“Tidal Wave” by Vivian Arend
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Genre: Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Ménage & More, Shape-shifters .
Publication Date: July 21, 2009
Cover art by Angie Waters
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…
Warning: This title contains a conniving granny, naked men in the surf and shifters who take fun in the water to new depths. Snorkels not required.
My Review: Sometimes you stumble on to a novella that gives you such a pleasurable reading time you finish within the blink of an eye. The set-up: You take a small town near the sea and one high-spirited woman who spend many summers in that small town near the sea. One Grams with a secret to reveal and a harem of hunk-a-liscious men suddenly all too aware of the high-spirited woman. This all juiced up with the imagination of one wicked author and I just tore through this novella like a crack in sight of her next fix.
The story told is pretty basic and if I didn’t have such a great time with various aspects in this novella it would probably have been a 3 star read for me. Still, Vivian Arend has some wonderful writing skills up her sleeve with a town you can’t help but love on sight. Characters who I wanted to befriend, men who I instantly wanted to get hot and heavy with, and the smut in this book is so spine-tingling good my toes where permanently in curled position. Oh, and let’s not forget the merfolk, I want one of my own to play and swim with in the big blue ocean.
Three characters play the leading role in a ménage a trios, which is coincidentally a theme I never can get enough of. Alexia is an independent, yet compassionate woman tricked by her Grams to come help her with her home in Jaffrey’s Cove. There she meets Joshua who is kind of the black sheep in the family, or so it feels, and an impulsive, passionate artist. The third in this threesome is Anthony who is a teacher and though he has a sensitive, somewhat nurturing side there are some hidden depths in his preferences that pleasantly surprised me. Together they create a sensual chemistry that is blazing through the pages and kept me in a constant state of smut bliss with their arousal. These three characters interconnected on all the important levels for not only the passion to work, but also the romance.
Between the moment of attraction and the romantic conclusion lies a period of a week and in all honesty is of course very fast. Nevertheless, it doesn’t diminish the sincerity and depth of emotions coursing through Alexia, Joshua and Anthony’s heart. Of course there is a reason for their ménage but it is so much more fun for you all to find that out for yourself! The secret Grams has, who is a hilarious secondary character, pulls a 180 on Alexia’s life and now she has to deal with much more than just her Grams. This novella immediately brought me to Jaffrey’s Cove and I spend such a wonderful time there, getting to know characters I would love to meet again. Vivian Arend’s writing style is uncomplicated yet flowing and very seductive or humorous when it needs to be. She turned me in to a reader gobbling up this story like my favorite dessert and in closing TIDAL WAVE I was so very glad I had Whirlpool already on my e-reader.
TIDAL WAVE is charged with a spicy and sensuous romance, humor that got me from smiling to laughing and characters who leaped of the pages. I want more of what Vivian Arend has got to give!
“I’ve fallen into a fairy tale but no one is following their proper lines. ‘Your world is not what you think it is, Alexia, but I’m sure you’ll be fine with us ordering you around.’” She rubbed a hand over her neck, glaring at them. “My Gram is a manipulating tyrant, my lawyer date tried to force himself on me, and my dream lover is a liar. Of all of you, Anthony is the only one behaving like the gentle person I remember.”