Pacific Passion, Book 1
As the new traveling doctor for the Pacific Inside Passage settlements, Matthew Jentry balances dual roles for his water-shifter people—caring for their health as a human-trained physician, and for their spiritual needs as a shaman.
Distractions of the female kind are not on his agenda, but his magical bloodline makes him a target for every marriage-minded woman within range. There’s something about the mysterious Laurin Marshall, though, that he finds far too enticing. It’s just as well that it’s time for him to move on.
Laurin thought she had perfected her guise as a mild-mannered teacher, but the sexual fireworks she and Matt touch off are threatening to blow her cover out of the water. Luckily it’s time for her to catch the boat to her next assignment.
When she discovers she’ll be sailing with Matt, she realizes there’s only one thing more dangerous than their unforgettable one-night stand—being trapped with him on a boat that gives “riding out the storm” a whole new meaning…
Warning: Contains strong sexual currents and powerful waves of desire that break down inhibitions. Recommended only for those able to navigate through extremely steamy situations, on land and at sea.
Stormchild does a wonderful job of setting up the Pacific Passion series. Just when you get pulled into the relationship with Matt and Laurin, the book is over. You have to tune into Stormy Seduction to see what happens next.
Matt is a powerful Shaman for his people, the water-shifters but he is also their doctor too. He is charged with the care of his people while trying to hold all of the eligible females at bay. He has no desire to spread his seed around so his children will grow up without a father around. He takes his job seriously and travels from settlement to settlement providing care for everyone. He enjoys his job and his life but when he spots Laurin, he realizes something is missing.
Laurin fled her home because she was tired of fighting off the men who only wanted her for her abilities. Laurin travels around the water-shifter settlements teaching their children and evaluating their needs. She has been able to hide her true identity so far because she is continually moving but all that changes once she meets Matt.
Matt and Laurin indulge in a night of passion so hot is scorches the pages, well scorched my fingers anyway. Something so powerful was driving them to the point they almost abandoned all sanity. They both feel that something special happened but can’t explain why they fell that way. Laurin makes her escape only to find out she will be trapped on a boat alone with Matt.
Faced with a severe storm they were forced to shift in order to get off the boat safely. Matt received the shock of his life when he realized what Laurin’s special talent was. Matt knows that she is his soul mate but he doesn’t want to scare her so he strikes a deal with her that they both benefit from.
Over all my only complaint with this book was it wasn’t long enoughJ. I was hooked instantly in the story and was at the end before I realized it. I am don’t have to wait on the next book Stormy Seduction to release (it came out Tuesday) to find out what happens next.
I definitely recommend this series by Vivian Arend. The first book has a couple of steamy sex scenes but nothing I wouldn’t let my mother read, accompanied by a unique take on shape shifters.