by Lacy Danes
I was hooked first by the cover. Yes, I’m shallow. 😛 Covers do matter. I love this cover with it’s atmospheric fog, blue and silver colors and the mysterious man in the rather great coat. Then I read the synopsis and decided to give the story a try, so I bought the kindle book. I’d never read Lacy and didn’t know what to expect.
There was a higher heat level than I’d anticipated. lol It’s a very steamy book. Jordan’s a water dragon so steam is an appropriate comparison. 😉 It’s also a historical erotic romance and sometimes the intimate word choices made me giggle a bit. I did enjoyed Lacy’s storytelling and I read Waterfall in one sitting.
The book is the first in a series about the Zir. Four dragon brothers, each gifted with an elemental power, water, fire, metal and air. They are under a mysterious curse and all they really know is that they must find their destined mates to break it. They poor guys have been searching for 500 years-ish. Meep! They are seeking answers to how they came to be and how they were cursed… Their powers have also started to diminish with the passing of years and the weight of the spell.
When they are in, well… love or lust, and think they might have found their mate they bite her. So far no one has survived! That was hard to take. Five centuries of biting and taking lives? I didn’t like that aspect of the story. Though it added weight and explained the hero, Jordan’s, actions at the beginning of the story. He grieves the loss of life as well and hasn’t bit anyone in years. Jordan and his brother Ferrous discover a boat wreck and hear the heart beat of a dying woman. He wants to give her as peaceful an end as possible so he gives her a bite. He feels something at the taste of her… But he thinks its just his longing for his future mate.
♦ His soul wanted more of her. To mate. To love. To live a lifetime of companionship.
I really liked how sensitive Jordan was. I enjoyed getting into his head and knowing how he felt. Especially about Celeste. I liked Celeste. I liked her attitude and her honesty with herself and later with Jordan. She woke after the ship wreck, alone on a beach (the wreck was hidden by Ferrous’ cloaking spell). She had no memory of the disaster. Her father has commanded her to not tell anyone of the event and to go through with her arranged marriage to the Duke of Hudson. Celeste had dreams of marrying for love but that wasn’t in the cards for her and her only consolation was that maybe her marriage would be better than her home life.
♦ All of her life, she had yearned for a normal loving family. Her father provided for the family but never loved her or any of them. Instead, he’d beaten them and scared her.
When Jordan sees her and realizes his bite didn’t kill her he is elated. Then he discovers she’s already wed he is determined to claim what’s his. Celeste is his mate! I enjoyed the heart in this story. There was so much emotion and yearning on Jordan’s part for his long awaited mate.
I had difficulty with the fact that Celeste was married when they found each other…It still makes me sad… Yes, I understood that they were fated for one another. The marriage wasn’t her choice but dictated by her father. I felt sorry for everyone involved. Even for her husband and felt even worse for him once I saw what path the pain of losing his first wife had set him on.
There is a hovering evil in this story that is temporarily subdued but I know it will continue to stalk the brothers in the future stories and I’m curious to see them unravel they mystery of their curse.
Along with the scorching heat there were many beautiful lines that read like poetry.
Here are a few of my favs
♦ The lapping of water against the boat hull cried out to him. He closed his eyes tight, tensing as he reached out with all his soul’s power. He reached out to feel and be as one with the water’s thoughts.
♦ The salty clean smell of the open sea filled her nostrils, and warmth spread along her skin as if he had wrapped his body about hers. She wanted him to protect her and to be yearned for, both for her body and her mind, not for an arrangement she had nothing to do with. She wanted him to love her.
♦ Everything about this man called to her. He was handsome, without doubt, though her reaction to him came from the way he gazed at her. He needed her. As he had fallen before her, a strange and powerful desire and longing captured her. He needed just her…and no one else.
♦ She had freckles… His lips turned up into a genuine smile. Freckles. He wanted to know every tiny detail about her.
The marriage thing!
Some of the erotic terms jolted me out of the story.
The biting potential mates and resulting deaths.
Some beautiful, poetic passages.
I was happy to see Jordan and Celeste find their way and become equal partners.
I especially liked seeing Celeste discover her own power and take control of her destiny. Yay! Celeste! 😀
I was impressed at how much I was intrigued by even the secondary characters. The grandmother, the brothers and even the bad guy. I am hooked and will follow this story. I am seriously hoping that the rest of the guys don’t find mates who are married already though. 😛
If you like your paranormal romance with a heavy dose of steam along with a historical setting…. And DRAGONS! yum! then give Waterfall a try and let the water dragon Jordan and his mate Celeste sweep you away.
The Queen of Tarts