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Friday, July 25, 2014

{Book Review} WICKED WIND by Sharon Kay

SERIES! The next three days are focused on The Solsti Prophecy series by Sharon Kay. Today's review is book one of The Solsti Prophecy, WICKED WIND. Come read along and meet the Bonham sisters! ~Tiffany

Disclaimer: I received these books directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. The following is my honest opinion and no compensation changed hands!


Book Title: Wicked Win, The Solsti Prophecy #1
Author: Sharon Kay
Publisher: independent
Publishing Date: January 2014
Length:297 pages
Source: author for review purposes

Born with the ability to command the wind, Nicole Bonham dispenses her own brand of vigilante justice in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods. Stealth and surprise are always on her side. 

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 won’t rest until she is his. 

They race to solve a series of supernatural attacks in the city. Nicole’s true identity brings the attention of the crazed demon behind them, even as her passion for Gunnar binds them together, body and soul. 

Nicole has become the one thing Gunnar can’t live without. Yet facing their worst enemy may destroy her. Gunnar must put aside past tragedy and trust that through her ability and their bond, she has brought myth to life.

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I was approached by author Sharon Kay waaaay back in December to see if I would be amenable to a Read & Review of her novel, WICKED WIND. I had to decline at the time because I was so behind in reviews and a little over-committed to blog tours, etc. (I still am a tad behind *I'm looking at you Netgalley list!* and working to be caught up for the rest of this year!). I am SO happy I was finally able to read her books and share my review with you all right now!

WICKED WIND introduces us to the Bonham sisters, specifically Nicole and Brooke, with the third sister, Gin, being mentioned briefly. Nicole and Brooke have these special talents and have decided to put them to good use. After years of marital arts training and beginning to work on developing their elemental powers, these two sisters roam the streets of Chicago, saving women from rape and interrupting gang fights.

Nicole's path crosses with Gunnar's when he watches them diffuse a situation and save a young woman. Then he follows her to a club, inexplicably drawn to her, and introduces himself. When they are outside catching their breaths, they interrupt a purse theft and Nicole uses her power and Gunnar calls her on it. Intrigued and unsure what species she is, Gunnar convinces Nicole to come to his home and meet the elder, Rilan. She agrees and her world is flipped upside down when she learns who she and her sisters truly are.

With plenty of fight sequences and smokin' hot sex scenes, this was a wonderful paranormal romance.  I enjoyed the way the information was presented on Lash demons, the prophecy, the hints at the powers of the Solsti, and yet how things are left a tiny bit vague so that the blanks can be filled in with later novels. Gunnar is a wonderful alpha male with that sexy overprotective instinct and watching him come to terms with the fact that this woman can take care of herself was fun. I liked how strong Nicole was and yet still vulnerable, and how she instinctively turns to Gunnar when she needs help. This is much better than a female heroine who growls at the slightest indication that she might need some brute strength behind her. Nicole is feisty, sultry, smart, and caring. Gunnar is snarly in his protectiveness, sweet to Nicole, and...can a Lash demon be described as giddy? He seems giddy when he figures out that Nicole is his mate. Okay okay...that detracts from the sexiness. Let's go with utterly content.

I look forward to reading more in this series! I have Wicked Waves, Brooke's story, and Wicked Flame, Gin's story to go! But of course...that leads to the question...who is the fourth Solsti since their baby sister died in infancy? 

Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves paranormal romance, with romantic suspense following close on its heels. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts.

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write one book, let alone a series. But WICKED WIND and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

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