"A lusty and entertaining read."
Edwina Johnson is a Ph.D. biochemist on the verge of
fulfilling her dream of opening a small gardening shop. But
this shop is not her only dream. Every night, for the past
twenty-five years she's dreamed of a man, Klaus von Bruner,
a German dream lover who comes to her and fulfills all her
erotic fantasies. Edwina is still a virgin... no normal man
could compare to Klaus. When he walks into her shop on the
eve of her opening, it is lust at first sight and the pair
can barely keep their hands off each other.
But Edwina has had twenty-five years to practice self-
control... and Klaus a good deal longer than that as we
eventually find out. So this pair engages in a series of
encounters that stress every bit of patience they have
until it is clear that lust is only a part of what they
share. Klaus's original plan was to induce Edwina into
developing a treatment for a "condition" he has, and she,
in turn is interested in what can be done to make it
possible for him to walk in the sunlight and avoid frequent
transfusions. Yes, Klaus is a modern-day vampire, complete
with sensitivity to the sun, extreme longevity, and a need
for blood. But even though he wishes her help, he soon
realizes that she is
the woman he desires above all others, and would keep with
eternity, the woman to bear his children, to be his wife.
Meanwhile, Edwina's resident ghost makes frequent
appearances to warn her away from Klaus, leading to my
favorite recurring line in the book "Go away, Catherine." I
found the ghost's frequent interruptions rather irritating.
Catherine kept claiming that Klaus was evil... although it
didn't seem like he was... and that she worked for "the
Master," but Klaus was a good Catholic, with his own chapel
since otherwise he could only attend midnight mass twice a
year. Even his priest was a vampire.
On the other hand, Edwina's family was a lot of fun, with a
large number of uncles, aunts, cousins, and a martinet of a
Grandmother, controlling everyone, but with a loving hand.
This book being "romantica," the sex scenes were plentiful,
imaginative and reasonably detailed, although the usual
vampire blood exchanges that we normally see in an erotic
vampire book were missing. Only normal sex for Klaus it
seems, and the book is rated a hard R rather than NC-17.
The evolution of Catherine overcoming her concerns about
Klaus was well done, and there were some very nice twists
to the standard vampire lore story. This was a lusty,
enjoyable, and entertaining read.
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted December 7, 2002
Are they dreams or visions of the future?
Edwina first dreamed of Klaus von Bruner when she was only
ten years old. Since then, not a night has passed by that
visions of him haven't haunted her. She has compared every
man she's ever known to Klaus, all of them suffering by
comparison. The passion she shares with her dream lover
frightens her as much as it draws her to him.
Now, many years after her first dream, Klaus has made
himself known to Edwina. Who is he, really? WHAT is he?
Clearly he wants something from her... something more than
the passion shared in dreams.