Title : When all the World Sleeps Word Count :110,500
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance
Blurb : Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.
Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.
Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.
My Review : I guess this is what you get when you have two great authors collaborating. Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock gave us a perfect smash hit. The plot in this book was so different than anything that I’ve come across thus far. It kept me interested the whole way through. The main characters were totally real and they had very honest reactions within the given scenarios. The main characters are not the typical lovable innocent characters. However, they are people that you can have respect for in how they live their lives.
Daniel is a tortured soul who has been to prison for allegedly torching his tormentor’s house with him in it. He is out on parole on the defense that he sleepwalks. No one believes his defense and they think he is just a meth head. Mostly everyone in town despises him for being a murderer and for his atrocious behaviour when he sleepwalks. His behavior through most of the book is very self destructive, but then you realize that most of the times he is truly unaware of what he is doing because he is sleeping. He spends his waking moments thinking of torturous ways to keep himself awake because he fears what he will do if he sleepwalks. He really tries hard to keep himself in check with lots of pain, clamping his balls , sitting on upturned bottle caps while naked and nothing really works.
When we are introduced to police officer Joe Belman, we see that he treats Daniel just a little bit better than the townspeople. He upholds the law, but he is trying very hard to not have any feelings other than disgust for a convicted murderer. At first he really doesn’t believe in the sleepwalking defense. However, the more Bel is around Daniel, he realizes that he is truly unaware of his actions. Bel takes on the role of self appointed protector for Daniel as well as the general public. He goes to Daniel’s house and handcuffs him to his bed and watches out for him while he sleeps nightly. There are certain strong feelings that seeing Daniel in handcuffs evokes in Bel. He is not quite sure what this means for his relationship with Daniel, but he knows he wants to give Daniel some rules and structure where he can find peace and where they both can find some enjoyment.
Bel anticipates Daniel’s needs and he pushes Daniel to do things that he wouldn’t necessarily think he would get off on. It’s clear to see that Bel knows nothing about being a Dom and he really isn’t even sure if he considers himself as such.Eveything about their relationship is self exploratory for both of them, because they both seem to be in uncharted waters. Bel has never really had anyone that he could explore with sexually and all the deep dark parts of himself are untapped. On the other hand, Daniel has done some BDSM but not with the intention of having fun or receiving pleasure; he has mainly done it as punishment or to keep himself awake. Bel is really curious to explore this BDSM element to their relationship, but he is not quite sure where to draw the line so he looks towards Daniel’s body and responses for cues.The exploration for me was very hot. The sex scenes were very steamy and they really floated my boat.
It is wonderful to watch Bel clod through the quagmire of feelings that are associated with being a Dom and it is good to see Daniel feeling happy and at peace with being submissive. Their relationship is definitely not sunshine and flowers. It is an uphill battle for the two of them right up until the end. This book is definitely not for the feint of heart, it’s certainly not one one those cutesy romance novels. I loved it all the way through and at times I felt like pulling out Daniel’s hair for being obtuse, but it was really a great read. Some of it might seem farfetched, but my sister sleepwalks and I totally get it. I’ve seen her do some pretty crazy stuff while sleeping and not remembering any of it the next day. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. You’ll definitely need it.