Seriously, all the trigger warnings in all of the world here, folks. Sexual assault, self harm, bad books, all of it.
If you were looking for what the cover promises: happy, charming paranormal romance--now complete with Dragons! Then just RUN AWAY. There is a small amount of incredibly ham-fisted romance, yes, and the Dreamshifting is definitely paranormal, but there is very little happy, absolutely no charming, and a severe lack of likability on the part of every single character.
If you were looking for Urban Fantasy, or any action at all occurring in a non-fantasy environment, RUN AWAY. The only plot element that happens in the real world is our quasi-hero killing a dragon by shooting it in the eyeball with his super impressive ability with tiny handguns. In front of half a police force. Which we then ignore completely. Because, whatever, cops are cool with dragons, right? Nearly the entire plot takes place in a quasi-medieval England dreamspace, where I guess the stakes are sort of real? Don't know. Don't care. Because the plot is just ludicrous. No less then 5 WTF moment in the back half alone.
But wow, what it is is dark. I didn't really notice how much casual death and destruction was missing from my usual reading until this bad boy came along. We killed dragons, and bats, and people, and mosquitoes, and bears, and more people, oh my! Like it was nothing. Just, yep, I don't like that chair, let's kill it.
Our protagonist, an ER Doctor--this is important to remember for later--has a crazy mother, and jealous ex-boyfriend and a grandpa who has the ability to walk through other peoples' dreams. What she lacks is: common sense, the ability to connect basic and blaringly loud dots, rational thinking, and, my favorite, decision making skills. Yes friends, an ER Doctor who cannot act fast in critical situations. Who always needs the hero, or a penguin, to show up and jolt her into action because she freezes, despite her awesome superpowers. Also, apparently dream rape is a thing that we are going to do now. Because this is the second time I've seen it this year, and it was an annoying bit player in several PNRs last year as well. Say no to dream rape people.
Oh, but I almost forgot the cutting. The one good thing about this book? The self-harm is gender neutral. All of the icky, semi-justified squick moments of self cutting are not limited to the ladies. Everybody gets a spin.
Save your $$.