Series: Dreamwalkers #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-05-28
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Urban
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Dreams don’t come true, but nightmares do.
When Zeke Garrett is reactivated to mentor the next dreamer that pops up on the Somnium’s radar, he’s sure it’s a mistake. The covert organization is still struggling to conceal the fallout from his last assignment, a fatal catastrophe. From the first blast of her pepper spray, he realizes this neonati, whose nightmares manifest vampires straight from the pages of pop-culture, is more than he bargained for—a potential dreamwalker. But before her training can begin, he has to convince the stubborn, mouthy woman she’s not dreaming.
Maggie Mackey hasn’t slept well in a month, but that doesn’t explain how the monsters from her nightmares suddenly seem so real. Or why, when a team of intimidating, sword-wielding toughs rescue her, their leader captures her mouth in a swift, knee-weakening kiss.
Once he tears himself away, Zeke’s mental forehead smacking begins. Their embrace has confirmed they have a rare tangible bond, a phenomenon which fooled him once before. Somehow he must tutor the woman of his dreams without getting attached. Otherwise her nightmares could become his own.
Warning: Contains lots of cussing, pop culture references and monsters with nasty, big, pointy teeth.
FTC : I bought this.
Overall feelings : I went out and I bought the next one immediately. It had its flaws but the premise intrigued me enough to want to read the more.
Would I recommend it? : Yes. To people who love Sci-fi, this could be one you like. Be aware that there is no HEA in this book.
Quick Synopsis : Maggie can manifest her dreams and she dreams up some pretty odd shit. Zeke is the man assigned to train her and make sure that she doesn’t become a danger. All should be fine but it starts to go very wrong when he starts to have strong, sexual feelings towards the woman that he has to share a bed with every night (training is in the dream-scape and to enter the same one, there has to be physical contact). Can he control himself whilst helping her to control herself?
What did I like? : I loved the premise. The whole manifesting dreams into reality was really fun to read about and the fact that Maggie also dreamed up Whedon monsters satisfied the geek in me. I quite liked Maggie too. She was spunky and didn’t doubt herself even when everyone else did.
My issues? : I don’t know how I felt about them sleeping together in the same bed when the feelings were so strong between them. He was her mentor in a new and unfamiliar situation and it just didn’t sit well with me. I knew he couldn’t pass her over and give her to someone else (so they had little choice) but it just made me feel a little icky whenever I thought too hard about it. Zeke had his moments of being an A-Hole too …
Was the romance any good? : I was torn. On the one hand, the chemistry was great. There were some sizzling moments and some very well written sex scenes. On the other hand, I really struggled with the Mentor/Mentee relationship … I think this is my quirk.
Three word synopsis : Fast, imaginative and fun