Title: When All the World Sleeps
Author: Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 12th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
It’s no secret that I love Greg Tremblay’s voice acting skills. I make no bones about being a fangirl of his talent.
When All the World Sleeps is wonderfully and beautifully narrated by Mr. Tremblay. I kind of felt like he was holding my hand throughout this story. He navigates the different POV between Bel and Daniel brilliantly.
I honestly don’t think I would have made it through “reading” this, so huge, HUGE kudos to Greg for getting me through. Because this story is dark, y’all. Dark and depressing and weighted. Yes, it’s also a hot D/s story but mostly, I found it filled with pain and hurt, and sometimes brutal in its depiction of Daniel and Bel’s prejudiced small Southern town.
I like hurt/comfort stories – but this took me outside my comfort zone many times. It was worth it in the end, especially with Greg Tremblay there to guide me through, but I found myself drained at the end. Thankfully there’s a little light at the end of it, but the HFN (HEA if you squint really hard) is hard won.
It’s well written, as expected from the duo of Henry and Rock, but damn I need a nap and some super fluff to read after this one.