Book Reviews

Only in Your Dreams by L.M. Brown at Silver Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Alternate Reality / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-March-2013

Book Blurb

Jay Sommers has the power to control his dreams and travel into the dreaming minds of others. But can he make his dreams a reality before his nightmares come true?

Jay Sommers has always had the power to bend dreams to his will. When he reaches eighteen his powers grow and he discovers he can travel into the dreams of others. But his new ability doesn't come without problems. Hiding his sexuality from his homophobic father during the day was hard enough, now not even the haven of his mind is safe, especially when he finds it increasingly difficult to resist the temptations of his dream lover, Cory Irwin.

Jay soon discovers that when you're sleeping hours are as real as your waking ones, your nightmares can come true in both worlds. Can Jay make his dreams come true as well?

Book Review

Influencing your own dreams is a fascinating concept to me, and walking into other people's is even more interesting. So this story was right up my alley. The complications Jay comes across, though, put this whole idea into a very different light. One that isn't all wonderful, and one with dangers attached to it. It makes everything more real, and results in an interesting version of a dreamwalking world, one that is in many ways more realistic because it isn't about paranormal beings, or aliens on faraway planets. This is our world, and our reality, except with a few "extras".  Very imaginative and well done!

Jay has always been able to influence his dreams, but when he finds out he can slip into other people's now that he's eighteen, a whole new world opens up for him. Before he can find out a lot about the details, he runs into Cory, a man who cannot remember his waking hours. Jay also has to hide the fact he's gay from his father (also a dreamwalker), and he develops a relationship with Cory's elder brother, Randall. Complications abound as Jay struggles with his sexuality and what it means to be an adult.

Jay's 'double existence', and the virtual love triangle he has going with both Irwin brothers brings up an interesting question. Is he still cheating if Cory is okay with him being with Randall during the day? But Randall is jealous, and wants Jay all to himself. Jay needs to grow up quickly and make up his mind about a great many things, which of the two brothers he wants as a boyfriend is only one of many. And yes, the ending is bittersweet in some respects, but it felt right to me. Even though I wanted it to end differently, in that one area, I think the fact that it doesn't makes this a better story.

If you like stories with deeply conflicted characters and a few heartbreaking twists, if you enjoy reading about worlds that are just outside our reality, and if you're looking for a book that will make you think, and maybe cry, you will probably like this book. It's not all roses and sunshine, but I liked its somewhat unusual look at the way some men deal with relationships, and its realism.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 260 pages/51703 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-March-2013
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