Dreams by Jacqueline Page

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Publisher: CreateSpace

My Copy: Bewitching Book Tours

A Dream series – three steamy tales of romance, suspense with unexpected paranormal flares In Our Dream: Jennah Best left the adrenaline packed life of being a cop on the edge for a more peaceful place. She escaped a marriage that almost destroyed her and now lives her life working for a small police station in the town of Ridge. At her age, she’s accepted that it’s too late and too much work to start all over again, until she meets a man in a dream… While young, Dominic Palmer has always proven he can get the job done. Or at least, that was the case before he accepted a job and agreed to go undercover as an inmate. When months go by and there’s no word from his outside contact he wonders if he’s been left on the inside for good. He’s fighting to stay alive and keep his sanity, but finds himself completely distracted by a mysterious woman he met in a dream… From A Dream: Jennah has found happiness. She wasn’t looking for it but isn’t about to give it up now that she has it. Everything she craved for years was now right in front of her–a man that makes her feel cherished, a peaceful life, and a job she enjoys. It all changes when she wakes up in a dark hole, alone, unarmed and unable to connect with the one man she’s grown to need. Dominic realizes he is one of those men that wants the whole package of marriage and a family, and he’s found the woman to have that with. He’s going stir crazy having to stay hidden until the leader of a criminal organization is caught, but he’s more than willing to stay right here with her. All of his plans evaporate when a vindictive criminal takes her from him as a hostage. He won’t rest until she’s in his arms again. After the Dream: Feeling less then worthy as a normal man surrounded by a team with special skills, Brody has to wonder why he’s a part of it. If it weren’t for one team mate being there, he’d transfer back to normalcy. Tess has always felt like a freak, even surrounded by others that are different she still feels like an outsider. Only one of her team mates make her feel like an everyday person.

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Dreams is a previously three-part novella series grouped into one edition. It is also the first I have read of Ms Paige. I enjoyed the concept of this one immensely. I liked the idea behind connecting with someone mentally before ever meeting them. It’s worked in other romances I have really liked (mainly Maya Banks newest KGI book, Whispers In The Dark). This one took it a step further with the characters first meeting in their dreams. Although I hate when the main characters are separated for long bouts of time, in this one it worked.

Dom and Jennah make a really good couple. I thought they complimented each other nicely. Since Dom spends a good part of the first section in jail the conversation between the two characters was key for my investment in them. I found that while I enjoyed both characters and liked the plot line, the level of writing just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. Some of the conversations felt stiff to me. The steamy scenes felt a bit forced as well. At one point Dom gets a conjugal visit and since he’s undercover they send in Jennah to pose as his wife. I found it hard to believe that any person not really in the jail lifestyle would actually go ahead with a visit of that nature, regardless of how much they wanted each other in the flesh. I know I wouldn’t. I found it a bit skeezy. I also found that the author tended to revert to the same phrases over and over again and after a while it got a bit tiresome to continue reading.

The second section of the book was a lot like the first. Jennah, even though it has previously been stated is an excellent cop, often accomplishing things others couldn’t, manages to let the bad guys get the drop on her at her own place quite easily. This then becomes the main plot as Dom and his friend Brody try to get her back by working with another female, Tessa, who can teleport. When it’s revealed that Jennah may in fact be pregnant with Dom’s baby (since not a condom has been in sight the entire book…so not a shocker) he of course becomes extremely protective and since she has been captured, sets a huge plan in motion to get her back. Again, the author seems to revert to the same sentences. There is only so much “I can’t stand to lose you….or….what would I do without you” a girl can take.

The last 1/3 of the book is Tessa and Brody’s story which I found to be slightly out of place. Since the book is called Dreams and neither of them has that ability it felt a bit off. I wasn’t nearly as interested in them as I was Dom and Jennah. The heat level for them just wasn’t there for me at all. I liked them enough individually, but together they faltered. I also found the plot in this one to be extremely slow.

The thing that hurt this the most was the writing skills. I found a bunch of editing mistakes as well that seemed to glare from the page when I was trying to read. I felt this one could have been helped with another editing pass through and perhaps someone with fresh eyes to give perspective to a plot line that seemed to go DOA half way through. I did enjoy at least the first half though enough to keep reading and that helped my overall score of the book.

I give Dreams by Jacqueline Paige 3 stars

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