Elsie Hayes’ life is shattered after the vicious murder of her husband. Intent on revenge, she spends her evenings killing creatures others only see in nightmares. A supernatural event teleports Elsie into a world filled with violence, magic and unexpected lust and love when she is thrust from widow to Fated Mate of the enigmatic vampire king. Can she lower the protective shield around her heart, giving herself to a vampire whose power is the very reason her life was changed forever?
Dream Warrior started in a completely different manner as the heroine’s husband, Dalton, is dying but he manages to leave her a message telling her he will always love her. Flash forward about eighteen months and Elsie is a vigilante going out at night to destroy the monsters that killed Dalton. Elsie is grieving and cannot come to terms with the loss of her husband, but her life is about to take a huge turn when she comes face to face with what is perhaps the biggest monster out there!
Zander is the Vampire king and leads his warriors against the demons (or skirm as they call them) who prey upon the humans. A chance meeting between Elsie and Zander arouses his suspicions that maybe she is more than just an ordinary human but he is truly shocked when he discovers that not only does she blame vampires for her husband’s murder but Elsie is in fact his Fated Mate! How can Zander convince her that his vampires are not the soulless bloodsuckers she imagines and more to the point, when can he claim this woman who completes his soul? Elsie is tormented by her feelings but cannot get past her guilt. Yes, Elsie is attracted to Zander but does not want to betray her late husband’s memory so where does that leave them? I guess sometimes purgatory is something we create for ourselves!
This is a tough one to review for me as I liked Zander and his delicious Scottish brogue but couldn't quite believe how he acted at times. One minute all dominant and passionate but then he would stand by and allow his warriors to get close to Elsie and okay he might growl a bit, but that was about it. He just felt so very different to the usual alpha male although admittedly I did like seeing his more gentle side. Elsie, hmm well, if frank I thought she was a bit of a tease. Yes I know she's hurting, but come on; she's a grown woman and well aware that yes, no, maybe, is just not how to treat anyone, let alone a guy who clearly needs her! I admired her fighting spirit though but just wasn't impressed by her leading Zander on at times.
What I did like was the fun loving warriors and there's quite a lot of interaction with them which clearly sets up for them to have books of their own. Frankly they seemed a little too playful at times and I'm amazed Zander didn't react more because these touchy feely guys were all over Elsie like a rash! Playful puppies came to mind but as a first book that's setting up a series, I can forgive that and just hope to see a little more action next time and slightly less pool time!
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.