She has always been his dream…
Chef Serafina Rochan believes her recurring nightmares of pursuit are a symptom of her anxiety about opening her second restaurant. But when the stalker appears in the waking world, she swallows her pride and calls the one man she trusts to go into her dreams, even if it means risking her heart.
When Marshal Harlen Fawkes receives Sera’s call, nothing else matters. Time has not eroded the power of his feelings for her. After years apart, they go Darkside together and cannot resist the longing and desire their connection evokes. The past and present collide, and Sera abandons all reservations to embrace Harlen again, if even for one night.
In order to protect her, Harlen aligns himself with disavowed friends, and in so doing is drawn deeper into the secrets and perils of the dreamwaters. As the tide of darkness rises, Harlen faces his demons…but not without Sera, who fights just as fiercely for the dream of a life together.
Oh man. Okay so we got a little bit of Harlen previously and that does nothing to prepare you. Here's a man that refuses to let his pride get in the way when it comes to the woman he loves. She's in trouble and he can fix it and that's what matters. In fact they can work out their problems later.
I loved them together and that because of Sera, Harlen realizes some rather powerful truths. Unlike Rook or Coll, Harlen was a straight shooter. He did his job because he wanted to protect idiots from those who would exploit them. There was no other vested interest. Sera showed him that what he saw as the truth and what WAS the truth were vastly different.
I can understand how others see this series as a "serial" novel. You can't read this without the others and you can't get the whole picture by picking and choosing your couple. The first pages are of Harlen being interrogated about what Rook and Coll are up to and their experience helps to drive how he saves Sera later.
Romance happens and is a strong undercurrent. Their past association helps with this actually as the two pick up where they left off (arguments and everything) pretty quickly. Yes Sera's safety is paramount, but for Harlen there's no other choice once he sees her again. He'll convince her come hell or high water. Not that Sera is against the idea, she's just against them breaking up again. There's never a sense of confusion for the reader, Kellison lays out their relationship issues quite clearly without derailing the plot.
So a wonderful third entry into the series and definitely keeps the reader wanting to know more.