Friday 3 June 2011

Review: Stormy Seduction - Vivian Arend

As morning-afters go, this one is looking pretty bright. Both air shifter Laurin Marshal and water shifter/shaman Matthew Jentry are aware, though, that trouble won’t be long in coming. And they’re right—before they’ve barely begun to work out the details of their mystical bond, the People of the Air find them to challenge Laurin’s right to choose Matt as her mate.

Fending off Laurin’s would-be suitors is easier than Matt anticipated, but there’s another dilemma still to face. His own people. Laurin is just beginning to trust that his heart and body are completely hers, a radical change after she’s spent the past two years alone and on the run. What will happen when his skittish, innocent partner encounters the playful, sensual—even lusty—ways of the Otter Clan?

Especially since they are arriving at the peak of the traditional summer solstice fertility rituals. And tradition demands they be the main attraction…

Incoming extreme passion yielding one otherworldly adventure. Don’t let the book length fool you—there’s enough heat in this story to challenge global warming. Four plus two equals one ceremony so explosive it may throw the earth off its axis.

Pacific Passion Series:
Stormy Seduction
Silent Storm

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With water shifter Matt and air shifter Laurin alone on a secluded island after a nasty storm they should be looking forward to a lazy day in paradise but Laurin knows they'll have company soon.  Laurin's abilities to increase the power of her mate mean that she has been pursued by air shifters from all of the other clans for as long as she can remember.  She has been in hiding for 2 years but now her secret is out it is only a matter of time before they track her down and start making claims.  Matt is determined to prove that he can protect her and it's a good job he is ready for a fight. 

Stormy Seduction picks up the story immediately after the ending of Stormchild and I would recommend reading the stories in order or you'll miss out.  This series is a trilogy of 3 novellas but I would suggest reading them together and treating it like a full length novel as each one will leave you wanting more.  I mentioned in my review of the first novella how much I liked Matt and that hasn't changed.  It was nice to see a character who was willing to admit his feelings so quickly, is prepared to protect his partner but doesn't want to force her into anything she is uncomfortable with.  He is happy to let her accept their relationship in her own time and is willing to take things slowly if that's what Laurin wants. 

Matt and Laurin definitely have chemistry and if you're looking for a hot, erotic, paranormal read then this is definitely a series you'll want to check out.  When Laurin's next teaching assignment takes her to the otter clan Matt's skills as a shaman are also required for their summer fertility ritual.  The otter clan are highly sexed and very uninhibited so as you can imagine the fertility ritual is quite a public display.  I will warn you that the story contains a menage scene, voyeurism and exhibitionism but it is very well written and will leave you fanning yourself as you read.  Although I would have loved to have seen some of the scenes fleshed out a little more I'm still really enjoying the series and looking forward to reading the final installment.

Source: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review

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