The Dream Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2000
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Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty historical and contemporary romance novels. To date she has over 13 million copies of her books in print in seventeen countries, including Sweden, France, Russia, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Poland, and Greece. Kat and her husband, author Larry Jay Martin, live on their ranch outside Missoula, Montana, and spend winters at their beach house in California. Kat invites you to visit her website at www.KatMartin.com. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Genny Austin is a widow living in Southern California when she begins to have horrific nightmares about a woman who owns a Caribbean island plantation. Genny is a librarian, in an almost relationship with her deceased husband's business partner. She doesn't have an overly exciting life so she cannot understand why she is having such vivid dreams.
While walking along the beach one night (she has terrible insomnia) she is rescued from some thugs by Jack Brennan. He owns a ship salvaging business and he lives on his boat near Genny's condo. He is a modern day rake, totally uninterested in a long term relationship and he just can't understand how he could be attracted to wholesome Genny. He likes fast cars and fast women.
They have a great romance, albeit an almost reluctant one since Jack feels they have nothing in common. Jack gets close to Genny then finds reasons to back away from their romance, really he is looking for convenient excuses not to feel anything more than basic lust and friendship with her. Jack is concerned though about Genny's dreams because they are becoming more violent and threatening.
As stated earlier, Genny's dreams are about a woman who is mistress of a plantation, she orders slaves about with a wicked temper and is totally self involved. The woman in her dreams is so vicious that Genny feels compelled to investigate these dreams further, leading her to Jamaica to discover if this woman really existed.
There is also a mystery happening in Genny's conscious state, who murdered her husband and why? However, neither this mystery nor the reasons for Genny's dreams ever overshadowed the main theme of this novel which is the building romance between Genny and Jack.
Anyway, this book is about Genny, a woman who's husband had been murdered and no suspect found. This caused her to start having horrible nightmares that kept her up most nights. On the nights she was able to sleep she would have the horrible nightmares.
One night while walking on the beach to soothe her mind, Genny runs across three bad guys who have bad intentions for her. This is when Jack comes in. He saves her from the men and their relationship escalates from that.
Genny finds this guy extremely attractive, but it is obvious he is a player so she isn't sure if she can trust him. Through twists and turns in the story, Genny and Jack become romantically involved and it becomes his goal to help her sleep at night. Through Jack and his friends, Genny finally gets the answer she's been craving about her dreams.
Jack Brennan is the Captain of a salvage boat and is very handsome and at 6'4 with broad shoulders and muscles for days he makes a very dashing hero. However he is also a committed bachelor determined to never be tied down to one woman... and his philosophy is as long as they are willing, they are all fair game. Late one night he hears a woman on the beach screaming for help and with his size and strength is easily able to dispatch three men who are in the midst of attacking a woman named Genny Austin. Immediately Jack recognizes Genny is not the type of woman he usually hangs out with, but she brings out his protective side and when he learns that she suffers from terrible nightmares after the violent death of her husband, he finds himself drawn to her quiet dignity and gentle beauty.
Genny is exhausted and it shows on every page! She has the most horrific dreams almost every night and sleep is something she is getting less and less of. She has tried every remedy possible but still the frightening images consume her night after night and the only peace she seems to find is when she is with Jack. They have virtually nothing in common and Genny is definitely not the type for a one night stand, but still they are drawn to one another and each pulls out things from the other they've never felt before. But the path is not smooth for these two as Genny is determined to make sense of these dreams, even if it means consulting with a Dr. who believes that she could be dealing with past lives and Jack begins to feel the panic as the final payment on his ship is due and he is still struggling with his growing feelings for Genny.
A good romance that's a little rough around the edges but is still full of the bold characters and steamy sex we can always expect from a Kat Martin novel. Four stars for The Dream.