Tempting the West Wind

The WindKeepers, #3

This compilation contained five novellas in the Windkeeper series. Each story is being reviewed separately and the overall book is getting a star rating.

Before the first book begins there is a short prologue called “Legend of the Windkeepers” that gives the reader the background information required before they begin reading the series.

In order to successfully review the series I felt I should also clue the readers in on the premise.

The vices of greed, lust, anger, and pride were assigned to the cardinal winds for safe keeping. Typhon wanted them free to plague the world so he created the Venti Tempesta- the tempest winds: evil, violent demon winds to infect the world with vices. The Gods assigned four human brothers to the cardinal winds, to give the wind form and to fight the Venit Temesta. But, the Windkeepers are susceptible to the call of the vices. So, the Aurae were created, women who were keepers of the seasonal breezes and were able to calm greed, lust, pride and anger. The winds are trapped in the bodies of horses and all is calm. The Venti Tempesta bode their time and the Aurea died out. But now the winds have escaped and a new battle has begun:

Book 3: Tempting the West Wind

As this story begins, Antonio finds himself trapped and his memory slowly returning. His vice is lust and he is being tempted to just give himself over to it. But, Dr. Sophia Crane may be able to help Antonio feel true love and not just lust.

I would think for a man controlling lust would be difficult under normal circumstances. So, I thought Antonio's battle was perhaps the hardest. There is nothing wrong with a little lusting when it comes to your significant other. But lust can take over and love gets kicked out of the equation. Women are usually out for a more meaningful relationship, something that goes beyond basic lust. So, I was really curious how the author was going to deal with this particular vice.

Sophia is stunned to learn Antonio is a Windkeeper. Together they will break Antonio's enslavement to lust by falling in love. Readers are in for a super steamy, love conquers all and Happy Ever After in this story! This was a solid addition to the series and one of the stronger stories in the group. 4 stars

THE SERIES AS A WHOLE:

All of the stories are very short, under a hundred pages in length, so the character development was rushed. We didn't get a lot of insight into who the brothers were outside their battle with the vice that would make them weak. All the stories are steamy hot but not Erotica (in my opinion). I have said this before, but I believe it could be harder to write short stories than full length novels when it comes to packing so much into such a small space. So, there were a couple of the stories that I just really enjoyed and others that didn't reach as high.

I do recommend you read the stories in order, though not necessary. While a couple of these books were really strong, for the most part the series falls into a mid- range area. I 'm giving it a 3.5 rating as a whole.


Book Blurb for Tempting the West Wind

The deadly Tempest Winds have escaped. Now, four brothers gifted with the power of the winds must recapture the Venti Tempesta before they can unleash their evil on the world...

WindKeeper Antonio Venti, Keeper of the West Wind, wakes naked and chained, captured by the nemesis he hunts. The evil Northwest wind is spreading the vice of lust across the city of Florence and Antonio feels his skin heating, his blood firing and his body wanting. He refuses to succumb, but then his cunning prey offers him his ultimate temptation--the woman he craves above all else.

Sophia Crane has given up on rich, cheating men. She's come to Italy to focus on her art restoration and discover the truth about the legend of the WindKeepers, but then she wakes naked and locked in a room with her sexy boss. As Sophia and Antonio fight their scorching desire, Sophia learns the terrible truth about the power of the wind, and that she may either be Antonio's salvation or his downfall.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2014 4.00