Daniel Jacobs hasn’t had an easy go of it. But he’s finally got stable work as a bike messenger and a little place to call his own. It isn’t much, but it’s more than Daniel’s had most of his life. Then an ordinary delivery goes awry when Daniel goes into heat while in the penthouse condo and office of Cameron Styles.
Alpha Cameron hasn’t been interested in anyone since his partner died three years ago. He’s buried himself in his work and pushed the rest of the world away. But Daniel’s seductive scent awakens Cameron’s desire for something more. The two can’t resist one another and, along with Cameron’s daughter, they seem to make the perfect family. Only time will tell if what they have can last.
Frankly, His Wildest Dream is something of a mess. I tend to enjoy Omegaverse novels despite their absurd plots and insanely bad science. But absurdity isn’t what sinks His Wildest Dream; instead it’s some serious writing issues.
The plot of His Wildest Dream is pretty simple: poor boy meets rich older man; poor boy goes into heat, which drives the older man wild; older man then hires poor boy to watch his kid… and so on. Before I go any further, what is it with people giving their children to complete strangers for childcare? This is the second book I’ve read recently where a character just hires someone off the street, having known them mere minutes, to watch their young children. Stranger danger, people! Stranger Danger! Anyway, the plot here plays out predictably and Cameron and Daniel are an adequate, if overly saccharine couple. They aren’t memorable, but nor are they offensive and theirs is a wholly bland relationship. Cameron does keep asking Daniel if he’s being creepy for his internet stalking of the man and general invasion of his life. Daniel reassures him that he’s not. Daniel lies. Cameron is super creepy and his prowling behavior has less of an Alpha vibe and more of a serial killer one. Also, Cameron’s daughter, Maggie, is so precocious I wanted to slap her. Just saying.
Right front the start, some of the writing in His Wildest Dream caught my attention and not in a good way.
“Some days I took the pedestrian-only bridge, which was awesome because there were no cars on there at all.”
Well I should hope there aren’t any cars on the pedestrian bridge! The book is filled with this sort of thing and it’s maddening. Sentences that seem redundant or out of continuity, like stressing how a letter must be hand delivered to a specific person and then handing it to someone other than that specific person. Additionally, the book fails to provide a balanced exposition of events. Two pages are spent discussing whether or not Cameron should ditch his suits for more comfortable clothing. Only slightly more time is given to the labor, birth, and first four weeks of their child’s existence. Really? Cause I’d think one of those events might be more important to the plot than the other. When you take all of that, combined with numerous editing errors, reading His Wildest Dream was pretty frustrating.
His Wildest Dream is part of the Portville Omegaverse series and given that His Wildest Dream reads as a stand alone, it doesn’t appear necessary to read this series in any kind of order. While I generally enjoy books in the Omegaverse, this one really didn’t work for me. An uninspired plot, flat characters, and some wild writing choices left me scratching my head. I’d recommend giving this one a pass.