Rating: 4.5 rounded up to 5 This was quite an intriguing read.
Rating: 4.5 rounded up to 5 This was quite an intriguing read. The opening introduced us to the butt kicking heroines, sisters Nicole and Brooke, and the unfolding events from there just kept me riveted to the pages. I stayed up all night to read this and finished in just over five hours. The world building was also quite interesting. I didn't have any difficulty picturing the surroundings the characters found themselves in. This story took place on both Earth and the demon realm, Torth, in equal measure. It's not often I come across stories where the heroine is almost equal to a badass alpha male, but I did feel that Nicole could hold her own, at least with the less dangerous foes in this story. I think as the series goes on, she'll receive more fight training (love the sparing sessions with Gunnar), and develop her powers more. I enjoyed Nicole and Gunnar as a couple. Something else that was new to me was that there wasn't a long preamble about who or what they were. Gunnar pretty much got to the point very quickly, while Nicole took a little longer to come clean about everything, but in her defense, she had more to lose and played it smart. As their relationship developed they were surprisingly open with one another, and I loved that they supported each other. Gunnar was quite a sexy hero, from his looks down to his other assets. He was powerful and very protective. The Watchers, made up of Gunnar, Kai, Rhys, Brenin and Raniero, were Lash demons. We got brief glimpses of each Watcher throughout the story, Kai and Raniero in particular which makes me think the next two books will be their story. I also have a niggling suspicion about Raniero's lost love,and I'm dying to find out if I'm right. I won't get into the Solsti because I don't want to give too much away. As far as rest of the story, I wouldn't go so far as to say there was a massive info dump, but when it came to all the different (demon) species in this story, I did feel a little overwhelmed with all the names, especially trying to remember individuals; not knowing if they'd be important later or not. There was a decent amount of bloody battles throughout the story, a nice show of Nicole's powers and a lot of sex. Although the sex was very hot, I felt it was a little too much that they seemed to outweigh the action. Also, this story had multiple POVs. They didn't bother me or detract from the story. Overall, I was very much entertained and look forward to reading the next book in the series. The sweetest thing was seeing him struggle between wanting to shield her completely from any danger and allowing her to do what she was essentially her calling. I think as the series goes on and we meet the other sisters, the fellas will all go through the same thing as Gunnar - having to accept that their females don't need to be coddled but encouraged and supported. Another plus is that this book didn't end on a cliffhanger. I'm guessing that each book will have a new danger or a new villain to overcome so you will get a wrapped up story. Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
October 18, 2013
The Solsti are four females linked by blood. Each possessed an a
The Solsti are four females linked by blood. Each possessed an affinity to one of the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. Wicked Wind is one steamy paranormal romance!!! It is fast paced, suspense filled, and HOT!!! It introduces us to a world of demons, parallel worlds, ancient prophesies, and much more. This is one of those books that I was sneaking reading time in just so I could see what happens next. It is a fantastic story with characters that you will fall in love with. The book introduces us to the Bonham sisters, Nicole, Brooke, and Ginny…the author gets bonus points for picking fantastic character names…and they all have a different paranormal ability that they have kept hidden from the world. (There is another sister but I don’t want to spoil anything by saying too much about her.) Book 1 of the Solsti Series focuses on Nicole and lash demon Gunnar. The author does a great job of letting us get to know both Nicole and Gunnar. Being able to hear the multiple POV’s added an extra dash of heat to an all ready steamy story. I would recommend this book to adult readers that love a hot paranormal romance with a fantastic story-line. I can honestly say that it has been added to my list of favorites in this genre. It is great! I will be anxiously awaiting Book 2. I can’t wait to see what the author, Sharon Kay, has in store for Nicole’s sister Brooke and lash demon Kai, both of which have real attitude problems. Their story promises to be just as hot and intense as Nicole’s and Gunnar’s.
October 20, 2013