. After a pending eviction and no money for food, Sage finally has to make a decision. A band, a mansion, a recording company, a music store, and a proposal and their lives change completely. I love this book and hope to be reading many more stories about this group. Maria ROCKS.
I have read all the books in this series by Maria Bernard. This one has been my favorite so far. I'm glad Sage and Carlie found each other. Him being so different it was hard for him to find someone to love him for himself. The way he looked after and protected Carlie even before she knew him was so sweet. And the way he helped out all her friends after he accepted his true self finally. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Loved this latest installment to the Stick Shift Lips universe! It was like a beautifully modern gothic urban fairy tale set at Christmastime. Like all the Stick Shift Lips books, the characters draw you in with their complexity, vulnerability and endearing quirks.