Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Fever, #4
URBAN FANTASY

Source: Purchased
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MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell.…In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning new novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest—and most erotically charged—adventure of her life.

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought—and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister’s diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge.…

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth—about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons…and about the world she thought she knew.

“I have a black sense of humor. You try living my life, see what color yours turns.”

This review is based on a re-read.

After the killer cliffhanger of the third book, this one starts on a doozy. Mac is rescued by Barrons in….unconventional ways….which was interesting reading. It’s not a romantic fest, it’s almost silly, but it’s forming what will become a stronger connection and shows Mac overcoming yet another brutal thing. After this is gotten out of the way, the world is a much darker place – not just because of the horrors she’s gone through and survived, but because the world is literally dark with the released monstrosities damning the streets. The fae are no longer the secrets they once were, but hardly anyone is alive to see that now. Big changer in pace. The storyline has stepped up big time – a huge step.

The story was fascinating in this one, it really was, but for various reasons Mac annoyed me. She didn't the first three books, but the fourth she thinks a little too highly of herself in a few situations. First, why would she think V'lane would ever put her above his actual queen? Totally unrealistic for anyone to expect that. She has the right idea to spurring on the other sidhe-seers but to actually try to take over in a weird way and coup?

Barrons, be still my heart. I felt bad for him, even if he is still holding things back, because of Mac’s defense wall she’s had to build up to survive. V’Lane is fun when he’s present but still not as likable with these re-reads – his arrogance taints the pages, but he steals any scene he graces.

Much progress is made with the major OOP they’re seeking, and it’s evil presence has become downright creepy. Not much time is spent in the bookstore considering the events, but it’s still a strong setting in a beautiful city filled with rain and terrors. Ah, I really want to visit Ireland after this series. Fae being left out is perfectly fine, though!

Now let’s talk about that last half. Yikes on the brain and crushing on the heartstrings, there is another whopper of a cliffhanger (Hate those), but this one brutalized me. Scary stuff. Fascinating at the same time, which is why I'm still in love with this series by this point. Mac has become annoying and it's a four star over five, but still worth the angst.



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