Isabel Wright spends her days at the Belvedere Centre for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. It's satisfying, lucrative work, but it can be emotionally draining at times. Especially when one of her anonymous subjects, known only as Client Number Two, captures her imagination through his compelling dream narratives. Client Number Two's real name is Ellis Cutler. A loner who learned long ago not to let anyone get too close, he works for a highly classified government agency with an interest in the potential value of lucid dreaming. And he has just been ordered by his boss to make contact with Isabel, who's been fired after the sudden death of her boss, Dr. Belvedere. When they meet in the flesh, the dream becomes real enough to touch. And a waking nightmare begins. For a suspicious hit-and-run leads them into a perilous web of passion, betrayal and murder, and forces them to walk the razor-thin line between dreams and reality...
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Isabel Wright, a Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyst and Level Five lucid dreamer, meets the man of her dreams in bestseller Krentz's (Truth or Dare, etc.) romantic thriller. When Isabel's boss, Martin Belvedere, is found dead in his study, his son, Randolph, who was always scornful of his father's belief in dreamers capable of uncovering secrets, takes over the business. He fires Isabel before he realizes that her crime-solving through dreams pays most of the center's bills. Isabel trains to be a motivational speaker while falling into the arms of fellow lucid dreamer Ellis Cutler (aka "Dream Man"), whose dreams she had been decoding and who has likewise been dreaming of her (he thinks of her as "Tango Dancer"). Isabel's former co-workers at the Belvedere Center and Ellis's colleagues from his secret government agency provide a rich assortment of suspects and victims who must be sorted out by the lover-detectives as they wrestle good guys from the dark side, repair troubled marriages and fix ailing businesses. Though her New Age imagination sometimes runs into overdrive, Krentz holds her readers' attention with attractive, appealing protagonists, flawed but sympathetic secondary characters and winningly self-mocking humor. Her unflagging positive energy proves so overwhelming that the reader will happily make her way through a story that defies logic, based on psychology that defies reason, to a happy ending that defies description. Agent, Stephen Axelrod. (Nov.) Forecast: Krentz grinds 'em out like sausage, and this one is spicier than most. It should sell fantastically well-it's a featured selection of several book clubs-even though it gives new meaning to the term "suspension of disbelief." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"'Hearts will flutter. Spines will tingle.' People Magazine 'If Krentz's newest thriller doesn't send your pulse racing, dial your cardiologist's number. Krentz's storytelling shines with authenticity and dramatic intensity...Tightly written and packed with twists and shockers at every turn, this top-notch thriller keeps readers on the edge of their seats' Publishers Weekly"
In yet another winning tale of romantic suspense from Krentz (Truth or Dare), Isabel Wright analyzes dreams for a living-at least she did before being fired from the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research. Ellis Cutler, one of her anonymous subjects and a government agent, goes looking for the intriguing woman who can read but is not repelled by his violent dreams. He was touched by her suggestions to help him cope and has come to think of her as "Tango Dancer." Quite appropriate, considering that Isabel-a woman everyone else perceives as rather dull-secretly refers to him as "Dream Man." Things really begin to heat up between these two when it becomes clear that Ellis's current unsanctioned investigation into the "death" of a rogue agent has drawn Isabel into great danger. As always, Krentz creates an intelligent, likable couple, wonderful secondary characters, and a fast-paced story that will keep readers turning the pages. Fans will not be disappointed. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections and for readers who enjoy the work of Karen Robards and Nora Roberts. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/04.]-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.