When All the World Sleeps

When All the World Sleeps

by Lisa Henry
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When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock

Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper's house--with Kenny inside it--after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.

Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn't believe Daniel's absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night--for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel's fascinating, but Bel's not going there.

Yet as he's drawn further into Daniel's dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he's ever known. But Daniel's demons won't leave him alone, and he'll need Bel's help to slay them once and for all--assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149309863
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 377,585
File size: 649 KB

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When All the World Sleeps 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is as another reviewer wrote, very intense.  The growth, and change exhibited by the main characters was fascinating.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Amy W. Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I was blown away by the storyline developed by authors Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. When All the World Sleeps features a gay man named Daniel who does things in his sleep that he doesn’t remember. Having served time in prison for a murder he doesn’t remember committing, Daniel is scrambling to find a way to control his sleeping side. With a strong undercurrent of BDSM, this is a powerful story about a local cop named Joe Belman who reaches out to Daniel. As Bel tries to give Daniel some peace, he finds himself thrust into the spotlight. I found this to be a powerful story that provided a look deep into a world often fraught with hatred and prejudice where love managed to thrive. When Daniel’s demons start raring their heads, Bel has to decide whether to stay or go. For the unusual storyline and the fantastic job the authors did with character development, I give this story a top rating. This is a high octane emotional read that probably isn’t for the faint of heart. The steps Daniel takes to maintain control are brutally depicted. That’s what is needed, though, to make this story unforgettable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very intense read - enjoyable but intense. I'm not sure how to even review a book that has a some of everything from sleepwalking murder to bdsm to hot sex to love - all wrapped up in perfectly imperfect characters. So I'll just say I recommend the book and I'll be looking for more from these authors!
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jojoNE More than 1 year ago
In dreams we can be and do whatever we want. In dreams our lives are what we make them and in this suspenseful release Daniel's dreams have greatly impacted his life since he was young. In his dreams Daniel acts completely different from his waking self. When sleepwalking he's a darker man willing to fight those who hurt him as well as experiencing the grittier aspects of life. Between his sleepwalking self and his awake self is as if there's a split personality. His sleepwalking self exudes confidence and surety whereas his awake self lives in fear and guilt over an act he unconsciously committed years ago. The guilt's led him to seclusion where the only one permitted inside is Bel who's desperate to help him with his ailment. Bel is clearly the more confident of the two. He's not ashamed of his sexuality or his dark desires. He becomes more of a caretaker to Daniel rather than a lover though. He stays with him through all hours of the night and day, changing his life to accommodate Daniel's needs. He scours the Internet for ways to help Daniel while Daniel continues to wallow in guilt. Daniel's a rather immature character constantly afraid and needy. He's more than willing to use Bel in every aspect of his life, from sex to everyday living, but not willing to find a cure for his ailment. He's too busy hiding from his ailment to face it head-on and find a cure. I felt empathetic towards Daniel but never found him admirable in how he dealt with his past or future. The authors have written a compelling story that fully immerses you at the start with its suspenseful feel but with an ending that fell a bit flat. The sleepwalking sequences are almost dreamlike and lyrical in tone to draw you into Daniel's other world. The BDSM scenes are nicely handled and further demonstrate Bel's tendency to act as caretaker along with his need to take charge. The scenes aren't too extreme in their depictions so those uncomfortable with the genre will not have reason to complain. The good and bad aspects of living in a small town are vividly depicted with all the usual stereotypes on display. Some of the secondary characters I therefore found entertaining and likable but Clayton is one I found annoying in the extreme. His constant bullying and threats got old and stretched out this story unnecessarily. On a whole though this is a well-written and compelling story with just a few issues. I applaud the authors for doing something unexpected and look forward to their next collaboration. 3.75 STARS!