Tools of Justice by Jaime Samms and Sarah Masters

Title: Tools of Justice

Series: The Dreaming 01

Author: Jaime Samms & Sarah Masters

Genre: Paranormal, Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Length: Super Novel (264pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (26th March 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: One cop. One killer. Both dreamwalkers. Not every dream should see the light of day…

Three very different people have one thing in common-a dreamscape steeped in horror. Barry has had dreams of violent death all his life, and as a cop, he now works to solve the crimes his dreams tell him about in hopes he can save at least one victim from suffering the fate he faces every time he lays his head on his pillow. His ex-lover, Tag—now his boss—has no idea how to help him cope other than to protect his job…and try to protect their hearts from the dreams that could end up killing them both.

Leyton welcomes the dream state that shows him his next victim. He’s been a killer for as long as he can remember, and the land where he walks in shadow beside the horn-headed man who guides him feels more like home than the waking world. Now, in addition to seeking out those who would kill the innocent and ending their lives in his own special reign of terror, Leyton is promised a bride—someone to love him forever. It seems everything he’s ever dreamed is about to come true.

Jessica just wants to get her life back after her boyfriend is murdered and she is abducted. Twice. Finding herself at Leyton’s mercy is a nightmare she soon finds is only the very beginning. When the horn-headed man visits her, she knows nothing will ever be the same again.

The four of them now have to find a way to navigate the real world while the dream state dictates their very lives and threatens everything they hold dear. If they manage to catch a few killers and save a few innocent lives along the way, that will have to be their compensation for the “gifts” given by The Dreaming.

Reader Advisory: This book contains several graphic and detailed scenes of torture, dismemberment and murder.

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Review: Freaking hell! I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. Barry has always had dreams where he is the victim, usually the victim of torture and murder.  He tries to use his dreams to solve the crimes, but the dreaming affects his work in other ways. Tag has tried to do what is best for Barry but now he realizes it was a mistake to leave him.  He has protected him at work, but now he can see that Barry is falling apart. Leyton welcomes his dreams with open arms, he enjoys going out and dishing out justice to the ones who deserve it and some he has directed Barry towards, to have Barry bring them to a different justice. Jessica gets drawn into the web of dreaming by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but now it won’t let her go and her only hope is falling away.

This is a fantastically written story that will send shivers down your spine and make you want to sleep with one eye open or never sleep again. Barry struggles with normal life as the nightmares consumes him at night. But, it is worse than just bad dreams, he lives what victims are living through as they die.  His one safety net is no longer there to hold the dreams at bay and now someone is contacting him and threatening his beloved Tag. Tag sacrificed his relationship to help protect Barry, but now with a case getting out of control and a missing woman, he realizes that he needs Barry as much as Barry needs him. Leyton is as close to insane as you can get, but to him what he is doing is completely right, he draws Jessica into the Dreaming, because he was told wrong information.  Now, He has a team together to do His work.

This story is so different from what I expected and it was brilliant. This story draws you in as you read and doesn’t let you go.  You never know what will happen next and there are twists that you don’t see coming. Each character has a part to play and none of them have a real choice. They are dragged in by being able to dream true life.  Each person is manipulated and threatened into doing His work and you really don’t know whether to cheer Him or hide from Him. Your heart goes out to each character, even when you want to hate one of them.  But, their stories are compelling; it isn’t until near the end of the book that the main characters are all together in one room.

The relationship between Barry and Tag is complex and intense and has mistrust ingrained into it.  But, both men are willing to try to repair the relationship and take one day at a time.  The sex between them is hot and intense, even if you don’t see a lot of it. Some scenes in the book are gruesome and very well described and yes, you just might throw up a little bit in your mouth when you realize about the teeth. This book does not end how you want it to.  we might have Barry and Tag in love and sorting their relationship out and we might have Jessica still alive and free from Leyton in a way and we have a deeply disturbed Leyton accepting that he can’t have Jessica as his love… but they are all still in a place of manipulation, intrigue, murder, mystery and threats…. I so can’t wait for the next book!!

So, I have to recommend this book if you want a tense, intense, mystery, suspense, crime, thriller, paranormal, bloody, gruesome, hauntingly creepy, dark story that has hot sex, a good relationship and an ending that makes you want to find who He is.