Haunted by recurring nightmares of terrifying beasts, Erin McDaniels is afraid to sleep-until a hero arrives in her dreams to save her…and makes erotic, incredible love to her. But can she find him again when she is awake?
Phantom Lover appears in print in Midnight Pleasures anthology. It is the story of V’Aidan, a Dream-Hunter, and Erin McDaniels.
The plot is smartly built. The odd, erratic dreams turn into some kind of volatile reality. The human world and the supernatural one exist close to each other. There are interesting twists and turns, and nothing is what it seems.
Around the middle of the story, I was bored a little by V’Aidan’s whining about his true nature and his feelings. It was exaggerated and unnecessary. The end is too easy, kind of a reverse Sleeping Beauty, but as a whole, it is a nice novella.
While Dragonswan is about the Arcadians and the Katagaria, Phantom Lover gives background information about Dream-Hunters, Skoti, and Oneroi. It is not essential but worth reading it if you want to get a clearer picture about Dream-Hunters.
What I like the most in the Dark-Hunterverse, is that, as in real life, things are not exclusively black or white. Things not always are what they seem to be, and anything could happen.