Narrated by Tanya Eby
I began my love of romance novels about fifteen years ago with one of Jayne Ann Krentz’s romances and immediately went on a huge glom of her backlist. Unfortunately, her recent books are a bit hit or miss for me. While I like Tanya Eby’s narration of Dream Eyes, I have mixed feelings about the story itself: I enjoyed parts of it, but was bored by others.
This is the second in the author’s Dark Legacy series. Judson Coppersmith is the brother of the hero of Copper Beach, the first in the series, while Gwen Frazier is best friends with the heroine of Copper Beach. A month earlier, Judson was instantly attracted to Gwen when they went out for dinner with his brother and her friend. But Judson’s dreams of a night of hot sex ended when Gwen, a paranormal counselor, told him “I fix bad dreams.” Judson suffers from violent, vivid dreams, but that’s not the type of relationship he wants with Gwen. Judson can’t get Gwen out of his mind, and soon has a chance to see her. He’s a psychic investigator with his brother, and gets called in to help Gwen when she’s the primary suspect in a series of violent murders.
In addition to fixing bad dreams, Gwen has another interesting paranormal talent: when we first meet her, she’s talking to the ghost of her mentor at the scene of her violent death. It turns out Gwen can pick up signals from the victims of violent deaths, a type of “ghost” signal.
I’ve listened to several books narrated by Tanya Eby, and she has yet to disappoint. She clearly distinguishes between the characters; I was never in doubt as to who was speaking. I find her pacing excellent and her tone appealing. She realistically conveys the emotions the characters are feeling.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the story quite as much as the narration. The early chapters were interesting, and I found both Judson and Gwen intriguing. As with virtually all of Ms. Krentz’s heroes and heroines, they’re witty and intelligent. But once Judson and Gwen begin investigating the murders, the story dragged. I like dialog, but it seemed as if hours of the story focused on endless discussions between Judson and Gwen; I just wanted something more to happen. I definitely didn’t hate it, but I found it all too easy to stop the audio to do something else.
Breakdown of Grade – Narration: A- and Book Content: C