Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department has never met anyone quite like Marlie Keen. While he has doubts about her supposed clairvoyant powers, she sees crimes as they’re being committed, there is no doubt about how much he desires her. To Marlie, Dane is all heat and hard muscle, and he makes her body come alive as it never has before. But not even she can foresee that their passion will lead them on a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman who will threaten their happiness and their lives.
I am officially in love with Linda Howard’s writing. Before Dream Man, I read Howard’s Dying to Please and I was absolutely enamored with it as well. These books fall well into the romantic suspense genre, but unlike the other books in this category, in Howard’s books the romantic aspects do not in anyway eclipse the mystery and suspense.
The plot is thoroughly thought out, there aren’t any loose ends or enigmas once you finish the book, everything is revealed and neatly put to rest. One brilliant thing that Howard does in her books, is that she writes brief scenes from the killer’s perspective. It might be disturbing, but it really helps you get a glimpse of what in the murderer’s head.
The characters are another reason to adore Linda Howard’s writing. They are apologetically human, Howard portrays their vulnerability and insecurities without adding unnecessary drama into the mix. The romance is sweet with chemistry that shines through; and with the stakes high you can practically feel the urgency exuding from the characters.
In conclusion, what Linda Howard does in Dream Man and Dying to Please is something many others have failed at; which is to find balance between mystery, suspense and romance. I highly recommend her books to fans of these genres, the will not be disappointed.