Friday, April 8, 2016

Dreama's Destiny


About the Authors:
(Taken from Amazon)

Jennifer Hines was born in Missouri, grew up in upstate New York, and currently resides in Texas. She is married and has four children, two boys, along with twin girls. She has been employed with the same company for over thirteen years, which is where she met her best friend and co-writer/editor, Mindy Bigham. She loves spending time with her family, going on road trips whenever she can, and spending every other free moment writing YA fantasy.

Mindy Bigham was born and raised in Texas. She is married and has four children, two daughters and two step-daughters. She loves spending quality time with her family, shopping, and vacationing anywhere there is a beach.

They both have a love for reading and writing fiction. It is this shared interest that made them first decide to write something they could share with the world.


This is the first book in the Strangers of Darkness series.

Dreama had ran from her past since she was fifteen, but it wasn't until after her twenty-third birthday she realized that her escape had been an allowed illusion. When things from her past circle around into her present she is forced with the realization that there was never anywhere she could have gone that would have kept her hidden from the man who had purchased her from her family eight years earlier.

Everyone has their calling. For Dreama it was being a Scale, a witch who kept the balance between light and dark, good and evil. So discovering that Zane, the man who had swept her off her feet after a dared kiss that lit a fire deep within her, being a vampire, was not entirely a shock to her system, but the sudden return of her ex, Jake, was.

Zane was a wealthy businessman and a vampire hybrid. He was content taking blood from unsuspecting strangers and the occasional one night stands. Until one night during a business meeting at a local club he was surprised by the lips of an enchanting woman who captivated his senses with her sweet vanilla taste. After that one kiss he knew he had to have her, to possess her.

***ADVISORY*** Dreama's Destiny (Strangers of Darkness ~ Book One) is a paranormal romance novel with explicit sexual content and adult language.

18+ Recommended.


Whew!!!  This was one hot and steamy read!  This is more an erotic fantasy with supernatural beings (vampire and witch for this book) than a fantasy book with sexual scenes.  Even still, the world-building kept me interested, and the smooth and easy writing style allowed me to fall into the narrative.

As always, with an honest review, there are some negatives I feel obligated to outline.

The biggest issue for me were the overabundance of grammatical errors.  Yes, the writing style was easy, meaning the rhythm of the sentences they created really allowed for a fairly easy read, but missing commas and homophones throughout pulled me from the narrative from time to time.

Another issue was the alternating POVs (Point of Views).  The story alternated between Dreama and Zane, and there were spaces signaling with the narration switched from one POV to the other, but the formatting of the ebook left some of those spaces unnoticeable, which translated into apparent sudden POV switches, which sometimes pulled me from the story.

Lastly, I had a bit of an issue with the crafting of the characters.  For the most part, I could handle the fact that the main characters felt one-dimensional.  Dreama and Zane are madly in love with one another, and that's pretty much all the audience hears about.  Zane owns his own business, and Dreama is a painter, but aside from the initial introduction to the characters (the first couple of chapters), they are not shown doing anything other than each other (for some strange reason, I was okay with this).

Along those same lines, in the beginning of the novel, it felt like the narrator was painting Dreama as a shy, passive person, but all of Dreama's actions in the book only showed a self-sure, aggressive woman.  Many of these scenes began with a sentence or two speaking about how Dreama was usually passive, but at this moment she was too tired/pissed off/worn out/etc., and so she acted in a more aggressive manner.  Don't get me wrong, I like aggressive Dreama and her character is interesting in some respects, but either she should be shown to be passive in the beginning and then allow the audience to see how/why she started being a bit more aggressive, or she should stay as she is and the narrator shouldn't try so hard to convince the audience that Dreama is passive when never once is she shown to actually be that way.

Even with the negatives, I still had to give this four stars.  After all, I finished it in one read, and never once could I pull myself from the story.

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