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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tidal Wave by Vivian Arend

Tidal Wave by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Slippery when wet…

Forces of Nature, Book 1

From her first kiss to her first sight of dolphins dancing on the waves, Alexia Colten has always held a special place in her heart for Jaffrey’s Cove. Now that she’s back to help her grandmother settle into a home, she discovers this place has lost none of its remembered magic. In fact, it seems more magical than before—and more erotic.

After she’s gifted with a beautiful, dolphin-etched medallion, she finds herself surrounded by the golden boys of summers past. Her body is filled with longings she can’t explain and dreams of blue lights that turn into lovers.

Joshua Marley and his cousin Anthony are merfolk, a people capable of living beneath the waves as either dolphin or human. Alexia holds the medallion that marks her as the next in line to lead their people—if she can prove she can transform. Working in tandem, they’re sure they can arouse her passion and protect her from those who would use her simply to gain power.

But their strength alone may not be enough to help her face the challenge of her new position…
Ever felt out of place in the one place you felt you belonged? Ever wanted to be someone else, but you weren’t sure who? Want some scorching hot sex thrown in for fun? Then you need to read Tidal Wave. It’ll blow you away.

Mermen are real. Sounds crazy, right? They take the form of dolphins. It’s true. Now, imagine standing on the shore watching those dolphins and wondering what it might be like to be with them in the water playing. That’s how Alexia feels.

Vivian Arend writes an interesting novella. Her characters are fun, but not without their unique quirks that make them accessible to the reader. The pacing keeps the reader involved throughout the story, although I felt that the antagonist could’ve had a stronger position in the story. I almost felt like his identity stayed around to provide an irritation, but didn’t get a chance to have his final, climactic say.

Now, I must say there is a lot of sex in this story. Sex is what helps pass the chemicals for transforming from person to person. Multiple lovers are accepted in order to keep the matriarch happy. And, reading about a powerful matriarch instead of a patriarch added a special something to the story. But, I felt that Alexia flip-flopped in her love for the men and I found it confusing as to who the true hero was.

If you want a paranormal story filled with scintillating sex and original characters, then you need to read Tidal Wave. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

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