Review: Wicked Wind (Solsti Prophecy #1) by Sharon Kay

January 20, 2014 Review 0

Review: Wicked Wind (Solsti Prophecy #1) by Sharon Kay

SHE GREW UP THINKING SHE WAS HUMAN

Born with the ability to command the wind, Nicole Bonham spends her life hiding her gift. Deciding to take control of her power, she dispenses her own brand of vigilante justice in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods. Stealth and surprise are always on her side.

UNTIL A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A WARRIOR DEMON

Lash demon Gunnar prowls Earth and several supernatural realms to help maintain peace among the immortal species. His chance encounter with Nicole creates a hurricane of sparks between them, and he can’t let her out of his sight until he discovers her true identity. In his two hundred years, he has never seen a creature like her.

PLUNGES THEM BOTH INTO A FIGHT FOR HER LIFE

Nicole and Gunnar race to discover who - or what - is stabbing the city's most destitute residents and stealing their blood. The fire that forged their bond explodes into white-hot passion, weaving their souls together on an unexpected level. Haunted by the past, Gunnar's fiercely protective instincts battle with her need to defeat the creatures she was born to fight. As they track the mastermind behind the attacks, will Nicole’s unique talent unwittingly send her straight into his lair?

Title: Wicked Wind
Author: Sharon Kay
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wicked Waves, Wicked Flames
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 23 July 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Pages: 297
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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It isn’t often that I come across a story that is utterly unique in world building and characterization, and Wicked Wind manages to entice on both fronts.  With a purportedly human heroine in Nicole, she and her sisters are possessed of something “different” that has served to keep them feeling like outsiders.  Nicole can manipulate the wind, and while she doesn’t entirely understand or accept her power, she is determined to use them to help those in need.  A bit of a brat and repeatedly reverting to the all too human belief that demonstrated powers are little more than a trick, Nicole does have some qualities that could count as brave and strong, if she didn’t, at first, feel utterly reckless.  What does come through, however, is her determination to be somebody, as the years as ‘different’ seemed to have beaten on her self-esteem.

Gunnar is a demon from another dimension, drawn to Nicole because he sees that she is more than human, but just not knowing exactly what, he comes across the girls as they are out on one of their vigils, seeking to protect an innocent from harm.  Utterly delicious and completely gobsmacked by his reaction to Nicole, their attraction is palpable and obvious, and for once in a paranormal romance, they waste no time in acting on that attraction in some very steamy scenes.

When Gunnar introduces Nicole to his parallel dimension, we also are introduced to a myriad of characters, good and evil, that give a taste of what could come next in the series.  While Gunnar seeks to discover just what Nicole is, as well as teach her to use her powers effectively, he also must continue to perform his own task: performing population control on the bad demons that seek to terrorize earth.  Several clever moments of utter confusion happen for Gunnar as he answers the endless litany of questions from Nicole, deals with his conflicts over protecting this new creature, and doing his own job, as well as discovering that she is his mate and the confusion and conflicts that carries for him.

Fast paced with great scenes and dialogue, the story never fails to enchant, even in the cheesier moments, and there are several characters introduced as secondary players in this story that are sure to have their moment in the sun after Nicole and Gunnar achieve their happy ending.  With plenty of steam and the promise of more to come, this is a series that paranormal romance readers will certainly appreciate.

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