Seduce Me in Dreams (A Three Worlds #1)

Seduce Me in DreamsBy Jacquelyn Frank

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher

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.

Goodreads Summary

I don’t usually read a lot of futuristics – blame it on too many years spent watching bad Star Trek episodes, but when I start reading mediocre futuristic romance with statuesque blue-haired heroines getting it on with handsome Imperial Commanders I get heartburn.  When they fire their laser pistols, I can’t help but make that, “peeeyoo, peeeyoo,” sound in my head either.  I’ve read some good ones – Lauren Dane’s Federation Chronicles is a good series and I’ve long forgotten that the In Death series from J.D. Robb is even set in the future I like it so much.  I like Frank’s Nightwalkers series and since this the start of a new one and a blend of paranormal and futuristic, I thought I’d give this a try.  It ended up somewhere around 70/30 paranormal/futuristic, which was a good ratio for me and I think a promising start for the series.

Bronse is the head of a unit that’s the best of the best of the Interplanetary Militia’s first response teams – they get sent into situations where no one else can get results.  He’s been having fleeting dreams warning him that he’s in danger, dreams that seem to have proven correct since he’s carting his new communications officer who’s been critically injured, across miles of black sand to their waiting ship, from a mission the two were on that went completely, inexplicably wrong.  When they rejoin his team, his odd behavior draws their attention and he confesses to his second-in-command, Lasher, that he’s had a gut feeling that he’s going to die on a mission and asks him to warn the team to be on alert.  Later, he has his first real dream where he sees the beautiful woman who’s been warning him.

Ravenna is the leader of the Chosen Ones, a group of young people with special gifts who live in a temple and were protected and worked for the people of their village as healers, telepaths and more.  Ravenna and her brother Kith were sold by the villagers to a vicious warlord as an offering to their god – Ravenna is a precognitive, among other things, and she’s foreseen danger to Bronse, as well as his role in her rescue.  She’s been trying to warn him, but didn’t know she’d be able to appear to him and was as shocked as he was to find herself standing in front of him in his dream.

It isn’t long afterwards that Bronse and his crew find out that they’ve been betrayed from within the IM and Ravenna’s warning becomes clearer – Bronse must not be separated from his team.  She’s also desperate for him to fulfill the second part of her vision and rescue her because now she’s being tortured for her captor’s amusement.

Ravenna’s precog abilities aren’t in doubt.  Bronse rescues her and there’s a skirmish where her warning serves him well.  His attraction to her from his dreams and her fascination with him explode when they finally meet in the flesh.  It was bothersome to me that this cool under pressure, military-to-the-bone man would lose control of himself the way Bronse kept doing when he was with Ravenna.  On the other side, Ravenna’s a generally clear-thinking woman, forced to be the leader of the Chosen Ones and to do what’s best for them.  Even when she was working out a way to be with Bronse – and he was being a horse’s ass about it – she was thinking of them too.

There was less time devoted to world-building here than I’d expected.  Some space was given to explaining the three-planet system, the basics of the IM and a little bit of those peeyoo, peeyoo weapons.  Each team member got a little bit of background, the most being Masin “Lasher” Morse, Bronse’s second-in-command.  The Chosen Ones also were profiled a bit, although the powers of a few were left unsaid.  Ravenna’s sixteen year-old sister Ophelia, the healer, has already formed an attachment to Lasher and unless her book is way, way off in the distance, his won’t be anytime soon either I think.

My Summary: This started as a lot of new series do – not necessarily with a bang and not with a whimper – but still on the loud end of things.  I liked the setup of Frank’s world here and I like the characters she’s put in it.  Bronse and Ravenna’s story may not have completely captivated me, but it interested me enough that I’ll be likely to pick up the second book in spite of my aversion to futuristic romances.  This ended on a little cliffhanger, small enough that it won’t be irritating to anyone not interested in reading more but will be a nice teaser to someone who is.

My Rating: B-

Barbara

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Comments

  1. I've read Frank's Nightwalker series and really liked it. This one is new to me…i'll have to give it a shot! Great review…kristinNocturnal Bites

  2. Thank you! I'm really going to be interested to see where she takes the Chosen Ones in the series – there are some seriously freaky talents, and it's that great blend of paranormalness that worked for me. 🙂

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