Bone Dressing: The Dreaming

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As Syd faces the mysteries lurking in the shadowed depths of her past, she must sail through the rocky waters of the unknown on her journey to the sleeping bones of her next past-life. Caught on a roller coaster ride through mysterious cultures, rogue mercenary pirates, past loves and new-found abilities, Syd must find the strength to listen to her own heart, to embrace her future - and her past. More

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Words: 133,250
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781301812271
About Michelle Brooks

A baby girl first known as Brian ... teenage runaway at sixteen ... mother of three fantastic, occasionally frustrating teenagers ... PhD in Human Genetics ... Fairy Godmother ... dancer ... Texan ... author of the Bone Dressing series of Dark MatureYA Paranormal Romance novels ... Michelle is all of these ... and so much more ...

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Review by: Jackie O on March 19, 2013 :
Finished this book after having to put it down and then start it over because I was moving and then other things happened.

I love Syd, she's my favorite female character. I love that she is understanding herself and is slowing growing through out the books. She has a mouth that no matter what just keeps going. Syd has her fears and she has her moments when she's paralyzed by it but she over comes it and keeps going.

Beau is the force that keeps Syd going when she needs that extra push. He and Sarah both are all the support Syd needs. The chemistry between Beau and Syd can set the pages on fire. Their relationship is slowly developing as Syd goes back into each life.

In the first book she lost Jesse and now Jem. Each one a painful lose but with each loss Syd learns something about herself. Mr. A is the devil himself, who torments Syd in each life. He's purely evil and his actions confuse Syd. With each book comes more questions.

Guess I'll be checking the Michelle I. Brooks website till the next book comes out.

My experience with Bone Dressing and this book has been that I can't put them down unless something happens and keeps me from them. I can't wait for book 3. Something needs to happen between Syd and Beau before they combust. Web it does, it's going to be scorching hot. Highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 17.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jackie O on March 19, 2013 :
Finished this book after having to put it down and then start it over because I was moving and then other things happened.

I love Syd, she's my favorite female character. I love that she is understanding herself and is slowing growing through out the books. She has a mouth that no matter what just keeps going. Syd has her fears and she has her moments when she's paralyzed by it but she over comes it and keeps going.

Beau is the force that keeps Syd going when she needs that extra push. He and Sarah both are all the support Syd needs. The chemistry between Beau and Syd can set the pages on fire. Their relationship is slowly developing as Syd goes back into each life.

In the first book she lost Jesse and now Jem. Each one a painful lose but with each loss Syd learns something about herself. Mr. A is the devil himself, who torments Syd in each life. He's purely evil and his actions confuse Syd. With each book comes more questions.

Guess I'll be checking the Michelle I. Brooks website till the next book comes out.

My experience with Bone Dressing and this book has been that I can't put them down unless something happens and keeps me from them. I can't wait for book 3. Something needs to happen between Syd and Beau before they combust. When it does, it's going to be scorching hot. Highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 17.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shirley Deeds on Dec. 08, 2012 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed Bone Dressing – the first installment in Michelle Brooks’ Bone Dressing Series. I couldn’t wait to get more of Beau and Syd, not to mention T.J. and Sarah. I was even looking forward to more confrontations with Mr. ‘A’. What I wasn’t expecting was to be even more enthralled with this story than I was before.

The Dreaming continues the story of Syd and her quest to right wrongs that that occurred in past lives. The concept is totally unique and that combined with Brooks’ descriptive writing style, a flair for action and her flowing dialogue make Syd’s story genuinely entertaining. How entertaining? Well, for this review I decided to try something a little different. Since I don’t really think that I can do the book justice by just talking about it, I thought maybe I should just let the book speak for itself.

So, do you like books that start with bang? How’s this for an opening paragraph?

“Shit! What the hell are you doing?” My body slammed up against the ship’s central mast and bounced off, not slowing down the slightest bit with the sudden change of direction. Immediately I ricocheted against Beau’s chest before crashing right back into the mast, the salt water splashing off the solid wood post, stinging my eyes like a hive full of hostile bees. My eyelids slammed closed in a last-ditch attempt at self-preservation. God, my eyes were on fire! It felt like they were going to burn a hole through my skin and go rolling across the deck any second.

And then there is the romance. Oh yes, the romance. There is a an undeniable attraction between Syd and Beau that transcends time.

As our lips met, the world simply ceased to exist. There was just this moment, Beau, me, the water lapping at our bodies, caressing us with its cool blessings of life and love. Beau’s hands slid up my shoulders, weaving into the hair at the back of my head, pulling me desperately deeper within his kiss… within his embrace… within him.

How about the macabre? An aspect of the story that is so dark it’s actually mesmerizing?

My head turned suddenly, following a couple who’d just come around the path from behind me. They were dressed up like a bride and groom. A rotting, decomposing bride and groom, yes, but a bride and groom nonetheless. Deep, dark eye sockets gazed longingly at one another, full of love and adoration, despite their current decrepit state. As they joined the crowd of dancing bodies he took her bone-drawn hand, twirling her into the center of the skeleton ball.

So, are you convinced? Like I said, I really liked Bone Dressing, but I was even more impressed with The Dreaming. I’m thinking that this is one series that is just going to get better and better with each installment. It has a little bit of everything. Romance, humor, mystery, magic and more than enough action. Because of the language (mainly from Syd… Beau just can’t keep her mouth under control) and the sexual situations and violence, I wouldn’t categorize this as YA. Maybe older teens or New Adult, but definitely not younger teens. Book 2 is a lot more intense in every way, but that intensity was an integral part of The Dreaming. Anything less wouldn’t have stayed true to the characters or the story.

The Bone Dressing Series will include 7 books so there is a lot more action in store for Syd, Beau, T.J., Sarah and Mr. “A” in the coming books. The next book in the series is The Awakening and I can’t wait to see where in the world or the past, this cast of characters ends up next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pinky Pollock on Nov. 13, 2012 :
Michelle Brooks has continued the intriguing story of Syd and her companions Beau, Sarah and T.J as we travel with Syd on her journey of self discovery.

In The Dreaming we learn more about Mr A and unravel further 'dressings' of Syd as she comes to learn more about who she is and her connection to Beau .

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey on which Michelle took us, and laughed and cried all over again, when Syd, in another of her 'dressings', loses her one true love. They say what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, in Syd's case, this is truly an apt expression.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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