PJV Quickie: Wicked Waves is book two in the Solsti Prophecy series. I actually had already finished reading it when I realized it was the second installment; perhaps the allusions to past events should have tipped me off. Author Sharon Kay does a fantastic job of giving the reader enough background that you can jump into book two if you desire, yet still makes you want to go back and devour the first to see how it all began. If you’re looking for just another vampire/werewolf story, you won’t find it here. What you will find is a diverse cast of paranormal characters, intriguing plot, and a passionate, steamy romance.
Wicked Waves starts out in the past; over 150 years in the past, actually. We find Kai, our macho protagonist and Lash demon, enslaved by a cruel ruler who forces him to fight to the death on a regular basis. Flash forward to present day, we meet Brooke, who happens to be a rare type of supernatural called a Solsti. She and her sisters can each control an element; Brooke’s is water. She likes to lament this fact, as she doesn’t immediately see the potential in her gift.
Kai is the bane of Brooke’s existence at first. To her face, Kai comes off as a little bit rude and arrogant, which only serves to piss her off. It’s obvious he has feelings for her though, since he often shows up at her apartment to make sure she’s safe (unbeknownst to her, of course).
After a particularly nasty group of creatures called Neshi show up on Earth, Kai and Brooke’s relationship changes. They end up traveling together to a rather desolate region of Torth (the demon realm), which only pushes them closer together as they encounter dangerous beings and deadly situations. At first, Kai feels obligated to protect her; the prophecy says that the Solsti will save the world. It doesn’t take long for him to realize he’ll go to any length necessary to keep her safe, because he can’t imagine his life without her.
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I thought it was an excellent idea for Wicked Waves to start out detailing Kai’s past. Often, we end up finding out the hero’s deep dark secrets much later, and I enjoyed being privy to the information from the beginning. I also liked the different spin the author put on supernaturals. The biggest difference is with the vampires; in this world, they are at the bottom of the paranormal totem pole. They are weak and seem to have no real power. They find it hard to feed because all of the other beings in Torth are too strong for them, yet they can’t survive on Earth. Don’t count them out, though; I think they are going to become a huge problem in this series if they can figure out a way to get to humans. Naturally, our protagonists are going to do everything in their power to prevent this from happening.
Usually when two characters fall in love overly fast, I get annoyed. Kai and Brooke definitely had a whirlwind romance, from her hating his guts to them realizing they’re perfect for each other. It didn’t hit me as being rushed in this book, though, even though it all happened in a matter of weeks. I think I feel this way because Kai and Brooke supported each other through life or death situations, and I imagine going through that with someone would form a bond unlike any other. A few weeks to them probably felt like months or years, not knowing if they were going to survive. So in this case, I give the fast romance my blessing.
One thing that did confuse me about their relationship occurred in the beginning of Wicked Waves. Brooke commented several times on how Kai went out of his way to avoid her. Yet both times she makes this statement, Kai had been the one to seek her out. This stumped me, but now I’m thinking maybe this is how their relationship was in the first book (Wicked Wind). It just didn’t make much sense with what was occurring in this book.
I soon forgot about being confused because the sex scenes in this book are HOT! Sharon Kay sure knows how to write ’em. They are explicit, so if you’re not into detailed sexy times, this is probably not for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it, however; well most of it anyway. There is one teensy, tiny problem I have, and that is with the last sex scene in the book. Brooke is known to be a good cook and whips up some cinnamon rolls, which she is about to frost when Kai suggests something a little more fun. They get down to business and decide to use the frosting on each others’ bodies. I was ok with it at first; I mean, there’s nothing wrong with having fun in the bedroom. Then they start pouring it EVERYWHERE, after which she gives him a blow job. But you know there’s no way she could have gotten all of that frosting off. I can’t imagine on what universe cinnamon roll frosting is a good lube. That’s like asking for a yeast infection, I would think, and being a sticky mess is not a turn on for me.
As you can see, I had a few minor complaints with Wicked Waves, but overall it was a very entertaining read. There was plenty of romance, combat, and suspense to be had, which made me a very happy reader. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series. If you aren’t convinced that you should read this book yet, check out the awesome excerpt below!
Kai shot to his feet and was at Brooke’s bedroom door in a heartbeat, though he knew they were alone in the condo. Gazing in at the twisted sheets, he guessed she was having another dream.
“No!” she yelled in her sleep. Not a dream, but a nightmare. He moved to the side of her bed and caught her hand as she flung it in a wild, uncoordinated motion.
“Shh, Brooke,” he said gently. At least, he hoped his voice was gentle. He could pleasure a woman until she forgot her own name, but comforting one was unfamiliar territory. He held her hand, watching the rapid pulse in her neck and her erratic breathing. “Shh,” he said again, tracing small circles on her wrist.
She let out a loud breath and tugged on his hand.
“It’s just a dream,” he said, patting her head awkwardly. As he leaned forward, she pulled hard on his hand again, tucking it next to hers against her stomach, and she rolled to her side.
He didn’t want to loom over her bed all night, but he didn’t have the heart to remove his hand. So he did the only thing he could think of, and eased onto the bed next to her. He propped himself on one elbow, his other hand entwined with hers. She sighed and snuggled her sweetly rounded bottom against him.
He stifled a groan at the contact. Her curvy, sexy ass was the first part of her he had noticed. Not that he could help it, since she turned away from him at the exact moment he walked into the room. One time he overheard her complain to her sister that it was “too big.” That little comment gave him a monster hard-on, imagining what it would feel like to bend her over and drive into her from behind.
And now, with her soft body pressed near him, the weight of her breasts against his arm, her lilac scent wrapped around him like a drug. His cock throbbed with need, and he frowned down at her. Cuddling wasn’t what he had in mind when he imagined getting her into bed.
He studied the porcelain skin of her face, his acute night vision registering the fading flush on her cheeks. Her heart slowed and her breathing grew even, and she let out a contented, “Mmm.”
If her dream was over, maybe he could slip away soon. Ah, hell. Her sweet smell and soft curves beckoned to him. He didn’t want to leave her side. He rested his head on his arm and breathed in the fragrance of her hair, deciding to settle in for a while.
Recommendations: If you like a steamy, yet sweet, romance then you’ll probably enjoy Wicked Waves. Also, if you’re looking for something other than the usual vampire, werewolf, witch paranormal story, this might be just what you’re looking for. If you aren’t comfortable with detailed sex scenes then you may want to skip this one.