by Sydney Croft

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-34080-9
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There is a storm racing across the bayou. As the lightning flashes and the thunder rolls, Remy Begnaud feels the energy under his skin. He is just trying to get home, to see what prompted his father’s call. But Mother Nature has other ideas, and she wants Remy for her very own.

Hailey Holmes cannot believe what she is seeing. A sudden furious storm shudders the walls of the Begnaud home where she is working. There is nothing on her equipment to show that a line of storms was on the way. It is as if it appeared out of nothing. Maybe her superiors at ACRO are right. Maybe Remy can control the weather. If he can, the parameteorologist must persuade him to return to the ACRO compound with her, before the other side can discover his abilities. Then no one will be safe.

Author Sydney Croft (the pen-name for a collaborative team) has reached beyond the usual paranormal tale to entice readers on several levels. First there is the intriguing ACRO cadre of agents working on different missions throughout the book. Led by the enigmatic Devlin O’Malley, this Agency for Covert Rare Operatives makes the X-Men look tame. Then there is Remy himself, a man tormented by his power, yet held in thrall by it. The ex-SEAL is a man’s man and when the thunder rolls, his libido rises to uncontrollable levels. It will take a special woman to take all that he can give.

Riding the Storm is the start of a fantastic new series, and readers should start marking their calendars now so that they can pick up the next book as soon as it hits the shelves. The potent combination of power and passion smokes the pages and scorches the mind’s eye with erotic imagery that will be hard to put aside. The book crackles with electricity and intensity which means that the first read is a breathless plunge to the final page, and the second time brings the all of the passion roaring to the surface.

I would give this book 10 roses if I could, but since I cannot, all I can say is “WOW!”

Reviewed in September 2007 by Paula.

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