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, discursive dreams turn into some volatile reality. The human world and the supernatural one exist closely each other. There are interesting twists and turns, nothing is what it seems.
I was bored a little by V’Aidan’s whining about his true nature and his feelings, around the middle of the story. It was exaggerated, and unnecessary. The end is too easy, some kind of reverse Sleeping Beauty, but as a whole, it is a nice novella.
Like Dragonswan is about the Arcadians and the Katagaria, Phantom Lover gives background information and characterization of Dream-Hunters, Skoti, and Oneroi. It is not essential but it is worth reading it if you want to get a clearer picture about Dream-Hunters.
What I like the most in the Dark-Hunter Universe, is that, as in real life, things are not exclusively black or white. Things not always are what they seem to be, good and evil are not separated clearly. Anything could happen.