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.