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I hate to do this...
on 17 December 2004
Isabel Wright is a Level Five lucid dreamer. She spends her days at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. Her boss, Dr. Martin Belvedere, had recruited her from a dead-end job on a psychic hot line. It only took one call for him to recognize her talent. Isabel is paid very well for her talent in analyzing the dreams of three special clients. Client Number Two is the one that she finds compelling, but she has no idea as to his real name or his job. Isabel has mentally dubbed him her "dream man".
Client Number Two's real name is Ellis Cutler. He works for a highly classified government agency with an interest in the potential value of lucid dreaming. His boss (Jack Lawson, one of the other two clients) informed Ellis that Dr. Belvedere has died and wants him to make contact with Isabel Wright. (Belvedere's son has taken over the business. Firing Isabel and getting rid of the dream department is one of his first decisions.) Jack wants Isabel on his payroll. Ellis has always been amazed at how well Isabel interprets his dreams. She has helped the agency on many cases and never knew it. Ellis has mentally dubbed her as "tango dancer".
Ellis pushes his fantasies of Isabel out of his mind and tries to maintain a professional relationship with her. When they meet, everything just seems to CLICK. It is like a dream come true; however, the nightmare is only beginning. A suspicious hit-and-run leads them into a perilous web of passion, betrayal, mysteries, and murders.
** First off, let me say that I LOVE this author! I own every single hard back that Jayne Ann Krentz has ever released and in large print when able. Her title "FAMILY MAN" is my all time favorite book of the genre. Yet for the first time ever, I am sorely disappointed. The author has kept the psychic subplot running that I, and many of her fans, love so much. However, the relationship between the hero and heroine has slowly changed over time. It no longer shows a strong heroine wanting to stand on her own two feet, but first must either (1) get the hero to take up his family duty so she no longer has to or (2) ask the hero for some temporary help. No matter which of the two are used, the hero already has his eye on her (or at least admires/desires her) and plans to do as she asks but keep her close by his side. Now an outside influence is pushing the main characters together.
In addition, the lucid dream theory seems too weak for this type of story. The whole thing came across to me as fake. On the other hand, the plot is pretty sound, I could tell the author did her research on the subject matter, and the entire book is extremely well written. If you are a die hard fan of this author, by all means purchase the hard back. (I did.) Otherwise, consider waiting until the paperback is released or haunt a used book store. **
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.