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May 6, 2008

Review: Unleashing the Storm by Sydney Croft

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Unleashing the Storm by Sydney Croft

Have you ever started a book mid-afternoon, then looked up and it be well past your bedtime that night? That is exactly what happened to me while reading Unleashing the Storm by Sydney Croft. It was so easy to get intrigued by the storyline and caught up in the world of ACRO, I literally lost track of time! It is filled with clever characters, lots of hot sex and an interesting plotline that kept me obsessed with finishing it in one setting. Believe me, any loss of sleep or neglect of housework was well worth the time it took to read this book!

The people of ACRO (Agency for Covert Rare Operatives) is in the business to protect and study people with special abilities. By working with and protecting these people, they also use their special abilities to keep the United States safe. The Itor Corporation is trying to find these special people first, and use them to destroy the United States and all of the freedom that comes with it.

Tom Knight (Ender) has a bad reputation. A loner and a born predator, he is not liked by his peers at ACRO but he is always reliable to get the job done…regardless of who he has to kill or hurt to do it. When he gets the orders to bring Kira Donovan into the ACRO compound or else, he thinks it will be just another job. When he meets Kira, he is immediately drawn to her. He suddenly finds himself second-guessing his orders and decides to follow his instincts, just to keep her safe and sound. Plagued with secrets and bad memories that haunt him, he tries to keep her at a distance despite what his heart desires.

Kira Donovan can communicate with animals on many levels. As an Animal Psychic and activist, she lives to protect them and to keep them safe. Kira also has a BIG problem. She was born with animal DNA that affects her on many levels. Once a year she is plagued with being in heat. Because of this, her body must have sex every four hours. If it doesn’t get the required amount, she will get weak and die. The overwhelming heat she experiences and some of her actions from it has caused her to be hurt and rejected by others, so she lives a life of solitude with her animals.

When Tom comes to Kira’s farm with the pretence of working for her, both are immediately attracted to one another. Soon, Kira explains to Tom that she needs him for more than just helping with the animals and fixing fences, in which Tom reluctantly complies. When he sees that Itor has sent someone to kidnap and possibly kill Kira, Tom takes matters into his own hands and they go on the run.

This story has a lot of sex in it. But, there is so much more to it. Along with Tom and Kira’s relationship there is a list of intriguing characters and a fast paced plotline that keeps the book interesting, to say the least. I thought the relationship between Kira and Tom was well thought out. Both have been hurt. Both have secrets but they learn to rely and take chances with each other, and soon love and friendship begins to grow between them.

I loved Unleashing the Storm! So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw that this was actually the second book in this series. The first book is called Riding the Storm (which I immediately bought after I read this book). I had no problem reading and keeping up with the plot without having reading the first book prior to reading the second book. I would also like to point out that the authors (yes there are two) Sydney Croft have a great web site that explains the ACRO series in detail as well as what to expect in upcoming books. That web address is: http://www.sydneycroft.com/acro/index.php .

There are a few things I want to warn some readers about. There is some M/M interaction (not by hero) and some strong language and explicit sexual situations. If you are offended by this, then this book is not for you.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to reading the entire ACRO series and keeping a special place for them on my keeper shelf.


Reviewed by Shellie


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