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Review: When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

whenTitle: When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/M, Romance, BDSM,
Length: 405 pages/Word Count: 108,000
Book Rating: B+

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher


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.

The Review:

When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock is a gritty and intense journey of healing and self-acceptance. This novel is quite riveting with incredibly complex, appealing characters and a refreshing, unique storyline. It is also an extraordinarily moving romance between two unlikely lovers that flourishes despite some very overwhelming odds.

Daniel Whitlock’s life in his small hometown has never been easy but following his release from prison, it is almost unbearable. With no one believing he has no control over his actions when he is sleepwalking, Daniel lives in seclusion and keeps to himself as much as he possibly can. Unable to trust himself, Daniel goes to extreme lengths to keep from leaving his cabin, but these methods are far from foolproof. One night while he is sleepwalking, he crosses paths with local cop Joe “Bel” Belmont. Bel literally saves Daniel’s life and sets them on a course that will either break them or ultimately set them free.

Bel is conflicted by his contradictory emotions where Daniel is concerned. Like many of the townspeople, he discounts the sleepwalking theory and generally agrees that Daniel got away with murder. All of that changes as he gets to know Daniel and witnesses the torture he goes through night after night. Daniel only knows one way to achieve a semblance of peace, and although he is out of his depth, Bel reluctantly gives in to Daniel’s pleas to help him. Daniel cedes all control to Bel and through bondage and sometimes, pain, Daniel’s life becomes calmer and much easier to manage.

There is a BDSM element to When All the World Sleeps, but this is not a typical D/s novel. Daniel uses pain and bondage to help manage his sleepwalking so there is definitely a degree of kink to their relationship. While Bel has dominate tendencies, he is uncomfortable taking complete charge of Daniel and he is reluctant to cause Daniel any pain. While these techniques are effective, Bel realizes that this not a healthy way to manage Daniel’s problems and they begin to explore other alternatives to help Daniel cope.

When All the World Sleeps is full of raw emotion and real life problems, but overall, there is very little angst. Daniel’s struggles to come to terms with his hurt, guilt, anger, sorrow and regret are realistically and poignantly depicted. Bel’s reactions, thoughts and doubts are believable and it is easy to sympathize with his confusion over whether or not he handling Daniel’s problems correctly. Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock bring the story to a heartfelt conclusion that is absolutely perfect for Bel, Daniel and their future.


Filed under BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic, JA Rock, Lisa Henry, M/M, Rated B+, Review, Riptide Publishing, Romance, When All the World Sleeps

Blog Tour Stop & Guest Post: Lisa Henry’s He Is Worthy

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing / Lisa Henry blog tour for He Is Worthy, part of the Warriors of Rome collection now available. The collection is available for pre-order here, as a collection or individually, and all pre-orders enter you in a drawing to win a Nook Simple Touch.

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in the draw for a copy of my two previous eBooks—Tribute and The Island—and a $10 Riptide Publishing credit. Entries close at midnight, U.S. Eastern time, on November 18, and winners will be announced the next day. The contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

First I’d like to say thanks to Kathy for hosting me on her awesome site. And then I’d like to answer the question that a friend of mine asked me when I was hunched over my laptop at all hours of the day and night, my desk piled high with reference books. (Remember those? They were the big, dusty things that we had before Wikipedia.)

This was the question: “You’re writing a story set in Ancient Rome? Why?”

So here’s the answer:

I Heart History.

A gazillion years ago when I was at high school, I didn’t really want to study Ancient History. It was that or another maths subject though, and I’m not a total masochist. (Note to self: mathsochist — make this a word.) So hello, Romans!

The textbook was awful. The world it described seemed utterly sterile and lifeless. The book was full of black and white photos of marble busts, names of emperors, and dates—so many dates! The B.C. ones went backwards as well, which I think was done just to confuse us. And what was the point of knowing the names of the Julio-Claudian emperors? It was booooring. I didn’t want to read it. I wanted to sneak out and bum a cigarette off that hot Islander boy who hung out in the car park.

I hated Ancient History.

I totally intended to hate Ancient History.

But there was something in that class that I hadn’t expected: an enthusiastic teacher. She showed me how to see past the boring bits.

Dig a little deeper into Roman history, and you’ll find the good stuff. You’ll find a vibrant world full of colour: shop awnings, stolas, painted facades, and such filthy graffiti that you’ll fall instantly in love. Rome isn’t about pompous men in togas sprouting dull Latin maxims, Rome is about the people, and as Obi Wan tells Luke: You won’t find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Cue jazzy cantina music.

For forty minutes every day at school, I wasn’t sitting in a sweltering classroom in tropical northern Australia. For forty minutes I was in Ancient Rome, soaking up absolutely every detail I could of that vast, amazing world that had more backstabbing and double-crossing than a daytime soap, more adult situations than a European film festival, and more senseless violence than Grand Theft Auto. It was everything a teenager could want.

It’s been a while since high school, but my love of history in general—and Ancient Rome in particular—hasn’t diminished.

So, Miss Faithful, if you’re reading this, I’d like to say thanks for opening up a whole new world for me.

And Noah, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re still hot. And I hope you gave up smoking. It’s really, really bad for you.


Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house a long-suffering partner, too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

Lisa blogs over here. She is also on Twitter (whenever she remembers) as @LisaHenryOnline. She spends more time on Goodreads than on housework.

Title: He Is Worthy by Lisa Henry
Part of the Warriors of Rome Collection
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: M/M, Historical, Romance
Length: 124 pages/Word Count: 28,500


Rome, 68 A.D. Novius Senna is one of the most feared men in Rome. He’s part of the emperor’s inner circle at a time when being Nero’s friend is almost as dangerous as being his enemy. Senna knows that better men than he have been sacrificed to Nero’s madness—he’s the one who tells them to fall on their swords. He hates what he’s become to keep his family safe. He hates Nero more.

Aenor is a newly-enslaved Bructeri trader, brutalized and humiliated for Nero’s entertainment. He’s homesick and frightened, but not entirely cowed. He’s also exactly what Senna has been looking for: a slave strong enough to help him assassinate Nero.

It’s suicide, but it’s worth it. Senna yearns to rid Rome of a tyrant, and nothing short of death will bring him peace for his crimes. Aenor hungers for revenge, and dying is his only escape from Rome’s tyranny. They have nothing left to lose, except the one thing they never expected to find—each other.

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