Book 1), Pleasures of the Night (Dream Guardians

By Sylvia Day

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matt walker
I love Sylvia Day style of writing from her erotic historical novels but I just did not like this book. I liked the concept of a group of guardians helping experience dreams in a whole new way and protecting us from our nightmares. The problem was I did not care enough about the characters - it might be for you but it missed with me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was my third trilogy that I've read of Sylvia Day's. I love the way she writes. Love how detailed they are. She's turned me into a reader. Love her work. I wish these guys were real. Wht hotties. Lol
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I love Sylvia Day! She hooks me with her books and has me reading all night! Pleasures of the night brings the real world and dream world together and man o man would I love to be Lyssa and have the man of my dreams come true!
A Passion for Him (Georgian) :: A Dark Kiss of Rapture (Renegade Angels Novel Book 1) :: Wish List :: Eve of Destruction :: Colours of Love (Colours of Love Series Book 1)
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jeremy rice
Surprisingly it was a decent read I kept wanting it not to end! It was easy to follow and had a ton of action constantly throughout the book...intrigue...fighting....and romance (sigh) it doesn't get better than that!
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carly chernick
Sylvia day continues to impress with yet another awesome romance. Would love for this one to be picked up for a movie, the story was simply badass and all together mind blowing. Cant wait to start the next one!
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don roff
I am becoming a big fan of Sylvia Day!!!!! If you like Gideon Cross (Crossfire series), then you'll love Aidan Cross (no relation....). I love the alpha males in Day's novels. If you like mild romance, don't get this; this is only for those that like it HOT & STEAMY!!!
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dawn taylor
If you have restless nights, you are going to want to read this. Pleasures of the Night is a great book and absolute page turner, Your will not want to put it down. Aiden Cross is a dream come true, he is here to keep the Nightmares away and then keep the rest of the night for your pleasure. Get this book!! You will not be disappointed.
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c c carlquist
I just could not get into the dream world thing and these mystical dream men. It's not for me. I bought the second book at the same time and haven't even opened it. I only bought these books because I read the crossfire series and liked it. Everything else I've read I have not liked.
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anju rani
After reading so many books I am sorry to say that this one was not one of my favorites, it was dull. I can't believe that I bought this book. If I could get my money back it will be great. waste of my reading time!!! Sorry
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ivonne penunuri
I was very excited to read this book and I couldn't wait to get it in the mail. When I got it, however, it turned out to be rather disappointing. While the story line was good, every other page was a sleazy sex scene. Now I'm no prude, I enjoy my sex scenes as much as everyone else, but this made me feel like I was in Jr. High all over again. Juvenile words used for body parts don't add to the "sexiness" of the book, rather, for me they detract. I won't be buying another of these books without first reading them in the library.
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patrick brown
I really enjoyed the story line in this book, it wasn't too sci-fi for me, but a little out there. Plus, the love scenes were HOT HOT HOT. The only critique I have is the vulgar language. There's a way to get the point and feeling across without using such language. Other than that, loved it!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I thought this book would be more like "Bared To You". Instead this book had a sci-fi element and I had a hard time understanding all the rules. Yes there was romance but you had to weed through all the "dreamworld" scenes to figure out what was what....
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
There wasn't much of a plot; no character development; not even a remote twist in this book, nothing but sex scenes over and over (and they weren't even that good). I think around page 100 I decided that it wasn't even worthy time Io finish it. Save your money!
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damis newman
well, I hate to say I just couldn't get past the first chapter. If you like sci-fi and the bizarre and of course, way too much explicit gratuitous sex scenes then this book is for you. I just didn't like it.
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natalee gregory
I have been reading romance novels or just about any book since I was 13 and now at 58 I still enjoy reading a good book. I heard about 50 shades of grey from the reports by the media. So I took a chance and purchase the book and starting reading the next day I went and purchase the other 2 books. I love books that moved me laughter, tears, sadness or just care about the characters. 50 shades did all of that and more, this was a love story circle by sex, but above all a love story and one you could believe in and one I wish did not have to end. This is what caused me seek out authors I have not read before. To Say I was disappointed can in no way cover my feelings for this book Pleasures of the Night. The writing was like she mail it in and the premise may not be out the relm of possibility. Its the way whole story was written which confirmed I wasted my money and although I am not ask to review her other 2 books Bare To You and Reflection in you. Although I was not requested to write a review on Bared to you which I've read, this book had me throwing it across ,the floor and screaming get better. I certainly did not want a copy of 50 shades although that is what this author did almost exact words. I would be suing someone about that. But so poorly written I almost preying please get better, it didn't. The next day I took the book to the book exchange. To like this book you would first would never have read 50 shades and even that I don't believe would have help. This book was a very poor rip off of 50 shades
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I'm not usually one for sci-fi but I love Sylvia Day and wanted to lose myself in a book for a while. I know that that is probable with her and she didn't let me down.

I was a little put off by the cliffhanger ending but again, Sylvia will not disappoint in the next installment I'm sure.

I have to say that her imagination to think of this plot is quite something. Aidan is a dream warrior fighting in a different plain to defeat nightmares. During one night he is sent to guard Lyssa. There is something different about her and they fall madly in love during the entire book.

They are trying to figure out how they can be together even though they are from different plains of existence.

Lyssa seems to have some very interesting abilities in Aidan's world so they are fighting against the "Elders" also in Aidan's world. I'm very much interested to see how they will discover what Lyssa's abilities are and what her role is in his world and also how they work out being together.
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stephanie heinrich
I give it 2.5 stars mainly because of the plot development is lacking. The development of the new world makes my head hurt because it's rushed using reporting technique instead of through experience.
The character development is much better but again it's rushed. I like the characters but story leaves so many questions.
This is an overuse of the fifty shades formula and clearly demonstrates that the formula is not suitable for all erotic romance. This is paranormal romance and requires the buildup of a new world and is better suited using a more traditional novel instead of a superficial mini novel. This book could be great but was rushed. No cliff hanger, just incomplete.
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debra o neill
A paranormal romance like no other finds Aiden, an Elite warrior, and Lyssa Bates, a veterinarian, finding a dreamy love, a love that crosses boundaries between this world and the world of dreams and nightmares.

Sexy, spicy scenes with an alpha male and a special woman compete with the bigger issues presented. Is she the Key the Dream Warriors seek? Will she destroy the world, or will this love supersede everything else?
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I rented this book in the audiobook format. I have to say, reading Sylvia Day's books is one thing, and hearing it is a completely different experience! Listening to this book allowed my imagination to dig deeper into the story and its characters. This is a very hot and steamy take on dreams and nightmares. It totally had me dreaming of my own Aidan Cross before I even made it to the end.

I won't give spoilers away though, because A) I don't want to ruin it for any one of you, and B) this book is already a pretty short one and I'd hate to take even one more tidbit of it from you.

A short synopsis: This main storyline is about the Guardians who live in the Twilight. Their Elite team fight against the nightmares that threaten to take over their world and harm the subconscious of us humans. Love is found along the way between a Guardian and a Dreamer (human). And of course, it won't be a Sylvia Day creation without some erotic lovemaking scenes.

Note: The story does not conclude after this book. And to be honest, it doesn't even conclude after the 2nd book in the series (Heat of the Night). However, if you want a light read that's sexy and unique, I recommend the books in the Dream Guardian Series. If you're worried about the conclusion to the main plot, there WILL be a 3rd book. I'm not sure when it will be released, but right now it's tentatively titled Rhythms of the Night. Maybe and hopefully we'll get the plot answers then.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
spoorthi s
Dream guardians infiltrate dreams and keep people safe from Nightmares. Most of the time, they can enter dreams and make any fantasy come true leaving the dreamer none the wiser the next morning.

Captain Aidan Cross is one such guardian. He is a man that all dream guardians look up to and want to emulate. On the outside, Aidan is the epitome of loyalty and unending fortitude. However, on the inside, he is slowly becoming more and more restless. He senses that all is not what it should be in his search for the prophetic key, and he wants to know why. Entering the dreams of women night after night has become almost blasé until he enters the dreams of Lyssa Bates. He finds himself unable to resist the temptation of visiting Lyssa's dreams time and time again because she is the only person in centuries of dream guarding to have ever seen Aidan for what he is; a man with wants and needs, and his own dreams of being loved.

Lyssa Bates is exhausted - utterly and completely fatigued, but still unable to sleep for more than minute periods of time. Her unexplainable exhaustion escalates her rapidly deteriorating health. On one such day, she collapses on her couch and begins to dream of an enigmatic man who is the model by which fantasies are made. Tall, manly, and downright decadent, the blue eyed man enthralls Lyssa to the point that she doesn't want to him to leave. To her inconsolable dismay, she realizes that he isn't reality; he isn't flesh and blood man.

Aidan experiences both panic and anger when he finds out that Lyssa is in danger because of his careless actions. Unwilling to sit back and watch her be harmed, he searches for a way to get to her. He is not completely selfless in his quest, however, because he has done the one thing that is forbidden. He has fallen in love with a dreamer.

May I be the first to say that I adore Sylvia Day? Never have I read a book written by this gifted author that I didn't like. That said, let me again be the first to state that PLEASURES OF THE NIGHT is a must read. An absolute must! I found myself not only unable to put this book down, but also completely unwilling to stop reading for any interruption. My husband will forgive me one day, I'm sure.

My emotions ran full circle. I cried at the poignancy and complete love shared by Aidan and Lyssa. I sighed at the sensuality that brewed between them. I fumed at the circumstances that aggressively tried to keep Aidan and Lyssa apart. My world stopped for the time it took me to read PLEASURES OF THE NIGHT and I don't regret that for a moment.

From the first scene between Aidan and Lyssa to the last, PLEASURES OF THE NIGHT was an enthralling, out-of-this-world look at a love that can be found despite the daunting chasm of space and time. Sylvia Day has artfully penned a keeper with this gripping story and I can't wait to read the next installment, HEAT OF THE NIGHT coming in November.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yolanda denise
I really enjoyed this book. Was surprised a bit how quickly I got into it. And also at first I thought I may wouldn't have liked it cause I realized its a bit too far out with the fantasy cause this Aiden guy isn't even real lol Just her dreams. I thought how in the world is this ever going to work if he isn't on earth? But I really got into it once he crossed over to earth. Even moved me to tears some parts that were just touching lol! I thought how deeply they seemed to love each other was beautiful & heart warming. Disappointed with the next book "Heat of the Night" I thought was going to be a continuation of their story cause at the end of this book ::SPOILER ALERT:: Aiden asks Lyssa to marry him. So I thought book 2 would continue like into their married life and him trying to find a way to stay on earth. But sounds like Book 2 is mainly about his best friend falling for Lyssa's friend :( Other than that. Have no complaints about this book. The sexual scenes were graphic. But it never felt overdone or crude in anyway. You could sense how much these 2 genuinely loved each other and to me just made it come across very sincere. Its funny also, always laughed at alot of the jokes in there. Aiden is soooo dreamy. Literally lol That guy is amazing. I fell for him quickly! I like the whole "Dream World" thing. I've always been fascinated with dream interpretation & those kinda things so this book hit right on that. Some people complain that its too far out there, cause the lead guy isn't even real at first. But it works in this book. And books don't always have to be exactly like reality. That's the fun aspect about reading sometimes it can take your imagination places totally outside of reality to where theres no conventional rules. It was a fun read. I might read it over again soon. I finished it in 2 days!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
According to legend, the Nightmares found a Key into their old world and spread, killing everything. The Elders barely had time to create a fissure within abbreviated space that allowed them to escape into a conduit plane between the human dimension and the one the Guardians had been forced to leave behind. Nearly immortal, the Guardians are dedicated to battling the Nightmares, the Healers and Nurturers are dedicated to healing those damaged. All this is done in the realm of dreams...

The Elite Guardians have one primary mission: find the Key and destroy it. Spending their lives fighting Nightmares, each Elite Guardian searches for that one Dreamer that may be the Key that would destroy their world. For many years now Aidan Cross, Captain of the Elite Guard, has doubted the existence of the Key. One night, Aidan is ordered to approach a dreamer that has built a barrier that stops Guardians and Nightmares alike from crossing into her dreams. Being a legend among his people for being the best Guardian that there has ever been, Aidan prepares himself for an assignment like no other he's faced before. Not expecting to be able to complete his assignment successfully, Aidan is surprised when the Dreamer opens the door to him without a fight.

Lyssa Gates has been sick and has had sleep disorders as far back as she can remember, including a particularly frightening stretch of time where she was plagued by nightmares as a child. After constant misdiagnoses and medications of one sort or another to help her sleep, she's had enough. Convinced that she's not going to live for all that much longer, she's decided that she's had enough of being treated as a pincushion and has given up on the doctors' ability to help. Lyssa spends most of her time at her veterinary clinic where she helps small animals and has an affinity with her patients that few other vets are blessed with.

There was yet another pounding on her door, demanding entrance. Lyssa doesn't know who these people are, but all she wants to do is sleep. Tired, she was always so tired. A deep voice with a luscious accent answers her question of who is at the door this time. Again, the answer she receives is whoever she wants it to be. Idiots. If he can't answer with the truth, he can just go the hell away.

Aidan is surprised when the Dreamer behind the door knows that she's in a dream. After she allows him in, she seems to feel that she can trust him even though she doesn't know a thing about him. There's something different about her she makes him feel. For centuries, he's buried his emotions but this one small woman reaches him without trying, makes him want what he's never allowed himself to. Before long he realizes that he needs her, she fills the void in him that he never thought could ever be filled...he needs to get away from her, fast.

Pleasures Of The Night is one of those rare books that completely took over my consciousness. I stepped into this alternate reality and I not only felt completely at home, it had me believing that `this' is possible. Pleasures Of The Night can only be called an absolutely divine read. Filled with humor, action, danger, love and passion that surpassed even my highest hopes...I can do nothing else but joyfully recommend this book. I'm almost seriously thinking about stalking Ms. Day until she releases the next story in this series!! I can't wait to see Connor and Wager again and I want a Guardian of my own!

Lyonene reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
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cynthia elliott
This paranormal/time travel adventure is enjoyable. Aidan is a dreamy sexy passionate man that consumes Lyssa in her dreams. He's trying to protect her from the nightmares that plague her. When he feels he has to do more than comfort and love her in her dreams, Aidan breaks the rules to come to the human world to try and save her. Lyssa has been beat down from sleepless nights for years and has done everything to try and find out what is wrong with her. When Aidan walks through her door the fire ignites between them. Although she knows she should be scared of this powerful sexy man she feels protected and secure like never before. There is real passion and love with this couple and I enjoyed reading about them. I did have a hard time trying to follow what the dream world Aidan came from all meant. It was a little confusing but I did get the gist of it. This romance story is a bit on the erotic side and the love scenes are very hot. Pleasures of the Night was a pretty decent read.
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nancy honore
Long ago, a tiny crack had been made by the Elders between the Twilight and our world. There is no way to close the crack and keep the Nightmares out. They could only supply damage control. Nightmares are real beings. The dreams created by the human mind had given Nightmares a new power source to thrive upon. Fear, fury, misery are easily aroused through dreams and fed the Nightmares well. Should the Nightmares enter our world, they will feed on all human dreamers until the race becomes extinct. The Nightmares have done so to other worlds. The Dream Guardians enter a Dreamer's dream, becomes whoever he or she wishes the Guardian to be, and fulfills every erotic desire. By doing so, the Guardians keep the Nightmares at bay and the Dreamers safe. And whenever given the chance, the Guardian kills all the Nightmare entities he is able.

Legend has it that somewhere in our world is a special Dreamer, the Key. For centuries the Guardians have hunted the Key. The Key has the power to open the Gateway and allow the Nightmares free entry. Therefore, once found, the Key is to be eliminated. The Key will be able to bar both Nightmares and Guardians with her door. Once the Guardian gets inside though, the Key will actually be able to see into the Twilight. Thus, Guardians look for four abilities. The Key can see the Guardian's true feature, will know the Guardian's real name, can take control of the dreams, and any nearby Nightmares will become confused and disoriented.

Captain Aidan Cross has been a Guardian for centuries. He now doubts that the Key is anything other than a myth. Yet devoted to the cause, he continues his erotic duties with female Dreamers. Some Dreamers shut away parts of themselves so securely, not even the Guardians could enter. Usually this is due to past abuse or something. Being one of the best Guardians, the Elders send Aidan to the dream door of Dr. Lyssa Bates in hope that Aidan can persuade her to open her dream door to him, where others before Aidan failed.

Dr. Lyssa Bates has one of the biggest veterinary practices in San Diego. She also has one of the biggest cases of insomnia. Despite a battery of tests, nothing physically wrong shows up and no prescription medicine works. Lyssa has never been able to remember her dreams, but now she can't reach a deep sleep and it's making her sick. But then Aidan comes along.

Aidan is the only one Lyssa will allow into her dreams. No Guardian before or after him has succeeded. But the only thing Aidan sees when he is admitted entrance is blackness. Lyssa does not even know how to turn on the lights in her dream, much less see any fantasies. There is nothing wrong with the veterinarian, no past trauma, no mental illness. She just sits in the dark, wishing she could see. Being exclusively assigned to Lyssa, Aidan begins helping her to reach deep sleep, A.K.A. turn on her lights. Once done, Aidan becomes attracted to Lyssa, though this is forbidden. Worse, Lyssa has all the signs of being the Key. Even though Aidan knows Lyssa would never willingly open the Gateway for the Nightmares, should the Elders learn of Lyssa's abilities, they would execute her. Now Aidan must risk all, become hunted by his own people, to save the Key.

***** If you have read any title in the RED line, from Avon Books, then you already know that the series is called "Red" due to all the extra, extra steamy contents. So if you do not like erotica or mild erotica, do not pick up this title. You should also be at least seventeen-years-old.

Author Sylvia Day begins this novel out in the middle of a HOT Dreamer's dream. In the shadows are some Nightmares that the warrior would soon battle. Just knowing the hero was about to defend the lady from evil hooked me straight away. I never could resist a good battle between Good and Evil. This story goes the extra mile for readers by, not only having hot romance, but a sinister plot by beings which could be considered aliens or demigods. I do not know if I would classify it as Fantasy or Sci-fi, but I do know that this is one of the best stories I've read in a Romance category thus far this year (2007). I cannot recommend this RED book highly enough and warn readers to have plenty of free time before even opening the cover. Sylvia Day obviously knows what readers love! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
susan macd
Going to sleep just got a whole lot more interesting!

Sylvia Day has given the reader a whole new dream-world to explore and I for one was feeling very adventurous. With Dream Guardians protecting the Dreamers from the Nightmares it gives the author plenty of playground to set her talent on fire for erotically charged scenes. The combination of storytelling and the passion in this novel is one that I enjoyed immensely giving Aiden and Lyssa enough depth and emotion.

This novel is explaining enough about the Dream Guardian's life to intrigue the reader, especially the Elders who remain an odd group leading the Guardian's in their quest to destroy the Key. A prophecy imprinted in the minds of the Guardian's, the Key will be the downfall of life as they know it so as they protect the Dreamers from the Nightmares they also search for the Key. With this Sylvia Day has written a well paced story, a plot that is interesting and characters that sizzle from the pages with hunger, passion and a bit of attitude. With secondary characters like Connor and Philip the interest for future novels is born and the Elder Sheron adds his own mystery to it as making me guess what the Elders are all about.

Somehow Sylvia Day has made it more than likely that a Dream Guardian will pop up in your dreams, the basics of how they work with the Dreamers, how dreams work by definition, the conscious mind, it's in the small things that makes this story appear more real to me. The ending leaves certain things open which is both torturing as interesting but knowing I have not seen the last of Aiden and Lyssa makes me wondering what else lies ahead for them.

With sizzling heat Sylvia Day has written a novel that will be the ultimate self-indulgence for women all around the world!

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amanda itliong
The Story
Lyssa hasn't sleep well in years. She has such a big DO NOT ENTER steal door for the guardians to go through. Lyssa only opens her steal door for Aidan. They have an instant sparks flying connection. The Elders in Aidan's world have always been searching from one thing.... The key. The Elders refuse to tell them why the key is so important. Lyssa shows signs of being the key, but Aidan does't know if he believes at all, but he must protect her at any costs.

I was hesitant to read the dream guardians; this is the first book I've read of Ms Day. I was pleasantly surprised! Fell in love instantly! The characters are so vivid and have good depth. I love the two main characters. Lyssa is an extraordinary anomaly in Aiden's world! I was a little sad they didn't decide if they were staying in her world or his in the end. I missed her training with the nightmares. Her powers are so unknown right now. That's how the pages ended so I assume in the next book we'll get catch ups from these too. The pace is fast and the content unique and captivating. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
While I have several of Ms. Day's novels in my TBR stacks, this was the first one I read. Knowing the Avon Red imprint was highly erotic, I can only say WOW, as I wipe the steam from my glasses! Those readers who are offended by four letter words that begin with "f" or "c" and end in "k" should steer clear, but those who like their stories served up HOT and Sizzling - this one's for you!

Captain Aidan Cross, is an Elite Warrior as well as a Dream Guardian - a being who can insert himself into a human female's dream to become their fantasy lover to fight off the Nightmares. Aidan and his fellow guardians are charged to cross over planes to protect humans from the "Nightmares", and to search for the "Key"; a mortal whom the Elders of their realm prophesied would open a bridge between the two planes and bring destruction to all.

As the most powerful of all guardians, Aidan's latest assignment is to bring solace to Lyssa Bates, a woman who's always suffered nightmares and who has erected a door blocks the Dream Guardians from entering. Lyssa suffers a case of insomnia that is slowly killing her. Aidan manages to coerce her to open the door, and though he has played lover to thousands of women, Lyssa's beauty, innocence, and passion has left him bewildered and slaked with a hunger like never before.

It wasn't long before Aidan realized Lyssa was most unusual. Not only could she block other Dream Guardians of breeching her defenses, but Lyssa could see what Aidan actually looked like. These were all traits said to belong to the "Key", and if that were so, it was decreed she must be destroyed. Aidan knew in his heart that she was an innocent, and would risk everything to cross over to the mortal plane to protect her!

Day's wonderful characterization of Lyssa as the successful sleep-deprived and caring professional veterinarian by day and passionate sensual dreamer at night was superb! Her back-talking sassiness and intelligence came through in the highly titillating dialogs with her dream lover which produced more than a few chuckles from this reviewer. The author kept the heat on high when Alyssa's dream lover, whom she did not recognize at first, arrived at her door - whole, hearty, half dressed and incredibly sexy, where her unbridled lust took control over caution.

In like fashion, Day showed that while Aidan had played lover to thousands of women during their dreams, he'd never felt a connection to protect a mortal so much or had sex ever been so unbelievably tremendous. One session was generally all a Dream Guardian was allowed with any mortal being so that bonds could not be forged, only Aidan knew how special this one woman was as she consumed his thoughts both night and day.

Day weaves in vividly detailed secondary characters that leave you pining to see future books to this series, including Aidan's best friend Connor, and possibly one with a female Dream Guardian. With this first entry, it's fast pace, strong plot and hotly sensual encounters, it is one extremely steamy and highly satisfying erotic tale. Add to that a fantastic new world of good versus evil and you can expect to be hooked from the beginning to the very satisfying end. Day has a talent for leaving the reader salivating for more and her new Dream Guardians are one heady entrée.

Marilyn Rondeau, for [...]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dream Guardians exist on another plane of existence, only crossing over to mingle with humans on the dream plane, to protect mortals from the Nightmares, who feed on fear. But their mission is twofold: protect mortals from Nightmares, while simultaneously searching for the Key, a mortal who was foretold would open the bridge between realms, bringing destruction with them.

Aidan is one of the most powerful Dream Guardians. He has never failed in a mission, part of which involves playing dream lover to mortal females in order to save them from the Nightmares. He has been with thousands of women, none of whom have seen him for himself or touched his heart. Lyssa Bates is different, in many ways. Not only does she have an unexplainable ability to block the Dream Guardians, one night in her arms leaves Aidan shaken, craving her more. But more and more he begins to fear she is the Key his people have been searching for. He knows to the very depths of his soul she can't possibly be evil, and protecting her from the other Dream Guardians swiftly becomes his primary goal...

Sylvia Day very rapidly became one of my newest favorite authors. When her newest book, Pleasures of the Night was offered to us for review, I did not even stop to read a blurb, I snatched it up without hesitation! Once again, this author did not let me down - far from it! This book satisfied so many of my literary loves: paranormal, romance, erotic... The writing is stellar, as readers have come to expect from a Sylvia Day novel, and the characters are wonderful. I was immediately drawn to both Aidan and Lyssa, and my interest in both only grew as the story progressed.

Not surprising, since this is book one of her new Dream Guardians series, the author stirs plenty of interest in the supporting characters as well, laying the groundwork for several sequels in just this first novel. She even manages to capture the readers' interest in a very minor but memorable character who provides us with a healthy dose of comic relief during the one scene she appears in. Keep your eye out for Mrs. Laughlin - I am hoping she graces us with her presence and more hilarity throughout the series!

Day wraps up Pleasures of the Night with a great ending for the romance between Aidan and Lyssa, but with the certain feeling that this is an auspicious beginning to what will be a wonderful series and some intriguing ongoing mysteries that will weave the books in this series together. The first book hasn't yet released to the public and already I'm itching to get my hands on the second!
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As a Guardian, Captain Aidan Cross is responsible for keeping Nightmares away from Dreamers. Living on a different plane of existence, Guardians never enter the human realm; they only enter their dreams to protect them. In all his time as a Guardian, it has been whispered that the Guardians must find the Key and destroy it or it will mean the end of the world. Aidan is wary of the myth and only wants to have proof from the Elders. When he encounters a Dreamer that can keep him out, he is intrigued. Unfortunately so are the Elders.

Lyssa Bates has been sickly all her life. Never feeling completely rested even after sleeping 24 hours straight, she is resigned to her fate. Not wanting anymore tests, Lyssa decides to take things as they come. When she meets Aidan in her dreams, she has no idea of the stir she has caused in his world. When Aidan shows up on her doorstep, Lyssa feels like she knows him, but knows she's never met him before. All he tells her is that he's there to protect her.

Pleasures of the Night has an interesting premise. While I did enjoy the book, the writing was a bit stilted in places. I really think that there were too many clichés in the sex scenes including "her mouth watered as his c**k sprang free". There were many questions left unanswered that the reader can only hope is addressed in the future.
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katie jones
I liked the plot of the book, unfortunately this is more of Erotica then Paranormal Romance. The story line could have been great if it actually was the focus of the book, but it wasn't. I like the writing to some extend, but the language was driving me crazy. Can't stand cursing and slang in books, and some of the dialogs between main characters were just silly. I didn't expect anything deep from the book in this category and with that title, but something enjoyable (beside the very graphical sex scenes) would have been nice
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karen faber
I had a hard time getting into this book. The prolog had me confused. I kept telling myself to keep going it might get better. I'm sure glad I kept reading. I really fell in love with the plot. I did however have a hard time connecting with Lyssa. I can usually feel a connection between the main character and myself but didn't feel it this time. All in all it's a great read!
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adam patel
I didn't expect this book to be a contemporary supernatural thrill ride--I'm use to Victorian sexcapades from this author, but can I say the pages sizzled in this--and you wanted to be Lyssa--and you wanted Aidan to do every single thing Day wrote in those pages to you some night in one of your dreams!

I hope her next addition to this story continues to be as greatly written and as entertaining--as well as stimulating as Aidan and Lyssa's story was!
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amy mcdangerfield
The great thing about Sylvia Day is that she is consistant in her writing to capture the reader's interest from the 1st page. I have yet to buy a book by her that I regretted. As a romance novel lover it can be hard to find novels that appeal to me. I like stories that are passionate but don't make me feel like I am reading a book directed at a teenager. This is a great book and I would recommend.
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rachel ostrander
I am just waiting for the continuation of this series. This was a great read. The characters were all intriguing and of course Ms Day's love scenes are to die for. It puts you right in the action. Please continue this series.
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maged hassaan
The book was pretty good, but I am really getting fed up with books that just end with the assumption that you have to buy more in a series rather than a story that ends. Where did the books go that don't have a series attached?
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michelle paratore
This was great I had trouble putting it down. I dream every night and can wake up and go right back where I left off. Some are nightmares and I know this book isn't real but it can make you think of how to control your dreams. I recommend this book just enjoy.
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christina mcguire
I bought this book with a little bit of a prayer for it to be as good as her others.I loved it.The story is riviting and sensual.With the ending so perfect.I give it 5 stars,well written,well thought out.Never regretted buying.It makes you wonder what really happens when we dream.
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barb hope
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ash so
What a mess! This author has shown great style and skill in her previous books and had become an automatic brand name author buy for me. This book seems cobbled together--elite alpha male fighting force, paranormal powers, etc. etc. with a barely there plot short on compelling characters or originality. Overall an $$$ disappointment--wait for the used copy AND her next, newer series. THAT one seems to have some thought behind it--rather than just a marketing ploy to keep a great author out front.
Please Rate Book 1), Pleasures of the Night (Dream Guardians
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