by Monica Jackson

October 2004
ISBN: 0-7582-0868-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

In My Dreams is where Bless Sanderson has been seeing some disturbing signs lately. Her gift of ‘second sight’ has never been a comfortable one for her to bear, but she’s managed to survive. She’s living in Red Creek, Georgia with her aunts and her younger sister. She longs to stay where she is, but something is urging her to go to Atlanta where her other sister, Ginger, lives. The sense of doom that is weighing heavy on her heart forces her to go.

Bless is also having very explicit dreams about a dark lover. He might be a stranger, but he knows all the right moves to satisfy Bless. She wonders if she’ll ever meet him somewhere because she knows they were meant to be. She pushes him out of her mind as she heads to find out what’s wrong with her sister.

It seems there’s a lot wrong with Ginger. Her sister is pregnant. The father of the baby seems to have skipped town and the baby’s uncle is none other than the man Bless has been having dreams about. The web is getting more tangled and Bless is having a harder time getting out of it. She’s being dragged into her sister’s life because of the love she feels for the unborn baby.

Rick is only interested in Ginger for information she might have about his brother. He has a feeling that something has happened to Malik because the man would never have left his baby. Whatever plans Rick has for Ginger get turned around when Ginger’s older sister shows up and turns Rick’s temperature up. He can’t understand why he feels like he’s known her forever, but he’s willing to do anything to get her in his arms. Bless is the perfect woman for him. Still there are some compromises he’s not sure he wants to make.

Bless has to worry about Ginger, the baby and Rick as the tide of evil gets thicker. The demons are coming in droves now and only her light can keep them at bay. Will she find the strength to love Rick and save the day?

An intriguing read with hints of the paranormal thrown in. I found the glimpses into the battles during the future were interesting, but unless Ms. Jackson plans on writing another book with these characters in the future, I’m not sure those flashes did anything except confuse. The chemistry between Rick and Bless was hot and they did seem to be strong enough for each other, but I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters that well. The story moved along at a fast pace, but the pacing sometimes outstripped the story. The background on Bless’ family and the curse that seemed to follow was sketchy at best. As a reader, I couldn’t help but feel that there was information that I was missing. Bless was a strong character and she took over the tale so that there wasn’t any room for Rick to develop into more than he was at the beginning of the story.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Jenni.

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