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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Impassioned Waters by Crymsyn Hart

Impassioned Waters by Crymsyn Hart
Storm Riders 3
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (124 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, menage, Fetish
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

Being a Storm Rider is no easy task. Especially when it comes to ridding hurricanes. Cecilia and Seth are partners in work, but not in love. Their shared feelings have been buried for a long time. When an angel plummets from Heaven, they must face their darkest fears.

Jacob might be an angel, but he’s not who he appears to be. Once he meets Cecilia, he wants nothing more than to love her. However, he has to confront his brethren to avert an oncoming war his call. When things go horribly wrong, he turns to Seth to help him save the woman they both love.

God has taken a hiatus from heaven and his angels, charged with protecting humanity, have decided to exterminate instead. Who will stand before the mass of powerful beings and stop the impending apocalypse? What about one of their own?

Jacob, whose real identity I won’t share as it will spoil the storyline, is fed up with the constant bickering between his brothers and sisters in heaven. The angels have had enough of mankind’s abuse and destruction of the Earth and many think it’s time to eliminate them. But Jacob disagrees. Despite his Father’s absence, he knows God would never abide such a plan. Perhaps if he can elicit the Storm Riders’ help, he can stop the impending war. What he doesn’t anticipate is the feelings he develops for the only female Rider of the bunch, Cecelia. Angels don’t have souls. They don’t feel love. At least, not on a mortal level. And yet, this tiny woman manages to touch a cord in him so deep he feels it in every fiber of his angelic being.

Seth has been a Rider, among other things, for centuries. His latest partner, Cecelia, was everything he could ever ask for as a co-worker, and more. Problem is, every time he tries to tell her how he feels, they end up in an argument. Things have been stressed between them for quite some time, ever since they tried to be intimate. He’s not sure what happened or how to fix things, but his heart tells him he must. When Jacob arrives and starts moving in on his girl, Seth knows he has to do something. Jacob is not what he appears. Angels are the only thing that can kill a Rider. He fears this man/angel’s presence will only spell trouble for the woman he loves. But can he convince her to listen to reason without biting his head off?

Cecelia is confused about her feelings for Seth. Deep down, she knows she loves him, but doubts he shares her sentiment. After their failed attempt at intimacy, things just haven’t been the same. They fight terribly and can hardly be around each other without having a yelling match. When she rescues Jacob from the ocean, she quickly develops an attachment to him, even before she knows what and who he really is. Faced with one man she loves but can’t get along with, and another she craves because he gives her a sense of comfort, she doesn’t know how to choose. Is it possible to have both?

Impassioned Waters has an interesting storyline. The characters are intriguing and easy to identify with. I found myself frustrated with Seth and Cecelia and wanted to reach in the book and give them both a little shake. They’re both so stubborn.

Jacob adds a different twist to things. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked his presence or not, but as things progressed, I understood his role. There were quite a few editing mistakes that were distracting -- mostly missing words or words that just didn’t make sense in the sentence (i.e. way when it should have been away). Also, there was one place where the editing strike-throughs hadn’t been removed. And, while this is a personal pet peeve of mine and in no way detracts from the story, I have to mention that the cover on the book does not match the description of the female character. The characters, particularly Seth, didn’t follow his role the way I would have expected at the end, especially since it was such a stark contrast to how he’d been the entire story. But, I understand his reasoning for the change, in relation to his feelings for Cecelia. Overall, it proved to be a different story that had enough appeal to be worth reading.

If angels who aren’t so angelic strike your fancy, if a fiery woman who can hold her own in a job predominately ruled by men makes you say, “heck yeah!”, and a if man who is willing to keep trying to win his girl despite the competition melts your heart, then grab a copy of Impassioned Waters, book three in Ms. Hart’s Storm Rider series, you’re sure to be intrigued by her characters.

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