Book: New Reality
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication date: November 8, 2017
Length: 52 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
It’s lonely running a small transport ship across the galaxy when you’re as old and as single as Connell Smyth. So when the dreams start up, Connell assumes they’re his mind’s way of working through what his life has become—until he discovers the man in his dreams might be much more than a figment of his neglected imagination. Connell can’t quite believe it could be real, but he can’t help becoming obsessed with this new lover on an unknown luscious planet.
Seventeen years ago, Wystan Kreeger’s survey mission crash-landed on a hard-to-reach planet. Sole survivor Wystan turns desperate after his computer, the only companion he’s had since, gives out. Even in the improbable event that the man in his dreams is real, he’ll face the same risk from the planet’s storm-charged atmosphere if he tries to track Wystan down, and he could end up just like Wystan’s former crew. But finding each other across so many light-years can’t be a mere coincidence. Now they must find a way to realize the happiness they’ve found in sleep during the light of the day.
As a new to me author I was intrigued by the blurb, and since I also love sci-fi romance stories, this sounded perfect for me.
There wasn’t anything fantastic about the story although the writing itself was excellent, not over the top, and just the perfect amount of details the blurb ended up telling a slightly different story than the story did.
The blurb had me expecting to hear Wystan’s POV while he was stuck on the planet, to see his worry over Connell trying to land. That actually didn’t happen. The story is told entirely from Connell’s POV. Him losing his partner and love of his life after decades together, his journey on his ship trying to keep together the life he once had but not feeling it in his heart, and then the dreams of the man in a place that feels like paradise. This was fine, but my expectations from the blurb were not what we got. The landing was glossed over after putting such an importance on it in the blurb was a big let down for me.
Their first meeting was emotional and big but again not enough of the “Wow you are real” coming from Wystan who until that point had no clue Connell wasn’t just a dream. Once they are together the romance is short and sweet. Visiting those that Wystan needed to tell that he was alive and the growth of their relationship.
It was all good. But that’s it. There wasn’t anything that made me wish it was a longer book because I loved the characters or the story so much. There wasn’t anything that made me invest genuinely. This very well could be just a me thing. These characters and story for others could be precisely the short story you need. I will definitely be looking for other books by this author to see what else she has created.
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