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Monday, November 19, 2018

her perfect love match - Can Dreams Come True? (The Cecily Taylor #1) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video.


Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video.

However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy.

A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

The Best Type of a Romance

I’m excited to be on the Mythical Books blog today and I was asked to write about the best type of romance. I would have to say the best type of romance is when people learn to love again after they’ve been hurt. Sure first love is exciting, but there is something about finding the person who helps you open up your broken heart after you’ve been hurt. It’s hard to trust when you’ve had someone betray that trust in any way. It’s so special when you find someone that makes you think you could possibly open up your life to another person. If you can really suspend that fear and move into romance—and possibly love—then those romances are really special. I enjoy reading the romances when both people have dealt with something hurtful in a past relationship and are not sure they will ever fall in love again, but then they meet someone who breaks through their hard shell.

I think we all like a bit of fantasy with our romances, but there’s something about thinking a relationship or situation could really happen as well. I tried to do that with my characters in Can Dreams Come True. I have Cecily dealing with self-esteem issues after her boyfriend continues talking to his ex-girlfriend even though Cecily has expressed how insecure that makes her feel. When they break up, she is skittish about dating again. Yes, the romance she enters into is with her pop star crush, but behind that is the fact she can confide in Andrew about having been hurt. And in turn, Andrew shares with her what it felt like being cheating on and how he has trust issues, too. There’s a fantasy aspect to the relationship in that she had a crush on him before they ever met and he’s a pop star, but there’s also the foundation of the importance of trust.

I’d love to hear what romances you like to read best if you’d like to share them in the comments section!


I started to feel anxious after lunch. After all, I had been an Andrew fan for a long time, and even though I had seen him in person, this was a huge deal to get to meet him. What if he wasn’t what I had imagined? I didn’t expect him to fawn over me or anything, but what if he was rude or ignored me? It would kill my fantasy of him as being this sweet, quiet, sensitive songwriter who wore his heart on his sleeve while also being kind of a loner/rebel with just a touch of bad boy in him. Oh man, I would be crushed if he didn’t notice me or worse—if he ended up flirting with Harlow.

In all his magazine interviews Andrew always said looks weren’t important to him, and what he noticed in a girl was if she was true to herself. He said he went for “bright girls who were sweet and easy to be with.” Now that I thought about it, that was the kind of fake crap magazines put out about all the teen celebrities. It was like when I saw Lawrence Claibourne, my favorite actor who claimed to be Mr. I’m-just-looking-for-a-sweetgirl-to-read-poetry-to on a red carpet with a model whose boobs were falling out of her dress and had overdone the lip fillers—I mean, you just knew he wasn’t into her for her personality. But Andrew wasn’t like Lawrence. Andrew seemed so sincere and deep. Lawrence had a smirk and you could tell he was a player, but Andrew seemed like he had been hurt and needed to find the right girl who he could open up to and learn to trust again. . .or at least that’s what he said in his last interview. 

The final bell rang and my heart shot up to my throat. This was it. I was on my way to meet my crush. From now on, any dreams of him would be marred by the reality I was about to face. 

Was it better to keep wondering what if and keep the fantasy alive or to go and actually meet him?
About the author:
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame,first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True? True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist. 

Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton.

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James Robert said...

I very much appreciate getting to find out about another book to read that my family can enjoy. Thanks so much for the info and the giveaway as well.

Krysten Lindsay Hager said...

Thanks so much for being on the tour! Have a great weekend!

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds very interesting.

Ally Swanson said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and look forward to checking out this book!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Love the cover!

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Debbie P said...

This book sounds like a great read.

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