by Lisa Cach
Dream of Me
LoveSpell, October, 2004.
Paperback, 352 pages.
Lisa Cach takes readers to 1423 Eastern Europe in this unusual and wickedly fun new paranormal romance. Theron is an immortal incubus of the Night World who longs to become a mortal king. Theron decides to cut a deal with the aggressive and ambitious Prince Vlad of Wallachia, and so allows Vlad to summon him. Theron agrees to use his powers to scuttle a proposed marriage which will interfere with Vlad's plans to conquer every nearby country, in exchange for giving Theron the use of Vlad's body for three days. But Vlad reneges on his end of the deal and Theron sets out for revenge. He decides to pay a visit to Vlad's lonely, youthful fiancÚ, who has been cloistered in a lonely castle for years with only a nun and an obnoxious maid for company. Theron can only enter her dreams, but he soon finds that Lucia has some powers of her own. Soon Theron is breaking every rule of the Night World to see Lucia. But Vlad is on the way, intent on claiming his bride after a good round of killing some more villagers. Theron will have to use both magic and love to thwart Vlad, but is a heartless demon really up to the task?
Lisa Cach has a vivid imagination coupled with a real talent for characterization which makes her books unique. Dream of Me plunges the reader into the Night World, with incubi, succubi and demons, along with a villain who is most likely based on Vlad the Impaler. This is a dark, sensual fantasy that also has its share of sly humor. Theron is especially amusing: the demon without a soul who succumbs to love. Paranormal romance lovers should put Lisa Cach on their "must read" lists.
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This review was published in the September-October, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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