Demon Dreamer by Vivi Anna
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Cherry Blossom
Born a seer, Kiara Brodie has always been feared for her power to see others’ fantasies. She’s fine with that—it keeps the men of her Irish Gypsy caravan at bay. She wants more than this transient life. A letter from her estranged father, summoning her to Louisiana, could be her long-awaited chance to put down roots.
She finds two half-sisters she never knew she had, and an old mansion haunted by a darkly sexy demon who inhabits her dreams. At night he whispers to her of carnal delight, enticing her on a journey of extreme pleasure—and pain.
Malvo knows just what to do with the curious woman who wandered into his lair behind the library bookcase—lock the door behind her and make her a lustful proposition she can’t refuse. He seeks to temporarily ease his lonely torment, but Kiara’s willing and wanton response opens his eyes to the possibility that she is his path to his own salvation.
If only she is willing to remain captive to his every sinful desire—forever…
Dark mansion, mysterious forces, creatures living not so much in the walls as between walls and reality. Males in need of deliverance and women in need of seduction: Demon Dreamer has all the ingredients of a suspenseful, erotic Gothic tale.
Vivi Anna does manage to portray a masterful alpha male in the not-so-evil demon Malvo, and a strong-willed, interesting female counterpart in Kiara Brodie. Their interaction and their mutual need both to be together and to claim their independence drives the plot of Demon Dreamer. Without a doubt, should the reader happen to inherit an old house and encounter a mystical creature, we should all wish for Kiara's fate.
However, Demon Dreamer only merits 3 ½ Cherries for the lack of editing that kept pulling this reviewer out of the story—awkward phrasing and frequent repetitions, and a sense that given more time, the plot could have been tightened and deepened. The link between Kiara and her sisters, presented so prominently, is barely explored, and Kiara's true paternity is hinted at, but maddeningly, the answer to the mystery is completely avoided.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed Demon Dreamer. The interactions between Kara and her demon were interesting and the original plot certainly deserves kudos. If you like a scorchingly hot paranormal, you may like this one too.