Book Reviews

Lover, Lover (Dreamspun Beyond, Dreamcatchers 1) by Liv Olteano at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-February-2018

Book Blurb

Twin souls reunited.


Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.


But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.


As the chase after a powerful and resourceful caster hits close to home, old feelings resurface. But if Angelo learns of the dreamcatchers, he’ll be a target for the spaga. And how can he trust Drew now that Drew’s keeping bigger secrets than ever?


Book Review

This story contains an exciting mix of evil creatures launching brutal attacks on unsuspecting people, a secret team of fighters with various abilities, a range of sacred weapons originating with the ruling body of ancestors, and a young man out to prove himself only to discover there is much more to his job than he ever suspected. All of these elements make for a great action/adventure, but the added complications between the main characters, Drew and Angelo, on a purely personal level made this story even more exciting. They have their pasts and resurfacing feelings to deal with on top of the danger, revelations, and surprises they are exposed to on a daily basis. It certainly had me engaged and eager to find out more.

The promise of “twin souls” being reunited had me wanting to read this story, being the incurable romantic that I am, and the additional element of dreamcatchers made me curious how this soul bonding was going to work. The author has taken the concept of dreamcatchers, originating with the Ojibwe and adopted by many Native American cultures as a symbol of unity, and built a whole new supernatural world around the idea of protecting the unsuspecting while they sleep. Some elements, like the importance of the mother spirit – the spider woman, Asibikaashi – come straight from Native American legends, others, like the evil spaga, originate in the author’s imagination. I really enjoyed exploring the details.

Drew tells the story in first person, so everything is seen through his eyes. He starts out as a pretty self-centered young man, mostly concerned with proving himself and being accepted by Team 32, the unit he has been assigned to and trained with for four months. His abilities seem less than those of his team mates, and his eagerness to go on missions and fight had me worried for his safety. His one strength, other than martial arts, is the accuracy of his instinct, but, as it turns out, that is only the beginning of what he can do. As he finds his stride both as a team member and in his renewed relationship with Angelo, Drew changes and grows into a more adult and mature version of himself. Due to all the excitement and action this goes almost unnoticed, but he is a different man by the end of the story.

Angelo and Drew clearly have history, and since it was Drew who kept secrets and walked out, there is a lot of making up for him to do – especially since he keeps most of what he does now to himself as well. Not exactly ideal for a fresh start. I only got to know Angelo fairly slowly, since everything is relayed via Drew, but he is clearly a great guy with some abilities of his own. Ferreting out what they are and how they work with Drew’s instincts was half the battle, and as Drew and Angelo figure out how to work together, they also get closer on a personal level. I liked the combination of both these aspects because it made for a more interesting story.

If you like supernatural adventures, if exploring a new world with all its back history and rules is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is exciting, suspenseful, mysterious, occasionally funny, and offers a passionate romance on top of everything else, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 195 pages/51893 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-February-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle
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