Thursday, December 29, 2011

Barely Dreaming by Stephanie Beck

As dreams come alive, trouble lurks around the corner.

When Neela Raymond and three of her college girlfriends take a camping trip over spring break, they’re abducted by a group of men and held captive for a week. At least that’s what Neela’s been told—she can’t remember any details of the horrifying event. But one thing is very apparent—during that week she became pregnant. Afraid of the possibilities, Neela finds it difficult to attend classes, eat, or sleep.

When Neela finally falls asleep, she wakes in a dream world, where she finds Gabe O’Shay. Though she can’t remember him either, something in her recognizes him.

Gabe and Neela are best friends of a different sort. Created in Neela’s mind when she was just a child, Gabe has always been her dream friend, growing as she did, to eventually become the man of her dreams.

With Gabe’s help, Neela’s memory begins to return, and ugly truths emerge. Snagged in a violent, illegal scheme, Neela will have to struggle for survival. The nightmare is not over yet.

Meanwhile, Gabe has managed to find a tear between the dream world and the real world, but will he arrive too late to help his Neela?

Reviewer: Dolce Amore
This was an unique and interesting book. I've read all her books, and like always Ms Stephanie Beck takes us on an incredible trip that we don’t want to end.

It starts with Neela Raymond who, after a camping trip with three of her college girlfriends, wakes up in a hospital. She can’t remember what happened and nobody will tell her the truth, but she realizes that it was something terrible. She tries to remember, especially when she realizes that she's pregnant as a result!

When Neela decides to call a therapist to help her remember, she dreams of a man who helps her by showing her all the events of that week. It seems that he was a person she created when she was a little girl and who grown up with her. His name is Gabriel O’Shay and some years after his creation, they fall in love.

In the moment Neela’s three friends exchange her to pay their debts to some bad guys; Gabriel succeeds in entering into the real world to save her. They make love and together, they kill everybody but the girls. But she got hurt and that’s why she couldn’t remember what happened.

But there is still someone who's trying to get rid of her and Gabriel might not be able to reach her in the real world soon enough to save her.

Like I said, this book is full of imagination. Although I think the characters could have been more developed, I enjoyed this dramatic story and I will give it 4 stars.

Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


steph beck said...

Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed Barely Dreaming :)
Stephanie Beck

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