The Dream Master by Maggie Nash
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Working undercover and pretending to be lovers with his long-time work partner should have been a piece of cake—except good ole 'Hels' wasn’t the person Dimitri thought she was.
Police detective Helena Peters has been secretly in love with her partners for years. It doesn’t help that he never looks at her as anything other than his work partner. What would he do if he discovered what she was really thinking?
His classic Greek looks were responsible for Dimitri Michaels’ arrogant success with women, so going undercover and pretending to be lovers with Helena should be a piece of cake, but she isn’t the person he thought she was.
Why was the only girl in his dreams now the only one who’d been right under his nose for years? More to the point, can he keep her safe long enough to convince her what he feels for her isn’t an act?
Undercover cops Helena and Dimitri have a new assignment… try and bust The Dreammaster, AKA Morpheus, a cult like figure who seems to be reeling in innocent couples and taking their money. Finding out just how he does it means posing as a real life couple.
Both soon discover they are attracted to each other and that acting like a couple isn't going to be that hard. Of course, having genuine feelings for one another ups the odds and danger.
I found this a very unique plot. It had mystery and intrigue and was a refreshing read from the everyday "hero meets heroine and falls in love" type plot. I liked the way the author slowly made these two work buddies realize they truly cared for one another. Dimitri worries and is jealous when The Dreammaster separates him from Helena which makes you like him all the more.
The dialogue is very natural sounding and the setting of the cult like-compound gives the story an eerie feeling. The author's use of sounds and smells adds texture to the plots too. The sex scenes were ideally placed.
If you're looking for something slightly different in an erotic romance, this is a story you'll enjoy and it's a quick read too.