Book Review: Only in her Dreams by Christina McKnight @cmcknightwriter
*This is an old review transferred to my new website*
This was a fun read from beginning to end. It is a romance with a spattering of Greek mythology integral to the story. I found myself trying to figure out what the bad guy was up to, even frequently getting it wrong as I didn’t yet have enough information to fill in the puzzle.
While clearly romance, the story wasn’t what I would call mommy porn, as it’s come to be called. A primary theme of the novel is the relationship dynamics between the characters, which are constantly in flux as you try to figure out who wants who and who is related, which brings about its own tension. It’s kind of like daytime soaps in that way, actually, now that I think about it. But in a good way. The book keeps you guessing and engaged in the lives of those in it, whether they be good guys or bad.
McKnight is great about using foreshadowing and giving out information piecemeal so as to engage the reader and entice them to read further without becoming irritating.
The main character, Lucessa, had me laughing over her attitude and snarky thoughts. Maxim had me vying for him, cheering him on and hoping things would work out. Guy and Marie left me agonizing for them as I saw how Guy beat himself up over the choices he’d had to make and how Marie struggled, breaking her daughter’s heart over and over again without even realizing.
As a word of warning, I found a few grammar mistakes in the book, mostly comma usage and using present tense instead of past tense, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book even though I’m a perfectionist. It also didn’t pull me out of the story, which I have had happen before. I have had to put a book down because of poor editing. I will not review it if it doesn’t reach a certain standard. I won’t even finish it. I am not very forgiving of mistakes in editing but these I could easily overlook.
Only in her Dreams, with so many twists and turns, will keep you trying to put the clues together as you yearn for the characters to make it through. Definitely a good read.
About the Author
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.
In college, Christina took many courses to help develop and enhance her writing skills. She completed a seventy-page dissertation on the need for community policing in American society. Now, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.
Christina lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, two boxers, two cats, and a Beta fish named Marmaduke. If she’s not behind a computer screen or book, she’s busy leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is very active in several writing groups and a local book group.