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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dreaming of You by Ethan Day

Dreaming of You by Ethan Day
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (150 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Cactus

Restaurateur Aden Ingle has been in love with the perfect man since his fourteenth birthday. Unfortunately, his perfect boyfriend only exists in his dreams. But Aden’s always believed it was his destiny to meet his dream man, and he's perfectly content to wait around for him to walk into his real life.

When he meets Logan Price at a Hotel/Restaurant Trade Show, he finds himself drawn to this man who shakes him out of his dream world. Pretty soon, the flesh and blood reality is becoming more appealing than the fantasy. The only problem is Logan lives half way across the country in California.

Aden's going to have to choose whether to give up everything he’s built for himself professionally and uproot his whole life for Logan, or wait for the man from his dreams to become a reality.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.
When clumsy Aden finally finds an ideal boyfriend, will the man of his dreams appear to wreck the budding relationship? Aden is a bit of an odd ball. He’s clumsy, neurotic, obsessed with karma, and has been dreaming of a mystery man for over a decade. Yet despite all of his eccentricities, Aden has found a man who loves him for all his zany quirks in fellow restaurateur – Logan. Logan soon falls in love with Aden and wants a committed relationship. But that means the cross-country lovers will have to make some compromises. At the same time, Aden’s dream man seems to have materialized in the flesh to throw some confusion into the mix.

This is the perfect summer story for fans of romantic comedies. A reader who enjoys quirky, funny and romantic movies where the lead character is a total klutz with few, if any, social abilities, yet has a charm in all their lost, hopelessness – this book will be right up your alley. Aden is a sweet, handsome, good looking and accident-prone klutz who frequently blurts out explicative and carries on long conversations with his conscience. At the same time Aden is driving everyone crazy with his screwball behavior, he finds love in an unlikely source. Logan is sweet, patient, and loving with a few of his own quirks and eccentricities. Together the two manage a quick courtship followed by a long distance relationship. The fast paced, humor driven story shows the realities of long distance relationships and the potential pitfalls in drastic changes while offering charming humor as the characters laugh at themselves.

The story is put together somewhat awkwardly as the past, present, and future are all mixed with dream sequences of Aden’s mystery man. There are few clues to show which scene is which as the story begins with Aden’s farewell party and then shows flashbacks to how he met Logan and finally catching up to the present with the big decisions Aden must make towards the end. This leads to a disjointed reading experience until the flow of the story is established and then the engaging dialogue and over the top; outrageous characters start to take over. The cast is just as ridiculous and humorous as the main character so be sure to read this with the light, easy feel it is intended. The characters are all exaggerated, as are the situations, which will appeal to some readers and maybe not to others.

The prose is engaging and entertaining, perfect as a fun, summer read. There are a few problems and this book will be more successful with those who enjoy pop culture driven romantic comedies with mostly unreal situations and characters. However, the exaggerated tones lend a very humorous thread woven tightly throughout the story.

1 comment:

Ethan Day said...

Thank you for taking the time to review Dreaming of You, Cactus!

Ethan Day