A TASTE OF ICE
It takes skill to transform a former villain into a hero, and in this case Martine definitely succeeds. Xavier is an extremely damaged individual who is waging a fight for his sanity. New talent Martine’s world of the Elementals is a gripping creation that pushes the envelope, populated with races which regard each other with distrust and anger. Emotionally intense and riveting, A Taste of Ice also sets up some intriguing future story possibilities!
Until Gwen Carroway, an Ofarian water elemental, managed to upend Ofarian society and free the Tedran slaves on Earth, Xavier Jones was spending his life as an unwilling sperm donor in an Ofarian plant. Now, years later, Xavier works as a chef in a Colorado mountain town trying to build a life amongst the “Primaries,” or humans. Cat Heddig arrives in town in anticipation of a gallery showing of her waterscapes. An orphan, Cat has always felt a connection to water, but she never understood why. Cat and Xavier feel an instant attraction, but Xavier has sworn off sex. While they attempt to develop a relationship, events are converging around them that indicate a malicious power is in play. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 368 pp., $7.99)