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REVIEW: Slow Dreaming, by Anne Barwell

Slow Dreaming

Title: Slow Dreaming

Series: Tempus Institute Book One

Author: Anne Barwell

Genre: Sci Fi, Romance, Time Travel

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Publisher: Self

Pages: 72

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Should he change the past for love?  

As an agent for the Tempus Institute, Jason Adams’ task is to observe the past, not change it. But when he’s sent to 21st-century Wellington, New Zealand, during the last week of aspiring songwriter Sean Henderson’s life, Jason finds he can’t just watch from a distance. He and Sean quickly become friends and then lovers, and when the song that’s haunted Jason for years connects them in a way he never anticipated, he’ll risk changing history for the chance of sharing a future with Sean.

Author’s note: This story was originally published in 2012 by another publisher. This edition has some added content, and uses UK/NZ spelling to reflect its setting.

The Review

“Slow Dreaming” is a short story that involves the Tempus Institute that deals in time travel.  Jason Adams works for the institute and his mission is short term and only to observe.  Unfortunately for Jason, his assignment is an inspiring musician, Sean Henderson.  

Jason finds himself enamored with Sean and knows that there can never be anything between them.  But even knowing Jason can only stay a short time, he and Sean become involved.  When time starts to runout, Jason has to make decisions, reveal his secret and disrupt time, not knowing what the consequences will be.

Anne Barwell writes a story that reflects various emotions:  sadness, worry, love and “what if’s” and melds it with time travel.  There’s also a little bit of suspense, too.  As far as, Jason and Sean they are a very compatible and sweet as a couple.  From the start you know that Jason and Sean have a magical connection.  Although this is a quick read the author gives the reader many thoughts to ponder. 

I have read other novels by Anne Barwell and thoroughly enjoyed them, especially the “Echoes Rising” series.  “Slow Dreaming” is a little different from what I usually read and I tried not to read more into the story.   This is just one of those stories to sit back, relax and enjoy! 

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights.  Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.  I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors. My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me.  But if a blurb peaks my interest I will read the book. My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading. I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre.   Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.  But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.


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