Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: Icy Temptation by Marisa Chenery

Icy Temptation by Marisa Chenery

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Arwen is an individual figure skating coach who never thought she’d ever get to meet the lead singer of the band Soar. She’d been crushing on Gannon ever since Soar’s first CD came out. While attending the band’s concert in her hometown, Gannon’s and her gaze meet during a love song he sings, making Arwen think he’s only singing for her. Unexpectantly, the next day, an even more unbelievable situation occurs. Gannon appears at the skate club and asks her out on a date.

When his gaze met the woman’s in the crowd, Gannon became immediately taken with her. Something about her drew him like no other human woman had before. As an Alte, a winged being humans had mistaken for angels through chance encounters, he and his band mates are the last of their kind after an illness swept through their people. Surviving, they find themselves able to manipulate the elements, allowing them to hide what they truly are from the humans around them. Their bright silver eyes become natural, and even their wings are camouflaged, leaving a tattoo-like mark on their backs. Immortal as well, the remaining five have together lived for over a thousand years.

As Gannon grows closer to Arwen, he finds himself fighting to keep his true self hidden. Even more frightening, when they make love, he starts to absorb her life energy causing him to put some distance between them. But when another of their kind arrives on the scene, revealing what caused the demise of their people, Gannon is faced with letting Arwen die or risking the rest of humanity to save her.

Claudette's Review

Ms Chenery excels in writing about otherworldly men living amongst us humans who are not complete, until they find the love of their life. This time it isn’t werewolves but the Alt, a winged race of beings almost completely wiped out by a pandemic which killed all but a handful, who found that aside from their immunity, they had gained the ability to control the elements and were now immortal. I’m not sure why a bunch of immortals would pick singing as a career, but I suppose that it makes more sense than them choosing to spend the centuries processing tax returns. The surviving Alt becomes the very successful rock group Soar, hiding their wings and distinctively silver eyes, and touring the world. Figure skating coach Arwen Greyson is a huge fan of Soar, in particular the lead singer, Gannon. When she and her friend go to one of their concerts, Arwen actually feels that Gannon is really singing to her alone.

Little does she realize that it isn’t fantasy. Gannon is drawn to her sufficiently to persuade his fellow band mates to stay in town for long enough, for him to get to know this woman who stirs him like no other. Arwen thinks she is experiencing a waking dream when the object of her fantasies turns up at the rink one evening, and promptly falls flat on his backside on the ice. Arwen is no groupie, and doesn’t fall straight into bed with Gannon. As Gannon comes to the realization that what he feels for Arwen is more than a fleeting attraction, he worries about how he can reveal the truth about himself without scaring Arwen away. This is further complicated when Arwen affects his control over his abilities in a way that is could well prove fatal to her.

As always Ms Chenery writing is a treat. I can’t wait to see what she serves up with the rest of the Angels of Rock.

3 Tea Cups!


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