Early Review: LIQUID LIES by Hanna Martine

July 1, 2012 Review 2 ★★

*This title will be released on July 3, 2012*

Liquid Lies (The Elementals, #1)

LIQUID LIES

(The Elementals, #1)
by Hanna Martine

Genre:  Paranormal Romance | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Author

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 042525724X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257241

Rating

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

Sexual Content

Multiple sex scenes

Description

Magic is corporate America’s best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is superior at selling it …

Gwen possesses the unique ability to pick up any language in an instant—a power that will globally expand the profitable family business. As dutiful future leader of her race of water elementals, she’ll do anything to protect her people’s secrets and bloodlines—including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for forbidden human men.

Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen’s life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic—and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he’s been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him…

But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen’s family business—and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor…

Book Trailer

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Review

LIQUID LIES, the first book in The Elementals series, is a blend of paranormal and light sci-fi romance that despite its enticing description didn’t grab me as much as I expected. I enjoyed learning about how Gwen and her race of aliens called Ofarians came to Earth. I was a little curious about how they could have remained hidden on Earth for so long and was amazed at how easily they seemed to infiltrate the human world becoming so rich and powerful by selling a magical “cure all” to humans.

Gwen’s loyalty to her family and race is tested throughout LIQUID LIES and what was most admirable about her was that she never lost sense of her own morality even when faced with dire consequences for her and her family. While I enjoyed Gwen’s growth and determination to fight for what she thinks is right, I was at a loss about my feelings for Reed. I understood the physical attraction but I couldn’t buy the intense love these two supposedly felt for each other after such a short time together, especially considering  that Reed was acting as one of her captors most of the time.

One of the other issues that bothered me was the concept of “Allure” which is something Ofarians experience and define as desiring what you can never have. For instance, the Ofarians do not allow intimate relationships with humans to protect them from the off chance that their alien nature might be discovered. So if someone feels an attraction to a human they should fight the attraction. That’s it. There is no destined soul mates or bonding concept that Gwen has to fight with when she feels an attraction to Reed.  Allure comes off as simple sexual attraction and I didn’t get why they needed a specific word to define something that doesn’t even present a trait unique to the this alien race.

LIQUID LIES succeeds in the slow build up to a major revelation that has lasting implications for  all of the characters, but failed on building a solid relationship between the two main characters. The next book in The Elementals series is called A TASTE OF ICE and comes out December 31, 2012.

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2 Responses to “Early Review: LIQUID LIES by Hanna Martine”

  1. Braine

    This is one of the reasons why I’m not much into alien romance and sci-fi in general.
    I guess the cover is misleading but the title is fair warning to future readers.