Pre-release manuscript reviews
I have to say a big “Wow” to Victoria Valentine’s book Love Dreams. The book starts out with a pretty steamy dream sequence and as a reader we might say, “oh this kind of book!”
But then the story line just sizzles from there, with or without the sex. The characters come across with such force we can’t help but identify with them, in a good way or bad. The heroine is someone who, for me, grew as a character. I was not fond of her personality or choices early on, but she became much stronger as the novel went on. I migrated from wanting to slap her to wanting to hug her.
As for the male characters, Michael is so endearing. He is not always a sweet guy, given his limitations, but he is someone we can sympathize with and later on in the story, empathize with. As for Trainer, the other male character, he was someone I disliked from the beginning, maybe because I was pulling for Sienna and Michael and my heart overrode my mind. It seems that Trainer is really a pretty normal guy, competing for the heart of a woman, no differently than anyone else would. Like a rollercoaster ride, this book is an up and down array of emotions. We feel sure the ending will be what we want, and yet…as we traverse the story we become not so sure. The mystery is nicely mixed with the romance and creates several levels of enjoyment.
The novel has exceptional pace and this novelist gives us such vivid description that we feel we are there in the story. We visualize the characters and the settings, and the dialogue is snappy and engaging.
It is page turner, and kept me immersed in its velocity from page 1 until the very last word.
I highly recommend this read. Victoria Valentine never fails to touch our hearts with her writing, whether it be a poem, a short story or as in this case, a novel.
(author of “an Abstract Waltz”)
Victoria Valentine takes her reader on an incredible journey and weaves a compelling tale in her new novel, Love Dreams. Her authentic and tangible characters come alive because we come to care about them.
Her heroine, Sienna, grows and develops as the story moves forward…becoming confident and learning how to move past personal tragedy to find happiness and fulfillment. We can’t help but cheer her on, cry with her when she hurts and be happy for her when she overcomes adversity and heartbreak.
This story has it all: danger, suspense, passion, betrayal, and triumph over tragedy. But Victoria’s writing transcends the ordinary with descriptions and imagery that are simply beautiful. Her proven skill as a poet is evidenced in her prose, showing that she can excel in any genre.
A rip-roaring good story…a novel to get lost in, and read over and over again.
~Review by Jill Lapin Zell
By Holly Bianchi
Love Dreams is an erotic, yet stirring telling of human relationships. The novel begins in a gentle description of passion and builds into an emotional roller coaster of psychological and emotional feelings.
Sienna Alexander, the heroine of the story, is a complex character with much negativity impeding her life. Her flashbacks of her ex-lover Rob Lucas and his violent, abusive behavior, along with his attempt to take her life, left her a confused, sad and vulnerable soul. When Michael Chessler breaks into her life, her wheel of fortune spins, and Sienna is transformed into a strong, optimistic young woman whose repressed sensuality is finally able to be released.
Michael, physically and emotionally handicapped as the result of an auto accident, finds himself madly in love with Sienna, and has absolutely no idea how much the beautiful and emotionally frail Sienna loves him. To deal with his physical condition, and the possitility that Sienna may love someone else, he buries himself in his architectural and construction company.
Greg Trainer is a cosmetic surgeon who is attracted to Sienna, but this young woman does not feel the same attraction to him. She dislikes him, knowing he is superficial and arrogant, and that she is nothing more than a sexual decoration to him. On the other hand, Dr. Gregory Trainer can’t come to terms with the fact that Sienna doesn’t share his opinion of himself. The more he chases her, the further he pushes her away. One thing Trainer does, however, is bring out Sienna’s inner strength.
In “Love Dreams” Victoria Valentine, shows the deep longing Sienna has for peace in her life, and much needed fulfillment. She knows all things could be possible with Michael, if fate would permit them into each others lives. The twists and turns in their relationship, along with haunting memories of Rob Lucas, elevates tension and keeps the pages turning until it appears tragedy may turn into happiness, yet there’s always another obstacle to overcome. As the story continues, one dislikes Greg Trainer more and more, especially when he meets Sienna and her friends, and a hopeful Michael Chessler, at a summer carnival where he belittles them and the carnival environment. Greg Trainer is shown as an arrogant, and somewhat repulsive person. Sienna knows that Greg Trainer could never be a part of her life, she wants no part of him. Sienna loves and wants Michael Chessler.
Ms. Valentine has the creativity to describe the sexually erotic to the poetry of beauty of the environment surrounding the characters in the book. The flowers, the rain and wind, and the breath of life’s fresh air. “Love Dreams” has a shocking, but desireable ending. As the heroine’s name sounds like the word “serene,” so too is the conclusion of this book.
“Holly Bianchi is a contributor to the Atlantic Highlands Herald newspaper, and author of “Images of America: Sea Bright” (2008) and “Images of America: Leonardo” (2001), published by Arcadia Publishing. She is also a poet and reviewer for Skyline Publications and Water Forest Press books.”