Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Atlantis Rising - First in Warriors of Poseidon Series
Author: Alyssa Day
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: March 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: N/A
Alyssa's Website: www.alyssaday.com
Riley Dawson is a dedicated social worker trying to make a difference. When she’s upset, she finds solace at the sea. When she breaks curfew one particularly bad night, she’s almost ambushed when a man comes to her aid.
Conlan, the High Prince of Atlantis, has come to the surface in search of Poseidon’s stolen Trident. He’s drawn to the woman in trouble and helps to spare her life. When they connect mind to mind, he can’t believe the maelstrom of emotions and feelings she invokes. He discovers she’s the first empath in hundreds of years—and human at that. He’s sworn to protect the humans, but never to desire them. As their sexual hunger grows, how can he uphold the law?
Wow! What a spectacular series opener. I found the beginning to be very hard to wade through until I caught onto a couple of things. First, while we are in the "present," it’s a parallel reality to life as you and I know it. In this Earth, the shape shifters and vampires came out of hiding a few years ago. They now roam freely among us. We just don’t know all the evil and destruction they are creating because the vampires hold the Congress and the shifters control the media. Now there’s a curfew for humans to keep them "safe." Second, Atlantis exists and the Warriors of Poseidon have been keeping humans safe while eliminating as many shifters and vampires as possible. Once I understood those two things, the book rocketed forward at full throttle.
Riley and Conlan are drawn to each other in the midst of impossible circumstances. Since there hasn’t been any emapths in centuries, all of the warriors have to first accept that fact before they can accept Riley. Most of them think Conlan is losing his mind. Riley herself is scared to ever trust another person—especially another man again. It’s great fun to watch as they fight their attraction as they almost combust with passion.
The love scenes are sizzling hot and keeps escalating towards a solar flare. Those who object to profanity should note that these are warriors in a war. Their battle language is sometimes not the cleanest. While none of the cursing was anything explicative, there were a few curses bandied about from time to time.
The next installment of this series will be a novella in the anthology Wild Thing coming in May, 2007.
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