I’m always excited to get a Jacquelyn Frank book to read and review. I started with and love her Shadowdwellers and Gatherers series so far. So you can imagine my surprise when this first book in her new series doesn’t go nearly as high on the excitement meter as those previous books.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a great read. I think what’s missing for me is the intricate elements of dreams as used in other books. I’ve been swept up in those elements with every story so far in Ms. Frank’s other series. This story is interesting, still has the unusual twists and turns, intriguing characters and other things I’ve read by her to date, but it lacks that weaving in and out of minds and dreams that make the previous series so all-consuming.
Bronse Chapel always wanted to be part of the Interplanetary Militia, even at a very young age. He’s realized that dream and is now the commander of his own elite team, who are first responders to any unusual and difficult problems that crop up in and around their three home planets. Lately his gut instincts have been churning and when his dreams are invaded by a beautiful woman warning him of coming danger, he realizes she’s the reason for his senses being on high alert for some time now, especially when he and his team learn a superior in the IM is sending them on bogus missions for the express purpose of eliminating Bronse himself.
She’s a Chosen One on her world, possessing powers villains would kill for. Ravenna has found out, however, that even those she leads and trusts would betray her and her brother because of those powers. Being held captive to wed such evil, Ravenna is abused and mistreated, and though she’s more than capable of escaping their current situation, her gift is telling her they need to wait for Bronse’s arrival, especially after she begins to appear in his dreams, dreams that seem so very real to both of them. Her visions tell her Bronse is where their freedom, in more ways than one, lies.
What does work in this book for me is the way Ms. Frank brings Bronse and Ravenna together, making it an event of faith and fate. Ravenna has the faith that their meeting will happen; the soldier in Bronse tries to make his own fate, but other forces are working against him when it comes to finding a certain ravishing woman. I do like the fact these characters work together when the time comes, though being an alpha male, Bronse wants to protect Ravenna, knowing she can take care of herself. There’s a number of secondary characters that are all very interesting, especially Bronse’s team. I look forward to each of their books.
Seduce Me in Dreams is a very good book, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It just doesn’t seem to have the same depth and complexity that I’m used to from Ms. Frank. That won’t keep me from continuing with the rest of the series. I’m still intrigued and captivated.
Dark. Mysterious. Sensual. When Bronse Chapel, the commander of a specialized unit of the Interplanetary Militia, begins to dream about a beautiful and exotic brunette, he wants to dismiss it as being induced by lack of sleep…or perhaps lack of sex. But his instincts tell him it’s something different, something far more dangerous.
Ravenna is the leader of the Chosen Ones, a small group of people from her village born with extraordinary powers. She doesn’t know that draws her to Bronse’s dreams night after night, but she senses that he and his team are in jeopardy. Ravenna can help him, but first Bronse must save the Chosen Ones from those who plan to use their powers for evil. Together, Bronse and Ravenna will be unstoppable. But Ravenna is hiding something that could endanger them all.
Read an excerpt.
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