Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Stormchild by Vivian Arend

Stormchild (Pacific Passion #1) by Vivian Arend
Synopsis (Goodreads):
These elements have no desire to be tamed . . .

As the new traveling doctor for the Pacific Inside Passage settlements, Matthew Jentry balances dual roles for his water-shifter people-caring for their health as a human-trained physician, and for their spiritual needs as a shaman.

Distractions of the female kind are not on his agenda, but his magical bloodline makes him a target for every marriage-minded woman within range. There's something about the mysterious Laurin Marshall, though, that he finds far too enticing. It's just as well that it's time for him to move on.

Laurin thought she had perfected her guise as a mild-mannered teacher, but the sexual fireworks she and Matt touch off are threatening to blow her cover out of the water. Luckily it's time for her to catch the boat to her next assignment.

When she discovers she'll be sailing with Matt, she realizes there's only one thing more dangerous than their unforgettable one-night stand-being trapped with him on a boat that gives "riding out the storm" a whole new meaning . . .

Warning: Contains strong sexual currents and powerful waves of desire that break down inhibitions. Recommended only for those able to navigate through extremely steamy situations, on land and at sea.
My Thoughts: I pretty much love the idea of tribes of shapeshifters living in settlements on a chain of islands. Seeing as both Matt and Laurin travel from settlement to settlement to peddle their wares (he as a doctor, she as a teacher) this opens up a lot of possibilities as far as interacting with different types of shifters. I always adore when authors can make their worlds feel like there's so much potential in it that there could be dozens of stories spun out.

As a big fan of insta-attraction (heh... just add water! Right, guys? RIGHT? 'Cause, you know, Matt's a water-shifter. Oh, the fun I can have with this!), I'm always game for seeing how two characters who are decidedly different (in more ways than one, in this case) can find a way to meet in the middle. His position as a shaman makes Matt a very tasty catch for others of his kind and Laurin intrigues him simply because she isn't out to try to get herself knocked up. Laurin's dealing with her own set of problems and being wildly attracted to Matt isn't on her agenda. *cue dramatic music*

I loved the set up for the next book in the series and I'm wicked excited to see how these two work together to find a way to mesh.

Books in this series
1. Stormchild - Kindle
2. Stormy Seduction
3. Silent Storm
4. Storm Swept

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  1. This may have to go on my TBR list. Sounds goooooood.

    1. No menages, though. I think you need a good menage so you can really get a feel for the genre. *nods*

    2. *flexes hands* *gets grabby* Getting a feel for the genre, you say?

    3. Definitely. You really need a hands on approach to this particular genre. No standing on the sidelines. Get on in there and grab the meat of the story and really feel your way around.

    4. Nothing makes me happier than grabbing the meat and feeling it up.