Cinnamon Kisses

Fiction - Drama
308 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2017
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

“Where are you? he wondered. Where am I? Where is everybody?” are words that introduce the reader to the strange state of mind in which the protagonist finds himself. Dardic Jennings has just found out that he has been thrust into a completely new reality. His beautiful life with a nice job and a gorgeous fiancée and a home are gone. Now, he finds himself a beggar and in need of help. Sherry Rosen, a psychologist, takes on Dardic as a pro bono case, and as she works with him to bring him to reality, she begins to believe him, and this has staggering effects on her own perception of reality. Could she be losing her mind too? Or is she being pulled out of her reality into Dardic’s world? Cinnamon Kisses by Ra Lynn LoneWalker is a story that fans of Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson will delight in.

Cinnamon Kisses is a psychological novel that features a powerful conundrum. Readers who love books that transport them into the inner workings of the hearts of the characters will love this story. In very beautiful and insightful prose, Ra Lynn LoneWalker creates two memorable characters and explores the psychological problems that faintly brush the minds and hearts of readers. The author masterfully integrates the themes of connection, self-awareness, and the liberating character of reality into the work. The novel features compelling passages and streams of consciousness that will absorb the reader into the viewpoints of the characters. This is a very enjoyable read.

Christian Sia

An irresistible drama, Cinnamon Kisses by Ra Lynn LoneWalker is a story that explores one of the complex and rarely explored themes in literature — the fine line between reality and fantasy. Dardic Jennings thinks that he has been transported into another reality, with a completely different life — some form of incarnation? He seems to have lost everything that linked him to a life of purpose: his job, his fiancée, and his home. Helpless and homeless, he receives help from a psychologist, Sherry Rosen. Although Sherry Rosen finds Dardic to be weird and delusional, she begins to consider the probability that he could be speaking the truth, to the point that she starts questioning her own reality. Can they both wake up to reality as it is? What is reality, anyway?

Intelligently imagined and masterfully executed, Cinnamon Kisses is an exciting story with characters that readers will enjoy. I enjoyed the way that the link between Dardic and Sherry develops and how each challenges the other. The plot is gripping, written to raise questions in the reader’s mind with chapters ending with a probe. Ra Lynn LoneWalker is an excellent storyteller and the prose is tight, laced with insights and descriptions that allow the reader to explore the psychology of the characters. For readers who love stories that are charged with psychological conflict, this one will be irresistible. The narrative tone is equally compelling, the kind that can’t easily be ignored. I was entertained and delighted with the read, and I believe that readers won’t be disappointed with this one.

Arya Fomonyuy

Cinnamon Kisses by Ra Lynn LoneWalker is a psychological thriller that will make any reader question what they believe in, a well-crafted novel with absorbing psychological questions. Dardic Jennings wakes up to a world he’s never known. It is as if he lives in another world, and he is conscious of it, a kind of parallel world, but what distresses him is the fact that his reality has changed. He doesn’t have his good job anymore, the beautiful fiancée is no longer there. He is homeless and in need.

In place of what he possessed in an alternate life is Sherry Rosen, a psychologist who is helping him for free. There is a strange connection that begins to develop between them, a connection that seems much stronger than the patient-doctor relationship, because the more Sherry works with Dardic, the more she doubts her own reality. Can she succeed in helping Dardic see reality as it is or will she be absorbed into his own strange world?

Ra Lynn LoneWalker has crafted a spellbinding story that reveals the intricate workings of a sick mind. At times the reader will wonder if what they are reading is real or some story taking place in the unconscious region of their mind. I enjoyed the beautiful prose, the intriguing nature of the conflict, the complex and well-developed characters, and the well-paced plot. This isn’t the kind of story that the reader can guess the ending and I found it very satisfying. Cinnamon Kisses is a great success and, after completing it, one feels as if one is waking up from a strange dream.

Sefina Hawke

Cinnamon Kisses by Ra Lynn LoneWalker is a fictional drama based on the idea that Earth exists in the area between Heaven and Hell. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of adults and young adults who enjoy science fiction fantasy books with a lot of drama. Dardic Jennings had a successful career, a wonderful fiancée, and a loving family. Yet, that all changes when he wakes up one morning to find that he is homeless, had no career, and all the people he used to know no longer recognized him. Sherry Rosen is a psychologist who decides to take Dardic Jennings on as a pro bono patient, but something is different about him and she feels a peculiar connection to him.

Cinnamon Kisses by Ra Lynn LoneWalker was an interesting book that explored the idea of parallel worlds and alternate realities. I have always enjoyed time travel, parallel worlds, and alternate realities so this book instantly had me enthralled with the idea that Dardic Jennings had fallen through a sort of crack in reality that left him in an alternate world. I liked how there were many things in the new world that were both similar and different to Dardic Jennings. The parallel worlds really reminded me of the TV show The Flash with how there were two different Earths that were in many ways the same, and in other ways very different. I enjoyed learning about the new world from Dardic Jennings’s perspective and I enjoyed learning about him as a character from Sherry Rosen. The author did a spectacular job in developing each character to have their own unique personality; I personally liked Sherry the best. There was just something about her being willing to help Dardic without knowing him that really spoke to me on an emotional level. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I hope the author decides to make it into a series!

Rabia Tanveer

Cinnamon Kisses by Ra Lynn LoneWalker is about Dardic Jennings, a man who believes that he is suddenly in a parallel universe. Dardic is a simple man who has everything. He has a beautiful fiancée who loves him just as much as he loves her, he has a fantastic job and he has a family that he adores. However, he had no idea that he was going to lose it all. He wakes up one day to find that everything he had before is no longer there. He wakes up to find out that he no longer has his job, he has no home, no family and he has no fiancée.

The only person he has is Sherry Rosen, his psychologist. Sherry takes up Dardic’s case to help him, only to find out that she has a connection with him. This just makes her want to help him even more. He believes that he is from a different reality and, after a couple of therapy sessions, Sherry starts to believe it. But now she has started to question her own reality and she has no idea what she should believe and what she should not. Is it really true? Is Dardic really from a different reality? Is there any way to take him back to his own reality?

What can I say about Cinnamon Kisses? This novel is intense and really very sweet. I loved Sherry and Dardic’s connection. I loved the fact that they were really connected with each other and understood each other. But what I really enjoyed was the theme of reality. The questioning and second guessing everything that was happening in one reality was very interesting and Ra Lynn LoneWalker handled it really well. The author is really talented and I really enjoy the way Ra Lynn LoneWalker writes. A very well-written and constructed novel!