Monday, March 24, 2014

When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Title: When All the World Sleeps
Author: Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
My Rating: A 

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main CharactersBel and Daniel
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.
Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.
Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.

My Review:
This story is haunting and riveting just because it's so easy to put yourself in Daniel's position and his reality is horrifying. Daniel sleepwalks, but he doesn't just wander around his house. No, he goes out into the world, looking like he's drugged, and does all those things rambling around in his brain that being awake would keep him from doing. If he's thought it, he's then probably done it in the middle of the night. From little things like getting a Twix and a Mountain Dew from the local convenience store to having sex with random strangers, he has no filter that he keeps him from doing things when he's asleep. And even worse, he never remembers, until someone tells him what's happened or he finds physical evidence on his body. That has always made him a freak, but it gets out of control when he propositions the wrong guy when sleepwalking and then that guy and his buddies almost kill him. Living in constant fear, his subconscious takes over to protect him and murders the man who instigated the beating. Daniel doesn't remember anything and is just as horrified as everyone else. He agrees with all of them too...he needs to be punished. 

This book...just's so powerful in that Daniel is so freaking helpless. Everyone has abandoned him and he's done everything in his power to keep from sleepwalking, including chaining himself up at night which almost kills him the night someone sets fire to his house. My heart literally ached for him. He has no one....everyone looks at him like he's a freak in this little bitty town and they hate that he basically got away with murder. And he didn't get away with anything....his own mind makes Daniel pay on a daily basis for what he did. I'm telling you, horrified is such a small word for how Daniel feels about what he did. And between the nighttime sojourns when he acts drugged to the fact that he's incredibly sleep-deprived, he is mental so much of the time. 

And then there's Bel...the local cop who saves Daniel when he's chained inside a burning house. Like everyone else, he never bought the whole "sleepwalking" defense...but then things with Daniel start to make him question his opinion. He's always been attracted to Daniel, but as a cop, he can't take up with a killer AND out himself. Not in this small town. But as he sees more and more about what's happening with Daniel, he also can't ignore a person in need. He decided to become a cop to help others and Daniel definitely needs help. He needs someone to watch over him as he sleeps and as Bel does this, he gets to know the man under the freak and begins to get emotionally involved. 

This book, these characters, this amazingly creative story...just wow. It's haunting and I loved every minute of reading the book. It's a long book, but I still didn't want it to end. I got completely caught up in Bel and Daniel and am so glad that I got to read this book. It was so good!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....this one sounds like such a great read! I've never heard of a story like this before. The whole sleepwalking thing is just intriguing. I've heard of people who sleepwalk, but never to this extreme. The characters sound wonderful too...definitely adding this to my TBR pile. :-D