This is my first Jayne Krentz book, as I wasn't able to get into her writing previously. I really like this book and the 2 leads hooked my attention immediately. The topic, dreams analysis and used to solve crimes, was different from the usual. I'm looking forward to trying out other contemporary Jayne Ann Krentz books after this read.
Isabel Wright, a Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyst and Level Five lucid dreamer, meets the man of her dreams in bestseller Krentz\'s (Truth or Dare, etc.) romantic thriller. When Isabel\'s boss, Martin Belvedere, is found dead in his study, his son, Randolph, who was always scornful of his father\'s belief in dreamers capable of uncovering secrets, takes over the business. He fires Isabel before he realizes that her crime-solving through dreams pays most of the center\'s bills. Isabel trains to be a motivational speaker while falling into the arms of fellow lucid dreamer Ellis Cutler (aka \"Dream Man\"), whose dreams she had been decoding and who has likewise been dreaming of her (he thinks of her as \"Tango Dancer\"). Isabel\'s former co-workers at the Belvedere Center and Ellis\'s colleagues from his secret government agency provide a rich assortment of suspects and victims who must be sorted out by the lover-detectives as they wrestle good guys from the dark side, repair troubled marriages and fix ailing businesses. Though her New Age imagination sometimes runs into overdrive, Krentz holds her readers\' attention with attractive, appealing protagonists, flawed but sympathetic secondary characters and winningly self-mocking humor. Her unflagging positive energy proves so overwhelming that the reader will happily make her way through a story that defies logic, based on psychology that defies reason, to a happy ending that defies description
Isabel Wright and Ellis Cutler are Level 5 lucid dreamers. Lucid dreaming occurs when the dreamer has some sense of control and consciousness during the dream. Ellis uses his ability to investigate classified cases for a secretive government agency while Isabel analyzes the Level 5 dreams referred to her by this agency. Of course, Isabel isn't told that the dreams are those of government agents as she works at a sleep research center. Isabel and Ellis have met numerous times on the dream level but haven't met physically until the occurrence of a series of murders, starting with Isabel's employer. However, the romance is not the central focus of the story. Instead, the reader is drawn into the intricate twists and turns of the plot, along with quite a bit of information about lucid dreaming. Isabel and Ellis team up to investigate the murders and discover that another Level 5 dreamer, presumed dead, may actually be involved.
(Large print) This is a very clever story involving "lucid dreaming" as an investigative tool, a highly classified government agency, passion, betrayal and murder. The characters are fully human, warts and all, and the plot moves quickly. Very good example of the best of the contemporary romantic suspense genre.
Storyline is a bit more complex than usual for Krentz, but she handles it well. Female dream interpretor works for unknown client and secretly thinks of him as her dream man. Her boss is killed, she gets fired and her dream man shows up to hire her to work for the government funded dream institute he also works for, at same time saving her from the bad guys. Very dry humor...heroine is very developed. Strongly recommended.
The phenomenally popular bestselling author of Light in Shadow returns with a riveting tale of intrigue and intimacy that questions whether dreams can be trusted . . . A red scarf. A roller coaster. A tidal wave of blood . . .Isabel Wright spends her days at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. Dr. Martin Belvedere, a pioneer in the field, recognized her unique talent for what he calls Level Five lucid dreaming. It's satisfying, lucrative work, but it can be emotionally draining. Especially when one of her anonymous subjects, known only as Client Number Two, captures her imagination through his compelling dream narratives. Secretly, she thinks of him as ""Dream Man."" His real name is Ellis Cutler. A loner who's learned not to let anyone get too close, he works for a highly classified government agency with an interest in the potential value of lucid dreaming. And he's just been ordered by his boss to make contact with Isabel, who's been fired after the sudden death of Dr. Belvedere. Heading to California, he pushes his fantasies out of his mind, determined to maintain a professional relationship with the woman who reads his dreams, the mysterious figure he has come to think of as ""Tango Dancer."" But when they meet in the flesh, the dream becomes real enough to touch. And a waking nightmare begins-when a suspicious hit-and-run leads them into a perilous web of passion, betrayal, and murder, and forces them to walk the razor-thin line between dreams and reality."
A good suspense/romance. Isabel Wright works for Belvedere Center for Sleep Research, loves her job. Her boss dies unexpectedly and everything starts going wrong. Ellis Cutler enters the picture to help find out why everything is happening at the Center. Enjoyable, not easy to see who is the guilty party in this book.
Jayne Ann Krentz is an excellent author and her writing in Falling Awake is a great emphasis on that fact. This story is a great one and a book that will keep you engaged throughout. Its so amazing that Isabel and Ellis Cutler interact and get along in the story and the ending is beautiful. I really love an author who takes the time to explain why a character did something rather than ending with nary an explanation.
Interesting storyline. Ellis Culter and Isabel Wright very likable characters. Worth the read. But then again, I'm a little bias since I have read everything Ms. Krentz has written under all her names.
As a dream interpreter at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research, Isabel Wright has never lacked attention from the opposite sex. Of course thats because theyre hoping shell shed a little light on their dreams. Lately, however, shes been pining for a man shes never met. She knows him only as Client Number Twoand his most intimate dreams have captured her imagination But everything goes south when her boss drops dead at his desk and Isabel loses her jobuntil Client Number Two finally pops up, asking all kinds of questions. His name is Ellis Cutlerand hes even sexier than she imagined him. Hes convinced theres a sociopath on their trail, but fortunately that doesnt stop him from introducing Isabel to a passion wilder than shes ever known. Drawn into a web of desire, betrayal and murder, Isabel and Ellis now have to find the killer before they find themselves falling far too deep
As a dream interpreter at the Belvedere Cemter for Sleep Reasearch Isabel Wright has never lacked for male attention. Lately she's been pining for a man - Client number two- whom she has never met. Everything goes south when her boss drops dead at his desk and Isabel loses her job, until Client number two shows up. His name is Ellis Cutler and he's convinced there's a sociopath on their trail. Drawn into a web of desire , betrayal and murder, Isabel and Ellis now have to find the killer before they find themeselves falling far too deep...