Five (Elemental Emnity #1) by Christie Rich. Published August 2013 by Tarser Publishing. CDN $FREE on kindle.
Rayla Tate dreams of escaping her ordinary world for a bright future in the art world. Throw in an overbearing aunt who is keeping major secrets, a disgruntled best friend tagging along to college, and a bunch of fae warriors waiting in the wings to claim her the minute she leaves her sleepy little town, and Rayla’s dreams are about to shatter. She soon discovers she is a coveted Elemental with power she never knew she possessed–a power that could change the world. Everywhere she turns another man tries to woo her. The weird part is she’s drawn to each one of them. Who are these strange men, and what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using any means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever. (Goodreads Excerpt)
This book really surprised me. I found it on my kindle and barely remember putting it there. I was searching for something to read while waiting for court (don’t worry I’m not in trouble, it was for work.) anyway. I read the first page and OMG I was hooked! I mean I read the damn thing in one sitting. I never do that. Well I never usually have time but holy catfish this was fantastic.
The MC Rayla is cool and feisty and desperately needing her independence. What she gets is a whole lotta trouble in the form of Wicked HOT bad guys/good guys who knows which and holy crap did I say that they were HOT! And they are fae and mess with your head and emotions and OMG I’m rambling. But that is what I felt reading this book. I couldn’t stop! OK take a breather….whew…
This is the first time reading this author and I love the writing style. You are swept along with the book and you drink in every detail. Not to the point that it is annoying but enough that you get it all. I love the originality of this story. I’m not sure I totally dig the whole bonding thing (I’m big on free will and all), but I definitely like the drama it creates. And the fae men, OMG they certainly put a new twist on things. I won’t give anything away but it was really interesting.
I reacted to him on a cellular level, as if he was a new source of gravity and I a wayward comet. An emotion I didn’t want to recognize stirred underneath my overpowering fear: undeniable need. My mind screamed at me to pull a one-eighty to get away from him yet my body craved to get closer to the stranger.
And this is only page 16!
Enough said I think?! 5 stars for me.