Series: #3 The Elementals
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on April 1, 2014
Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart.
In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. Instead, he found himself drawn into a forbidden affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended in a storm of fire and ice, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status.
Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. Despite how it ended between them, she wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name.
Despite her good intentions, members of the Senatus want her stopped—and Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?
Fiery female and cool like water hero have unresolved business from the past. Griffin and Keko have been at odds for three years and I couldn’t wait to see how it all resolved in what seems to be the final book in The Elementals series. Unique paranormal world, lots of action, moderately gritty and loaded with passion.
Drowning in Fire is the third of The Elementals series books. It builds on what came before coming right off the big events at the end of book two, Taste for Ice. I would recommend getting them out of order, but at the same time, if someone knew they were starting in the middle and didn’t mind there would be enough backstory to get them mostly up to speed.
So, yes, this book had promise right out of the gate. I really enjoyed book two and realized at the end there that a couple secondary characters, Griffin and Keko had a history- a really bad history making them enemies now who have some regrets of what could never be. There were some big misunderstandings in the way of their diverse cultures and backgrounds that caused much of the rift. There’s is an instalove story which wasn’t impressive for me, but it was doable with all the action stuff going on besides.
I jumped in and, for the most part, I enjoyed the story. I didn’t feel that strongly about any of it. It had exciting parts, emotional parts, reflective, and passionate, but I couldn’t seem to find my stride until near the end- that was pretty good stuff and I was reading fast to get what was coming next. It was a quick read and not a very complex book so I guess that worked for me under the circumstances.
I will say that this is an interesting unique world from the usual out there for paranormal fans. There are people- some from another world- with powers connected to the air, earth, fire, and water. There are humans with magical gifts, too. There’s a council for all the elements, but the water group who were so power mad and nasty they were excluded until book one of the series when there’s a coup and now the Waters are under new management and seeking to repair the damage their predecessors did. All the groups have the potential to get vicious and do. All this is hidden from the mundane humans. Pretty neat stuff, I thought.
If I have any niggles, it was the unresolved feeling to several minor plot threads. Some I wish hadn’t been brought up if they weren’t going to get addressed since they didn’t add anything to the story really. And I’m not sure, maybe I missed something, but I’m pretty sure one of the good gals let an innocent guy get tried for murder to keep folks from going to war, but then a few days later the truth comes out anyway. That just didn’t set well with me. In the end, I felt like there were some peripheral issues and the need to address the future that was just sort of left open- not in a cliffie way or obvious hint that there would be more, but just let go by the wayside. And if there was going to be more, its been three years so probably not.
All in all, I liked it. Book two is my favorite. I think those who enjoy action plotted paranormal romance in a unique world would be the best audience for this book/series.
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