House painter Thea Marlow hasn’t been sleeping very well. Her nights are plagued by dreams, the setting by the water and the mysterious man who appears in them always the same. But the outcome of the dream changes nightly: sometimes the man loves her…and sometimes he kills her. Desperate for some much needed relaxation, Thea travels to her family’s remote country lake house. Imagine her surprise when a knock at the door reveals the man from her dreams…who happens to have just rented the house next door.
So will he love her—or will he kill her?
This novella, a mix of a contemporary romance, a paranormal romance and a reunion romance, is just long enough for what it is. It is a little old-school, as it was first published more than twenty years ago, but I happen to like that!
Linda Howard has written some of the most iconic books in the romance genre, and they still hold up today. This is nowhere near long enough to be one of her best, but it’s one I will remember all the same.
In this story our heroine is being haunted by dreams of a lover, and in some of these dreams he murders her at the end. So when the man she has been dreaming about turns up at her door, she doesn’t know what to make of it. This is a story about reincarnation, and while that is something I usually wouldn’t go for, as the concept for a shorter story I enjoyed it and it made me think.
As I said, this is not Linda Howard’s best work, but it is an entertaining story all the same, and one I probably would never have read if it hadn’t been dug up and rereleased. A decent way to spend an hour or so.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.