Whirlpool by Vivian Arend
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Soft shoulders and dangerous curves-
Forces of Nature, Book 2
Braden can’t deny he’s always wanted Chelsea, but getting involved wouldn’t be fair. She has college and big dreams ahead of her, he has no desire to leave Jaffrey’s Cove. Plus, there’s the fact merfolk women often take more than one lover. Share her? Not in this lifetime.
When Chelsea’s plans for the future fall apart, the only bright spot remaining is Sheriff Braden Marley. She’s been angling for a shot at the gentle giant’s heart, and the rest of him, for a long time. Except he not only holds her at a maddening arm’s length, he somehow manages to keep other men away, too.
Enter Jamie Powell, a human marine archeologist who’s in town for a cataloging project. His instant chemistry with Chelsea inspires her to try a sexy new tactic: make Braden jealous enough to stop dragging his feet and start leaving his shoes under her bed.
The ensuing storm generates a boatload of complications none of them saw coming. A forbidden attraction no amount of merfolk magic can erase. And the danger that their secrets could be exposed to the outside world-
Warning: Seductive shimmering lights, a sexy interlude on the strip club floor, mysterious Spanish lovers, and a trio caught in an eddy of intense sexual attraction. Swim at your own risk.
Whirlpool is the second book in the Forces of Nature series that centers around the small town of Jaffrey’s Cove. In the second installment things have heated up for the sheriff on both a personal and professional level. Strange incidents are occurring all over the cove that require his attention along with his duties as acting leader of the pod.
Alexia has hired Jamie to catalog all of the collectibles sitting around her house. He shows up while she is gone and is instantly attracted to Chelsea. Jamie is very curious about everything. He has a photographic memory when it comes to cataloging items but he can’t keep up with a set of keys to save his life. He knows that there is something going on between Braden and Chelsea but he keeps having erotic dreams about the three of them together. He genuinely likes them both and doesn’t know what to do about his growing feelings for them.
Chelsea has been in love with Braden for as long as she can remember. He is her protector and wants her to be able to experience life. He doesn’t realize that he is controlling who she dates or even has contact with until it’s pointed out to him. He wants her but he doesn’t want her to regret staying in Jaffrey’s Cove just for him. The sexual tension between these two is so thick it is ready to spontaneously combust. Jamie offers his assistance with the situation but things get out of hand leaving him wanting more when Braden and Chelsea finally come together. He becomes the voyeur.
I love how the characters feelings are clear from the beginning. You know that in the pod, two males and a female together is not uncommon. Throughout the story you get glimpses of Braden checking out Jamie and vice versa. There is something there but the anticipation of whether they will act or not is what kept me reading on. The ménage scenes actually start out pretty light with the focus being on Chelsea but then at one point the focus shifts to Jamie and Braden. That scene is so well written that even if someone has a hot button issue, I don’t think they would be uncomfortable. The true connections and love are what come out of the scene for me.
I liked the first book in the series but this one is my favorite so far. The story is awesome, the character development is right on track for the length of the story and the sex scenes are HOT!!! Jamie’s acceptance was also believable based on his past experiences. One of my favorite scenes occurred after their first ménage when Braden and Chelsea were standing in the kitchen and Jamie walks in. There are many humorous moments in the book.
Overall I thoroughly loved this book and give it 4 flaming hearts and suggest you pick up a copy of it (and Tidal Wave) when it comes out Tuesday, August 10th.
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