She has always been his dream…
Chef Serafina Rochan believes her recurring nightmares of pursuit are a symptom of her anxiety about opening her second restaurant. But when the stalker appears in the waking world, she swallows her pride and calls the one man she trusts to go into her dreams, even if it means risking her heart.
When Marshal Harlen Fawkes receives Sera’s call, nothing else matters. Time has not eroded the power of his feelings for her. After years apart, they go Darkside together and cannot resist the longing and desire their connection evokes. The past and present collide, and Sera abandons all reservations to embrace Harlen again, if even for one night.
In order to protect her, Harlen aligns himself with disavowed friends, and in so doing is drawn deeper into the secrets and perils of the dreamwaters. As the tide of darkness rises, Harlen faces his demons…but not without Sera, who fights just as fiercely for the dream of a life together.
Author: Erin Kellison
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Darksider, Darkness Falls, Lay Me Down, Night's Deep Hush
Series: Reveler #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Darksider, Lay Me Down, Night's Deep Hush, Bring Me a Dream
Published by Fire Flower Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: June 9, 2014
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Suspense
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Darksider features Marshal Harlen Fawkes. The story opens with Harlen going before a review board. He, like almost everyone else in the series, works for Chimera – or the dream police as Maisie calls them. Harlen is a pretty basic, by the book – mostly – type cop. Tries to keep a low profile, doesn’t want to rock the boat, but he does sneak a date into Rêve on occasion. Nothing special about him, or so he wants everyone to think. So why is he in front of this review board?
It appears the couples from the first books – Rook and Jordan and Maisie and Steve are on the run. They have been locked out of Chimera. If Harlen hears from them or sees them, he is to report it immediately. What is up with that? They were fine, chasing monsters the other day when he saw them.
Serafina “Sera” Rochan is a top chef, owns one the top restaurants in the city and is working on owning a second one. She and Harlen went to college together and participated in some of the very first studies (experiments) of Rêve. Where Harlen was a natural, Sera had skill, but in the end decided she wanted nothing to do with it. So when Sera becomes haunted with a nightmare stalker she calls Harlen for help.
They have history. Heavy history. The kind of history that some of us would prefer not to revisit. Could explain why it took her nightmare showing up in the waking world before Sera called for help. I think she was smart enough, and knew herself well enough, to know what would happen if she and Harlen got together again. Can you spell HOT?
In the process of finding Sera’s stalker, Harlen wants “the best tracker I know,” and Rook is that tracker. So yes, all the other characters are here too. The first meeting they have all together really throws Harlen. All of a sudden he doesn’t know who or what to believe anymore. His world, much like Sera’s is thrown upside down. What is real? What is dream? It is at this point we learn some alarming things about Harlen. Things that Harlen doesn’t want to remember let alone do again. Things, that though he learned and used them while in the military, are actually illegal. All of this causes a crisis of sorts for Harlen. But there is Sera . . .
I like how the author keeps giving the characters choses and that the choses are not black and white. The shades of grey are rift in this series. What appears right may not be moral. What may appear moral may not be right. It is all mixed up between the waking and the dream world. It creates some interesting conflicts.
Things get rather tense. Some fascinating twists and turns to the overarching story line. OMG! Really? Just what is he planning? Be warned, this chapter of the series does end on a cliff hanger. How did that happen?
I need to go read the next book now.