Expected Release Date: August 16, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Imprint: Siren Classic
Author’s Website: http://calliopeswritingtablet.com/
My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Hot
Unable to deny his own translucence, Dr. Jason Bowen determines his lack of physical substance could only mean one thing-he’s a ghost. Murdered more than a century before, Jason haunts his house and ponders the treachery that took his life. When Lanie O’Keefe arrives with plans to renovate her newly purchased Victorian mansion, Jason discovers, ghost or not, he’s still very much a man. Despite its derelict condition and haunted reputation, Lanie couldn’t be happier with her new home, but then she has no idea a spirit follows her every move throughout the day and shares her captivating warmth at night. Jason soon discovers he can travel through Lanie’s dreams and finds himself reliving the days before his murder with Lanie by his side. It took one hundred and twenty years for love to find them, but there’s that insurmountable little matter of Jason being dead.
What Worked For Me:
- I really liked Lanie’s connection to the house, which is explained in greater detail as the story progressed. The mere fact that she’d always felt a connection with the house and had dreamed of owning it since she was a little girl helped add a feeling of destiny to the story, especially when it became apparent that she would be both accepting of and fascinated by Jason’s presence in the house she’d purchased.
- I really enjoyed the “historical” perspective, when Lanie and Jason were both experiencing the last few weeks of his life together in her dream, as well as the angst caused by their relationship developing in both the real world and Lanie’s dreams. The whole idea of being able to possibly change history by dreaming about it was fascinating, and I found myself entranced with Jason’s human life.
- The love scenes were deliciously erotic, with plenty of chemistry between Jason and Lanie. There was one scene in Lanie’s dreamscape, in Jason’s office, that was particularly tasty.
- I also greatly enjoyed the villains of this story. Cathy and Richards were made perfect antagonists, both incredibly self-centered and greedy, and Bertha with her plain features and growing jealousy added a wonderful level of darkness to the story.
- The twist in the end was awesome. I do think that some readers will be taken aback by it, but I for one thought it helped to make a perfect ending, and helped to explain (and in some cases, excuse) any particular quirks that occurred earlier in the novel.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I admit there was a definite squick factor in the beginning when Jason first realized he could touch Lanie. You see, I’m so not big on things like the heroine being seen nude without her knowledge or consent. It’s a huge turnoff for me. And to have Jason touching her in her sleep? Yeah. Creepy. That said, it didn’t really bother Lanie, and in the end that’s a very important distinction in my mind — the majority of my distaste at that sort of thing stems from the embarrassment the heroine feels (or would feel if she knew) at those instances. So, while this sort of thing would normally cost a story a full star in my final rating, I found that even though it made it hard for me to submerge myself in the story at first, I wasn’t really bothered by it in the end.
- I wish that some of the transitions between the “real life” scenes and Lanies “dreams” had been a little smoother. There were several occasions where it took me a moment to be certain that the narrative was back in the dreamscape, which could be a little disorienting. To be fair, this could be a formatting issue where horizontal rules did not translate into the Kindle version I received, so it may not be an issue for every reader.
This one got off to a bit of a slow start for me. I was initially quite bothered by Jason’s spying on Lanie while she was in the bath or dressing, and I really didn’t like the idea of him touching her in her sleep, and so it was hard for me to really get into the story at first. However, things started to pick up quite a bit once Jason was pulled into one of Lanie’s dreams, and as they grew closer, the earlier misstep of his voyeurism became much less important to my overall enjoyment of the story.
Overall, this both a very tasty and fascinating read. The duel perspectives that stemmed from the fact that this story was both historical and contemporary, without being a true “time travel” romance, really made me feel as though this story got the best of both genres, and the murder mystery only drew me in further.
The romance between Lanie and Jason was sweet, and the sensuality was absolutely delicious, adding a delightful level of eroticism without overshadowing the love story. I admit that I did tend to appreciate Lanie’s dreams more than her waking hours, simply because it was fascinating to see Jason not only “reliving” the weeks before his death, but actually changing things and helping to solve the mystery that surrounded the entire murder plot.
A very delicious and intriguing 4/5 Stars