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Tristan Havering believes all the crazy things he experienced in an alternative dimension, real-world version of the superhero saga ‘Power Up’ were a dream brought on by concussion; he’s about to find out how terrifyingly wrong he is. Four months after the steamy, narcissistic liaison he shared with Devon, the supervillain he plays in the movies, dangerous things begin spil Tristan Havering believes all the crazy things he experienced in an alternative dimension, real-world version of the superhero saga ‘Power Up’ were a dream brought on by concussion; he’s about to find out how terrifyingly wrong he is. Four months after the steamy, narcissistic liaison he shared with Devon, the supervillain he plays in the movies, dangerous things begin spilling over into his world, and Tristan has no choice but to believe the impossible: superheroes and supervillains are real. His only hope is Devon, mercurial and unstable, once driven completely out of his mind by his own power, but will he help Tristan a second time? Tristan has no choice but to frantically reach out and return to Devon’s crazy reality or face insanity at the whim of a power he cannot hope to control. ~50.5K words


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Tristan Havering believes all the crazy things he experienced in an alternative dimension, real-world version of the superhero saga ‘Power Up’ were a dream brought on by concussion; he’s about to find out how terrifyingly wrong he is. Four months after the steamy, narcissistic liaison he shared with Devon, the supervillain he plays in the movies, dangerous things begin spil Tristan Havering believes all the crazy things he experienced in an alternative dimension, real-world version of the superhero saga ‘Power Up’ were a dream brought on by concussion; he’s about to find out how terrifyingly wrong he is. Four months after the steamy, narcissistic liaison he shared with Devon, the supervillain he plays in the movies, dangerous things begin spilling over into his world, and Tristan has no choice but to believe the impossible: superheroes and supervillains are real. His only hope is Devon, mercurial and unstable, once driven completely out of his mind by his own power, but will he help Tristan a second time? Tristan has no choice but to frantically reach out and return to Devon’s crazy reality or face insanity at the whim of a power he cannot hope to control. ~50.5K words

45 review for Dreams and Reality

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    In the interest of full disclosure, I got a free advanced reader's copy of this book in order to review it (but I'd have bought it to read after the release date even if I hadn't). I read the first story in this series - the novelette Me, Myself and I - back when it first came out in 2012 and really enjoyed it at the time (and not just because it was well written erotica, the premise was just so much fun!). So when Natasha announced she was publishing a longer sequel I was immediately interested In the interest of full disclosure, I got a free advanced reader's copy of this book in order to review it (but I'd have bought it to read after the release date even if I hadn't). I read the first story in this series - the novelette Me, Myself and I - back when it first came out in 2012 and really enjoyed it at the time (and not just because it was well written erotica, the premise was just so much fun!). So when Natasha announced she was publishing a longer sequel I was immediately interested in Dreams and Reality. It has been long enough since reading MMI that I have forgotten many of the details, so I can reliably say that when Natasha says you don't need to have read MMI to read Dreams and Reality, it's accurate. All of the pertinent points are covered, fitting smoothly into the narrative so you never feel like you're being given a recap. I know star ratings are a very subjective thing (spend 2 minutes on TripAdvisor and that's obvious). So giving some context, 4 is my usual rating for 'I really enjoyed this book'. What takes a 4 star rating up to a 5 is re-readability, and for me Dreams and Reality has that. The main character is Tristan, an actor forced to face the fantastic reality that the imaginary world he portrays on film actually exists as an alternate dimension. Tristan succeeds as the protagonist on two fronts. The first is that in his own right Tristan is a compelling character, going through things he has already relegated to the realm of dreams and not only coping and succeeding as you'd expect of a superhero story, but having his fail-able moments as well. That right there makes him more relatable than your average superhero story protagonist. That's also what leads to the second way in which Tristan succeeds, the fan angle. Not only can you translate Tristan's experiences to imagining your favourite actor set in the reality of their fantasy/sci-fi franchise and having to cope, but you can relate as a fan put in the same situation as well. Tristan doesn't see his role as an actor in ‘Power Up’ just as a job, he knows and loves his material as well as any dedicated fan would, gives a great deal of thought to the characters and their motivations, and that all plays a role in how he engages with the people of the alternate universe. As fans it's often fun to imagine yourself in your favourite fictional world, but I think all of us know it would be harder to live it than is portrayed by Hollywood (one of my favourite bits of internal dialogue in the story is when (view spoiler)[Tristan wishes he could get a training montage to speed things up (hide spoiler)] ). That's the thing that really makes this story for me. Not only is there a fun plot - with enough questions left to make a sequel desirable, but enough answered it can stand alone - interesting characters, and intimate scenes that serve the story rather than distracting from it, but most importantly it's immersive. Tristan is the reader's proxy in the kind of daydream so many fans often have, and for that reason Dreams and Reality is a title that will be sticking around in my library for plenty of years to come.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jan 2021 Re-read. Thankfully longer than the first and more in depth exploration of the characters. The book skips ahead to the end of the third film and Devon about to walk away, stopped by Tristan appearing with the consequences of the first journey. I like that Tristan has powers and how close he and Devon are, as well as how he deals with all the suspicion. Would’ve been nice to see the team watching the films. I think my favourite part was Tristan knowing he was always going to leave and set Jan 2021 Re-read. Thankfully longer than the first and more in depth exploration of the characters. The book skips ahead to the end of the third film and Devon about to walk away, stopped by Tristan appearing with the consequences of the first journey. I like that Tristan has powers and how close he and Devon are, as well as how he deals with all the suspicion. Would’ve been nice to see the team watching the films. I think my favourite part was Tristan knowing he was always going to leave and setting up a support network for Devon. November 2018 Dreams & reality continues a little while off from the first one dealing with the consequences. Hands down this is one of my favourite M/M books. Although short it packs a punch dealing with an array of characters, powers and mental illness. I love the relationship between Devon and Tristan, how the duo anchors one another. Really would’ve liked a third one with the way it ended but I really enjoyed it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eka

    I loved this series. They were very short stories but each one was thought provoking and quirky with a little steam to set it all off. I wasn't really expecting much when I picked up the first one, but by the end I just NEEDED there to be a second book. I've reread each several times and am writing this review to get a free copy of the third book "Oh, Really? (Dark Reflections – Short Story)". I loved this series. They were very short stories but each one was thought provoking and quirky with a little steam to set it all off. I wasn't really expecting much when I picked up the first one, but by the end I just NEEDED there to be a second book. I've reread each several times and am writing this review to get a free copy of the third book "Oh, Really? (Dark Reflections – Short Story)".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kutsua

    This book belongs to the "bizarre" category. It is not particularly well written, there is not much going on in terms of the plot and the final sex scene takes 10 % of the book at least (really??). However, I do have weakness for this sort of fan-fictionish narratives and I quite enjoyed the premise which is a unique twist on "auto-erotica":)). Unless you are just as deviant as I am, you can easily skip this book. This book belongs to the "bizarre" category. It is not particularly well written, there is not much going on in terms of the plot and the final sex scene takes 10 % of the book at least (really??). However, I do have weakness for this sort of fan-fictionish narratives and I quite enjoyed the premise which is a unique twist on "auto-erotica":)). Unless you are just as deviant as I am, you can easily skip this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Brown

    Absolutely love the banter between the characters and the character interactions don't seem too out of sync with what real people might act in a similar situation. Absolutely love the banter between the characters and the character interactions don't seem too out of sync with what real people might act in a similar situation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Denise Richard

    Really interesting concept, nothing quite like this has been done before. The British focus on characterization works really well for this. Plus it's a lot of fun. Really interesting concept, nothing quite like this has been done before. The British focus on characterization works really well for this. Plus it's a lot of fun.

  7. 5 out of 5

    akira17

    I received a free copy of this novel from the author before the official release date so that I could review it. I will begin my review by saying I had not read the first book in the Dark Reflections series before I read this book but as the author says that knowledge is not essential when reading this book. The characters back-stories and all the facts you need to know are woven into the story, so that you have all the information about the universe you need without having to read an informatio I received a free copy of this novel from the author before the official release date so that I could review it. I will begin my review by saying I had not read the first book in the Dark Reflections series before I read this book but as the author says that knowledge is not essential when reading this book. The characters back-stories and all the facts you need to know are woven into the story, so that you have all the information about the universe you need without having to read an information dump or long scenes of exposition. Tristan is an actor who plays a superhero/ ex-villain named Devon, when he is once again pulled into Devon’s world Tristan must come to terms with the fact that he now shares Devon’s powers. Tristan and Devon must work together to help Tristan control his powers and work with the team of superheroes Devon once fought against. They are helping each other gain control, acceptance and love when their base is attacked by a unique enemy, now they have to work together with the rest of the team to save the day. The personal relationship between Tristan and Devon is lovely, hot as hell and super sweet at the same time. While they are organically the same person but their experiences, lives and the universes they live in are so different that they both come across as two distinctly different people which they absolutely are. Tristan’s presence also helps Devon come to terms with himself and what happened to him, as well as helping him gain the trust and acceptance of the people he works with. As well as the love of the man who was once his partner. This book is excellent, I honestly read it in one sitting. The premise and story are as intriguing and unique as the characters and the disaster they face. The story and world are great and very fleshed out for so short a novel, yet nothing feels rushed or too drawn out. The characters are interesting and Tristan particularly is very relatable and believably human in his reaction to what is going on. Basically this is a short novel that is funny, engaging, hot, and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely reread it again sometime in the future. You will come to know and care about the characters and what is happening to them and really that one of the best things you can hope for in a story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kalamah

    This was the meat that was left out of the first book, which was more of a prequel prologue to set the stage, so to speak. And, like the previous book, it was a fun, light romp of unselfconscious tropes that I enjoyed quite a bit. It was also notably hilarious as hell in a couple parts. That said, I winced at Jezebel as a character concept, and I hope the author takes the time to not do that ever again and educate herself on why that was a big mistake of stereotypical characterization. Also notab This was the meat that was left out of the first book, which was more of a prequel prologue to set the stage, so to speak. And, like the previous book, it was a fun, light romp of unselfconscious tropes that I enjoyed quite a bit. It was also notably hilarious as hell in a couple parts. That said, I winced at Jezebel as a character concept, and I hope the author takes the time to not do that ever again and educate herself on why that was a big mistake of stereotypical characterization. Also notable for this-needs-work is Nori; if I give the benefit of the doubt, this might have been an attempt to lampshade superhero tropes, but it falls very flat. And in general, she needs to work on including POC in ways that don't induce facepalms in readers like myself. I've read worse, but it dampened my enthusiasm for these books to see that stuff in there. We're people, not a collection of stereotypes and roles.

  9. 5 out of 5

    A

    An excellent sequel to a short story! The events seem to jump around and while a little more information about G-energy would not go amiss, the book is a great quick read and a sequel seems to be hiding in the ending. Light hearted and serious in turns, romance and sex and adventure abound--definitely a recommended read. Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    MKRN

    After the second read through of this I can only once again say how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are so well-thought out and the world building is top notch. Although this book is longer than the first one, it's still relatively short but I felt like I received so much information about the characters. Tristan and Devon are great together and it was wonderful to see the rest of Team Alpha getting to see Devon in the same way we as the readers see him through Tristan. After the second read through of this I can only once again say how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are so well-thought out and the world building is top notch. Although this book is longer than the first one, it's still relatively short but I felt like I received so much information about the characters. Tristan and Devon are great together and it was wonderful to see the rest of Team Alpha getting to see Devon in the same way we as the readers see him through Tristan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria Hartman

    I love this book. It really gives you a feeling for all the characters. I hope to read more adventurers about Tristan,Eric, Gage, And Devon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sabrena

    Wow! Despite the small grammar errors, I couldn't put it down. I wonder what's next... I'm looking forward to finding out. -Sabrena Wow! Despite the small grammar errors, I couldn't put it down. I wonder what's next... I'm looking forward to finding out. -Sabrena

  13. 4 out of 5

    L. Pennyfeather

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ajumi

  15. 4 out of 5

    De TrueLover

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Roob

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cherie Jones

  19. 5 out of 5

    Giedre

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Camryn Hochfeld

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kai

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fluffycat

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Duncan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janine Southard

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first installment in the series. It seemed to want to be two books in one: the "training sequence teaches us about ourselves and each other" and the "we must come together to save ourselves from this mysterious outside force." Unfortunately, neither of these books got full attention, and so it read like a bizarre mashup where things would be going great and then I'd suddenly be thrust into a completely different story with no lead up and no idea why I ought I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first installment in the series. It seemed to want to be two books in one: the "training sequence teaches us about ourselves and each other" and the "we must come together to save ourselves from this mysterious outside force." Unfortunately, neither of these books got full attention, and so it read like a bizarre mashup where things would be going great and then I'd suddenly be thrust into a completely different story with no lead up and no idea why I ought to care; once getting used to this new story: bam! back to the old one. I'll still read another book by this author, and the premise is still loads of fun, but this novel just didn't work for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Waagosh

  28. 5 out of 5

    Saskie-

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steffanie Davis

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Duncan-Drake

  31. 5 out of 5

    Tj

  32. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Quinn

  33. 5 out of 5

    Marina

  34. 5 out of 5

    Charming

  35. 5 out of 5

    Tuan Van Rillaer

  36. 5 out of 5

    KR

  37. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

  38. 4 out of 5

    Jullie Iverson-Van Grieken

  39. 4 out of 5

    Senobe

  40. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  41. 4 out of 5

    Tamela

  42. 5 out of 5

    Patdbooks

  43. 4 out of 5

    Nereice

  44. 5 out of 5

    CRISELDA

  45. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

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