Falling Awake [NOOK Book]


A red-hot, suspenseful novel about a free-spirited dream researcher-and the gorgeous man who brings her dreams to life.
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A red-hot, suspenseful novel about a free-spirited dream researcher-and the gorgeous man who brings her dreams to life.
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Passion, murder, and the mysteries of the unconscious are coiled tighter than a double helix in this romantic thriller from bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz. Two highly trained loners -- Isabel Wright, a dream analyst, and Ellis Cutler, a top government agent -- meet professionally and anonymously. Isabel has a talent for analyzing even the most obscure symbols in dreams, though it seems to turn her social life into a wasteland. Cutler is one of Isabel's two anonymous clients, and his Level Five lucid dreams secretly capture her imagination. Then a mysterious death brings them face to face.

Isabel and Ellis team up to investigate the murder of Isabel's boss, Dr. Belvedere, and they soon begin a passionate affair. But when the clues begin to point to Isabel's other anonymous client, the already thin line between dreaming and reality becomes perilously blurred. A chilling finale at a deserted amusement park is genuinely and cinematically exciting. Ginger Curwen

Publishers Weekly
Isabel Wright, a Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyst and Level Five lucid dreamer, meets the man of her dreams in bestseller Krentz's (Truth or Dare, etc.) romantic thriller. When Isabel's boss, Martin Belvedere, is found dead in his study, his son, Randolph, who was always scornful of his father's belief in dreamers capable of uncovering secrets, takes over the business. He fires Isabel before he realizes that her crime-solving through dreams pays most of the center's bills. Isabel trains to be a motivational speaker while falling into the arms of fellow lucid dreamer Ellis Cutler (aka "Dream Man"), whose dreams she had been decoding and who has likewise been dreaming of her (he thinks of her as "Tango Dancer"). Isabel's former co-workers at the Belvedere Center and Ellis's colleagues from his secret government agency provide a rich assortment of suspects and victims who must be sorted out by the lover-detectives as they wrestle good guys from the dark side, repair troubled marriages and fix ailing businesses. Though her New Age imagination sometimes runs into overdrive, Krentz holds her readers' attention with attractive, appealing protagonists, flawed but sympathetic secondary characters and winningly self-mocking humor. Her unflagging positive energy proves so overwhelming that the reader will happily make her way through a story that defies logic, based on psychology that defies reason, to a happy ending that defies description. Agent, Stephen Axelrod. (Nov.) Forecast: Krentz grinds 'em out like sausage, and this one is spicier than most. It should sell fantastically well-it's a featured selection of several book clubs-even though it gives new meaning to the term "suspension of disbelief." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Isabel Wright, a dream analyst and lucid dreamer, is employed at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research until the owner dies and his son fires her. As an alternative, she begins training to be a motivational speaker. Soon she meets up with Ellis Cutler, who works for a secret government agency with an interest in dream research and who was one of her clients at the dream center. She's been decoding his dreams, some of which have been about her. One of the workers at the agency was killed, and Ellis believes he has some responsibility, because he should have been able to see the murder in his dreams. After a second murder, Ellis brings Isabel into the search for the killer. Laural Merlington is a competent reader and does a good job distinguishing one character from another in Krentz's latest. Recommended for public libraries.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Extreme dreams. More formula fiction from the bestselling Krentz (Truth or Dare, 2004, etc), this featuring an undercover op in sexy sunglasses and a beautiful dreamer with a bad-tempered cat. When his former colleague turns up dead, Ellis Cutler just has to take off those "obsidian-tinted" shades and check out the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research-not to mention Isabel Wright, a researcher of Level 5 Lucid Dreaming. Seems like there could be a connection to Frey-Salter, the corporate front for the hush-hush government agency where he and Katherine Ralston used to work. Ellis's intuition (never mind clues, never mind evidence) tells him that his quarry, bad guy Vincent Scargill, killed Katherine. Ellis, however, doesn't understand why he didn't see it coming. He's a Level 5 Lucid Dreamer himself, and it seems that Isabel is too. In fact, she's been hanging around inside his subconscious for quite a while, under an assumed name (Tango Dancer). Isabel, a former phone psychic, has finally, with no apparent qualifications whatsoever, obtained "a professional-level position with excellent salary and benefits" plus a lackluster alternative love interest in Ken Payne, fellow researcher. Should she risk all that for a sexy loner like Ellis? Hell, yes. This is a Jayne Ann Krentz novel. So, back to the plot: Isabel fills Cutler in on the dark doings that have shadowed Belvedere research. Is Dr. Maureen Sage really someone else who used to work at Frey-Salter, and why haven't any of these supposedly psychic characters recognized her? Are the villains trying to get their hands on a top-secret drug that intensifies dreaming? Better pop a No-Doz, because this ho-hum thriller is padded with a lot oftedious analysis of dreams, tarted up in pseudo-shrinkese. What is the significance of the red tsunami? And how about that rollercoaster? What does it all mean?For the fans. Literary Guild/Mystery Guild/Doubleday Book Club featured selection. Agent: Steven Axelrod/The Axelrod Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101214855
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 52,931
  • File size: 346 KB

Meet the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, WA
    1. Education:
      BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
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Ellis knew he was dreaming. There was nothing unusual about that. He was a Level Five lucid dreamer, after all. He even recognized this particular dreamscape. But there was something different about it tonight.

He stands in the center of the circular room. The ceiling is transparent. He can see the night sky through it. High, gothic-style entrances to dozens of darkened halls ring the space.

Tango Dancer comes toward him from one of the many corridors. He wants to make love to her more than he has ever wanted anything in his adult life. But he is afraid that afterward she will walk away from him and vanish into one of the mysterious halls.

She glides into the circular room, smiling a feminine invitation that makes him ache with desire. She stops in the shadows. Raising one hand, she beckons him with a graceful curl of her fingertips.

He does not move. He knows that if he stays where he is she cannot see him clearly. It is better that way.

"Are you afraid of me?" she asks.

"No," he says. "I'm afraid of wanting you this much."


"I don't know," he lies.

"Yes you do. You think that I will leave you."

"Everyone leaves."

"Will you let that stop you from touching me?"

"No." But a great despair and anger well up inside him because he knows what will happen. She will demand more than he can risk giving her. She will want to see him, really see him. She will want to get very close and he cannot allow that. He has a rule about letting people get close. He put that rule in place a long time ago, when he was twelve.

She reaches out to him with both hands. "Come with me."

He starts toward her because, in spite of everything, he cannot resist her.

But when he gets close enough for her to see his face, she turns and runs away, disappearing into one of the dark gothic passages . . .

The harsh jangle of the phone jarred him awake.

He sat up quickly, trying to ignore his erection and the tight, heavy sensation in the lower part of his body. The phone rang again.

He swung his legs out from under the covers, planted both feet on the floor and looked at the face of the radio alarm. Twelve fifty-three. It was the room phone. Not Lawson. Lawson always called him on his personal phone.

That left Isabel. At this hour? Adrenaline spiked. His pulse pounded.

He grabbed the phone. "This is Cutler."

"Ellis?" Isabela hesitated. "I'm sorry to disturb you. I know it's late, but -- "

"What's wrong?" He cut in before she could get out another word.

"Well, I want to ask you a hypothetical question."

He glanced at the face of the bedside alarm clock again. "It's almost one o'clock in the morning so I'm going to assume this question is more than hypothetical. What is it?"

"It's a little complicated."

"Isabel -- "

"All right, here's the question. Do you think there are any serious laws against an honest citizen buying or selling e-mail addresses, at least one of which was created specifically for a government agency that doesn't officially exist?"

Copyright © 2004 by Jayne Ann Krentz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012


    Some of the reviews worried me, yet when I read he book I was enthralled. This shows again how flexable this author is. The explaination and use of lucid dreams was great. If you have never experienced one you might be both confused and dissapointrd with this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    A newly treasured favorite

    I thought this book was a wonderful read with enough new twists to keep it fresh and the same Krentz spark that always keeps me comming back for more. Its 'makes you think' story along with sizzling characters makes it almost impossible to put down and unforgetable when finished. Did I mention I loved this book? :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    Once you get into it...

    It's a great read, but does have some slow points. It wouldn't have been my first choice, but was surprisingly good once you get past the 'dreams' and look at the people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them, so I had high hopes after reading the jacket on this book. The story started slow but I kept hoping it would pick up. You don't feel the heat/spark between the main characters. What did Cutler do and why, that could be half of the book by itself. Why was Belvedere's son so hell bent on destroying everything he had built? The explanation that Randy had issues with his father is not enough. I wanted more about the dream analysis - how, who, what, why. Romance and real action would have done it for me. I will not recommend this book to my friends, but I will continue to read her books from the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Sleep Process

    The theme is very unusual, almost science fiction. However, it could happen with the proper drugs and victims....I mean, submissive subjects. There would probably be a lot of clients like law-inforcement-agencies......maybe it's a true story deguised as fiction! Do you think? kit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006


    I'm not sure how to feel about this book, but it's definitely not something I would read again. I feel it's partly the fault of the narrator (since I got it on audio) - her male voices were horrible and monotonous, and I'm sure that didn't help. It leant no emotion to the male lead. The plot was a little wishy washy as well - the lucid dreaming seems like an interesting idea, but wasn't really fully developed for the story. Overall, not terrible, but I'm glad I just checked it out from the library and didn't buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Very disappointed

    I hate to say it but I was very disappointed in this book. I was really looking forward to it being released, especially after just having read Light in Shadow and Truth or Dare. Light in Shadow really good, Truth or Dare almost as good. I didn't think the dialoge between the two main characters in Falling Awake was well written. The chemistry was not there either. Neither of the two main character were very dynamic. Overall I was just very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    I hate to do this...so let me explain...

    Isabel Wright is a Level Five lucid dreamer. She spends her days at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. Her boss, Dr. Martin Belvedere, had recruited her from a dead-end job on a psychic hot line. It only took one call for him to recognize her talent. Isabel is paid very well for her talent in analyzing the dreams of three special clients. Client Number Two is the one that she finds compelling, but she has no idea as to his real name or his job. Isabel has mentally dubbed him her 'dream man'. .................................................................... ...... Client Number Two's real name is Ellis Cutler. He works for a highly classified government agency with an interest in the potential value of lucid dreaming. His boss (Jack Lawson, one of the other two clients) informed Ellis that Dr. Belvedere has died and wants him to make contact with Isabel Wright. (Belvedere's son has taken over the business. Firing Isabel and getting rid of the dream department is one of his first decisions.) Jack wants Isabel on his payroll. Ellis has always been amazed at how well Isabel interprets his dreams. She has helped the agency on many cases and never knew it. Ellis has mentally dubbed her as 'tango dancer'. .................................................................... .. Ellis pushes his fantasies of Isabel out of his mind and tries to maintain a professional relationship with her. When they meet, everything just seems to CLICK. It is like a dream come true; however, the nightmare is only beginning. A suspicious hit-and-run leads them into a perilous web of passion, betrayal, mysteries, and murders. .................................................................... .............. ** First off, let me say that I LOVE this author! I own every single hard back that Jayne Ann Krentz has ever released and in large print when able. Her title 'FAMILY MAN' is my all time favorite book of the genre. Yet for the first time ever, I am sorely disappointed. The author has kept the psychic subplot running that I, and many of her fans, love so much. However, the relationship between the hero and heroine has slowly changed over time. It no longer shows a strong heroine wanting to stand on her own two feet, but first must either (1) get the hero to take up his family duty so she no longer has to or (2) ask the hero for some temporary help. No matter which of the two are used, the hero already has his eye on her (or at least admires/desires her) and plans to do as she asks but keep her close by his side. Now an outside influence is pushing the main characters together. .................................................................... In addition, the lucid dream theory seems too weak for this type of story. The whole thing came across to me as fake. On the other hand, the plot is pretty sound, I could tell the author did her research on the subject matter, and the entire book is extremely well written. If you are a die hard fan of this author, by all means purchase the hard back. (I did.) Otherwise, consider waiting until the paperback is released or haunt a used book store. **

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    As good as it gets

    Lucid dreaming is the ability to control one¿s dreams and be able to find answers to questions and problems that one can¿t obtain when awake. Isabel Wright, a level five dreamer, works at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research where she analyzes the dreams of other lucid dreamers. When her boss dies and his son takes over, he fires Isabel who intends to be a free-lancer. He doesn¿t realize until it is too late that without her work, the company will go bankrupt in a few months. He is determined to lure her back to his company................................ One of Isabel¿s anonymous clients is Ellis Cuttler, an operative for a black ops organization; he believes lucid dreaming can help solve murder investigations. His director orders Ellis to do whatever it takes to bring Isabel into the operation. Ellis and Isabel have dreamed about each other for months before they even met and an instant attraction flares to life as soon as they do meet. The road to happiness is bumpy because someone is gunning for Ellis and doesn¿t care how many innocent victims get killed in the crossfire................................ Jayne Ann Krentz has written another fantastic romantic suspense novel that will satiate her myriad of fans who eagerly looking forward to the next tale as the author always scores a five on a five star rating system; FALLING AWAKE is no exception. The support cast is as quirky as ever and the protagonists are thoroughly likeable and effortlessly to care about. The action is fast paced with plenty of action scenes but characterizations are not neglected. Each key person in the FALLING AWAKE is a three dimensional individual whose motivations are easy to understand.............................. Harriet Klausner

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