Review: Dreams of Fate by Skylar Shoar (2021)

Heat Factor: He’s a photographer and there’s a “draw me like one of your French girls” moment, so…pretty steamy. But not heavy in bedroom scenes, and more towards the end of the book.

Character Chemistry: It’s SO fraught. They’re clearly meant to be together but there’s a best friend in a coma and that really messes with things.

Plot: Blair awakes from a coma having met the man of her dreams…in her dreams. When she wakes up, she realizes that he’s a real person stuck in a coma as well, in the same hospital she was in. As she pieces everything together, her life becomes entwined with the life of her dream guy’s best friend, Regan, and she begins to realize that she’s going to have to choose. 

Overall: If you’re thinking “Oh, cute. A Sleepless in Seattle remix.” You’re WRONG and you should get your tissues.

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My First Smut

My First Smut: “Romance Novels Aren’t Just Stories, They’re Experiences”

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Skylar Shoar talks about catching the romance bug by reading The Notebook.

First romance novel you read:

The Notebook

How old were you?


How’d you get your hands on the book?

A colleague was reading it at work so I borrowed it after she’d finished.

What was the reading experience like?

FANTASTIC! It blew my mind wide open to the world of romance novels. I’ve always loved to read but romance just hits different and I craved more of the swoon factor. From there I read every romance book I could get my hands on, BUT you may be shocked to learn that they were clean romances and I didn’t discover smut until I started writing my debut novel. Becoming an author opened a whole new world to me and thanks to Bookstagram, I am now a proud member of the Romance Smut community!

What made the experience special?

As I’ve already mentioned, The Notebook was a rite of passage for me. It made me realise that romance novels aren’t just stories, they’re experiences that speak to the hopeless romantic inside me. It will forever be my favourite book.

What role does smut play in your life?

Smut is freedom and power. It allows readers to indulge in desires they may not feel comfortable sharing with people in real life.

Connect with Skylar:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Thanks Skylar! We’re looking forward to reading her book, Dreams of Fate. Watch this space for a review coming soon!

Have an early smut experience you’d like to share with us? If you’d like to see your story featured, send us an email or fill out our questionnaire and we’ll post it in an upcoming week.