Tuesday, June 24, 2014

eBook Review: Darkness Falls

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

Fans of paranormal romance and bad boys, get ready for a dark, sexy plunge into fantasy and desire. The Reveler Series is set in a contemporary world in which people can indulge in RĂªve, or shared dreaming—a pop culture phenomenon sweeping the world. Imagine being able to fall asleep at night, only to wake in a dream world, one in which you are lucid and in control—where you can be anything you want to be and do anything you like. But you must be careful…dreaming can be as dangerous as it is seductive.

Kellison has, since the first book of hers I read (Shadow Bound), convinced me to read all her other books.  Her books tend to be on just this side of too dark and gritty so that I don't feel weird for getting all sigh-y over her male characters, but still full of dangerous things.  In her new series she's playing with the notion of what if there's a trend out there that let's you (essentially) lucid dream as a social activity?  How quickly do you think that got dangerous? (Answer: Before it was introduced!)

Jordan is one of the few romance heroines who seems to understand that "new and shiny" does not equate to "safe and responsible".  Safe and responsible is...well safe and responsible.  It doesn't include addictive social activities that are maddeningly expensive and hold the potential to cause your real life to have threatening side effects.  I don't fault her for going with her sister into the Reve, honestly speaking I would have done the same thing for my younger sister (complete with the 'This is a bad idea' statements).  Nor do I fault her for just wanting to forget and move on and deny her life back into normalcy.  These are rational reactions when faced with a dangerous unknown.

Rook I didn't trust in the beginning.  He starts the story admitting he has trouble controlling things and struggling to maintain enough so that he doesn't have to be "put down".  These words don't inspire confidence in a romance hero's intentions.  But that's sort of his thing; he's upfront to a certain extent and lives on a need to know basis with everyone in his life.

Really my main issue was that the entire romance felt rushed.  It was a case of insta-lust just add love in the worst ways possible.  Jordan doesn't trust Rook, Rook is lying to Jordan about practically everything, Jordan can't stop thinking about Rook, Rook decides that damn the consequences he'll keep Jordan within moments of connecting with her...and at no point does any of that go away.  Up until the very last chapter Rook lied to Jordan, and Jordan didn't trust Rook.

There's cute banter--Jordan deciding to remodel Rook's place since it worked better for her artistically and oh he wouldn't mind moving out would he?  Rook's bafflement over how he got talked out of his place (at worst) and sleeping on the floor (at best).  But it doesn't make up for how unequal their knowledge of each other is throughout.

The world is intriguing--the dreamwaters, the Reve, the multitude of ways it can be used (though they started getting a bit Inception-y with the 'If you plant a suggestion in someone's mind while dreaming will it catch in reality?' talk) and I had no issue with the other characters.  The story just felt unbalanced between the plot and the romance.