Title: In Dreams He Came
Author: Trina Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Gabe Mason and Nick Jackson
POV: 3rd POV
Setting: University of California Berkley
Cover Rating: 4.5
With a very active imagination and passion for all things history, University of California senior and veteran on the swim team Gabriel Mason often finds himself traveling to distant lands and times. There’s always one constant in Gabe’s dreams: a nameless man whose love completes Gabe’s soul. Gabe is waiting for someone special in his “real” life as well, and his best friend Phil is determined to find Gabe his elusive knight in shining armor.
Nick Jackson, a university alum and Olympic swimming champion, immediately recognizes the quiet young man from the swim team and convinces Gabe to give them a chance at building something special. Considering the palpable attraction between them, Nick surprises himself by quickly agreeing to take their budding relationship slow. Unfortunately, real life is not a fantasy, and Nick’s demanding schedule as a professional athlete and Gabe’s obligations to the swim team and his degree make finding time to spend together difficult.
Have the two men found everlasting love, or will it all prove to be just another dream?
Gabe is a history student and swimmer at the University of California Berkley. He’s also a bit of a day dreamer, something that drives is roommate crazy but adds great fun to the story. In the beginning the hero in his dreams has always been faceless, but that changes after he becomes reacquainted with Nick. Nick is a former swimmer and student from Berkley. The two meet again while at a bar and from that point on they’re hot and heavy. With Nick being a professional swimmer hoping to make it to the Olympics, and Gabe a college student and athlete in his last year of school, this means these two have to fight for every bit of personal time they can find.
I loved these characters. Right from the start the reader can see an emotional and physical connection forming. While the chemistry maybe present the men do not rush to the first dark spot to test it out. Instead the author allows them to get to know each other through the first part of the story. I loved this phase, seeing how they worked around the many small obstacles present in their lives as they got to know each other made the story seem more realistic. The closeness they felt for each other came through in all the little gestures and pet names, and the fact that Nick was not overly worried about what others thought, only made it more special. The many secondary characters that make up the men’s friends and family help move the story along and at times will have the reader laughing.
The story does have some conflict in it to keep it from being overly sweet, but the way the men handle the situations thrown at them just make them, and the story, more believable. I must say that for me the best scene in the whole book was when the two were in England and Gabe at lasts lands his Knight. I am glad I was given the chance to read In Dreams He Came, and will be reading this story again.
Reviewed By: Lydia