The Storm by Jean Johnson
Series: Sons of Destiny #6
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Ripped Bodice | Google Play Books
Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day—they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. Though no longer trapped in exile, their growing family faces new problems. The sixthborn son must find a way to trust his Destined bride…
First, his most heavily guarded refuge is breached. And now, the worst of all crimes against Rydan of Nightfall: Rora, a pesky, privacy-invading foreigner, likes him and won’t leave him alone! Rydan knows he’s as appealing as a rosebush stripped of its blooms, so why does she persist? Any normal maiden should be seeking less thorny company than his.
But Rora isn’t normal. She alone sees the secret of what torments Rydan. And only she can persuade him to put it right before it destroys him. But Rora has her own secret as well—one of such vast power that other mages have killed in order to possess it. It once drove Rora and her sisters into exile, and, in the wrong hands, its power could annihilate their world. In the right hands, it could change her and Rydan’s fate forever.
I have to say that I enjoyed this book much more than previous books. I’ve always been curious about Rydan and what his issues were so it was nice to finally be able to read about him.
This book basically happens simultaneously with The Cat. Mara from The Cat and Rora from this book are twins who happen upon Nightfall Island. They have been running from Mages who want to steal the power that Rora has in her body.
When Rora happens upon Rydan he is in bed and has been drugged by his brother. What his brother didn’t know is that Rydan has a serious problem with emotions, both his and other peoples. His kind of drag him into a sink hole and others literally hurt him. When Rora discovers Rydan’s problem she makes it her “project” to help Rydan deal with the emotions that cause him to stay away from the rest of his family.
Rora is basically a living fountain; A source of power so great that evil mages want to take her/it and use it for evil. When Rora lands on the island she is convinced that it is a safe place and that no one will take advantage of her power. Since Rydan is a Guardian of a fountain himself he understands the need to keep others away from her.
Rydan and Rora, in their solitude, discover a caring and eventual love for each other. They seem to understand each other better than their twins understand them. I very much enjoyed reading the coming together of these two people. I loved all the touching and the hand holding they did. It was a very sexually charged story, but very sweet as well. I’d have to say this is my favorite of all the books so far and for anyone who’s been reading the stories I think they’ll enjoy it.
Rating 3.5 out of 5