As the new traveling doctor for the Pacific Inside Passage settlements, Matthew Jentry balances dual roles for his water-shifter people—caring for their health as a human-trained physician, and for their spiritual needs as a shaman.
Distractions of the female kind are not on his agenda, but his magical bloodline makes him a target for every marriage-minded woman within range. There’s something about the mysterious Laurin Marshall, though, that he finds far too enticing. It’s just as well that it’s time for him to move on.
Laurin thought she had perfected her guise as a mild-mannered teacher, but the sexual fireworks she and Matt touch off are threatening to blow her cover out of the water. Luckily it’s time for her to catch the boat to her next assignment.
When she discovers she’ll be sailing with Matt, she realizes there’s only one thing more dangerous than their unforgettable one-night stand—being trapped with him on a boat that gives “riding out the storm” a whole new meaning…
I have found the best of Vivian Arend. This was it.
On the eve of Matt's departure from the 'orca people', Mama T, yes Mama T.. I was so waiting for her to break it down with 'I pity the fool!'... anyway, Mama T informs him that there is a female among them that can't shift. So... Matt takes himself a stroll down the beach to where the younger children are playing and HOLY SHIT IT'S A REALLY HOT WOMAN! Yep, just like that. Weeks he's been with these people, having every other woman throw themselves at him only to be brushed away. Then the one woman who has happened to stay outside his radar just so happens to be the one that a) is frolicking with the children and b) can't shift.
Well... 'b' is give or take.
She can shift, just not into what they're expecting.
What the story amounts to is the meeting of two people destined for each other and who happen to have the problems in their lives find their solutions in one another.
The sex is on fire. Yeah, just like Kings of Leon said, and actually the best of Arend's erotica I've read.
So yes, this one was yum. And yes, I did have fun posting this. *smiles*