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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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NAT.orious reads ☾
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 undecided STARS ★★★✬✩
This book is for you if… you are not one of those close-minded eejits who think women are nothing but baby machines and strongly believe we are valid in our desire to not have kids. I'd say people with the ability to bear children, but the lack of a desire for it might find this book especially worthwhile because that's why I liked it so much.

Overall.
I haven't had mixed feelings to that degree about any book in a damn long time. Right after finishing the book,
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Emma
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
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Kazen
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
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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
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Gabriela
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't know what I was expecting from this book. The synopsis made me want to read it and find out more about this "experiment".

Some parts were interesting, some boring. And I personally believe there were too many descriptions, I've found myself skimming every now and then.

The book is written from one perspective, I don't know if Altan's journal entries can be counted as a second perspective, but I don't think so.

Nessie is an annoying character, to be honest, she's still dealing with trauma fr
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Snezana
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came for the cover. Stayed for the witty dialog and cool references. Ran through it because of what came later. It was easy to get through and definitely a wild ride.

Ness is married to Pete who wants to expand their family. Ness on the other hand is a woman who doesn't have pets, kills plants because she doesn't remember to water them, and she's not sure she wants babies. To escape the pressure of making the decision, and the nightmares she has been having, she starts taking Morpheum sleep pil
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Bri
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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Kelsy | goodvibesgoodbooks
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! ...more
Marcus
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
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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. ...more
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fab, reviewed
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
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rylanne burdette
Content Warning: This book does address rape, sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy, and addiction.

When Vanessa, "Nessa," Brown finds her coworker, Altan, stealing pills from a drug trial her company is running, she decides she wants to try one as well, hoping it will help her sleep at night. Instead, the two realize that by taking these pills together, they can share each other's dreams. They begin to do this almost every night, going on adventures through each other's memories. Nessa and Altan ge
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rylanne burdette
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Content Warning: This book does address rape, sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy, and addiction.

When Vanessa, "Nessa," Brown finds her coworker, Altan, stealing pills from a drug trial her company is running, she decides she wants to try one as well, hoping it will help her sleep at night. Instead, the two realize that by taking these pills together, they can share each other's dreams. They begin to do this almost every night, going on adventures through each other's memories. Nessa and Altan ge
...more
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
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Snezana
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came for the cover. Stayed for the witty dialog and cool references. Ran through it because of what came later. It was easy to get through and definitely a wild ride.

Ness is married to Pete who wants to expand their family. Ness on the other hand is a woman who doesn't have pets, kills plants because she doesn't remember to water them, and she's not sure she wants babies. To escape the pressure of making the decision, and the nightmares she has been having, she starts taking Morpheum sleep pil
...more
Freya
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
ThatBookGal
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I quite liked the idea of Sleeping Together, where two people can wander through a dreamscape together. The dream sequences were captivating, and definitely my favourite parts of the novel. There were parts I loved, parts that made me angry, and parts that made me REALLY angry (most of them involving the awful Malcolm).

Ultimately though, I spent most of the book a little confused. I just couldn't understand why Ness, having a husband who was kind and caring, was just not communicating with him
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Richa
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is contemporary fiction. I loved the premise of the book as I found it different and entertaining. While reading the book, you might end up wondering if that is for real or such things really happen where fantasy and reality collide. Though there were a few problematic scenes, it refreshed me and got me back to reading. So, it was easy to say goodbye to my reading slump.

There are two-person, Vanessa and Altan, who works in a pharmaceutical company and are working on a project where they have
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Carol
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
Claire
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
Brian
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
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Jillian
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
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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.
Susan
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
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Laura
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ness isn’t sleeping. She’s having nightmares. About babies. Her husband Pete is wanting to talk about starting a family. And how’s she’s having nightmares. When she catches her coworker, Altan, stealing pills from their drug trials he decides that she should try some to see if she can get a good nights sleep. The side effects of Morpheum include headaches and nausea. Oh and possibly mind melding, as Altan and Ness quickly discover. While she is getting great sleep, and having AMAZING dreams, the ...more
Dana
The premise of Sleeping Together reminded me of Netflix's Maniac off the bat. I never got all that into the show albiet I watched a few episodes. The common concepts of a 'drug trial' concept and dream sharing piqued my interest. Where they differ pretty clearly though is the characters. I would probably categorise this as a somewhat dark or gritty women's fiction/sci fi.
This is the story of Vanessa Brown; she hasn't been sleeping well since her well-meaning and sweet yet clueless husband Pete
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Mi-ch-elle
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.
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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 Salon.com under a different, less ridiculous name. ...more

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