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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.

'Isabel Wright spends her days at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. Dr. Martin Belvedere, a pioneer in the field, recognized her unique talent for what he calls Level Five lucid dreaming - and rescued her from a dead-e
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Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Jove (first published 2004)
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Mojca
The Belvedere Center for Sleep Research caters to the demands of two mysterious clients with the ability of lucid dreaming - the state where the dreamer knows he/she is dreaming and can alter the dreamscape to their own wishes.

Isabel Wright, herself a Level Five (the highest level of lucid dreaming) is the one in charge of interpreting their dreams. She is so intrigued by the Client Number Two that the man eventually starts appearing in her dreams. She dubs him Dream Man.

Enter Ellis Cutler, Clie
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Kimberly
If you love the Arcane Series from JAK then you will love this book too. It almost seems like this is a early writing that was maybe the start of the Arcane family. Honestly with a name change it could easily have been one of the books in the series.

Isabel is a dream analyst but not what we normally think of when we think about our dreams. This is not the "this symbol means this" type of answers. This goes much deeper. She works for a man who believes she can do this but is hiding her talents u
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Brett
Finished "Falling Awake" by Jayne Ann Krentz. I really did not like this one, for a lot of reasons.

First and foremost, it needed another editor to clean up the language and events. There was no normal dialogue among the characters. Everything seemed a little too scripted, too wooden, including the fully-qualified names for things, such as the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research. I swear if the name if the place were "The Honolulu Branch of the Pinkleton/Belvedere University Hospital Center for
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Robin
This book was cheesy, simple and almost a waste of time to read. I thought it had potential during the part where it explains dream analysis and psychic dreaming to solve crimes. But honestly everything that was supposed to be "Top Secret" was spread around candidly and for as few of people as there was supposed to be who were "Level 5 Lucid Dreamers", they were sure popping up everywhere, seemed like everyone was by the end of the book. There was a lot of oh brother kind of stuff from the dark ...more
R.G.
i loved the whole theories on dreaming it in itself was an interesting subject and of course the twist and turns along the way... definitely didn't end the way i thought it was... and of course it was a beautiful romance... i love people falling in love... it's just wonderful
Micii
I'm thrilled! :) The book is masterful, the characters are fine, but the plot and story are fantastic. Ellis and Isabel, their story even makes me dream of my perfect man. (Somehow I have a hunch that it could be Vincent Scargill). ^^
pianogal
This is my all-time favorite Krentz book. If you've never read it - read it. I'm serious. I loved the plot, I liked the characters. It's just a good book. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.
Leslie Jane Fahrney
A good JAK romance, with an Hero and Heroine I enjoyed. Ellis Cutler, though a typical hero, strong, and doesn't take much gruff from anyone, will listen to Isabel Wright and follow some of her suggestions both concerning the mystery they are solving, and his personal life/habits. And Isabel is strong in her own right, seeing the good in most people and trying to help. She is a tad single-minded about her dream house, spending money on furniture before she has her house, but the quirks make her ...more
Mary
Dec 09, 2009 Mary rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: noone
I read this book back in February 2009, but I forgot to put in my review. It's not a bad book but not a fast read at all. If anything I found it quite boring. Not much action but mostly the characters's emotions.

The book deals with lucid dream analysis. Isabel Wright, as the main protagonist of the book, is a lucid dream analyst. She is working for the Belvedere center for Sleep Research when her boss Dr. Martin Belvedere is found dead in his office. When Randolph Belvedere, Dr. Belvedere's son
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Jessi
Isabel Wainwright has just been fired. She worked for a dream lab as a Level 5 extreme dream analysis. Her former boss had postulated that there were five levels of dreaming with very few people who are able to reach the fifth level. So far, Isabel is the only analyst they know of. There is an unnamed government agency who has been using Level Five dreamers to solve particularly nasty crimes. Isabel then interprets their more enigmatic dreams.
But her boss has died and his son fires Isabel. She
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bookczuk
Listened to this a while ago on audiobook-- don't remember it too distinctly, except that it was a light diversion for a car trip. I have an interest in lucid dreaming, and maybe that's why I picked this up at goodwill...or it could be that someone had just raved about this author and I figured this was a way to check her out. Apparently she also writes under another name, but I can't remember what.

From the Publisher

A red scarf. A roller coaster. A tidal wave of blood.

Isabel Wright spends her d
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Lisa
Another great audio book. If you have read any of my previous audio book reviews you will know that the read makes or breaks an audio book for me and this reader, Laurel Merlingtion, was wonderful. She got into the story with different voices and inflections for different characters. It helps to keep it interesting and keep the story moving.


I really enjoyed this story because I never able to quite pin the story down. Every time I though that I had figured a piece of it out, something changed an
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Sheryl Tribble
One of the one-star reviews called this book "dorky", and another (positive) review recommended you "think of it as a comic book". Both very true, and probably half the reason I love Krentz. Half her heroes and most of her heroines were probably dismissed by the Cool Kids as dorks, and her plots tend toward over-the-top and unlikely, just like comics. Her stuff also tends to be warm, loving, family-oriented (although with a very broad definition of "family"), and somewhat naive. You always know ...more
Ns
Falling Awake unfolded very much like a dream: disorienting and confusing at first, but in stages gave way to a more alert and intriguing story. The result was a plausible and intelligent plot even though it alludes to a bit of the supernatural.

The story centers around lucid Level Five dreamers, who are extreme dreamers with the ability to shift, alter and to an extent control their dreams. For Isabel Wright, all this means for her is a job. A Level Five dreamer herself, she is a dream analyst
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Sandra
I enjoyed this stand alone book.

The MCs were very likable, the bad guys were obnoxious, the story was good. What more do you want? LOL

The story revolves around Lucid Dreaming, and what your tax dollars are really doing. A secret govt bureau solves crime by getting its agents to dream Level 5 Lucid Dreams, and when they can't interpret them they request analysis from Isabel Wright. Isabel doesn't know for sure that she is analysing govt dreams but has pretty much worked it out.

Suddenly, her boss
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Betita
Já estava a precisar de um livro assim :)
Desta autora li apenas 2 livros "Amor Comprado" e o "Rio Sabe", os quais a autora assina como Amanda Quick.
Como Jayne Ann Krentz ela afasta-se um pouco do tipo de escrita que utiliza nos seus livros mais "românticos", enquanto como Amanda Quick acaba por dar mais prioridade aos detalhes do Romance em si, aqui ela explora o policial, o mistério... mas continua a apimentar um pouco o romance.
Mas falando da história em si, ela gira em torno de uma colecção d
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Debbie
After the disappointment of Linda Grimes's book I turned to a trusted author. With an assignment and an exam this month I need some brain candy to read and I knew Jayne Ann Krentz wouldn't let me down.

This book is a paranormal detective romance that centres on dreams. Isabel Wright is a level 5 lucid dream analyst - she can analyse the dreams of high level lucid dreamers to interpret the patterns in them. This skill can be used to help solve crimes.

Ellis Cutler (now that's a hero's name that onl
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Debbie Maxwell
Very good read

Truly enjoyed this book. I also love this author. No brainer for me. The characters were multi dementional & it kept my interest to the point that I wanted to read it straight through. I was a bit frustrated when I couldn't! If you like reads that are a little different you'll love this one!
Jessica
"What do you mean, you're on thin ice financially? Are we talking serious debt?"
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Isabel cleared her throat. "I made some investments."
"Please tell me you didn't do something stupid in the stock market."
"I'm not in the market."
"Did you buy a house?" Tamsyn looked relieved. "That's usually a good investment. I'm sure you'll be able to sell it."
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bwhahaha. Oh, for the halcyon days of 2004.

The story is fine. Light, not particularly memorable. The lucid dreaming thing was a li
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Lexica
I've become a huge Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle fan recently and have been reading/listening to a lot of her books lately. This one is definitely not one of the stronger ones.

For the audiobook version, the reader (Laural Merlington) is okay, not great. Not a reader I'll be seeking out, but not getting added to my "To Avoid" list. (Although... Dear audiobook readers: if the text says "he/she laughed", please DO NOT then add "ha ha ha". It's annoying as hell.)
Kristen
I thought this story was okay. Given the genre you know what to expect if you pickup a Krentz novel, and this was was serviceable with all the elements you expect. But it was probably one of my least favourite Krentz books compartively speaking.

The story was a bit more predictable than other Krentz books, and I've read a number. I also wasn't as engaged with the characters as I usually am. The really good Krentz offerings have you on the edge of your seat to find out what happens, and this one d
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Nfadziela Lee
I read this book sometimes a long time ago. I love Jayne Krentz writing in this book, the plot about vivid dreams set us to think its more to dream than just the dream itself. I love that this book makes me google a lot of thing regarding dream. My dreams always make me uncomfortable since sometimes its just too real and I seldom sensed some deja vu from my recent dreams. Its still does now a day but so far the farther explanation will set our worry away and with the fiction in this book, I find ...more
Teresa
Isabel Wright is a Level Five lucid dream analyst who is fired just after her boss dies. She meets up with her Dream Man, her previously unknown Client Number Two, and ends up assisting him in a murder investigation.

The killer's identity is unknown until the end, but everything is explained clearly and makes sense.

Ellis Cutler is a wonderful character and his growing relationship with Isabel is very well written. These are people with pasts to overcome, but it is not overdone and is entirely rea
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Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one of Jayne Ann Krentz’s later books. This book throws the reader straight into the story with no preamble. One has to scramble to understand what exactly is going on in the story and when one figures it out, another situation is thrown at you. This is a story about dream analysis and got confusing at some points due the terminology used that most don’t know. The main characters end up together of course after resolving the mystery. There were some adequate twists and turns, but the rom ...more
Shirl
I thought the beginning was confusing, but the story started taking off and was really interesting. Dreams are good conversation topics so the story od different levels of dreamers was especially interesting.
Susan
Interesting read of a mystery based on dreams. Interesting to wonder if people can really dream on the level this was written about. Enough sexy scenes for the diehard romantic.
melissa
This book was a little complicated at first, as you really don’t understand what is going on, and the terms were foreign to me. But if you stick with it and read on, it was a great read. It was kind of typical girl meets boy, instant sizzle that carries on through the book, and you know they are going to get together at the end. On the other hand, the interesting part was in the details. Plot redone? Maybe. But a woman who analyzes dreams teams up with a guy who is an agent/ venture capitalist t ...more
Carrie
Falling Awake is an enjoyable yet ultimately forgettable book by Jayne Ann Krentz. While there is nothing glaringly wrong with the story, neither is there anything wonderful or unique. Both lead characters were likable, and there were no "big misunderstandings" or other cliched plot devices. On the other hand, the romance didn't have much zip or zing to it. The mystery plot was also decent but without much tension or suspense.

If you come across this book and have a few hours (and generally like
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Teri Eisenhauer
Interesting concept about dreams. Love her books!
Lisa James
Thriller/romance about lucid dreaming & sleep research. Pretty neat!
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

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