Jan 30, 2014

Wicked Waves

Making daggers out of raindrops is only the tip of the iceberg for Brooke Bonham. As one of four women who can control the elements, her ability to manipulate water packs a deluge of potential. Eager to learn more, she’s frustrated at the precautions she must take to avoid the wrong kind of attention on Earth. 

Kai's duties as a Lash demon have kept him busy on Earth for nearly two hundred years. Fighting? He was born to do it. Females? They're drawn to him. And Earth? The perfect place for him to avoid supernatural bounty hunters.

Though the two of them mix like oil and water, Kai senses that beneath Brooke’s frosty exterior hides a vortex of simmering passion. He’s determined to thaw his ice princess.

Forced to work together in the immortal realm, they track a rogue Lash demon at the helm of a widespread kidnapping operation. All too soon, Kai’s dark past catches up to them. Time runs out as a second enemy, bent on revenge, vows to stop at nothing short of Brooke’s enslavement and Kai’s death. As they and their foes stalk each other in a demonic game of cat-and-mouse, will her evolving skills and their fledgling bond be enough to save them?

I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

Wicked Waves finds Brooke Bonham embracing her role in the Soltsi Prophecy, a prophecy that dictates that Brooke and her sisters Nicole and Ginny will be the needed keys in a battle against an ultimate evil. Brooke dedicates herself to training and developing her powers over the element of water for the coming fight. If only that training didn’t constantly put her in the path of snarky and dangerous Lash demon Kai. Brooke can’t get past their introduction where his first words to her essentially were “Make me a sandwich.” The harder she tries to avoid him the closer he seems to want to get.

“Every time she met his gaze, she felt a spark of… something. Excitement? Awareness? Annoyance? She couldn’t put her finger on it, but she didn’t like it." 

Kai is hundreds of years old and is the ultimate survivor. After spending part of his youth as a slave being forced to fight gladiator style to live, he knows there’s nothing he can’t defeat… that is until he comes against Brooke’s temper. Kai isn’t sure why every word out of his mouth inflames Brooke’s anger but as Neshi demons start sneaking into the Earth realm at an alarming pace he knows the two will have to come to an understanding quickly.

When Brooke and Kai journey to the demon realm of Torth to find a tool to combat the Neshi, they must learn to trust in each other to survive the harsh environment and a crew of seriously heinous bad guys. What follows is a roller coaster action coupled with loads and loads of steaminess.

“Rational thought bolted from her mind, replaced with his warmth, his scent, his hard muscles pressing her close. His kiss consumed her like flames on dry tinder. She burned for him, and this time it didn’t frighten her.” 

Wicked Waves is a fantastic follow-up to Wicked Wind and I’m officially hooked on this series. It’s a telling sign when I embrace not only the featured heroine and hero in the first chapter, but I also start picking out a handful of secondary characters that I start hoping the author will write a full story for (I got up to about six I’m hoping for more on). Author Kay creates such distinct and well-rounded characters; even those in the background of Wicked Waves stand out in a good way. 

Brooke and Kai are both fiercely independent and I loved that they grated each others nerves, no instant hearts and flowers for those two. The tension added to the overall excitement of the story.

Wicked Waves should not be read as a stand-alone novel. If you haven’t already checked out Wicked Wind you’ll need to do that first to get a full understanding and appreciation of the Solsti Prophecy story. Wicked Waves will be followed by Wicked Flames and will focus the wayward Bonham sister Gin and Lash demon/tracker extraordinaire Mathias. I absolutely loved Mathias’s character in Wicked Waves, full of cockiness and humor. I can’t wait to check it out.

Overall Wicked Waves is a great addition to the Solsti Prophecy series and an exciting paranormal read. I definitely recommend picking up a copy.

Happy reading.

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