A Taste of Ice (The Elementals book 2)
By: Hanna Martine
Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.
Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncanny level, and she channels this gift into beautiful painted waterscapes. Now, a gallery is debuting her work in Colorado—and it’ll reveal far more about her than she imagined.
The spark between Cat and Xavier is enough to throw both of them off balance. Every tantalizing moment sends them dangerously close to a rising flood of desire. Dangerous because Xavier comes to suspect that Cat is an Ofarian—his people’s enemy. But they’re both about to discover a far greater, more malicious power at play...
Full disclosure, I was not a fan of book one in this series (Liquid Lies) for whatever reason, I couldn't get into it. MAYBE the fact that our male love interest was injecting his lady friend with needles kinda lost it for me. I don't know, call me old fashioned but that just did not do it for me.
There were a few saving graces in book one and that's what made me want to give this author one more try. I'm glad I did, because A Taste of Ice was a complex and imaginative story layered with new paranormal elements and the introduction of colorful characters.
The story follows our tortured hero Xavier, he was not a fan of mine when this series started, but he did grow on me the second time around. The guy has a ton of emotional baggage, but underneath is a man who just wants to feel loved and safe. He's beaten and bruised, but he's fighting his demons every single day. Xavier pulled my heart strings and made me fall in love.
Cat walks into his life and the whole scene gets pulled out from under him. Talk about an epic life changing event! When these two meet, it's like fireworks on paper! I loved the build that follows, it takes a little while to get to the heart of the story, but once it does... things continue to grow from there.
Adding to all of this, a madman who has no problem with kidnapping and killing, and you have yourself an tale of adventure plus the coming together of two alpha forces who are going to duke it out.
A few plot holes here and there and a little too predictable in parts had me wishing for more diversity with the plot twists. I'm eager to see what's in store next. On the fence with the author so really the next book has the potential to make it or break it for me. Glad I didn't give up, but cautiously moving forward.
Getting 3 and 1/2 Sheep