Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Twin souls reunited.
Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.
But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.
As the chase after a powerful and resourceful caster hits close to home, old feelings resurface. But if Angelo learns of the dreamcatchers, he’ll be a target for the spaga. And how can he trust Drew now that Drew’s keeping bigger secrets than ever?
I’m a fan of Liv Olteano and her Leader Murder series, so I was really looking forward to Lover, Lover, another story in Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Beyond series. One of the things I notice it mentions is that its a Dreamcatchers tale but I can find no mention of previous stories so I can only assume this is the first of a series.
That might explain several things I noticed about this story. I have always loved Olteano’s worldbuilding. She has a wonderful imagination and pulls from so many different mythologies to construct a fascinating and compelling universe to dive into. In Lover, Lover, she has started to do the same with her Teams of Dreamcatcher fighters and their “boss”. In this case, the foundation is loosely native american, and the author layers upon that her monsters, her fighters (and all the ramifications that comes with acceptance into the Unit,) and above all the amazing arachnid Goddess/Boss/Head of their Region. All this comes complete with training into the Guild, chants, elaborate settings (think gorgeous weblike interiors)….clearly Olteano has given much thought to their construction.
But I still was left wanting more. It’s still all very vague about the spaga, and the other creatures they are chasing and killing. Plus there were holes left about the men’s ages etc. Yes, I needed more information.
So all that attention to world building indicates that Lover, Lover is building up to a series where the other men in the team and story would find their HEA as well, hopefully.
But for me, that left the characterizations of and the romance between Angelo and Drew lacking. I just don’t think the author had enough pages to do both here. Neither Angelo or Drew felt very substantial and because of that, I just was never very invested in their romance. For me, Lady Arachnid (no not her name) was far more interesting and layered a personality then both of them. From her vivid descriptions to her lively airs, she stood out among them all.
Then there was the ending. That resolution of the storyline was so rushed that it made your head spin. No , consider this a case where the world building came to the rescue here because as sweet as the characters were, they just didn’t feel fleshed out, nor was there past history to glomb onto to make you feel you knew them.
Still I’ll look for another story to see if this Dreamcatcher world deepens and what further adventures await the troop. If you like sweet paranormal romance with really no angst you might want to check this one out.
Cover art: Aaron Anderson. I like the cover but it could use more details.
ebook, 195 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC