Author: Hanna Martine
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Series: Elementals #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Magic is Corporate America’s best-kept secret
Gwen possesses the unique ability to pick up any language in an instant—a power that will globally expand the profitable family business. As dutiful future leader of her race of water elementals, she’ll do anything to protect her people’s secrets and bloodlines—including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for forbidden human men.
Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen’s life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic—and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he’s been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him…
But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen’s family business—and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor…
What G & U are talking about:
Liquid Lies is the debut novel not only in the new Elementals series but for Ms. Hanna Martine as well. This new world is fascinating and thoroughly intriguing.
Ms. Martine combines elements of the paranormal with science fiction and weave it seamless into a romance simply titled, Liquid Lies. This is a new and fascinating world. The existence of the Secondaries (those not native to the Earth) among the Primaries (native humans) and their elemental abilities are interesting. The complicated hierarchy of their secret society and how they have blended into the modern world is truly captivating. The history of Gwen’s people is intriguing including the war between her people, the Ofarians, and their sworn enemy, the Tedrans. Don’t get us wrong, there are a lot of layers to this world, but the talent is in how Ms. Martine has been able to weave it together into something so completely fresh and new.
Gikany and Una enjoyed the chemistry between Gwen and Reed. Their attraction was fiery. The give and take in Liquid Lies and the ever-breathing overshadowing of deceit added wonderful elements to enrich the plot. Their situation was unique and we enjoyed the character development that they each undergo. The tension created by Gwen knowing her attraction to a Primary (Reed) is wrong, coupled with the fact that he is her abductor is gripping. We were concerned as the novel was coming to an end that we would not see the “what happened after.” However, Ms. Martine rewards us with just enough of a glimpse of the “ever after” that when it ends we are given a well-rounded novel.
Ms. Martine’s writing style is simplistically rich. Her storytelling is easy to follow and easy to lose yourself in. Gikany and Una had difficulty putting it down because we were so easily sucked in. The pacing was well balanced between the world-building, the romance, the conflict between the Tedrans and the Ofarians, and the need to keep the Primaries in the dark. We especially enjoyed the fact that nothing quite went as we expected it. To be completely surprised by the twists was very refreshing. Considering how Liquid Lies ends, we wonder what the future holds (but not who the next novel will feature).
The new Elementals series shows extreme promise and with the fabulous ride, Liquid Lies took us on, we encourage you to pick it up and join in. Gikany and Una eagerly look forward to the next book in the series, A Taste of Ice. For those who enjoy the torture, there is a snippet from it at the end of Liquid Lies.
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)