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Sleeping Together (Perfect Drug #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Vanessa Brown is having nightmares: about babies. Ever since her husband, Pete, mentioned he wanted to start a family, Ness has been trying to convince herself she’s stoked to spawn despite her inability to keep a cactus alive—and a decade-old secret she doesn’t like to remember. So when she catches her slacker-cool coworker, Altan Young, stealing sleeping medication from ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 6th 2019 by Brass Anvil Books
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review contains spoilers.

I think that the concept of this book was very interesting and captivating. Two coworkers start experiencing the same dreams and also meeting in them after having taken the sleeping pills their company is testing. I enjoyed reading about Vanessa and Altan's dream adventures, they were pretty funny and also full of beautiful places that the two main characters got to
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, addiction, and infidelity

I picked up this book because it was listed as "Romance/Women's Fiction" on NetGalley but has decisively unromantic jacket copy. I've seen left-my-husband-for-a-better-guy story lines work before, usually because the husband is awful and undeserving of his lovely wife, and I was curious to see how it would be handled here with a science fiction twist.

Vanessa and her lawyer husband are going through a rough patch because he wants
Seema Rao
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Unexpected ~ Engrossing ~ Intricate

tl;dr: Dream love impinges on real love

I can't figure out how to share anything about this book. It starts as a book about the baby=lust that can consume couples after a few years of marriage. The wife's stress is complicated by her ambivalence about having children. The book soon after moves into new territory, part Jungian romance and part magical realism. It's almost like Murakami wrote a romance novel and then the cover was illustrated by a hipster. You spe
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 56%

So here’s the thing: I wanted so badly to continue enjoying and finish this book. But there were several things that annoyed me to the point where I’m just gonna put it down.

First, there’s the sexual assault plot that gets introduced during the first or second chapter. It’s tired. It’s played out. Obviously survivor stories are important and should be taken seriously, but Cook’s inclusion of this trauma is portrayed as the reason Ness is lying to her husband about her entire life basic
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This book... ripped me apart. Coming from a stand point where you unfortunately connect to the bad things that have happened to a character, it makes it really hard to read some books. This book was hard, but it was real and honest. It was eye opening and truthful to what happened and how it affected Ness. This story broke my heart, for everyone involved. But it was SO worth the heartbreak. If you read it, you will know. And I really think everyone should. Okay, on a happier note.. the banter at ...more
Katie Lewis
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys, I LOVE this book. It's such a truly creative concept, very refreshing in a world where everything seems so formulaic you know every step along the way. The main characters kept me guessing while I fell head over heels in love with both of them. The supporting cast is just as richly entertaining and three-dimensional as the leads. It leaves me wanting so much more while delivering a truly satisfying ending. READ IT. You won't be disappointed!
Katy Yocom
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book! It's been a long time since I read something so laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreaking at the same time. It's the rare high-concept novel that grabs you by the heart -- think The Time Traveler's Wife, only hilarious. I thought about this novel when I wasn't reading it, couldn't wait to get back to it, and missed it when I reached the end. I can't wait to read the next book(s) in the series. What a straight-up treat.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Book Review
Title: Sleeping Together (Perfect Drug #1)
Author: Kitty Cook
Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Fantasy
Rating: ****
Review: Like some other books I have read I knew absolutely nothing about Sleeping Together before I picked it up, but the synopsis sounds interesting. “Vanessa Brown is having nightmares: about babies. Ever since her husband, Pete, mentioned he wanted to start a family, Ness has been trying to convince herself she’s stoked to spawn despite her inability to keep a cactus alive—an
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of Sleeping Together  in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book!  It was funny, sad and mixed very real life issues (sexual assault and workplace harassment, addiction, marital issues, miscarriage, abortion and more) with the fantasy world of dreams.  The author did a fantastic job of portraying the downward spiral, and consequent bad decisions, that come from addiction and that very relatable feeling of sometimes not being
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ness is stressed. She's stressed at home. She's stressed at work. But her response to this stress is different from what you'd expect. Ness laments “There's nothing romantic about being a woman… your whole life you're stuck making everything easier for other people.” Dealing with all this leads to guilt and guilty pleasures which is the fun stuff. Kitty Cook has somehow taken heavy issues such as a male dominant society (where a woman can say “no” and be laughed at, ignored, or both) and weave i ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book ticks all of the right boxes for romance and then add a few extra for witty banter, mystery and then the fantastical. The author has believable, flawed characters that have to deal with some pretty emotive topics (no spoilers, I promise). I became hooked! I’m usually good at predicting a storyline but this one had me shocked at times and I enjoyed every minute of it! I fell in love with the main characters and felt everything they did. I recommend this book to anyone who likes delving ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page-turner of a thrill ride through a twisting, science fiction-infused exploration of the psyche, the implications of "virtual reality," and the oppression of the patriarchy. Cook masterfully blends laugh-out-loud funny moments with poignant and on-occasion heartbreaking revelations about the characters' pasts—and presents—and keeps us guessing till the end as to how it's all going to shake out.

This first entry in the promised Perfect Drug trilogy is a great start, and I can't wait to read t
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A very strange premise for a book so kudos to the author for thinking of this idea! Don’t want to give too much away but was quickly turning pages to find out what was happening.

While it did keep me reading I found a few of the characters annoying and unlikable. Some of the situations didn’t seem believable ( and I’m not talking about the main premise).

All in all a bit of a strange story but it might be your cup of tea if you want something different!

I received a copy of this from Netgalley in
Marla Holt
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So this book is gorgeous and funny and heartbreaking. And I had completely forgotten Sony Vaio existed, which is totally not the point, but you should absolutely read this book.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed Sleeping Together. Was engaged from page 1; the story line was unique and descriptive. Kitty gives her characters personality which resonates throughout the book. Looking very forward to the next book in this series.
Alison Dasho
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, poignant, and surprising

I am so glad I read this book! An intriguing concept (cooperative dreaming through pharmaceuticals!) peoples with complicated (not always likable, but always engaging) characters.

Highly recommended.
Brad Howard
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sleeping Together is not only a great thriller, but it also deals with serious women’s issues. Set in hip Seattle, Washington it chronicles the story of Altan Young and Vanessa (Nessie) Brown, two research assistants supervising clinical trials for a sleep medication. When the two decide to try the medication on themselves the plot starts its many twists and turns which keeps the reader engrossed until the last page. 
The book deals with contemporary women’s issues that have been highlighted in
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not typically a fan of romances, and especially not of love-triangle type romances, but the blurb for this book was so snappy and engaging I decided to give it a try anyway.

I . Have. No. Regrets. This book is amazing.

Vanessa Brown is happily married except for one thing: Her perfect husband wants to have a baby and she doesn't. But it's deeper than that. Much deeper. And Cook doles out the backstory of Vanessa's trepidation with perfect pacing, hiding secrets to maintain tension and then hit
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Sleeping Together” by Kitty Cook is the first book in the series.

Nessie has nightmares of babies.

When her husband, Pete, one day suggests he wants to start a family. Ness is reluctant at his suggestion, avoiding the topic by escaping to secretly take photos and curb her sudden panic attacks (both of which her husband is unaware of).

It is clear that she has secrets. Secrets she is not willing to part with. And those that are ultimately undoing her causing her to making have trouble sleeping.
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I actually liked this book very much. I found Ness to be a compelling character who has many flaws, but as the story unwinds, the reader discovers why the majority of her flaws exist. I, at least, sympathized with her, even though I had a hard time understanding some of her choices. Altan was an interesting character who was not really likable initially, but he grew on me. I am a scientist and the banter between Ness and Altan is not unlike what is h ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tale of escapism, facing your inner demons, and learning what you really want out of life

If ever a book captured the quintessential modern-day early-thirties crisis of struggling to accept the path you’ve chosen, this is it. Settling into the reality of marriage and starting a family, Ness has started having nightmares about having babies. She’s smarter than I was. Or more traumatized, perhaps. In either case, she does what any sensible struggling woman who works for a company doing sleep drug
S.H. Livernois
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't read romance for the simple fact that it all seems quite shallow and formulaic. So if I was going to read romance, I wanted to read something different and challenging, and this was both. I actually sort of disliked the main character, Ness. I threw up my hands in frustration every time she gave in to her addiction, but by the end, once she'd made her choices, I admired her for it. I didn't entirely hate her as a character because despite her flaws, she was a sympathetic person. Two men ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I stumbled upon Sleeping Together because it was fantastic. I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and the summary sounded like a dramatic romance with a touch of sci-fi, so I was instantly sold.

Life is messy and no one is perfect. Cook did a great job of showing how messy reality can be with characters that aren't insufferable. I've read many books where the authors construct flawed characters, but fail to develop them in a way that makes them relatable and/or likeable. When Ness falls int
Andrea Stoeckel
“There's nothing romantic about being a woman… your whole life you're stuck making everything easier for other people”

Vanessa Brown is having nightmares, and she really needs her sleep. Her husband wants them to have a child. She has a horrendous boss and her job is getting worse because of it. The stress of all of this is intruding on her rest...until she finds her co-worker is pocketing pills from the drug study they are supposed to be supervising. Will Altan share his stash?

The pills help her
Liz Delton
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. Wow.
I just bombed through the last quarter of the book because I quite literally couldn't put it down.
It's hard to even categorize this book... Sci Fi/Fantasy/Romance/Speculative Fiction? (**Also, TW: rape, sexual assault and drug addiction). The millenial's Great Gatsby? (The book is actually discussed by the characters about some of their parallels.)
Ness' inner monologue is so clever/punny it hurts; the writing is great, and Cook explores those serious topics alongside Ness and Altan
L.J. Savage
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Everything about this book was incredible. From the moment I started reading it (surprisingly, right before bed) to the moment I finished it (also in bed), I was completely invested.

Vanessa (Ness) starts syphoning pills from a clinical trial at work, and before she knows it she's dreaming of her colleague Altan in a more-than-friends kind of way... This might not only cause problems for her marriage, but also for her waking relationship with Altan, who turns out to have had the exact same d
Danica Avery
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This romance had one of the most unique plots I've ever read in a novel! I was hooked right from the start. The dream aspect was amazing and very fun to read about. Ness and Altan's dream relationship starts with wild and reckless sex, but it turns into so much more than that as the two of them get to know each other on a level deeper than anything they'd give in the waking world. Ness then finds herself torn between two men; her dream buddy and her husband that she loves. The author creates rea ...more
Morgan (dragonsandpages)
Jul 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh boy, I do not even know where to start with this one. I was not a fan, not a fan at all. This book did the one thing that I hate in all romance books, CHEATING!
In this book we follow our main character who has this good life with a steady job and loving husband. When her husband brings up the idea of babies she begins reliving some past trauma and having nightmares. She begins stealing sleeping pills from work and somehow her dreams link up with her male co-worker.
So now our main character
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, kindle-20
Wow... What a shit show! 👎

The blurb of this book really grabbed me because I have very visual dreams (have done for as long as I can remember) and it's one of my most favourite things in the world. Waking up and reliving for a few moments that crazy dream I just experienced, and if a medication like this actually existed I would probably be very addicted to it. But sadly the blurb is pretty much all I loved about this book... I would actually go further and say I hated this book.
I hated the char
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Kitty Cook is a book chef based out of Seattle specializing in salty heroines, spicy plotlines, and semisweet endings that hit the spot. With two energetic kids and a very patient husband, Kitty spends her free time exploring the Pacific Northwest in the sun and curled up with a book in the rain. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and under a different, less ridiculous name. ...more

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