On the beautiful, remote Scottish coast, two lovers are drawn together by a dark legacy and a wild dangerous desire…
Rumors of a truthsayer have brought Katla Sveinsdottir to Orkney, searching for a way to clear her brother’s name. What she finds is far from what she expected. Gavin is a recluse, driven close to madness by the voices that crowd his mind. Katla strikes a bold bargain—offering to share Gavin’s bed in exchange for his help. But as she watches this proud, magnificent man struggle to keep his humanity, she knows that more than her brother’s fate is at stake.
Gavin’s mysterious abilities have grown more powerful over time, as have their terrible consequences. Katla is the only person whose thoughts are hidden from him, though he longs to know if she shares his passion. At last he has found the woman who can calm the demons within him—yet the truth he has sworn to reveal may tear her from him forever…
After reading A STORM OF PASSION, I had to immediately read A STORM OF PLEASURE, Book 2 in Terri Brisbin’s Storm series.
Gavin lives as a recluse as he hears voices. Just like Connor in A STORM OF PASSION and how he has visions, Gavin has the ability to touch someone and know if they’re telling the truth or lying. He also has consequences from his ability. For days after, he can’t hear anything. Up until he met Katla, he was considered a madman by some because he would scream out to the voices in his head when they got to be too much. Then Katla came asking for his help and all is quiet. He’s not sure why the noise quieted down once he met Katla but he made a bargain with her that if she stayed with him for the next month, he’d see her brother’s truth.
Katla journeys to the coast of Scotland in search of Gavin, the Truthsayer rumored to live there, because she needs his help proving her brother’s innocence of treason. She was willing to do whatever needed to be done to save her brother after her father’s death. Agreeing to be with Gavin for a month wasn’t asking much of her to her way of thinking. She knew Gavin had other women and never stayed with one for long so she would uphold her end of the bargain. What started off as a bargain changed for both of them not soon after. Having Katla near him finally gave Gavin the quiet he craved but his powers were growing to the point that he knew something more would happen to him when it came time for him to seek the truth from those he needed to.
While not as dark in tone as A STORM OF PASSION, A STORM OF PLEASURE is no less spellbinding. I know Katla didn’t know the full extent of what she was asking of Gavin so there were times I wanted to shake her to make her really look at Gavin and see what she was putting him through. I highly recommend both of the Storm books because once you start them, you won’t be able to put them down. I hate that we have such a long wait for Duncan’s book, MISTRESS OF THE STORM, that comes out July 2011.
In the first of a breathtaking trilogy set against the stark beauty of medieval Scotland, one man discovers a surprising past, a remarkable gift—and a terrible destiny…
Once, Connor believed that his ability to see the future would grant him everything. Instead, it landed him in a prison of his own making. Summoned by the Lord of the Isles to serve as his counselor, Connor gains wealth and prestige, but with every vision, his own sight dims. Even so, Connor doesn’t grasp the terrible consequences of his gift until he’s wounded by a young woman who blames him for her family’s massacre.
Moira curses herself for failing to kill the Seer—especially when she learns her punishment is to be given to him as a slave. Far from the proud, arrogant tyrant she imagined, Connor is a tortured man with a dark sensuality that tempts her night after night. But freeing him from a strange power that is spiraling out of control will mean forsaking her vow and risking her heart for the one man she has sworn to destroy…
Moira is a woman set on vengeance. Years before her family was massacred and she was the lone survivor. She swore to find who was responsible and kill them. She discovers that the massacre happened because of a vision the “Seer” had and sets into motion a plan to kill him, knowing that if she failed, it could mean her death, and not a quick one.
Connor is basically a prisoner of his visions. He can find no relief, despite the many ladies he sleeps with. Every month, at the full moon, he’s wracked with visions he can’t control and that are draining him. He is basically blinded for days after having a vision. No one knows about that side effect except for his servants who are loyal to him and Moira, who finds out by luck the night she finally tries to kill him. He knows with each vision it is building to something more. Something that he feels he will never recover from but once he meets Moira, she brings him a little relief and he is determined to keep her close until he finds out what power she has over him.
What follows next neither can understand. Both are tortured souls. He’s devastated when Moira tells him that his vision cost her her family and Moira wants to hate him but can see he’s not the monster she thought he was. The scene where Connor asked for Moira’s forgiveness and she replied that she had none to give, broke my heart. But she knew more about Connor’s past than he did and works to help him find the answers he’s seeking.
I’m going to be honest. I was not sure I’d like this book. Not because of the hero or the heroine but because of something that always squeaks me out when I encounter it in books. I found it dark in some parts. Much darker (although we didn’t “see” the scenes, they were just mentioned) than I’m used to when I read Terri’s books but even though I was squeaked out, I couldn’t find it in me to put it aside. I needed to know what was going to happen next. Then I needed to know what would happen after that. I kept saying that to myself all night as I stayed up reading, riveted to the story of how Connor and Moira came to be and how the story was unfolding right before my eyes. A true sign of a talented author. Captivate them and make them want more of the emotional story.
My only complaint is that I wish there was that scene where Connor confronted Diarmid with what he found out. I tend to be bloodthirsty with some of my books.