Jul 13, 2014

Kissed by the Wave by Serena Gilley *Review*

Beyond the limits of sight, magical beings live in the Forbidden Realm. The two worlds were once connected, but the desires of man forced their separation. Now, desire may bring them back together...

Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can't seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.

Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya's mortal form is only temporary. If they don't have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . . .

A copy of this story was provided by NetGalley for an honest review for The Reading Room Blog.

There is a hidden veil that separates humans from a Forbidden Realm, a world full of magic and beautiful creatures. Those creatures must do their part to maintain the veil and remain hidden from human sight. For curious mermaid Aliya that rule becomes harder and harder to follow with each nightly visit the handsome human Devin makes to her lake. Devin is consumed by sadness from the loss of his wife and the brief glimpses of beautiful mermaid Aliya become the only thing to give him hope. When fairies Raea and Kyne make a dangerous bet, Aliya and Devin get their chance to make their desire for each other real. But will coming together bring them happiness or destroy their two different worlds.

What I Loved: Plan and simple, I had a great time reading Kissed by the Wave. Was it perfect? No. Did it make me smile? Absolutely. Unique characters, interesting plot, exciting romance – Kissed by the Wave hooked me quick and kept me happy. Author Serena Gilley sets a wonderful stage and I could clearly picture her characters and their different worlds in my mind. Also, the sexual tension and intensity of the love scenes Gilley wrote are just off the charts. Aliya and Devin radiate heat but my personal favorite are the sparks coming off of fairies Raea and Kyne.

What I Didn’t Love: Overall I enjoyed the story but I would have loved a little bit more insight into Devin and Aliya’s day to day lives on land and in the lake. I think it would have added a little more weight to the sacrifices the characters had to consider in order to be together.

Favorite Quotes:

“She knew nothing of business, his widely acclaimed success, his net worth, or his car. She only wanted to put her hands on him, to give him what he wanted, to know him any way that she could.”

“She felt what he felt, she’d ridden the waves of passion that rolled inside him. She’d felt those holes of aching emptiness fill as she’d wrapped him in her arms and poured her soul into him.”

“He kissed her and she melted into him. Maybe if they spent the rest of their lives together this way, joined in some physical fashion, they could hide from whatever unspoken force it was that appeared to be trying to separate them. Hell, it was worth a try.”

Kissed by the Wave is a fun and steamy read and I am very excited to have found a solid new paranormal romance series to invest in. Other paranormal romance fans will have a blast with this story but if you’re a general romance fan or new to paranormal reads, Kissed by the Wave involves very understandable mythology and the heat between all of the leads will still make things fun for you too.

Kissed by the Wave is the first book in the Forbidden Realm series. By the Magic of Starlight (Forbidden Realm #2) will be released this fall and will focus on Raea and Kyne. Licked by the Flame (Forbidden Realm #3) will be available Winter 2014. I’ll be stalking both on my TBR list.

Happy reading.

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