Book Reviews

Danny in the Dark (Dreamcatcher 1) by Ellen Ginsberg at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-November-2012

Book Blurb

Danny’s parents have raised him to despise the beast inside him, and he has done his best to repress his inner wolf…until he meets Lars, a half-planeswalker, half-werewolf to whom he is drawn by a powerful supernatural bond.

When Danny mates with Lars, he believes the lifelong nightmares that have plagued him are finally over and that he is finally able to control his beast. Instead, his inner demons threaten his mate’s life when their supernatural bond grants Lars access to Danny’s terrifying dreams.

Terrified that his freakish nightmares will destroy Lars, Danny tries to flee from his mate, but there is no escaping the bond that joins their subconscious. Can Danny and Lars defeat Danny’s fears before they destroy the only love he has ever known?

Note: Each book in this series features a different romantic couple. Even though the Dreamcatcher collection by Ellen Ginsberg shares an external story arc with the Songmates collection by Rayna Bradbury, each series can stand alone.

Book Review

A new paranormal series, with a new world and its rules to discover, always gets my interest. And when it's a well-designed one, as is the case with Dreamcatcher, I am delighted. Planes-walking as a psi-power is a pretty interesting idea to me, and can lead to all kinds of interesting and crazy situations and adventures. But it is not just the world and its rules that make this book interesting. There is just enough darkness and mystery to keep the framework story going, but the focus is firmly on the two men whose romantic involvement kicks off events that, I suspect, will have far-reaching consequences.

Danny has more self-hatred than should be possible for anyone who still leads a halfway normal life. Initially, this seems to be "just" because he is a werewolf and his father seems to have a problem with that. As the truth emerges, and the real reason is explained, his situation turns out to be so much more horrific than I originally thought. And it isn't just his internal demons that haunt him either, some pretty "real" enemies are out to get him as well.

Lars may be an accomplished psychologist, and think he has everything under control, but, boy, is he in for a surprise. Danny's issues, feelings, and the shared dreams they have turn out to be a major catalyst for Lars finding out some things about himself that he didn’t want to be aware of. He didn't have a father who abused him, his parents just "left" to another plane – leaving him behind without warning or an explanation. There are plenty of things he has to deal with as well.

Between the two of them, Danny and Lars have plenty to deal with, and all with the added weirdness of a paranormal world "out there" which neither of them are really familiar or comfortable with. They both have things to learn, and I enjoyed watching them grow. If you like unusual stories with a few twists, if the idea of "walking" into another reality full of paranormal creatures sounds interesting, and if you're looking for a love story between two men who need each other's help, you will probably like this book. I, for one, am very much looking forward to the sequel!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 148 pages/44824 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-September-2011
Price $5.50 ebook
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