by Judy Gill

July 2003
ISBN: 1-58749-425-6
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Max McKenzie is a free-lance writer doing a series of articles on weird job offers. One day they **or he** see the following ad:

"Wanted: Tall, mature (35 -- 45) man, heroic in nature, preferably dark haired and blue eyed, capable of making long-term commitment. Must like children, country life, and classical music. Ability to play one or more instruments an asset. Term of employment three weekends. Apply in person to Ms. Leslie."

He decides to answer it, just to see what it is all about. He never imagined he would meet the woman of his dreams.

Jeanie Leslie placed an ad for a man for her sister Sharon. When she didnít get any suitable candidates to the ad, she discontinues it. Through a mix-up on her assistantsí part, the ad is run again and along comes Max McKenzie, the man of her dreams, literally.

Max doesnít believe in love, but he does know that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Jeanie Leslie. Jeanie believes in love, but she doesnít believe in marriage, as she sees it as a cage. A trap set by a male dominated society where womanís equality and freedom are paid lip service. Although the sparks fly between these two proud, strong, stubborn people; neither one is willing to change their minds.

Max and Jeanie are great together. Although, Jeanieís continued rhetoric about marriage and cages got a little old after a while, she still came across as a strong, proud, independent woman who is not afraid to tell you what she wants. Maxís insistence that he didnít believe love existed is a typical male sentiment that he uses to disguise his fear of emotional vulnerability. The circumstances surrounding this couplesí courtship is by turns funny and tragic.

When Jeanieís nephew Jason turns up missing, Max heroically helps her search for him. When they get trapped in an underground cave filled with coal for fifteen days, they come to the realization that what they feel for each other is more than passion and friendship. But Jeanie still reservations about committing wholeheartedly to Max. It takes some hard truths from her sister Sharon before Jeanie faces her demons and is willing to take the chance on loving and committing herself to Max.

If you believe in love and that there is someone for everyone, then Dream Man will definitely reaffirm your beliefs.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Carolyn.

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