Title: Storm Kissed
Author: Jessica Andersen
Copyright: 2011 (Signet); 451 pgs.
Series: The Final Prophecy/Nightkeepers #6
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From Good Reads.com: When sexy Nightkeeper Dez goes rogue, the bounty hunter enlisted to catch him is Reese, his former lover. The sexual energy between them is hotter than ever-but the life-and-death stakes attached to the chase may pull them apart for good.
Comments: This book is a bit hard to talk about without giving away spoilers. If you haven’t read the series, this is not the place to start for many reasons. There are slight spoilers for previous books.
I’ve been following the series from the beginning. The books have all been chunky, 400+ page tomes. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, though each book focuses on a primary couple, and there is always some new Mayan mythology in every book. With this series, I don’t mind the info dumps that much.
The main couple of this book is Snake “Dez” Mendez and Reese Montana. Both are mostly unknown to the reader. In the first book, Dez was being hauled off to jail by bounty hunter Reese. In the previous book, Reese was hired by Patience and Dez joined the Nightkeepers at Skywatch.
In the year since the events in the last book, Dez has been proving himself to the Nightkeepers. When he disappears without telling anyone why, shortly before the Winter Solstice, Strike hires Reece to find him. Reece’s ability to find Patience’s children, something that should have been impossible to do, impressed the king. What he didn’t know was that the pair has known each other since they were teenagers on the street. Had things gone differently, Dez and Reece would have been together as a couple when Strike first gathered the Nightkeepers at Skywatch. But ten years ago, Dez came into contact with some bad mojo, thanks to his crazy winikin Louis Keban. It put Dez on a dangerous path that ultimately drove Reece from him.
Time in prison and the Triad spell put Dez back on track. He wants to prove to everyone that he’s one of the good guys. When he’s contacted by his winikin, he’s afraid that one of the crazy ramblings Keban had gone on about over the years might be a true prophecy, one that doesn’t bode well for the Nightkeepers and it involves him. Instead of telling anyone about it, Dez takes off to solve the problem himself. Reece shows up unexpectedly, throwing a wrench into his plans.
When Dez changed ten years ago, it broke Reece’s heart. She’d fallen in love with the young man who saved her life. Even though Strike reassures her that Dez changed again, that he’s no longer the man who became the gang leader, Reece still wary of Dez. She’s not sure she can trust him again, especially with her heart.
Meanwhile, things aren’t going so well for Strike. Anna never fully recovered from the Triad spell and is fading. Watching his big sister slowly die is taking its toll on him. His ‘port magic is all out of whack and he’s been having troubling dreams. Strike believes that his failure to sacrifice Leah is the reason the Nightkeepers have had rotten luck. The dreams he’s been having, however, suggests that maybe he’s the one living on borrowed time and his queen was never the intended sacrifice.
Then the Nightkeepers learn what Iago is up to and what that could mean for their future and Dez.
This is probably my favorite of the series. I read it in two days, which is something of a record for this series. Big changes happen in this book and it’s setting the stage for the final two books.
I’m glad I read the short story “Crystal Skull” in the On the Hunt anthology. It introduced two characters, JT and Natalie, who had a connection to the Nightkeepers. JT comes across a real jerk in Storm Kissed, but having read the short story, I understood his behavior.
There wasn’t much of Rabbit in this one, but there was more Sven which makes sense since his book is next. I’ve wondered what would bring Cara back to Skywatch, considering her feelings about being a winikin. The new development in that area is interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out.
(Cross-posted from my entry in the bookshelf bingo game on Good Reads, with some modifications)
Start: 18 March 2012
Finished: 19 March 2012