Friday, March 15, 2013

Dream On by Renita Pizzitola--a review

Ah, dreams! What they show us can sometimes be amazing and bring clarity to a difficult situation. I'm a vivid dreamer and definitely have figured out how to solve a problem or two in my waking life during my dream one. I think that's why the premise of Renita Pizzitola's latest book, Dream On, really caught my attention. It sort of reminded me of a sexy version of that Eighties movie, Dreamscape. Here is the publisher's blurb:

Her quest begins when she closes her eyes.

Emory Bennett owns a lucrative dreamwalking business. Trained in weaponry and Muay Thai, she spends her nights entering the dream realm resolving her clients’ nightmares, whatever they might be: bad guys, scary beasts, or the classic forgot-to-wear-my-pants nightmare. Her jobs get complicated when a gorgeous man keeps appearing requesting her help.

Grayson, a fellow dreamwalker, is stuck in the dream realm while a stranger inhabits his body. He needs Emory’s assistance in the waking realm, which he can’t visit if he can’t get back into his body.

Once Emory is convinced Grayson’s not a figment of her imagination, they concoct a plan to lure the body snatcher out. But as Emory begins to fall for Grayson, the line blurs between him and the stranger who inhabits his body. She must keep it together to get close enough to discover his secrets, or divide her very soul if she can’t bring the man she loves back.

WARNING: Strong language

A Lyrical Press Urban Fantasy Romance
So was Dream On as dreamy as the publisher's blurb? I'd have to say yes!
It's a fast paced, romance/action thriller with strong characters that held my attention. I thought the idea of owning a dream walking business where you actually help clients solve their problems was a good one. I liked that Ms. Pizzitola helped the reader understand Emory's character by allowing us to see her in action several times as she helped out her various clients. I particularly enjoyed the opening dream sequence with its reference to the movie Scarface. You gotta love a book that can blend in some great pop culture! I don't care what age you are--everyone knows Scarface.
I wasn't sure about Grayson at first--is he the good guy or the bad? His character made me think that he might have the potential to be the bad guy in disguise. Without giving more away, Grayson kept surprising me.
In fact, there were a few peripheral characters that I was unsure about when it came to their motivations. There's a best friend who falls for a psychic who too sweet to be a total bad guy. I really enjoyed the development of these friends and the way their plot lines were weaved flawlessly into the story.
The only thing that disappointed me has to be said....the sex. There were lots of lingering looks, lots of hot descriptions about mugging down, and one "pretty close to the deed" scene that faded to black. I felt a bit cheated as I wanted more of the scoop on Emory and Grayson's sex life.
But then again, I'm nosy like that. And it did not deter my enjoyment of this story!
If you'd care to "Dream On" yourself, click on the Amazon link below or go to the author's website to learn more about her. I know that she is also on book tour all this month, too, and doing a giveway.

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