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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Perchance To Dream by Empress LaBlaque

Perchance To Dream by Empress LaBlaque
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Genre: paranormal, contemp
Length: Short Story (40 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

From the moment he enters her successful café, Professor Porter Briggs is smitten by the essence of owner Audra Talton . Focused on her work, Audra unknowingly ignores him. Porter craves her affections with relentless desire, and in his dreams, leaves his body to steal her soul away.

Plagued with vivid dreams she cannot explain, Audra willingly gives herself over to the passionate encounters in the ethereal arms of a hauntingly familiar man.

There are some unusual ways to find love, and Audra’s encounter with Porter proves this. In a descriptive tale about a woman not searching for, but finding romance, readers will be entertained while brought along an interesting adventure.

Audra owns a café. She’s a busy woman who’s not concerned with furthering her love life; though her employees nag her about it. Her motivations are established, and this is good, even in stories as short as this one. The reader gets to know her a little.

A man with a sexy voice keeps calling her on the phone, and she keeps ignoring him, annoyed. It’s weird but surprisingly intriguing. Suspense and interest are created when she agrees to meet him finally. She waits in her café all day for him to come. When will he arrive, and what will happen during this face-to-face encounter?

Cool supernatural things happen. It seems time travel is one of them, but this is implied and not verified or explained.

Audra experiences some steamy situations with a supernatural lover. Is he the guy on the phone with the sexy voice?

She finally meets that guy. Of course he’s handsome and charming. He has a beautiful car from the 1930s. They go to dinner in a vintage restaurant. There’s an old man in the story too, and it seems he’s connected somehow with the young, sexy man Audra meets. One can start to formulate interesting things…time travel, the old car, the vintage restaurant…Sadly, these connections are never truly addressed. They could have made a really cool situation come to light.

At the end, Audra’s attitude shifts a bit too suddenly, and so does Porter’s. He goes from, “I don’t even know you” to “Love of my life” in a flash and I was left with unanswered questions.

I enjoyed this story and saw a enormous potential in it. If it were lengthened and unanswered questions explored, it could have been really something. Still, it’s an enjoyable read.