Tidal Wave by Vivian Arend

Tidal Wave by Vivian Arend

 Slippery when wet…
Forces of Nature, Book 1

From her first kiss to her first sight of dolphins dancing on the waves, Alexia Colten has always held a special place in her heart for Jaffrey’s Cove. Now that she’s back to help her grandmother settle into a home, she discovers this place has lost none of its remembered magic. In fact, it seems more magical than before—and more erotic.

After she’s gifted with a beautiful, dolphin-etched medallion, she finds herself surrounded by the golden boys of summers past. Her body is filled with longings she can’t explain and dreams of blue lights that turn into lovers.

Joshua Marley and his cousin Anthony are merfolk, a people capable of living beneath the waves as either dolphin or human. Alexia holds the medallion that marks her as the next in line to lead their people—if she can prove she can transform. Working in tandem, they’re sure they can arouse her passion and protect her from those who would use her simply to gain power.

But their strength alone may not be enough to help her face the challenge of her new position…

Tidal Wave is set in the small seaside town of Jaffrey’s Cove where the majority of the residents are merfolk. Alexia’s grandmother is the leader of the pod but she’s tired and ready to pass the task on to Alexia.  She gives her a beautiful necklace but doesn’t reveal the medallion’s secrets to Alexia.

Alexia has spent her summers in Jaffrey’s cove for years and has always felt connected to it.  Now she is back to help her grandmother get settled into a new home.  She is drawn to the sea but doesn’t understand its call.  She has been having dreams for years of a young boy she met her first summer there, Joshua but now he’s all grown up.

Joshua has been in love with Alexia since she agreed to let him kiss her.  After that summer, he was sent away when she would come to visit.  Now he is grown up and determined to make Alexia his. 

One night during a storm, Alexia is drawn to the ocean and a chain of events is set off that can’t be stopped. 

Alexia is confused and hurt when she finds out the secret of the necklace and what her role in the future of Jaffrey’s Cove will be.  She can’t believe her gram has kept this secret from her all these years.  She is shocked by her behavior with Joshua and Anthony.  She is drawn to them and can’t walk away from either one.    

Joshua knows what he wants and intends to go after it.  Everyone discounted him because he kept to himself but what they didn’t realize was he was biding his time until Alexia returned.  Anthony is the quite one, the peace maker.  He had no plans of helping rule the pod, until he met Alexia and all plans changed.

I love the interaction between the main characters.  I am proud of Alexia for handling Michael when he forced himself on her.  Gram is one of my favorite characters.  She has a lot of spunk and doesn’t take no for an answer.  She is proud of Alexia and doesn’t want her to feel embarrassed or ashamed for the way she is feeling.

Tidal Wave pulled me in from the moment I picked it up.  The story flowed effortlessly with a great plot and smoking hot sex scenes.  I read it in one sitting and can’t wait for Whirlpool to come out.  I give Tidal Wave 4 flaming hearts. 

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