I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Vivian Arend at Lori Foster's Get Together in June. Super nice lady, and she's not mad at me that I kinda knocked her out of the hula hoop contest :P! She's such a good sport...unlike me *evil grin*!
Forces of Nature, Book 1
By Vivian Arend
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.
Anyway, she offered me a copy of Tidal Wave to read and review a few weeks ago. Of course, I had to say yes, since I really enjoyed reading her first published novella, Wolf Signs!
The blurb does a nice job of with the the plot, so I feel like I'd be repeating what you already know if I do any summarizing. Let me say that Vivian will make you look at dolphins in a whole new light. When you see one of those awesome creatures, you'll be left wondering if they are really some of the tastiest morsels of man-flesh around!
Tidal Wave is a novella, so the plot moves rather quickly, making you not want to put it down until the very end. The scenes between Anthony, Joshua and Alexia, are pretty darn smokin hot. There's one scene that almost made me wish it were just a romance between Anthony and Alexia. Anthony is just so terribly sweet and gentle. But then when Joshua is back in the mix, you want him to have his happy ever after with Alexia also. So what better way than to have them all have one...together!
I don't do menages often, but I really enjoyed this one. And I liked that the shape shifters were dolphins! That's a new one for me. And new is always good and refreshing. So if you like menages, I'd say pick this one up!
(I really enjoyed this one! I'm looking forward to the next in the series--Wolf Flight coming in October)
Noble Romance Publishing
Naughty Nibble (Short)
Rocky Mountain Heat
Coming Fall 2009
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Check out Vivian's Webisite here and blog here for more tidbits about her books!
In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about Vivian, over at I Don't Want To Wait, I Want The Book Now, Greta has an interview posted.
And over on Viv's blog you can enter to win an e-copy of Tidal Wave also.