by Jen Greyson Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
on May 30th 2013 Genres: Paranormal Romance Format:
ARC Source: Given From Author
Expected publication: May 30th 2013
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
For Evy Rivera, thunderstorms have always caused her physical pain, but she’s never known why. When a record-setting storm arrives on the same night her father finds ancient ancestral documents, Evy is set aglow with mysterious tiny lightning she can command.
Even worse, she alerts some people in the universe who’ve been looking for her family for a very long time.
Thrown back into ancient Spain and tasked with killing a Spanish legend, she must train alongside Constantine, a sexy yet obstinate Roman warrior. He teaches her how to wield her lightning as a weapon, through more errors than trials. With a relationship as explosive as their late-night training sessions, Evy and Constantine battle their push-pull relationship while trying to ignore the two-thousand-year difference in their birthdates.
Ilif Rotiart, her quasi-mentor, is appalled at Evy’s skill. He would prefer to train her father and keep Evy on the sidelines—where women belong. Evy has a feeling Ilif is keeping something from them, but she must play nice until she uncovers the truth. And if he’s lying, it will be the worst day of his four-hundred-year life.
Penya Sepadas claims she’s Evy’s rightful trainer, and she has the prophecy to prove it. Penya doesn’t share Ilif’s misogynistic attitude, but she does have her own agenda…and her own secrets.
Evy must sort through the lies and find the truth behind her family’s time-traveling past before the wrong history obliterates the future. She’s spent her whole life fighting for her place. Now, as the first female lightning rider, she’ll dedicate her existence to fighting to save the world.
But will Evy learn to manage her lightning and find the truth before it’s too late?
Evy Rivera gets home to find her jerk ex-boyfriend cleaned out most of her possessions, so she decides to live with her father for a while. She works in a bike shop, and seems like an ordinary, curvy Latina. Except…she has always felt strange in the presence of a thunderstorm and suddenly she realises she has a set of incredible powers. She’s the first ever female Lightning Rider, she can travel through time and wield lightning to use it against her worst enemies.
Ilif is Evy’s mentor, and is a great source of information. However, Ilif disapproves of Evy’s abilities, due to his ‘traditional’ *cough * sexist and chauvinistic *cough* views that women cannot be Lightning Riders. When Evy accidently travels to ancient Spain, she meets Penya, who also holds secrets about her. Suddenly, Evy’s not sure who she can trust. What she does know is that she needs to train her powers for a specific mission, and who better to help than sexy, Roman Constantine? As they train, Evy learns to manipulate her lightning as a weapon and fights her growing attraction with Constantine.
She was an interesting character to read, because she’s not the common ‘badass.’ I read a lot of badass characters—hello, my blog name is Hardcore Heroines—because I find strong, capable females compelling. Therefore, it was appealing to read about a different type of strong and capable, not just the generic, skinny Americans. Evy’s Latina, and strangely enough, you don’t get many Latina heroines. She’s curvy, hurrah, a real woman, because I’m assuming when Grayson says she’s ‘curvy’ she means breasts, hips, etc. She wasn’t just different because she’s Latina and curvy, she was different because despite knowing nothing of her capabilities, she forged ahead and learned to control her powers with a fun, sassy element.
At first I thought Evy was all talk and no walk, she seemed cocky, not badass! However, soon the novel picked up the pace and began introducing interesting new characters and I grew intrigued. Soon there were longer gaps when I stopped reading to do something else. Then, from the moment she landed herself in ancient Spain with Constantine, I was hooked.
Despite the initial cockiness, she soon proves she’s worth reading about. She’s sassy and for someone who goes out of their comfort zone and into a completely different era, she handles it more than well. Evy also had a vulnerability to her that made her more complex; being thrown suddenly into this world, she’s a little lost, but she squares her shoulders to fight for, effectively, the future. Evy was hilarious at times and sometimes reminded me of Bridget Jones with her few quirky antics. Namely involving a horse and a thong.
Constantine is a sexy Roman Warrior, who starts off very mysterious, and Greyson slowly reveals secrets from his past. He’s strong and he trained Evy whilst she discovered the full extent of her powers. They had a fiery relationship with sizzling sexual tension, he helps Evy grow as a person and train’s her to wield her powers, when he’s not even sure how to. I would have liked to read more training with her and Constantine, but I guess the matter was urgent, so they couldn’t dilly dally. Along with the Lightning Rider, I was given the first chapter of Shadow Boxer, the next book in the Lightning Rider series and I’m excited to see where this series leads.
It’s got sexual tension, sassy lines, a sexy Roman and a fresh storyline, I really enjoyed Lightning Rider and the world Greyson has created.
Rating 4 Stars
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/3274117957/08b79377c7cc48a4cbe8457b996a9d10.jpeg[/author_image] [author_info] About The Author: From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers. Jen also writes university courses and corporate training material when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile. To find more about Jen Greyson, visit her website: http://www.thesurvivalmama.com/[/author_info] [/author]