One of my goals this year was to complete my book reviews of all of the books I've read that are currently on my book shelf at home. This might take quite a while.
Dream Man - Linda Howard
Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department has never met anyone quite like Marlie Keen. While he has doubts about her supposed clairvoyant powers, she sees crimes as they're being committed, there is no doubt about how much he desires her. To Marlie, Dane is all heat and hard muscle, and he makes her body come alive as it never has before. But not even she can foresee that their passion will lead them on a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman who will threaten their happiness and their lives.
I loved Dane. I'm just going to say it. I will say that though this is penned as a romantic thriller, it didn't have a whole lot of romance? I mean, we have sex scenes but you don't have this intense development of feelings and honestly? That was OK. It really worked here and it still had me frantically reading to figure out what was going to happen while simultaneously wishing it wasn't going so fast.
Marlie is a psychic essentially and Dane is skeptical. Marlie is used to people not believing in her abilities but what she is not used to is the physical attraction she feels towards Dane. After a serial killer has been out and about, Marlie goes to the police department to offer her abilities and Dane, at a loss for leads, is basically told to entertain this option. He does more than entertain it, though and thank the lord for it.
The murderer is a total nut job who meticulously studies his victims, all of which are in need of being "taught a lesson". Which, creepy. There are passages in this book where we are in the killer's point of view and while disturbing, it's fairly well written and it brings something to the book. But easily the most disturbing part of this book, which is also incredibly fascinating, is that while the killer is stalking and murdering his victim, Marlie is in his head at that moment. Which freaks Alpha Male Dane out who tries to balance the fine line between police officer and lover and it's just so good.
If you are looking for a solid romance with an interesting story line that keeps you going to the end, this is your pick. You are welcome.