Friday, August 6, 2010

ARC Review: Whirlpool by Vivian Arned

Title: Whirlpool
Author: Vivian Arend
Series: Forces of Nature, Book 2
Publishes: August 10. 2010
*This was an ARC sent to me from the author to read. *

Vivian Arend totally makes me want a dolphin of my own or at the very least move to Jaffery's Cove! I just love her Forces of Nature Series. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book when she asked for people who wanted to review it on her website.

This is the second book in the Forces of Nature series, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone book. This one has a little bit of everything-scorching love scenes, a menage and a little m/m. Vivian Arends back of the book descriptions are the best I've come across, so I have to share it with you:

Braden can’t deny he’s always wanted Chelsea, but getting involved wouldn’t be fair. She has college and big dreams ahead of her—he has no desire to leave Jaffrey’s Cove. Plus, there’s the fact merfolk women often take more than one lover. Share her? Not in this lifetime.

When Chelsea’s plans for the future fall apart, the only bright spot remaining is Sheriff Braden Marley. She’s been angling for a shot at the gentle giant’s heart—and the rest of him—for a long time. Except he not only holds her at a maddening arm’s length, he somehow manages to keep other men away, too. Enter Jamie Powell, a human marine archeologist who’s in town for a cataloging project. His instant chemistry with Chelsea inspires her to try a sexy new tactic: make Braden jealous enough to stop dragging his feet and start leaving his shoes under her bed.

The ensuing storm generates a boatload of complications none of them saw coming. A forbidden attraction no amount of merfolk magic can erase. And the danger that their secrets could be exposed to the outside world… Warning: Seductive shimmering lights, a sexy interlude on the strip club floor, mysterious Spanish lovers, and a trio caught in an eddy of intense sexual attraction. Swim at your own risk.

Doesn't that just make you want to dive right into this book?  This is actually a novella-just 118 pages, but don't let the size of the book fool you-there's a lot going on! I loved the dynamics between Braden, Chelsea and Jamie. There is actually a lot more steamy hot romance in this book then there was in Tidal Pool. I found myself being more drawn to Braden and Jamie's story. Jamie is such a great human-he knows what he wants, but isn't quite sure how to go about it, but is so likable that you forgive him for being a bit too sensitive. Braden was equally as lovable-I loved that he was strong, yet knew his faults.

It took me a bit to get used to Chelsea-she was just so different then Alexia (the heroine in the first book) that took a minute or two to get over the differences.  She is definitely the glue to the relationship of her, Braden and Jamie.

I just love how the city of Jaffery's Cove comes alive in these books. You can almost feel the magic in the air and smell the salt from the ocean as you read. If you like your romances hot and steamy you can't miss this series!

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Crush Meter: Medium
Sigh Meter: Medium
Ethan/Merit Sizzle Meter: Pretty darn high!