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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671019759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671019754
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Setting: Contemporary Orlando, Florida
Sensuality: 8

Never comfortable with her fame as an empath, lovely Marlie Keen has led a life free of clairvoyant incidents for several years. But her quiet, ordinary existence is shattered when the unwanted ability to read a murderer's mind returns with a vengeance. Knowing that publicity is sure to follow, Marlie nevertheless tells the police what she knows. Tough detective Dane Hollister first scoffs at her claim that she "sees" the serial killer who's terrorizing Orlando, but it doesn't take long to convince him that she's telling the truth. It takes even less time for him to recognize the attraction between himself and Marlie, but Marlie is incredibly vulnerable to the visions assaulting her and Dane must put his fierce desire on hold while he tries to track down a bloodthirsty madman.

A perfect example of why Linda Howard is a leading author of romantic suspense, Dream Man offers a plot that unfolds with precision, suspense that is taut and spine tingling, passion hot enough to peel paint, and breathtaking romance. This is Howard in top form. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Detective Dane Hollister has a tough life. He hasn't had a day off in a month, a serial killer with a predilection for slashing women to death is on the prowl and now a psychic who claims to witness the murders through the killer's eyes has come forward to share her visions. As far as he's concerned, the psychic is as twisted as the slasher. For her part, from the moment she walks into the Orlando police station, Marlie Keen is sorry she offered to help. Hollister (and everyone else) treats her gift of "knowing" with suspicion, but the detective's investigation into Marlie's past convinces him that her gift is genuine. Hollister moves into Marlie's home, nursing her through terrifying and exhausting bouts of clairvoyance. At the same time the two ease the sexual tension threatening to overtake them-which if it doesn't quite make for good police work, does make for steamy romance. The author (Heart of Fire) has obviously done her homework on the procedure used to develop a serial killer's profile and brings this process cinematically alive. Hollister makes the perfect romantic hero. As Hollister's partner says about him: "He's street-smart, woods-savvy, and sly as a fox. A real throwback. Mean, too. Damn, can he be mean! But he turns to putty where women are concerned." Howard's writing is compelling, especially the murder scenes. If you ignore an insipid epilogue bogged down in psychic overkill, this is Howard's best work yet.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Customer Reviews

Dane is a very, very hunky alpha male hero.
So Many Books So Little Time
It combines suspense, romance, and the paranormal and the final result is a page turning story.
Kristi Ahlers
The plot is very clever and the main character's are compelling.
TARA WILLIAMS

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By mirope on August 3, 2001
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When I first read this book 4 years ago, it was the first time I'd read a contemporary romance and I became a huge fan of both the genre and of Linda Howard. Only a great book could change my tastes in reading material, and this one certainly qualified. I re-read it recently and was just as impressed as I was the first time. This book has it all - great characters, sizzling sexual tension and an entertaining plot.
The heroine, Marlie Keen, is an empathic psychic who starts seeing horrific murders through the eyes of the murderer. Dane Hollister, a detective investigating the murders, is fiercely attracted to Marlie despite his reservations about her psychic abilities. Thanks to her past experiences reading others' emotions, Marlie is extremely wary of her own intense emotional reaction to Dane. As the two work together together to solve the murders, sparks start to fly. The romance that follows is compelling. Like Dane, I'm not someone who would buy the whole psychic thing in real life, but Howard makes it work in this book. Both characters are wonderfully developed. This is a great read for all readers, not just romance fans.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
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I've been reading romance for over 20 years (Yikes!), beginning with Woodiwiss' "Flame and the Flower", and I know a good book when I get my hot little hands on one. I have less spare time to spend reading, and less patience with bad writing or editing as I get older - I cherish the time I spend curled up with a great book. I'm tired of the "old boyfriend" (if he was a jerk the first time around, why give him a second shot?) and "hidden kid" (not very honorable) themes, and this current amnesia craze gives me hives. When I want to read a good romance, I want unique and intriguing plots, dominant and protective males who want a partner not a maid, witty dialogue, and smart savvy heroines. Most of all, give me authors who don't get bogged down in the scenery and details - don't tell me what happens, show me - if I can't picture the action in my head and like the characters enough to care what happens to them, you've lost me as a reader. Linda Howard is one of the very best, and her books consistently make it onto my keeper shelf, which I'm very picky about and which is populated by volumes authored by those familiar names like Garwood, Deveraux, Quick, Woodiwiss, Garlock, and Lindsey - if I don't love it enough to want to read it over and over, it's outta here. If you liked this one, try her others, including "After the Night" and "Kill and Tell", two of my other favorites.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 3, 2001
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I can't tell you how many times I've read this book. It is not only on my keeper shelf, but is one of my favorit comfort reads. If you enjoy paranormal, suspense, and hunky cops, this books for you! Marlie Keen is a psychic who used to have incredible talent--but she hasn't been able to, or even wanted to, experience her talent in some time. It has actually been years, and she thinks she may have been "cured"--until she experiences a vision of a violent murder while driving home on the freeway. The murder is so clear and vivid to her she see no other choice but to go to the police--enter Dane, a sexy disgruntled homicide cop who dislikes her on sight, and then on principal. But he can't discount that she knows things only the killer or someone there could know...Linda leads through a thriller and a half here. And at times we even get to see into the head of the killer..talk about creepy. Dane is a Dream Man, and one of Linda's Alpha males she's known for, my favorite. This book is packed full of action and suspense, and you just don't know what's going to happen next...A Wonderful read!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Martin on May 9, 2005
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I've read numerous Linda Howard books and realized this was my least favorite about halfway through the story. DREAM MAN lacked the normal zing and fervor in which she usually brings to the written page.

Marlie Keen is an empath, a type of psychic, who is uncomfortable in revealing her powers to anyone, thus keeping everyone at a distance. Six years ago, she endured a killer's attempted revenge, only to be traumatized to the point of having no powers. When these return, she is thrown into mind of a vicious killer. After going to the police, she is doubted and considered an accomplice. Once her alibi is verified, Detective Dane Hollister gives in to his instant attraction.

When Marlie has another vision, she calls Dane, who immediately rushes to her side. After witnessing the trauma a vision causes Marlie, he is determined to protect her at all costs. He moves into her home and invades all aspects of her life. Invades and conquers... it was more like a Viking domineering his woman.

The problem right from the start of this book is Dane's incredible attraction to Marlie. They argue and act like children who are attracted to each other. When Dane decides that he wants to be involved with her, he snaps his fingers and expects Marlie to fall in line. At this point, she loses her spunk and becomes a dishrag doll happy to be the obedient girlfriend. The strong character the reader is introduced to is snuffed out and replaced with a shell.

The story lags when Marlie and Dane are not on the trail of the serial killer. We're given hot and steam sex scene after sex scene, with little intellectual meat.
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