Arwen is an individual figure skating coach who never thought she’d ever get to meet the lead singer of the band Soar. She’d been crushing on Gannon ever since Soar’s first CD came out. While attending the band’s concert in her hometown, Gannon’s and her gaze meet during a love song he sings, making Arwen think he’s only singing for her. Unexpectantly, the next day, an even more unbelievable situation occurs. Gannon appears at the skate club and asks her out on a date.
When his gaze met the woman’s in the crowd, Gannon became immediately taken with her. Something about her drew him like no other human woman had before. As an Alte, a winged being humans had mistaken for angels through chance encounters, he and his band mates are the last of their kind after an illness swept through their people. Surviving, they find themselves able to manipulate the elements, allowing them to hide what they truly are from the humans around them. Their bright silver eyes become natural, and even their wings are camouflaged, leaving a tattoo-like mark on their backs. Immortal as well, the remaining five have together lived for over a thousand years.
As Gannon grows closer to Arwen, he finds himself fighting to keep his true self hidden. Even more frightening, when they make love, he starts to absorb her life energy causing him to put some distance between them. But when another of their kind arrives on the scene, revealing what caused the demise of their people, Gannon is faced with letting Arwen die or risking the rest of humanity to save her.
Icy Temptation is the first book in the Angels of Rock series written by Marisa Chenery and published by Liquid Silver. Though it’s under 40,000 words and makes for a fair light read, I had to force myself to read it all the way through. Don’t get me wrong, the story did have a lot of potential, not to mention the foundations of a great villain and a horde of interesting elements to pull the reader in, it just failed to use them fully.
This being one of the author’s older works, I was not too disappointed. The characters she created where easy to like, at times a little too unrealistic in regards to the situations they were in. And the angelic race, the Alte, was very interesting in itself. But the entire time I felt like I was reading the first draft. If only one or two more revisions had been made, I would have enjoyed the story more than I did.
About three or four chapters through, it started to lag quite a bit and when it finally got to the romantic and erotic moments everything was rushed. Even the ending was rushed, the last chapter falling under two pages in length. Not to mention, the author skimmed over parts of the story that could have been used to create suspense and intrigue, and summed them up in a sentence or two.
For example, the moment Gannon first manifested his wings and flew. I wasn’t able to feel the thrill of the flight nor the beauty of his wings. Did it hurt when he made his wings appear? Did it hurt when he hid them? None of this was expressed or explained. There was too much telling and not enough showing.
The eBook consisted of fourteen chapters and it wasn’t until halfway through chapter eleven that any indication of the bad guy was given. He returned in chapter thirteen to take a small part in another scene, then to only be mentioned for the remainder of the story. If the author had first hinted at a possible threat in earlier chapters and then introduced the villain later, it wouldn’t feel like the idea of a bad guy was added at the end as an after thought and for the sole purpose of a sequel.
Sum it up: A paranormal romance with a pinch of erotica.
What I liked most: The nice take of a winged race known as the Alte. Plus, the fact that when they hide their wings black tattoos appear in the shape of, yes, wings.
What I liked the least: The way it was carried out. There were many parts I wish the author had stretched out and elaborated on.
Would I read the sequel(s)? Maybe. I do have two other stories written by the same author that I will eventually read, mainly in hopes of seeing how the writer improves. I truly love her story concepts.
Happy Mother’s Day and thanks for reading. We will be having our first guest reviewer along with our first ACTUAL story post coming up this month. Not to mention our next review will be on Tarah Scott’s historical romance, My Highland Lord. Super excited about that one.