Paul’s Dream

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Title and Link: Paul’s Dream
Author: Rowan McBride
Publisher’s URL: http://liquidsilverbooks.com
Genre: GLBT (M/M) Suspense
Length: Novel
Rating: 5 stars out of 5, DIK

five star + DIK read 2

Paul has a bright future as a lawyer as his personality seems to suit his career choice admirably – he’s all business and doesn’t relate to other people on an emotional level – characteristics which are not a barrier in his chosen career which requires mostly analytical skills. What he doesn’t know is that at night he is a dreamwalker who solves puzzles or resolves problems of the people he meets in his dreams. He usually has dreams when he is trying to solve a really complex case and in one of these dreams he meets Kian.

Kian is an incubus who had been imprisoned by a cruel Master that kept him locked up for three years where no one, not even his own kind, could find him while he drained his life force to enhance his own sexual potency. When Paul shows up in Kian’s cell and tries to free him Kian realizes that there is a coldness about him that he cannot fathom. After trying for a while Paul figures out what he needs to free Kian and tells him what it is “…. an emotional component; I’m never good at solving those. It’s hard for me to relate to people, so when empathy is required to solve a puzzle, it takes a lot longer.” Eventually he frees Kian and leaves.

Four years later Kian shows up to repay Paul who does not remember rescuing or even meeting him. Kian is completely different from anyone Paul has ever met but he doesn’t realize that he is not completely human, although he suspects that he is quite unusual. He doesn’t know how to deal with him much less how to have him in his life. Kian’s personality is his total opposite emotionally – he is sensual and playful and is on a campaign to seduce Paul and give him the best sex of his life in repayment for rescuing him. Kian commences his campaign and the changes In Paul start to occur almost immediately with the ice around his heart which cracks and then melts as he is taken on an emotional journey piloted by Kian and becomes the man he is meant to be. He does what he thought he was incapable of doing – he falls in love with Kian and so makes himself vulnerable. But someone else has a much bigger test for Paul as he tries to separate him from Kian. Will their love survive this ultimate ordeal?

Paul’s Dream is an extraordinarily complex story with two completely different protagonists. Paul starts out as a cold fish while Kian is warm and loving and the story takes Paul on a journey of his evolution into a warm and caring human being as he realizes that without Kian, everything is cold. The author does a great job of wrapping up this book and the end is emotionally charged as Paul and Kian reveal their true selves and the lengths they will go to for each other. I really loved Paul’s Dream and have no hesitation in giving it 2 thumbs up and 5 stars.

6 thoughts on “Paul’s Dream

  1. Mary M.

    Nice. It sounds really original. A paranormal that doesn’t involve vamires or weres! That already is unusual. I love those cold men who warm up for only one person :-D. Thanks for the recommendation. I don’t know Liquid Silver books very well. perhaps I should pay their site a visit :).

  2. jessewave

    Hi Mary

    The story is original. As you can tell I really loved it. It’s not new – I think it was issued about a year ago and I’m still waiting for the sequel. Liquid Silver is a terrific small pub. and it has a number of mainstream authors. One of the reasons I decided to have my own blog is to be able to review books that I really love (oldies but goodies) and also books from smaller publishers which most review blogs do not care about.

  3. Mary M.

    Yeah, I noticed the 5+ grade, that’s what made me stop and read this one – my M/M wish list is so friggin long that I stopped looking at anything under 4.5. I’m such a snob. And it’s great of you to give a chance to small publishers. They can thank you! And most of the time you can find real gems among their stuff. Just look at WICKED GENTLEMEN from Blind Eye Books. Or, have you read anything from Dreamspinner Press? They don’t have a big catalogue, maybe 20 titles, but worth loonking at. I totally loved CAUGHT RUNNING.

    Now I’m at work and bored, so I’m off to look at Liquid Silver’s site. :)

  4. jessewave

    Hi Mary

    Thanks for dropping by today. I loved this book but always remember this is just one person’s opinion (although most of the other reviewers and readers I talked to about it share my opinion). Re CAUGHT RUNNING, I really loved it – just have to find the time to write the review.

    Generally, I find that a lot of the small pubs. (like Dreamspinner and Liquid Silver) have quality authors, they just don’t get the exposure. One of the reasons I set up my own blog is to be able to review the books I love to read and not just those from the major publishers.

    I’m going to check out Blind Eye Books on your recommendation :)

  5. Mary M.

    Just checked the site and now I understand why the name “Liquid Silevr books” sounded vaguely familiar although I knew I never visited their site or anything. It was Lisabea’s review of Shayla Kersten Thirty days a week or two ago. I remember thinking the cover was gorgeous. But worse, I realized that I do have one of LS books myself! Brindisi Bedfellows by Jamie Craig. I bought it maybe three weeks ago on Fictionwise and forgot about it because it was a spur of the moment kind of purchase, meaning it hadn’t been on my list for months before I decided to buy it. Maybe after I re-read Fireworks ;). And I just saw a new Jamie Craig that sounds really good too, Fortune’s return. Like the &%””/!%* list wasn’t long enough already…

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