Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams was a hot and sweet read. Characterization and tone were spot on -- Evangeline Anderson really knows how to suck a reader in and not let go until the very end. 

That said, I've noticed that the forbidden love angle between characters who are called family but actually aren't related by blood has been done quite a bit by Anderson already. I would like to note that it would be nice to experience a change of scene -- perhaps two children growing up together and falling in love and lust without all the additional fetters of "omg, what will the relatives think?!" or just something that isn't the usual angst. Not to mention the premise was just a tad strange, albeit allowing for sizzling hot bedroom scenes. Why not, for once, actually have the person just come straight out and tell the other that they're in love? Why all the subterfuge? 

I'm looking forward to another one of Evangeline Anderson's stories -- hopefully this time with a twist. 

Book Blurb for Sweet Dreams

Alisha has loved Clayton since they were kids. With his dark hair and pale gold eyes that look right through her, he captured her heart long ago. There's only one problem—Clay is her cousin by marriage.

Clay has been trying not to notice what a sexy, desirable woman his little cousin has turned into for years. Family ties are important to him and he's not about to alienate the people who love him and took him in when he was younger.

Alisha has tried everything to break down Clay's barriers and is about to give up when a golden opportunity arises. Testing for the sweetdreams drug is underway and Alisha volunteers to take the REM sleep enhancer that causes subjects to act out their dreams.

Now with a valid excuse to show her older cousin how she feels without consequences, Alisha will act out her most erotic fantasies in a final effort to get Clay between the sheets and into her love life forever. But how will Clay feel when he finds out he's been tricked into the forbidden relationship? And what are the real side effects of sweetdreams when the results are taboo sex and bitter betrayal?

Publisher's Note: While Clay and Alisha have no blood ties and their relationship is consensual, some readers, particularly those with a history of sexual abuse or incest, may find this story disturbing. This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and other situations that some readers may find objectionable: Dubious consent, spanking.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2009 3.50