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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 beDaniel 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....

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when all the world sleeps Reviews

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-02-19 15:13

    April M/M Buddy Read Selectiongritty, harsh, depressing DARKwith flashes of gracebeautifully written, shocking, filled with longing and pain "We live as we dream: alone."This book made me angry, depressed, like I was in a noose, choking, sinking, flailingDROWNING How do you know your life isn't a dream? Daniel chains himself to a bed so he doesn't leave. When he sleeps, terrible things happen. And Daniel pays a price. He's an outcast, a freak, a pariah, a slutty faggot wanting to get used by every toothless creep who'll hurt him good. Daniel's damaged, and he can't be fixed. He doesn't think he's worth much of anything, and his stubbornness and self-loathing, while understandable, are maddening. Sleep deprivation is quite the mind fuck. Joe Belman, the local, mostly closeted cop, is the one who sees Daniel, beyond the freak, the criminal, the loser hiding out in a cabin in the woods. Bel remembers Daniel as a handsome kid by the river. He sees the goodness in Daniel, the creativity and love at the core. Bel is thoughtful and kind. Even at the beginning when he thinks Daniel is just another tweaker, he treats him like a human being. The sexual energy between Bel and Daniel is scorching. Mere touching sizzled with passion. There was a scene around the 45% mark (view spoiler)[where Bel is fully dressed letting Daniel fuck himself on Bel's fingers (hide spoiler)] that will forever be seared in my memory. I would not classify this as a BDSM story. Bel tries to provide Daniel with a routine, but pain has very little to do with sexual gratification for Daniel. He wants to be controlled because he doesn't think he can control himself. It's not about an exchange of power or pleasure through pain. It's about Daniel's inner darkness, something Bel realizes he can't tame with whips.This books tackles not just Daniel and Bel's tentative relationship, seeped in a weird dichotomy of pain and comfort, love and lust, binding and letting go, but the hidden, brutal secrets of a small Southern town: lies, prejudices, deep-seated fears.This is what happens when we alienate what we don't understand, when we blame the victim, when we let a cross dictate our conscience, holding vigils for a bigoted, hateful scumbag, turning him into some kind of martyr, but dooming the broken, beaten man to being an outcast.I wish I could say there was joy here. But light only lurked in dirty shadows as Bel and Daniel played and loved and talked and went skinny-dipping in a river. And it quietly settled into the final chapter where we got a jolt of possibility, a future. Not a guarantee, but a promise.This is a psychological, gritty thriller first, an m/m romance second. The 4 star rating is for the poetry of the writing, the realistic dialogue, the originality of the plot, the imperfect but believable characters. The truth is I didn't enjoy reading this book. It was frustrating and heavy, cloaked in hopelessness and sorrow. But I won't forget it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Emma Sea
    2019-02-10 11:00

    tl;dr : hot, thoughtful D/s. Buy it.the long road:Full disclosure: Lisa Henry gave me a copy of this. You may or may not know I have a personal policy of no ARCs or freebies, but I choose to think of this not as a review copy, but as my very kind friend Lisa taking pity on my six months of eager waiting and giving me a present. But, to clarify officially, Lisa did not give me the book in expectation of a favorable, or any, review.Writing a cohesive review of this proved fairly challenging, and it's because I didn't find all the substance in here that I wanted to; there was nothing to really sink my texty teeth into.It's clear to me the writing is great: a real step up for Henry and Rock. The story works best when it's focused on either Bel or Daniel's internal thoughts, and in fact my favorite parts are Daniel's dreamtime soliloquies. The voice is ever so slightly askew from the norm, which gives everything an eerie, unearthly vibe. Bel's descriptions of his relationship with Daniel are quite gripping. I love how he enjoys Daniel's submission, and how sees himself from the outside in that process of enjoying Daniel's submission. I like that Bel's not sure what he's doing, that the whole relationship is a heuristic process of trial and error, feeling their way around each other. I like the sense of the small town, and Daniel's reflections on this.Both Daniel and Bel are fleshed out, fully-believable characters. Bel, particularly, I fell for, a little.So why is this a four star and not a five star? I mean, I rated the fairly god-awful Timber Pack Chronicles #1 five stars, and there's no comparison: anything Henry and Rock write is miles better. I guess for me it's about potential, and expectation. These are good authors. And this is a good book, no question. But Rock and Henry could be writing AMAZING things. And they're not. They're coasting. So, as good as this was, it could have been a much better book. I was utterly gripped up to 20%, intrigued to 25%, but then I started to find it a little thin. Oh, it's sizeable - 5865 locations - don't get me wrong, but the middle was too mushy to support the weight. It needed something more. The story is actually a very straightforward one, and the structure isn't as well-resolved as it needed to be in order to carry the reader through the full length and keep them entranced. And no, you can't fill that space up with sex, although Rock and Henry certainly gave it a good try. There was room for twisty goodness in this story, and instead it was padded out. Specifics: (view spoiler)[ Clayton has too many scenes that achieve nothing new. Jim and Bel have the same conversation twice. The end? Well, it kind of petered out. The climax wasn't . . . enough.(hide spoiler)] It's not deeply satisfying as a story, because I feel like we didn't get a whole story.I guess at heart what I'm looking for is probably impossible. I'm looking for authors to start pushing m/m further. No, I don't mean through using fruit and vegetables in ways that are illegal in Tennessee. I mean that as a genre m/m has grown exponentially over the last 6-7 years, and to grab a larger slice of readership we need to see stories that are richer and deeper: ones where you could take the sex out, leave the relationship in, and still have a readable book. If you took the sex out of When All the World Sleeps you would have an interesting short story, but you wouldn't have a good book.Is it unfair of me to expect Rock and Henry to deliver some kind of genre-changing work? To ask for erotica that is more than erotica? OK, yes, probably. But who else is going to do it? These guys are awesome.And look, this is all only my two cents. Your mileage may vary, and probably will. It's still hot, thoughtful D/s, and I still think you should buy it.***phew! I'm finished, and I'm emotionally exhausted. Review to come: I have to percolate. And maybe nap. Mmmmm, autumn afternoon naps . . . ***SQUEE!***update: FIVE MONTHS I've been waiting for this. Here's what I've decided I want GR to implement as a feature. I want to be able to tick a box, and have GR email me immediately a book is released. So that I don't have to put it in my diary (and then the publishers moves the release date, so I'm wrong anyway.)I want an opt-in push, please.

  • Ingela
    2019-01-20 16:11

    Written April 2, 20144 1/2 Stars - Anxiety-filled, sentimental, tough and dark but ultimately beautiful about fear, to be different, alienation and strong emotionsWhen All the World Sleeps is a new Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock M/M novel. ~ As I wrote in my last update; I'm totally exhausted. ~To read this book was an incredibly emotional journey. I feel it is impossible for me to describe all these pretty rough and difficult feelings, happenings and characters in this great, but very dark and angsty, novel. It is so much to say about this one but I'll just make it (quite) short and recommend you all to experience this story yourselves.~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep, he sleepwalks, with no memory of his actions. A couple of years ago he burned down Kenny Cooper’s, his antagonists, house—with Kenny inside it. Daniel is now back again in his small home-town Logan, South Carolina after a year in prison. He is hated by everybody there (..maybe even his own family), because of Kevin's death. Scared and afraid, for himself and others, is Daniel living alone in a cabin in the woods. He does everything he can to avoid meeting people from town and works as a cleaner at the library (though an college education in chemistry). During the long dreaded nights chains Daniel himself to his bed - to secure that nothing happens. ‘To love fiercely and constantly, to have love be your lifeline, the only thing pulling you up when you were being dragged under again and again.Daniel knew that kind of love.’Then the young local cop Joe Belman (aka Bel) saves Daniel from a attempted murder fire. These two men gets to know each other, they talk and Bel discover that the beautiful guy, Daniel (..he always felt attracted to), maybe isn't just a murdering freak. A man to disgust and hate, maybe there is a lot more there. ~ Bel make it to his own (love) mission to help Daniel and look after him at the nights. ‘Other people had always tried to tell him who or what he was, and it always stung a little, even once he was used to it.’Daniel's situation and life is almost a disaster. Poor, poor guy! - I just wanted to cry about how horrible he had it in the book's beginning. ...But suddenly there is our hero Bel in the middle of Daniel's life. Bel is just like a kindly, patient, beautiful shimmering white good angel. The savior we all need sometimes. So young, yet so strong. Gosh, how I loved this brave man.And then Bel had come along and made him belive he deserved better.I deserve to hurt.Bel didn't buy that. He didn't let Daniel hurt.’~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~All kinds of emotions have stormed around in me while I was reading Daniel and Bel's beautiful, but also very debilitating, story. Everything from enjoyment, happiness and cosiness to strong emotions such as: fear, sadness, anger and of course, overshadowing everything, great compassion. Want to know more? -- About these characters, what really happened, fear for sleepwalking, all these smug cruel people in this town, Daniel's remarkable callous parents, the evil guys who wanted to take revenge, the hot and tender but also tough sex, to submit and to need pain, the awesome feelings between these two wonderful guys etc etc -- Read another better and fuller review. “Cause with you, I was awake, and with you, I was alive, and with you, I'm brave.” When All the World Sleeps is so much more than an ordinary steamy M/M romance. It is a novel about a lot of hard stuff in a damaged and scruffy mans (Daniel's) life. ~ Jeez, this novel was so dark and heartbreaking hard to read. ~ Daniel's pain and Bel's helplessness was as several sharp knife stab straight into my heart. ...I prayed for something better, something warm, lighter ....some hope. And partly, I was heard by some higher powers. Or maybe by these two amazing writers.In my opinion an exceptionally well-made and poignant story. A story to remember, that will remain in the mind, and not be forget in a hurry. It is romantic and bit smexy too, but so [email protected] sad... ~ I'm stunned after all these tumultuous emotions, events and harsh realities... and exhausted.I LIKE - great, but one time is enough~~~~~~~~~~~~~~# Hugs and big thanks to my sweet friend Andrea who recommended it (5 stars from her). # Buddy-read with ladies in the M/M Buddy Read Central group with start Monday March 31, 2014. Chat:

  • Vivian
    2019-01-30 08:51

    Complicated, conflicted, and slightly terrifying.You want a cookie cutter, easy read then just keep on walking--this book is not for you. This isn't elitism, this is fair warning that one really needs to be in a frame of mind for reading this book. It is a romance. It will make you rethink your beliefs at least once. It might very will make you hate, love, and despair all within one chapter--several times within the book. This is not easy, formulated plot twists. This is reach deep inside, that soft place that you hide, grab hold and wrench it. Let go and feel the pain, the ache and wonder when it will stop hurting. There is no pure evil and no pure good, merely shades that shift within the characters. Daniel is grasping at straws. Bel is trying and doing the best he can. Their relationship journey is exhausting. the kink is a mess of Daniel's past colliding with his present and Bel trying to make heads and tails of it all. Settling into a DD relationship to give Daniel that sense of safety while Bel figures it out. There are dangerous shoals--Daniel's medical condition, his mind and the pushing “You think you’re the only one with limits?” Bel demanded. “I wouldn’t ask you to do something you didn’t want to do, so show me the same respect, all right?”There be dragons--one ghost and his three living friends While reading this book, I listened to Pink Floyd's The Wall and absolutely flew with it. The parallels between the two were so clear to me. Daniel and all his interactions with his family, Logan, Bel and all the events encapsulated here make for a powerful read. Lest you fear, this is a romance. And at the end, I listened to The Goo Goo Dolls Better Days.Favorite passage because it haunts me: Only called me Daniel when I was in trouble, when you were telling me off. Then it stuck. Then I was Daniel for good, even when you weren’t mad. Even when you forgot what you were angry about, it stuck.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-02-09 07:59

    **3.5 stars**Ugh, boy do I need a happy read after this one.These authors sucked me dry (Emotionally! Dirty minds, all of you) and left me feeling totally depleted. Don't get me wrong, this is still a romance, but it is an exhausting one. Honestly, the concept for this book was pretty brilliant. Daniel Whitlock does things he can't control while he is sleeping, including harming others and himself. Daniel's situation alone was enough to make me cry. I mean, that poor man. What he put himself through every night just to allow himself a few hours of sleep was... just brutal. There are a lot of complex issues in this book, including the difference and boundaries between pleasure and pain, the need to be controlled for sexual gratification or self-preservation, and how to make a relationship work with an unstable and dangerous disability. I alternatively admired and pitied Bel (the other MC) in this book. I know he willingly and knowingly entered into a relationship with Daniel, but I often found myself thinking that this whole situation would too overwhelming for one man to deal with without a team of doctors to help. Honestly, I would be scared living with Daniel, and I felt that fear color my reactions to the story. In terms of writing, I think these authors did a very nice job creating a story that readers can immerse themselves in. I was completely invested in the story, and the authors did a fabulous job at creating the mood, the atmosphere. My only issue with the plot is the pacing. It dragged a bit in the middle and started feeling a bit repetitive. I know that the authors wanted to really take their time and show the progression of Bel and Daniel's relationship, but I could have used something to make the middle of the story more engaging. Overall, this was a bleak, emotional, romantic, and depressing read that will stay with me for a while. **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Find this review and other like it at My Fiction Nook

  • Lisa Henry
    2019-02-20 09:11

    UPDATED TO ADD: The first two chapters are now available to read on the Riptide website.*** J.A. Rock and I wrote this book. It all started with an email she sent me asking if I wanted to hear a crazy idea. My answer, as always, was "Hell, yes." And it went from there... If you guys have anything you want to ask me about When All The World Sleeps, here's the place to do it!

  • Shelley
    2019-01-21 14:07

    Have you ever thought about the power of the subconscious mind? How it responds to your every thought and emotion, your fears and desires? At the risk of sounding like a universal self-help guru I will remind you that your subconscious is your loyal slave, your greatest protector and your fiercest ally; it is your absolute truth and there is no hiding from it. It is YOU, with the most powerful will to do what your conscious mind will not. Now imagine what your subconscious would do for you, if it had control of your body, while you, and all the world sleeps…For Daniel Whitlock it’s a fucking nightmare! For years his subconscious has surfaced while he sleeps and played servant to Daniels deepest darkest fears and desires; seeking pleasures and avenging the wrongs that Daniel’s conscience mind will not. Dangerous thoughts, obsessive guilt and desperate fear of his subconscious action have led to Daniel’s self-imprisonment in his tiny cabin in the woods. It’s worse than a nightmare; it’s an excruciating existence that honest to God, began to read like a horror story. So of course I was thrilled!The author’s paint Daniels condition with broad strokes and detail the emotive effects on his psyche with a fine liner. Its irresistible reading. The contrast between his waking and sleeping self is so conflicting you would think it a case of split personalities and this adds depth, intrigue, and a whole lot of guesswork about his true persona. Daniel sleepwalking scared the hell out of me, and I was excited to explore the possibilities of his fearless, devilish and horny subliminal mind! I found him extremely psychologically arousing with the potential to be one of the most original and emphatic characters I have ever read – until I reach the 35% mark…Then he manifests into yet another tragic hero who constantly obsesses over his guilt and sorrow over the things his conscious mind cannot control or recall. Seeking his penitence he embraces masochism as a means of driving his subconscious to exhaustion. It makes for good reading BUT, when the authors continue to rehash every detail of that night, the aftermath, the emotions and hatred toward Daniel from a bigoted, hick town community it gets old fast. It gets boring because well, I’m not daft – there is no need to patronise me by going over and over and over the same things all the freaking time. I get it already! For this I blame the editor, cos this does not need to be 400 plus pages long, 150 of those pages are purely repetitive: this-is-why-you-need-to-feel-sorry-for-poor-bullied-misunderstood-Daniel melodrama.That was my biggest criticism and my other one was; what starts out as something unique, inspired and full of suspense turns into something that’s not. I had to wrap my head around the fact that I was now dealing with sweet, loving, pulpy, healing kindness in the form of Bel – who was very lovely and an oh-so-very-perfect antidote to Daniel’s nightmares – too perfect perhaps? Maybe not, I’m just feeling a tad bitter because it didn’t go MY way. I think the author’s tamed or repressed Daniel’s subconscious a bit too much and my dazzle faded fast.Now I bet you all think its crap and it really isn’t. It’s good, well written, (as always) and the sex is among the best I have read from either of these authors. They brought something innocent and fresh, erotic and decadently sexy to this power exchange but most importantly, it made sense! In the bedroom they made sense, but outside? Not so much. I never quite got what Bel saw in Daniel; what was the attraction beyond his innate need to protect him? To avoid spoilers, I’ll say that Bel’s deep attraction and willingness to go as far as he did for Daniel was questionable. But I suspect that these guys will be a lot of reader’s favourites. Only time will tell if they will be mine…Overall this failed on the promise of dark suspense for me and then I was battered into boredom with long winded, repetitive explanations BUT, I still admired a lot of it and even loved a little of it …

  • Natasha
    2019-01-25 10:03

    Uh, 2.75 Stars? Urm, I think. Maybe 3.So, I’ll keep this short and sweet and full of spoilers.I was waiting forever for this book, and when I got my Arc from NetGalley, I was so stoked. I’m still glad I read the book. 2.75-3 is a good rating!I say this every review.. Lisa Henry and JA Rock write beautifully together and I’m always gifted with beautiful scenery and fantastic visuals. I’m never left wondering how people are feeling or questioning what they just did. The writing, as always, was fantastic.I liked the story from the beginning. Small town, something fucked up happened, oooo! I liked Bel quite a bit. Seemed strong and sincere for someone who was only 23. I liked Daniel at first too. Their relationship was fun and cute from the beginning, with a little bit of a slow burn. (Too soon?)There were two somewhat unlikely main characters who fell for each other, Uncle Joe, the typical redneck you think will be prejudice but isn’t, and of course the typical smart (usually married) woman who sees things others don’t and befriends the underdogs. Typical M/M elements that have a tendency to work.. and they did!I liked hearing about Daniel’s condition and his past. I enjoyed that by the end of the story, it wasn’t some twist where you find out that he really didn’t start the fire and he was framed or some crap. It was very unforgiving.. like he was damaged and fucked up and life carried on.. I really enjoyed that! I can’t say I’ve ever read another book quite like this, specifically in the M/M genre and that in itself was fantastic because sometimes things can be “same ‘ol” in this genre.Bel was such a hunk. Brave, attractive cop who was open(ish) about his sexuality. I was very proud and slightly swoony when he brought Daniel into town and didn’t care what people thought. In an M/M novel, that’s very refreshing!Half way into the book, though, I started to wonder why he put up with all Daniel’s crap. Okay, hear me out. I know Daniel has a problem.. a condition, but it became like a babysitting gig where Bel had to skip days or work to protect and reassure and always be there and always be available.. seemed kind of unhealthy. But I get that Daniel himself was unhealthy and Bel was trying to help/fix him, but it felt like babysitting and I felt bad for Bel.Bel told Daniel he was the Bravest Motherfucker in all Logan… okay, but why? Because he did something that the towns’ people thought was awful but still had the courage to show his face? Or because he lived each day trying to cope with his condition?Fuck Clayton, dude, seriously. But not in like “Fuck, that dude is a jerk!” but like, “Fuck dude, shit or get off the pot!”I grew very tired of the threats, teasing, taunting, poking, prodding, smack-talking from Clayton. He must’ve threatened Daniel like a million times and each time Daniel was scared. I get it. Clayton is an ass and Daniel is scared until one day it’s pistols at dawn. I just felt like I read the same scene like 5 times where Clayton threatened Daniel, just with different backdrops. I guess that’s how bullying really works though, right? I wanted to know more about the sleepwalking. Started when he was a kid, escalated after trauma, remained bad but got better… aaaannnnd after 400+ pages, that’s all I got? ☹This is basically me just asking for more. ☺Communication is key in relationships, and I felt like Daniel couldn’t communicate and Bel coddled Daniel. Felt kind of one-sided to me. ☹ This is just my crappy 2 cents on their relationship, though. I think Daniel was very immature.. like, adolescent immature. I felt like Bel was babysitting him most of the time and not in the cute way. (there is no cute way)It was always Bel trying to fight Daniel’s fights for him, Bel taking time off work, Bel staying up and losing sleeping hours that he needed, Bel getting bit, Bel getting punched and kicked, Bel running to Daniel’s rescue, Bel paying for Daniel’s shit, Bel researching shit online he isn’t into to try and figure out how to ‘handle’ Daniel, Bel reassuring Daniel, Bel buying Daniel art stuff to aid his creativity, Bel changing his work shifts to better babysit Daniel in the night. Sweet, sure, but very… uh, parental? (Again, I know this kind of relationship is very BDSMish so people who actually like BDSM will probably love this! I don’t but I love Lisa Henry and JA Rock and even though this isn’t my genre, I read it because I will forever read their stuff, and NO ONE CAN STOP ME! BAHAHA!)Final thoughts: I completely, totally understand why so many people are giving this book 5 stars. Writing is great, likeable characters, unique situations.. I get all of it! I don’t even like BDSM and the BDSM aspect of this book was good.. light enough for me that I wouldn’t really even consider this BDSM. ☺But some people just don’t like some books because of silly things. For me, I didn’t really care for the main characters relationship, so that was my main hindrance. Wow, this was long. Ooops. Meant to keep this short. Well, fuck.Liked the book. People who like one needy MC and one strong, “takin’ all the charge” MC, this book is totally for you and you’ll eat this shit like it’s Lucky Charms.---Original review post:GOT MY ARC!!!Gonna start this when I get home tonight!

  • Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
    2019-02-11 14:56

    ****4 Set My World On Fire Stars****Daniel Whitlock wrestled when his subconscious took control of his mind, wrestled with his demons, the townsfolk.....and acceptance.....what a Heartbreaking, Incredible, Poignant Story.Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. He sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. After spending time in prison for a crime he commited, burning down Kenny Cooper’s house with Kenny in it. Daniel returned to the small town he grow up in and lives alone in a cabin in the woods isolated from everyone scared and afraid, for himself and others.Daniel Everyone in the local town of Logan don't believe Whiltock's defense, not even the local cop Joe Belman believes Daniel's story.Then one night, when Joe Belman (aka Bel) saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak.I just loved Lisa Henry J. A. Rock collaboration on this dark, angsty read. I must admit it took me a little while to get into, but as the story unravelled....I was swept along with bated breath.The other thing was, I had this hillybilly voice going on in my head....."You like that boy".....yeah *giggles*.....couldn't help it....Bel my hillbilly!!Bel"Fuck me," Daniel said, his voice straining. "Please, fuck me Bel.""We got all night," Bel told him. "Ain't you much for foreplay?"Daniel made a face. "Past few weeks have been foreplay. I've been to the edge so many times, I've got the goddamned T-shirt....."I haven't fallen in love with a couple SO MUCH in ages....These two are going straight on my FAVOURITE COUPLE SHELF!!!It was the TRUST they had for each was *sigh*Damn straight, if it wasn't the loveliest, most endearing of relationships ever.You're incredible" ~ BelBel would have walked through fire to save Daniel - I'm sure!!

  • Meags
    2019-01-30 11:58

    4.5 StarsThis story is not for the faint of heart. It was a disturbing, frustrating, distressing, and even an uncomfortable reading experience at times, but wow, what a story!Forcing my apprehension aside, I threw myself into this one, knowing full well that my poor nerves and pesky anxiety was going to be heightened due to the content and themes within this story. It was a tough read, no doubt, but one I feel was so very worth any ill-feelings that may have been thrust upon me along the way.I believe it was such a successful read for me because the writing itself was absolutely phenomenal. Trust Henry and Rock to deliver such an emotionally wrought, but oh-so memorable and powerful story. I was instantly immersed from the opening page, and the intensity and pace never once faltered. I became strongly attached to both Daniel and Bel as characters, and I rooted for their attainment of personal health, love and happiness with everything I had - even when such things seemed out of reach. The whirlwind of complex emotions these characters endured, as well as the barrage of intense, sometimes horrific, experiences they faced – both past and present alike – all combined to make for a gripping read that demanded my full attention and compassion.Simply put, this was a fantastic book. I’m emotionally drained, but I regret nothing.

  • Vanessa North
    2019-01-22 14:07

    I liked this book a lot, but at the same time, it made me really sad. It's a very melancholy story, but also very angry. I would definitely recommend reading if in the mood for that sort of thing, because it's very evocative--you go through all of Daniel's emotions and the authors pull no punches I found the setting pretty well done--it feels authentically small town South. (coming from someone who lived for over a decade in the carolinas)The characters were endearing--Daniel's pain was palpable, and the way Bel won him over with his mixture of gentleness and sternness was wonderfully done. Theirs is a lovely romance.I would recommend for those who are looking for a richly emotional story.

  • Meep
    2019-01-26 13:55

    A very compelling story that kept hold of me to the end.I debated reading this for the longest time, the blurb intriqued me but the contents promised to be darker than my liking.There are very dark themes, this isn't a light pretty romance by any means but there's vivid pain and love and possibly redemption. I'm really glad I decided to read it.I liked that the sleep-walking wasn't neatly tagged and explained, what is said about it was enough for my quasi-psychol-analysis! It made sense to me that fear and reinforcements could turn a child-hood phase into a life-long burden. Anything more indepth would have pulled me from the story.Daniel is a suberb anti-hero; a main character someone you feel for and want to protect, to see triumph - yet are still aware of who he is, and that the negativity towards him is not without reason.The emotions of the book are powerfully written and held longer than the details. Well worth a read.

  • Simone
    2019-01-30 15:15

    Okay, I'm calling it. Time of death: chapter 12/23. No autopsy report.Just ignore me and my sad puppy dog face, ...... seems like I'm the only one on the planet who doesn't like this book. It's not even because When All The World Sleeps is dark and depressing. It's just dragging and I'm bored, so it took me almost a week to get halfway through. Although my heart is bleeding for Daniel, it doesn't really help that I don't feel a connection between him and Bel, either. Damn, I never planned for my 200th review to be a DNF and I certainly did not plan on giving up on a audiobook narrated by Greg Tremblay. Though he does another amazing job with this one, even he couldn't salvage the story for me... #crawlsbackintoherboxofshame

  • Vishous
    2019-02-06 14:51

    *ARC via netgalley*3.5When I first read the blurb, I just knew I had to read this book. And I was simply mesmerized by the cover, like it whispered promises to me that it will be dark and haunting. And on top of it BDSM included. And it had such an amazing and promising start. I was completely gripped by the story. Both Bel and Daniel were amazing characters and I just couldn't wait for them to be together, to see how will that happen. But somewhere around 50%, maybe even before, I simply lost my hold for this book.Maybe it was my expectation that it would be darker and not so sweet, maybe I expected the relationship to go over more bumpier road, maybe I thought the BDSM would be more.. Well BDSM, even though Bel was new to all that.When it comes to Daniel and his sleepwalking, the whole idea was brilliant. All the problems he has in his life are because of that and what he did during sleepwalking. Bullied and beaten all his life for being gay, parents not understanding his medical condition. Not being welcome in his own town and even though he paid for his crime, he still kept being rejected from everybody because no one believed that he sleepwalks. In the beginning I thought Bel was simply amazing towards him, and I enjoyed reading about him being sweet to Daniel. I loved how he wanted to help him with sleeping, to watch him while he sleeps, so Daniel doesn't have to cuff himself to have a couple of hours of sleep.And I really enjoyed how it progressed slowly to them getting together. But after some time I got tired of it. For such a "dark" read, this book, their relationship, actually ended up... well sweet. The BDSM part was actually light (view spoiler)[Bel wasn't into punishing, more like into the whole picture of someone submitting to him, being in charge, and having Daniel kneeling before him (hide spoiler)], and the only thing kinda hard in that aspect, was how Daniel kept himself awake, and why he needed pain (view spoiler)[he wasn't so much turned on by pain, it was more that it tired him down so much, he actually slept without fear of sleepwalking, his body was too tired (hide spoiler)].After some time I got tired of Daniel's character too. It was completely submissive on the outside, but inside his head it was completely different, full of rage and wanting to fight back. And it was like that constantly. Constantly about what he did, about being tired of fear will he do something awful again, while asleep. It just started tiring me down... But I must admit that the whole idea of the book was actually pretty refreshing to read. I enjoyed it, but more in the beginning, because the rest ended up sweet, and that is actually my fault, because I had different expectations.

  • Susan
    2019-01-20 08:03

    Re-read January 3 2016Still really love this story.---------------------------------I know when Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock write something together they accomplish awesome things. And this was no exception. This is a story about Daniel. Daniel, who sleepwalks. And does awful things when he is asleep. When he was attacked by a group of men, for being gay, his unconscious, sleeping self got up one night and took revenge. He burned down the house of his assailant with him in it. After his prison sentence, he is even more of a pariah in the small town then before. Joe Belman ‘Bel’ is one of the local policemen. He encounters Daniel one night and is puzzled at how one moment Daniel acts like he is drunk on his ass and the next he is instantly sober and acting like a different person. This makes him wonder if what Daniel has told people about his sleepwalking habits could really be true. He takes pity on Daniel and tries to help him. But the only help Daniel will accept is confinement. He wants Bel to restrain him and overpower him. He wants someone else to be in control for a change. Bel is surprised but also very intrigued..I loved Daniel. He was such a sweet character. My heart broke for him. He went through an awful thing and he was just trying to cope. What he had to endure because of the stupid towns people.. they got on my nerve and I wanted to slap all of them. I never felt like Daniel was enjoying his depression. I think he was only depressed because of his condition, what he went through and his lack of sleep. He welcomed Bel into his life and he wanted to live, no matter how hard it was.And Bel, I loved the way he was with Daniel, sweet, considerate, yet controlling when Daniel needed it. The BDSM element in this one was very well done. It started out as something Daniel needed because of his sleepwalking but didn’t enjoy. But I was happy to see that Daniel and Bel both liked it when Bel got all controlling.This was such a great read.

  • Adam
    2019-01-30 07:56

    4.5 starsThis book gutted me. It's dark, gritty, and very angsty, but there's also an incredible romance, and strong themes of redemption and hope.I listened to the audiobook version by Greg Tremblay. His narration kept me hooked. The character voices were differentiated and "fit", and the pacing was good.Both Daniel and Bel are flawed characters. Daniel has a sleepwalking disorder which resulted in murder, and which he tries to control through enduring pain. Bel, a small-town cop, shares his town's biases and distrust of Daniel.At first, any relationship between the two seems hopeless. The beginning of their romance is far from perfect. The two can't deny the attraction they feel for each other, but both have their hang ups.Even so, once they give in, these two clicked immediately. The sex is heavy on bondage and D/s, but light on the S&M. Daniel and Bel were incredibly hot together.The emotional connection takes more time to build than the physical one. Bel struggles with falling for the town pariah and giving Daniel what he needs, while Daniel can't look past his self-loathing.These two don't make it easy on themselves. They have to fight tooth and nail to get to a happy place. But throughout the angst and frustration, I couldn't help but root for them. They were so clearly two halves of a whole.The ending isn't sunshine and roses, but it's a fitting happy ending. I think the two still have to work some things out, but there's no question that they will.Overall, this was an excellent read. It's heavy on the angst, but the emotions and the love between Bel and Daniel makes it worth the pain!

  • Karen
    2019-02-13 14:17

    "Do you know what you do when all the world sleeps?"I fuck anything. I kill people, I'm crazy."You talk a lot. We talk a lot."Daniel Whitlock walks in his sleep and that wouldn't be so bad if it was all that he did in his sleep but it isn't and now after years in prison having paid his debt to society. He's trying to rebuild his rebuild himself...but, that's a lot harder than it sounds when people won't let go of the past, won't accept why things happen. Joe 'Bel' Belman's one of those people. He just can't believe that Daniel wasn't aware, wasn't cognizant of what he did the night Kenny Cooper died. It's only as he begins to witness Daniel's erratic behavior, his confusion and terror at suddenly finding himself places he doesn't remember going, saying and doing things that he later has no memory of that Joe begins to truly question what he thought he knew.But it's not until Bel rescue's Daniel from his own house as it burns that he truly realizes the fear that Daniel lives with...fear of what he'll do once he falls asleep, fear of how vulnerable he becomes as he tries to keep the world safe from him. Bel agrees to help Daniel by being with him at night and keeping him from leaving his home and what starts as simply doing his duty to help keep his community safe turns into so much more for both men. What begins as duty soon becomes friendship for these two men and slowly turns into so much more but it's not an easy path they've chosen. Small communities can be as mean and vindictive as they are kind and caring. Memories are long and forgiveness is short, especially when things aren't all that they seem to be."When All the World Sleeps" is not an easy story. It's dark and heartbreaking...filled with pain, fear and suffering but it's also graced with love, hope and acceptance as Daniel and Joe struggle to find their way together and build something good and loving.This is actually my second time out of the gate with this one. The first time was back in 2014 when the e-book was released, I gave the book 5 stars then and I stand by that rating now for both the e-book and the audiobook as well. Greg Tremblay did an amazing job with the narration on this. I was honestly as enthralled by his narration as I was by the story itself. He captured Daniel's sense of hopelessness and his fear and frustration so perfectly as well as Bel's determination and his own frustrations with how people reacted to Daniel and the moments when Del tried to make Daniel see himself as someone so much better than he believed himself to be. I'm not one who's prone to just sitting and listening with audiobooks I'm usually doing other task as I listen but I found myself on more than one occasion just sitting with my eyes closed as I absorbed this story into my heart while Mr. Tremblay read to me. I know that doesn't seem like much but I know me and I know that this speaks to how much I was enjoying the audiobook.If you enjoy audiobooks add this to your must have list. At 12 hours and 11 minutes it's definitely the longest book I've listened to yet and one of the best.********************An audio ARC of "When All the World Sleeps" was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kazza
    2019-02-13 10:04

    If I got to know you for a little while, that's maybe enough, yeah? 'Cause with you, I was awake, and with you, I was alive, and with you, I'm brave. This book is not just reading, it is a full emotion-immersion experience. Two of the most memorable characters I have ever come across, and I've read a lot of books, came out of this book - Daniel Whitlock and Joseph (Bel) Belman. Be hard to ever forget their names. "You awake?""Yeah, Bel."I'll be honest, there is a lot of hurt and sadness in When All The World Sleeps. And it certainly unleashes anger. But there are some moments, just moments, where I laughed so hard. Even though it is observationally raw, real, and gritty, I would be lying if I didn't say that there is hope and love cleverly spooned out in measured amounts by Henry and Rock. Enough to keep you wanting more, not crumbling and thinking 'This is all too damn hard.' Much like Bel feels with Daniel, what he sees in Daniel you can feel and see too, and understand the why of their relationship, even if you think it may be all too hard for you to do what Bel does. There's so much 'nice' in Daniel Whitlock - not saying he isn't flawed - that you could overlook the very painful moments. The moments you felt tired and stressed for Bel, felt tired and cried for Daniel. You want something everyday-nice to happen. Take Daniel by the hand, hold him, tell him it would be okay, never perfect, but okay - and 'don't worry, not too many people can say life is perfect anyway.' Tell Bel he is a champion in every sense of the word. So I kept reading and hoping and loving Bel, what a man!, and loving Daniel, you tough motherfucker!And Bel- maybe there was something Bel could do. Maybe that something was just being here, being here with someone who'd been alone too long. Maybe it was just switching off the lamp and saying, "Goodnight, Daniel." And hearing the answering inhale in the darkness. Just a simple thought and gesture, but so powerful.Review with some slight spoilers at

  • Jo * Smut-Dickted *
    2019-02-16 11:08

    A very emotional read. I think I spent a lot of time wondering if I felt admiration or pity for Daniel because it almost seemed sacrilegious to feel both at the same time somehow. Like I had to compartmentalize my feelings. I think I was mirroring Daniel. It ends much more hopeful but this is not a book where there is a great cure and everything is all right. I mean I know these two authors wouldn't give anyone an easy out and such is the case here. Daniel's damage is so severe that he appears almost schizophrenic at times - I think I wanted to know truly that the sleepwalking was it and that he wasn't having other illnesses because he appeared so off at times to me. More than I expected. At the end I still struggled with Bel and his relationship because it seemed somehow unbalanced. Superb writing as always - and for all its deep darkness it was surprisingly sweet. Almost like bitter chocolate candy with a sweet creamy inside. My pre-order comments: The only words I ever have for a future Lisa Henry book is HELL to the YES. Adding JA Rock just doubles that! I cannot wait!

  • Macky
    2019-02-02 15:14

    3.5stars rounded upInteresting concept extreme sleepwalking, and a great hook for a story especially if the sleepwalker in this case is a poor tortured soul, and there's no doubt that Daniel is exactly that! A pariah in the town he's returned to, after being released from prison for killing the man who almost beat him to death, Daniel hides himself away from the world in a cabin in the woods. No one believes in the defence that only got him convicted of manslaughter and a five year sentence, allowing him back into society, because...come on! Making what appear to be concious decisions? Actually walking, talking and interacting with people when you're supposedly asleep? Killing a person and then saying you don't remember doing it because you were sleepwalking? It does sound preposterous, but in this case it's true and there's medical research to prove it but not to these small minded, small town bigots who have no qualms conveniently pushing the appalling hate crime that kicked it all off in the first place under the carpet, because in their jaundiced and prejudiced minds it only happened to a gay guy who asked for it!!! Even Joe 'Bel' Belman, the local cop thinks that Daniel is just a tweaker and freak but underlying that he still has a strange fascination and attraction that he's felt for the slightly older guy since being a kid. However he can't get past the fact that whether or not Daniel had provocation, in his eyes he's still a killer. He can't accept the sleepwalking theory because its just too off the wall! Things start to change though when one night, friends of the guy Daniel killed in a fire, decide to take action, and set fire to his cabin. Bel, who's been keeping an eye on him after picking him up one night during one of his somnambulist states, arrives just in time and saves him. He finds him chained to his bed and when Daniel explains that this is what he has to do, on a nightly basis, to stop himself from walking in his sleep and getting himself into bad situations, Bel starts to entertain the fact that perhaps this isn't all just an elaborate fabrication. From then on the two of them embark in a relationship that is far from easy or the norm. Daniel is such a complex character. Psychologically he's well and truly fucked up! The depths he goes to, to try to keep himself awake are dark and self destructive. He dabbles in BDSM practices but not in a pleasureable way and lives in this half sleeping, half waking state that just keeps him totally messed up. This man is not easy to be around and Bel has his work cut out, but I couldn't help feeling for him and this awful predicament he lives with on a daily and nightly basis and I was just so glad that once Bel started to see the light, he stuck it out and stood by Daniel whilst one else did, including his family who I'm afraid I got really disgusted with. Even as a child suffering this terrible condition, they just seemed to give up on him. For me that was unforgivable, and added fuel to him becoming the disturbed man he is. I can't deny that at the beginning this story kept me pretty captivated and once started IHADto see it to its conclusion, more than once I found myself agonising how this could ever resolve itself! No easy cop outs in this story! Lisa and JA have a seamless writing style that really works and they're awesome at their craft of giving, and putting their characters through hell. All hail Mistresses of the dark and kinky shit ! However towards the middle there was a chunk where I found myself zoning out because it seemed to get stuck in a slightly drawn out, repetitive loop retelling what happened in the murder, the same, constant threats from Clayton and his crappy minions who hound Daniel relentlessly, and his and Bels nightly trials and interactions. Granted this is a pretty long book and I'm a fast reader but at that point It felt like I had been swimming along nicely, but then all of a sudden, I'm treading water! For me, the mid section of the story just wasn't moving on like it should. I found myself thinking that perhaps some of that could have hit the cutting room floor? Then all of a sudden towards the end, things hotted up and the story started to rock and roll again. To be honest I agonised a bit about the rating. One of those books where all the way through I was constantly changing my mind on the rating, as moments of brilliance warred with the 'wadey' bits. So.... I've settled with 3.5 stars but because you can't mark half star ratings (Grrr!) and in homage to two amazeball writers and a really, fresh and unique subplot I'm rounding it up. Had me wondering. What would my subconscious have me doing at night, under those circumstances? Ooo-er! Makes you think...

  • Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
    2019-01-20 15:16

    Arc provided to Slitsread by Riptide publishing for an honest reviewThis book. This book woke me up. Woke me up. When all the world was sleeping I was awake. InhalingExhalingAwakeLisa Henry and J.A Rock dived into a broken man and did it BEAUTIFULLY. Holy Shit did they ever. (view spoiler)[The story is so...... its just so.... ahhh I have no words.... it's like we second guess if it's a dream state or waken state. Daniel Whitlock.The most broken man I've read to date. He will never leave me. He is interwoven in the very essence of me. He slaughtered me, broke me, and left me this way. He left me with a glance... just a glance... of something good that could come out of this heartbreaking book. How awful must it be to know that you did the worst crime and can't remember it? How awful is it to know that you had the worst thing happen to you and you had NO ONE on your side? To come back to the stares, the whispers, the snide comments. To the harassment. The bullying. The bigots. To the people who should be your biggest supporters but are the ones that probably fucked you the most. To be scared to sleep???? To torture yourself to stay awake???FUCKbut my HEART HURT reading this book. Throughout the whole book. glimpses of happiness. glimpses. Stolen moments. Moments that held me up. Belman and Daniel by the river. Belman and Daniel in the car. Belman and Daniel sleeping. Daniel drawing. Daniel feeling safe. Daniel and Belman 2gether in general. glimpses. Moments that chewed me up and spit me out. Pretty much all of them. Yup. All of them.Again this book is so freaking heartbreaking.The authors did amazing. Because you can't tie up the end of this book with a pretty bow and rainbows. It is not built that way. There is no cure. ExceptThere is. Belman. He is the cure. He is the calming balm in a storm. The gentle sway of leaves in a light breeze. The dock. The anchor. Is he healed?NoIs he getting there?MaybeThe BDSM element.. it was needed. I loved how they travelled the choppy waters together.(hide spoiler)]This angst junkie approved. Ohhhh how I approved. I am looking so forward to more work from these 2 authors. They have a way of spitting verbage that keeps me enthralled. Enthralled. AHHHHHH. This book guys. This book. This book.

  • Xing
    2019-01-20 14:52

    I had a lot of expectations for When All the World Sleeps. Some of them include: dark, intense, and BDSM! I mean, you can't look at that book cover, see the name "Lisa Henry" and NOT think you'll be in for some hours of absolutely delicious man pain.But dare I say that WATWS wasn't up to par with my expectations? I think my biggest issue was buying Daniel's sleepwalking. Of course sleepwalking is real. But to take a real condition, and make it become the type of extreme that Daniel experiences almost everyday makes it less believable to me. Even within the scope of fiction too.Then there was the lack of BDSM, despite the "erotical > BDSM" tag. This is not what I would call a BDSM read. At best, I would call the relationship between Bel and Daniel an awkward type of d/s. Key word being "awkward" - like the equivalent of a substitute teacher trying to bring order to a room of rowdy teenagers. When Bel admits to not really knowing how to be a "dom," I would have to agree since I felt like he didn't really know either.And perhaps my dark-o-meter needs to be calibrated. There was certainly a lot of introspective lashing on Daniel's part (e.g. "I deserve to live a crappy life because of what I did" x 100) and some crap things that happen to him in a small southern town. But this book didn't feel dark. Heck, there were some very domesticated scenes towards the middle of the book that rubbed me the wrong way, mainly since I wasn't expecting it.But what were some of the things I liked about this book? Well, I liked the progression of the story in the sense that the resolution was sort-of realistic. There's no magical fix to the problems presented in the book, and that's how I like it. While it was difficult for me to swallow Daniel's extreme case of sleepwalking, it would have been even more unbelievable if everything was sunshine and rainbows with the wave of that magic wand we call "love." I also enjoyed Bel's perspective of the story. Less convoluted with self-deprecating thoughts like a certain someone *coughDaniel*. But overall, WATWS just didn't hit the right buttons for me. Sure, it was entertaining, but it didn't leave a lasting impression. This book will be part of that "it's okay" pile.

  • Jaime
    2019-02-05 16:01

    Absolutely loved this book!! Read and Listened to and Both ways are exceptional!5 stars!!

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2019-01-28 11:01

    5 Thousand StarsWell, that would be the rating I'd give this book were it something even remotely possible on GR. Seriously, best book I've read (or listened to) this year so far. Honestly? It was better than anything else I read (or listened to) last year as well.Read the status updates for some of my thoughts and feelings on this book because I'm emotionally exhausted right now and not sure I'd have more to add - except...some parts of the story reminded me of Rectify, but in an homage-y way that I can only explain as 'knowing that show enhanced the entire experience of listening to this novel.' (Probably exacerbated by both MCs being named "Daniel.")Also, I cannot stress enough how much Greg Tremblay contributed to this rating. I don't want to sound trite but that wasn't a "read by" phone-in and it wasn't just a narration; that was some of the finest voice acting I have ever heard in my entire life.

  • Debra
    2019-02-07 16:13

    Another fantastic, dark read from Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, I found it to be very different from some of their other collaborations. The writing is wonderful, but there is no comic relief in this book, which fits with the intensity of the situation Daniel finds himself in. The romance really is secondary to the story of Daniel coming to terms with his past and trying to find something that will give him hope for a future.There is a lot at play in this book. Daniel has committed a crime, served his sentence and is on parole, but is being crushed by the guilt he feels. Living in a small town where most people hate him for what he has done, a family that does not understand him and seemingly has given up on him, and dealing with a condition that few understand and leaves him emotionally and physically exhausted, Daniel is just trying to exist day-to-day while leaving his house as little as possible. He believes he deserves pain and suffering for what he has done. There are constant, escalating threats from the friends of the man he killed, the same men who took part in a beating that was supposed to end with his death, but was the catalyst for the crime he ultimately committed. When someone sets fire to his house while he is in it and unable to get out, Bel rescues him.Bel remembers Daniel and his crush on him from when they were kids. He does his best, taking a chance on understanding Daniel's condition and ultimately babysitting him through the nights and witnessing his sleepwalking first hand. As their relationship progresses, Bel realizes that if he stays with Daniel, not only will he likely need to leave his job and hometown, but he will always be Daniel's caretaker. Although Daniel seems better able to get through the nights with therapy and Bel there, Daniel will never be out of danger at night. While Bel is more than willing to take the chance for them to be together, Daniel is not always able to accept the kindness and doesn't want to be the one to drag Bel down.Daniel's pain was palpable and there is a sense of sadness throughout this book, but there is beauty in the way Bel cares for Daniel and encourages him to make peace with his past and try to move forward. There are also other people that want Daniel to succeed, including his parole officer Dav (thank you to the authors for giving the readers a great female character). While there is a hopeful ending, there is no question that life will never be easy for them.BR April 1st M/M BR Central

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-02-15 13:13

    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. Audio copy of When All the World Sleeps provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-01 12:53

    I don't actually have words yet, but I felt the fear and the anger that just pour out of Daniel throughout much of this book. I believed it. I cried for him. It's dark, it's scary and extremely intense, but these two authors write the angst brilliantly. Updated: 1/2/15I still don't really have words for this book. The writing is beautiful, terrifyingly so. It pulled me in from the start and didn't let me go. It made me cry. It made me rejoice. These two authors crafted an extraordinary book with an extraordinary plot and extraordinary realistic and imperfect characters.They made an extraordinary team.This book contains themes of BDSM but it's not about the SM part of that acronym as much as it is about the control level that Ben exerts over Daniel. And it's that control that ultimately sets Daniel free.An extraordinary book. It's not an easy read, but well worth your time.** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return. **

  • Martin
    2019-02-13 08:05

    This book really tore me apart. The writing was excellent.I have to admit, Bel was one of the most interesting, most likeable and most realistic gay romance characters I have ever come across. A down to earth cop from the countryside with a compassionate heart and a faithfulness that astonished me immensely. Daniel, on the other hand, was a complete wreck. I did not fully understand how Bel was able to cope with Daniel's issues and how he found the strength to carry on. I would not have been as strong in his situation. He didn't give up on Daniel. But I wonder what Bel saw in Daniel, except the misunderstood pretty guy with the serious mental issues that he fell for as a teenager?This is the only aspect of the book that I did not fully understand, therefore 4 stars instead of 5. But other than that, an awesome read. The end was extremely exciting. I definitely recommend this book.

  • Steelwhisper
    2019-02-04 14:12

    Sooo....I wondered whether it was a good idea to read this back to back with The Subs Club, given that I really disliked that book. I wanted to give When All the World Sleeps a good chance, and this book has been on my TBR-list for a long time.But lo and behold:I loved this quite a lot! Not only did it have two definitely adult protagonists, one of whom (Bel) finally showed the grown-up behaviour I would expect in someone into his third decade and having a responsible job, but it also was a study in how sleepwalking and sleep deprivation could affect someone. I liked the unusual use of BDSM and how both players adjusted to their needs.There were very few niggles. This could have been a bit shorter, I could have done without the stereotypical m/m speak and the equally standardscatrimming without prior cleaning. I also agree with those who stated that this could have been a benchmark m/m story, and failed that mark by a bit. Still, a lovely book I surely will read again some time.

  • Bev
    2019-01-30 08:15

    Dark, gritty and absolutely compelling with hardly any humorous relief...but the quality of the writing is just to die for, as you would expect from Lisa & JA. 4.5 stars from me.The storyline is much too involved for me to go into it in great detail in this shortish review, but it revolves around Daniel Whitlock who has responded to years of mental and physical torture and a gang attack in which he was severely injured, by burning one of the protagonists alive in his cabin. What most people refuse to believe however is that this act was carried out whilst Daniel was sleepwalking, and even though the law has accepted the medical evidence submitted to back up Daniel's claims, the dead man's friends will have their revenge on Daniel and constantly torment him, knowing that his mental state is not the best. Into this nightmare scenario comes Joe Belman (Bel), a young police officer who was a few years below Daniel at school but had already noticed him, and who, at the risk of coming out to family, friends and work colleagues, and contrary to most of the inhabitants of their bigoted little South Carolina town, is actually prepared to help Daniel battle his inner demons and drag him back to the land of the living instead of losing his mind totally to some piece of s**t that wasn't worth anyone's time.