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, their erotic dance 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?
She looked up and felt her jaw drop in wonder. The most exquisite flowers she had ever seen covered the ground. Small and delicate like pansies, the petals held the lustrous tints of pink, purple, and yellow, and they glowed with a soft inner light. There had to be hundreds of them climbing up the trees that surrounded the tiny open space. It was like being surrounded by tiny, botanical Christmas lights.
“What are these?”
“Phos-blooms. Their flowers naturally contain high amounts of phosphorous.” He set her down on the carpet of soft, downy grass.
“They're exquisite.” She couldn't tear her eyes from the softly glowing petals that surrounded them. Not wanting to step on a single one, she picked her way carefully to one edge of the clearing. “This looks like a dream.”
“Hopefully it's a good dream and not a nightmare like this morning.” He moved closer to her, crowding her against the nearest tree.
“This morning wasn't a nightmare. It was a lesson. One which the Vipers failed miserably.” She reached up to link her hands behind his neck.
“You did well,” he whispered. “But that won't be the last battle you see.”
“I'll be ready. I know you want to keep me safe, but you can't put me in a bubble. We both know I'm here for a reason.” She caressed his nape and stood on tiptoe so that her lips gently brushed his. “Did you bring me out here to talk?”
“No. But if there was a bubble that could hold you, I'd find it,” he growled, and with one tug of his hand, her leafy dress ripped open and fell to the flower-covered ground. Like last night's almost-sheer dress, there was no way to wear panties under this garment without looking ridiculous. A couple of days with the scantily-clad nymphs had made underwear seem unnecessary, anyway. She ran her fingers through his silky black hair and circled her naked hips against him. His lips covered hers tenderly, gently shaping her mouth with sweet kisses. She opened to let him in, feeling the rush of adrenaline from this morning surge back into her. She didn't want him tender right now. She wanted the warrior she had seen out on the field, easily cutting down the enemy as if he could do it in his sleep.
One of the things I love about PNR is that it's a complete escape from reality. You literally leave your own world and enter another where the rules have changed, the "people" are different, the possibilities & plot twists are endless. I'm always amazed by the imaginations of these writers who can so craftily create the most amazing characters, scenery, and over all engaging reading experience. Ms. Kay fits right into this grouping. Many times while reading I noticed how her writing style reminded me of J.R. Ward's. I was seriously impressed with the similarities. They both use amazing detail in constructing their fictional societies and you get a variety of scenes from different POV's that help shape the story. There is so much to absorb that after you've finished reading you feel like you've read 2 or 3 books instead of one.
I was definitely intrigued from the very beginning. I mean, 2 bad ass chicks with unusual & unique abilities fighting off the bad guys, protecting citizens and saving the day. What's not to love?! While I would occasionally think to myself, "Omg, what are you doing?! Run away!" most of the time I was totally on board with their badassery. (So what if that's not a word). The Lash Demons are an added bonus in all their hotness, especially Gunnar who opens Nicole's eyes to the supernatural world around them. Instead of hiding and retreating back into the human world Nicole is totally up for the challenge of fighting "evil" on a much bigger and badder scale. And boy do they have some seriously lethal enemies to deal with!
There were certain scenes that had me absolutely absorbed and others not so much, usually when the action slowed down. But over all it was an exciting, fast paced read and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment!