Utter Perfection!!! That's what this book is. There are rare times in a chronic readers life when he or she finds a book that they will keep forever. This is one of those times. Beautiful Dreamer, the expansion of Lowell's 1985 Silhouette Intimate Moment title Valley of the Sun, is a definite KEEPER. Elizabeth Lowell holds firm to her position as my all time favorite author. Don't get me wrong, I have other faves but she is the ultimate and this story shows why.
A more perfect hero you will never read about. This is the man that women have always wanted. Want a man who can anticipate your needs and meet them before you have a chance to verbalize them? Rio is the one. Want someone who can enjoy quiet times and in fact prefers just soaking up your presence? That's Rio. A man who is intelligent but doesn't flaunt it? Strong but doesn't need to flex? Protective without getting in your way? Rio. Rio. Rio.
But this paragon of supreme manhood needs a special woman. This book has that too. Hope Gardener. She's smart, she's aware of herself. Knows her mind. Determined to work for her dream. She brings out the best in most of those around her. And those others? Well they just aren't worth the breath to curse them.
I'm sure you're wondering where the story comes in. You have two perfect people, where's the conflict? The heartache that must be present in a romance in order for it to be a true and satisfying romance. Well, this book has that as well. You see Hope has this ranch and she has this neighbor and she has no water, no rain and dwindling funds. She needs a miracle. And she gets one. His name is Rio. Those are Hope's problems. Rio's problem is that he doesn't understand just how good he is. He doesn't understand that it's okay for him to dream and that his dreams, once conceived, can come true.
To muck up matters just the tiniest bit more, Hope's neighbor is a boorish, jacků donkey of a man. Spoiled, rich and he wants Hope. He's always wanted her. And he doesn't understand that no means no. You'll have to read the book to find out how Rio convinces him.