Ben in the Shadows

Ellen Ginsberg
Ben in the Shadows
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Release Date
September 2011
Book 2 of Dreamcatcher
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Ben, a werewolf, has spent a decade being experimented on by a mad scientist. Retreating into a fantasy world to cope with his pain, he eagerly awaits a hero to save him. Jasper, a lifelong screw up, proves heroic in rescuing him, but is convinced of his own ill-worth and terrified he won't be able to live up to the romantic fantasies Ben has of him.

Once mated, the two broken men gain access to each other's dreams, where neither man can hide from the shadows of his troubled past, and the skeletons in both their closets threaten to overcome the love they both need so badly. Jasper and Ben are bound together for eternity, but will they find in each other their destruction…or their salvation?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Dec 01, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
BEN IN THE SHADOWS is the second book in the series about werewolves and planeswalkers. The idea behind the story remains just as original as it was in the first book, but the execution not so much.

Ben is a werewolf who's been held captive and tortured by a crazy scientist for a decade. He appeared in the first book and his story in only told in more detail in this one. One would think how his troubled past influenced his mental stability enough for it to overshadow everyone else's issues, but surprisingly enough, his mate, Jasper, breaks all records.

I can honestly say I didn't understand more than half of this book. Or what I did understand wasn't all that logical or particularly interesting. I did love Ben in the beginning, because he seemed so honest and wounded, in general a person who I wanted to get to know better. But this book was so enveloped by mystery that by the time I reached the middle, Ben's personality got somewhat lost and the secrets never really came to the surface.

Jasper was a strange one. I did somewhat understand his point of view, but then again, mostly I didn't. He had these strange hang-ups which didn't make much sense and everything he did was only half done/said/explained. He's like an unfinished character who couldn't find his direction in this book.

Then there is this whole other plane, Morgana, something that has been dragged through both books, but very little is ever said. By the end of this one, I'm starting to question the very existence of the plane as well as the possibility of getting back there. But that's just me, and for me, the whole dream world is extremely confusing, very poorly explained as well as illogical.

Another warning I have about this book is that it ends with a cliffhanger. For me, it wasn't so bad as I'm really not all that interested in their story, but for some who understand and like this series, it might make a difference.

Now to explain my rating; I stand behind three stars simply because I'm of the belief that my dislike of this story comes from lack of understanding. Maybe I didn't read it with enough attention to catch all the connecting links and others who did get all the double meanings and the background story will have better things to say about it than I did.

I still think this author does a great job when it comes to writing, because nothing feels forced or just put into words randomly, but there might be an issue in actually transferring this great world from imagination to text in a way that it makes sense for others. Can't help it but think there's a lot of it I'm missing and the author just didn't feel it necessary to put in the story.
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