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In the beginning, with Aidan being tracked down after ten years in hiding, I was kind of hesitant to keep reading. Only because I was afraid that I wouldn’t get enough backstory on the whys and hows of her sudden drop from society. I didn’t have to worry for long because along the way, there are Aidan’s recollections of what happened all those years ago and why she is wallowing in self hatred and doubt. I really wanted to get to know her as a character, and she opened up more and more as the story unfolded. I’m glad to say that she is really a fun character, once she drops that wall she’s built around herself.
Aidan is an Elemental. Water to be exact. There were lots of killings of people who were associated with Elementals years ago, and Aidan – along with her friend Sera (Fire) – set up a trap for the person(s) responsible. It all turned horribly wrong in the end and Aidan cut off all communication with everyone and turned tail. Now, ten years later, the killings are happening again. Only, now, the victims all have a connection to either dating Aidan or Sera at one point in their lives. The other connection is that the victims are all Shapeshifters. They are being killed by a powerful Elemental (Earth) and being left in various locations near Lake Tahoe. With the help of some local Shapeshifters and Elementals, Aidan and Sera try to once again find the killer. The problem? The FBI is keeping a close watch on Aidan and Sera, now that these killings seem like no coincidence. How can Aidan and Sera do there job if the humans have eyes on them? This just got harder than Aidan thought.
Secondary characters seem to hold as much of the story as the main characters. Simon is one that I really liked. His wicked sense of humor and what he shifts into made me smile a lot while reading. I won’t spoil it, but you will laugh when you read it. Who would have thought he could be of any use to them? He held his own perfectly. I especially love Mac. Think of a mactruck, and you can just about imagine his shifting abilities. I love the romance building between him and Aidan. I knew from the moment that they met, that they would be drawn to each other. She handles him like no other.
The friendship between Sera and Aidan is very well drawn out. At first introduction, you don’t know what will happen because there is obvious tension between them. And after you get to the point of why that tension is there, you understand both girls’ pain. It was nice to see them getting back to their old selves, and that bond that they share is hard to come by. I love the backstory of both the Elementals and Shapeshifters. Aidan is kind of a spitfire when we first meet her, which put me off a little. You’d have thought that she was the Fire and not Water. But after Sera and Aidan both start to loosen up, their personalities mesh good with their magic.
If you want a good urban fantasy to read, I definitely recommend this book. If you like Elementals, Shapeshifters, and magic in your reading, give this book a chance. I just got book two and can’t wait to read it. Definitely recommended!
Author: Mia Marshall
"It's happening again, Aidan. We didn't stop it, after all." Aidan Brook has spent ten years hiding from everyone she once loved, plagued by memories of one horrible night long ago. When her former best friend and partner in crime appears on her front porch, her self-imposed exile is brought to an abrupt end. An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends, and she is forced to return to the scene of her own crimes. Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she's desperate to escape and her own dangerously uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.
This book was a surprise. I was intrigued with the twist on elementals. I have read a ton of paranormal romance, and you seem to come across the same type of character and the same type of backstory. I felt the plot and the interpretation were very original. The book starts with the relationship between two former best friends Aidan and Sera. I really enjoyed their personalities and conversational quirks. These girls quoted the blues brothers, and cursed like sailors *LOVE*. I laughed, I cried, then when Mac the hot werebear landlord comes into the picture I panted.
I would have liked to see more happen between Aidan and Mac. Throughout the story you see the sparks you feel the frustration, but I was left wanting something to come to fruition. I am hoping the author is just making the introduction and will follow up on the pair in a second book.
Now for the ending. Without giving anything away, I was actually thrown for a loop. There is always some predictability but I appreciated the surprise twists. All in all, I would definitely read another book by Mia Marshall. If you are a lover of all things paranormal, or even just good mystery, this book is for you. If you are one who needs a hot and heavy sexy scene this book will just frustrate you.
Review by: Bekah