Author: Allyson James
Published: May 4, 2010
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. The only person who can control her when she’s caught in the storm’s evocative power is Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed biker Janet can’t seem to touch with her powers. He can wield fire and not get burned, and Janet’s never sure where he goes when they’re not together.
Together they investigate mysterious disappearances, which Janet fears are tied to her mother’s people, the mythical gods from below the earth. They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas.
Although the book started off a bit abrasive, I quickly became wrapped up in the mystery and didn’t want to put the book down. To be honest, when I first opened the book, I was a little disappointed that Janet and Mick’s characters were already established with each other. But as I continued to read, the amount of mystery that the author added was intriguing. Usually as you get further into a story, the mysterious element(s) unfolds, you learn more and begin to figure out what’s going on. In this case, the further you get into the story, the more questions you have and the bigger the mystery gets.
Janet is a powerful character with a lot of mystery surrounding her. But trust me, it’s not by her choice. She holds the classic characteristics of a strong heroine who is determined NOT to sit by and watch those she cares about rush into danger without her. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but feel her frustration with how much she is left in the dark. I didn’t love Janet’s character but I didn’t not like her either. Her character was definitely one I am usually drawn to. But I think the thing that is holding me back is the ending, which I will get into more detail later.
Mick’s entrance into this book was perfect! I loved the rough and gruff motorcycle male coming in to swoop the heroine into his arms and ‘save the day’. This scene could have gone wrong if the author hadn’t spent the previous chapters establishing just how strong and independent Janet was. Mick is a mystery. He holds a million secrets and is amazingly good at talking to you for hours without telling you one thing about himself. His love affair with Janet is passionate but frustrating. I loved Mick’s alpha male personality but I still can’t help but feel for Janet. Especially when everything is revealed.
The writing style isn’t the smoothest and it helps to emerge yourself into the story to look past it. And luckily the plot is captivating enough to allow you to do just that. The first half of the book moves really fast but the second half is a little slower. There was a lot of sex scenes but the way they were written was more like a quick overview without much detail. I think a little more detail would have been nice. Overall the plot is fun and interesting. But I think the author could have made some of the scenes a bit deeper.
For example, the story leads up to this big choice Janet has to make. For me it didn’t seem much like a choice. I felt the author rushed the ending and skimmed over this part instead of digging deep into this scene. And because of this, I didn’t really feel like Janet’s character evolved. All the other characters in the book evolve in some way but I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed with how little Janet’s character evolved.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t perfect- you kind of have to go along with what is happening and accept things for what they are. But it is a fun, easy, and quick read. There’s a lot of mystery, a spicy romance, and good action.