Review: Ethan Day – Dreaming of You

1903898Author: Ethan Day
Reviewer: Vivian
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 978125313314

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Restaurateur Aden Ingle has been in love with the perfect man since his fourteenth birthday. Unfortunately, his perfect boyfriend only exists in his dreams. But Aden’s always believed it was his destiny to meet his dream man, and he’s perfectly content to wait around for him to walk into his real life.

When he meets Logan Price at a Hotel/Restaurant Trade Show, he finds himself drawn to this man who shakes him out of his dream world. Pretty soon, the flesh and blood reality is becoming more appealing than the fantasy. The only problem is Logan lives half way across the country in California.

Aden’s going to have to choose whether to give up everything he’s built for himself professionally and uproot his whole life for Logan, or wait for the man from his dreams to become a reality.

NOTE: Second Edition – This is a previously published work.
Logan Price and Aden Ingle sitting in a tree…

Aden’s friends and colleagues, Finn and Hunter are loud and crass. Unrepentantly so. Finn has moments that I’d drop kick her ass, but Aden seems to put up with. Why, I don’t know. There is a bit of shock jock to their behavior which is OTT, but as a group makes sense for interactions. Nonetheless, there was a casual crudity to the characters behaviors and language that seemed very nighttime drama television, staged. To be fair this is not unusual in the Day stories that I’ve read, but the humor usually alleviates it. Here, it was too brittle, strained, and fell flat.

Now and then format, which I’m not terribly fond of in principle, here it works well, but still. And the dream sequences, again not my favorite, but an integral part of the story, thus I accepted it. The first person narrative I like, definitely keeps you wondering with the close perspective and singular view of events what is going on at times.

Aden was a bit of a born again virgin before Logan appeared on the scene living in a magical world where every guy we meet is gay and every woman has a gay family member or friend. Again, very Day, but seemed more obtrusive. I don’t know if it was that I wasn’t connecting with the characters or what.

Logan seems too good to be real, knight in shining armor good, and Aden seems confused and absent-minded and then sharp and on point. He really is the daydreaming sort of personality. And the last 25% of the story is a big WTH?! Aden veers abruptly off course tying in a story element, but just left me feeling uneasy.

Overall, I failed to make a love connection.

Favorite quote:

Logan was a like a drug created solely to cure what ailed me, and cure me he did.




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