In Victorian London, during a prolonged and pernicious fog, fantasy and reality are about to collide—at least in one man’s troubled mind.
A childhood fever left Arthur Middleton, Viscount Campden, seeing and hearing things no one else does, afraid of the world outside, and unable to function as a true peer of the realm. To protect him from himself—and to protect others from him—he spends his days heavily medicated and locked in his rooms, and his nights in darkness and solitude, tormented by visions, until a stranger appears.
This apparition is different. Fox says he’s a thief and not an entirely good sort of man, yet he returns night after night to ease Arthur’s loneliness without asking for anything in return. Fox might be the key that sets Arthur free, or he might deliver the final blow to Arthur’s tenuous grasp on sanity. Either way, real or imaginary, Arthur needs him too much to care.
Fox is only one of the many secrets and specters haunting Campden House, and Arthur will have to face them all in order to live the life of his dreams.
We Met in Dreams by Rowan McAllister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am not really into ghost stories. Nope.
But reading the blurb and knowing that "We Met in Dreams" is a historical romance, I think I can go for it.
Happened that I was quite enjoying the story, with the ghost, the 'sight', and what people believe about hallucination during fever counted as 'crazy'.
And Arthur has been 'crazy' for the last ten years of his life. With the dark room, isolation in his own house. Until he met his 'illusion', Fox. That apparently, was not an illusion at all.
Started a little bit slow, and Arthur's beliefs that he is one crazy guy was kinda make me cranky.
But understandable considering the era.
I was glad that Fox finally got Arthur into his senses and realized what they have is real.
But not for a long time. Something's happened, and Fox and Arthur have to face the reality where they have to calm down a little bit, at least for Arthur.
What happened with Fox broke my heart. But I was glad that Arthur can convinced Fox this time.
The ending was a little rushed. Fox and Arthur need more time to explore one another.
It's a HFN, but I think that's make sense in Victoria era for homosexual relationship.
I believe, Fox and Arthur can work it out somehow.
* I received the ARC from Dreamspinner Press in exchange of a fair and unbiased review.*
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