The Perfect Drug Duology
Vanessa Brown is having nightmares: about babies. Ever since her husband, Pete, mentioned he wanted to start a family, Ness has been trying to convince herself she’s stoked to spawn despite her inability to keep a cactus alive—and a decade-old secret she doesn’t like to remember. So when she catches her slacker-cool coworker, Altan Young, stealing sleeping medication from the pharmaceutical company they both work for, she decides to try the pilfered pills to finally find some rest.
But side effects of Morpheum include headaches, nausea, and possible mind melding—a fact Ness and Altan stumble upon when they share the same freaky sex dream. (Awkward.) Now these two colleagues are joined at the brain by night, experiencing dozens of fantastic sleep-staged adventures courtesy of a little imagination and a whole lot of drugs.
With the stress of being caught between the men of her literal and figurative dreams (not to mention her nightmare of a boss), Ness starts to enjoy snoozing more than being conscious—and the company of her work husband more than her real one. If she doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee soon, her dreamy escape could become a dirt nap in this feisty debut novel about the dark side of dreams’ coming true.
Even after a pill addiction ruined her marriage, Vanessa Brown is living the life of her dreams: traveling on Parisian holiday with her mischievous mental paramour, Altan Young. A few weeks ago, the two accidentally fell in lust while high on Morpheum, a mind-melding sleeping pill that lets people explore each other’s psyches while asleep. Now, newly sober, they’re discovering they have more in common than a fondness for stolen pharmaceuticals. They might just love each other, even when awake.
Only one thing stands between Ness and her newfound happiness: a teeny-tiny murder charge orchestrated by her former boss (and Seattle’s most repulsive bachelor), Malcolm Jacobs, as part of his plan to get Morpheum to market. When Ness is accused of killing a former patient, there’s only one lawyer she can trust with saving her life: her brainy, big-hearted, almost-ex-husband, Pete—who just so happens to have access to her pill stash.
Now that she’s sleeping with two men, Ness doesn’t know which to choose—or if it even matters if she’s going to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Because between Malcolm’s revenge plot, a murderous cellmate, and a Pharma conspiracy that threatens national security, Ness’s dream life has turned into a real nightmare. And there may be no waking up.