Author: Rowan McAllister
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Elemental Harmony: Book Two
Aiden Flanagan has spent his entire life fighting who and what he is. After losing control of the power within him one time too many, Aiden flees to his parents’ vacation home on Nantucket to lock himself away as punishment and to protect the people he cares about. Getting nowhere on his own, Aiden fears he’ll never have enough control to join the world again—and perhaps he doesn’t deserve to—until an act of kindness brings Murphy Mizuuchi into his life.
Though still grieving the loss of his partner, Murphy’s own gifts won’t allow him to ignore the strongest projector he’s ever encountered or deny the beautiful soul behind Aiden’s drama. Drawing on his own recovery, his empathy, and years of practicing meditation, he shows Aiden not only how to find a safe outlet for who he is, but to value his abilities.
But Murphy isn’t the only one drawn to Aiden’s fire. Someone from his past followed Aiden to the island, and it will take both Murphy’s and Aidan’s powers to protect him from a man who won’t stop until he takes all Aiden has.
I am enjoying this series. I love the idea of people with extraordinary abilities. I love the idea that these abilities come in complementary pairs. This series seems to be exploring the way the Earth’s elements can enhance a person’s personality and gifts and how those elements work together to create (like the series implies) harmony.
I have to admit, this story started out at a disadvantage because I did not like Aiden in book one. He was a petulant, selfish, and immature man and I just didn’t really care for his story. But I am glad I picked this one up. Learning that his element was out of control and causing him to behave poorly softened my emotions towards him. I did form a connection to him and was invested in his outcome. He and Murphy were good together and I enjoyed seeing their love unfold. I am glad Aiden was able to heal enough to love and be loved.
I liked that this story touched a bit more on the mysterious gifts that these men have. In book one I was a bit disappointed in the lack of depth of the magic, but this book explained that it was not that the author didn’t give the reader any background on the magic. It was that the magic is meant to be unknown. That the magic is meant to be discovered by the characters as well as the reader. I understand that now and I am looking forward to learning more as this series progresses.
However, I am concerned as to how this series will continue. There are no obvious main characters for the next love story. But there is still so much left to be explored. Who was Richard and this group of people he has amassed? Are they all evil like him? Are they just pawns? Do the men ever learn the origin of their abilities? Are there more elements other than the 4 major ones? Are there other possible pairings? I really want to know more and thing the author did a great job leaving me wanting more from the universe, but leaving me utterly fulfilled by Aiden and Murphy’s story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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