Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sweet Dreams, My Love by Julie Lynn Hayes - Book Review

Title: Sweet Dreams, My Love
Author: Julie Lynn Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 16th February 2011
Format: Ebook - PDF
Pages: 128
Genre:M/M Fantasy Romance
Source: Review Copy from Author

Can love conquer all? Is there such a thing as Fate? Do dreams really come true?

To help pay for his mother’s convalescence, Jakob Kohl leaves his musical studies in Germany in order to be a paid companion to his distant cousin Albert. It’s not a pleasant existence, but Jakob does get to travel to Paris, where he meets a beautiful man who asks for his help… a mysterious man no one else can see. Jakob soon fears he may be going crazy, because he finds himself falling in love with Damien, who says they were brought together by Fate—Jakob is the only one who can rescue Damien from the shadowy world where he sleeps and waits for his dream of everlasting love and freedom to come true.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This was a great read and a clever twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale. I wasn't 100% what to expect when I opened this book and I was still unsure for the first few pages, but suddenly I fell right into the story and read it from cover to cover without stopping.

The plot is well conceived with some great twists (and homage to other books, art and films). I was really swept up in the tale and keen to see what would happen next at every page turn. 

I liked both the main characters; although I would have enjoyed learning more about Jakob, since he wasn't presented in quite the same indepth way as Damien was.

There were a couple of minor inaccuracies in the French when the odd words or phrases cropped up, but this is a minor fault in an otherwise good read and wouldn't be spotted by non-French speakers anyway.

This is an M/M romance, so if that isn't your thing then this is not the book for you. Other than that, I would happily recommend it to anyone who'd like to see an intriguing twist on a classic tale.

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