Monday, August 29, 2016

Where I'll Be Waiting by Monika De Giorgi - Review

Where I’ll Be Waiting – Monika De Giorgi

Facing your fears, inner demons, friendship and a love to dream of. Jesse meets a wonderful guy who is caring, attentive, lovable, and handsome to boot. Unfortunately, the only time he sees Cameron is in his dreams—dreams that are never flimsy and fast forgotten in the morning, but feel very real. And the longer they go on, the more palpable they feel to Jesse.

But what happens when these dreams have a bigger and bigger impact on Jesse’s daily life? When they begin to take a toll on him and make it harder to wake up every day? And what if they turn into nightmares and Jesse can’t get out anymore, if he never wakes up?

One day Cameron finds a heartbreaking poem in a small notebook, hidden in a used book. From the first time he reads it, the handwritten words resonate somewhere deep within him and when he goes to sleep that night, he meets Jesse for the first time—a sad young man who makes Cam want to give him reasons to smile and a shoulder to cry on. From that night on, Jesse is a nightly visitor in Cameron’s dreams.

But what happens when Cameron finds out that his Jesse is very much real? And what if a sinister presence takes hold of their shared dreams and Cameron wakes up? Can he get back to Jesse? Or will Jesse stay back forever in this dreamscape turned nightmare?  

File Size: 402 KB
Print Length: 200 pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books

Publication Date: June 1st 2016  

4.5 out of 5 stars

This is the first book that I've read by this author and I really enjoyed both the premise of the story and the execution. 

We meet both characters, Jesse and Cameron through one of Jesse's dreams, not realizing that they aren't meeting in real time until Jesse wakes up. Neither Jesse nor Cameron have ever met each other, and aren't even sure if the other is real but they love their time spent together in the dream world they've created. Unfortunately their dream world takes it's toll on both men, as both are still exhausted when they wake up from their dreams.

Their world becomes more real when Jesse starts to take control of their dreams after talking to his best friend about everything. He suggests that Jesse guides the dream and encourages him to tell Cam to come and find him in the real world. Things take a turn for the dangerous though when Jesse falls deep into the dream world and is unable to resurface. This sends Jesse and even Cam, on a lesser extent, on a journey to both help Jesse heal from all the things life has thrown at him, and to strengthen their relationship. 

You might be asking, "How do they have a relationship if they've never met?".  This is a relationship that you really need to read the story in order to really see develop. There really is a strong connection between Jesse and Cam even before they physically meet, and that connection deepens as the story goes forward. This isn't what I'd consider a typical romance, while it does have a HEA at the end, the journey isn't just about Cam and Jesse falling in love. A large part of the journey is Jesse learning to fight his past demons and learning to accept himself and become a stronger person. This part of the story while not all rainbows and love scenes is actually a pretty powerful part of their journey. And yes, I state their journey because if Jesse hadn't learned to overcome the demons from his past, he and Cam wouldn't be able to make a solid future for themselves. 

I was hooked from the first sentence and didn't want to put Where I'll Be Waiting down until I'd finished the entire book. The characters are engaging and show both personal and relationship growth through out the scope of the book. The plot and pacing of the story were both pretty close to perfect for this reader. The only thing I'd have liked is a bit more at the ending between Cam and Jesse in the real world, outside of their dream scenarios. That's not a bad thing that it isn't there, it's just one of those reader's quirks for me that I'd like a little more closure to the HEA. 

Where I'll Be Waiting is definitely a book to pick up if you like something a little different, or if you love the paranormal side of romance. 

Author Bio: 

Monika De Giorgi is a nerd, bookworm and author of M/M-Romance. Her first book got published 2007, more followed since then. Her favorite genres are Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy (with a healthy dose of Romance). She lives with two dogs and her cat in the suburbs of Rosenheim (near Munich) and works as assistant for a film team. She’s never seen without something to read and traveling without her laptop and several notebads is just not imaginable.  

Twitter: @monidg

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