Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen

The thrilling trilogy comes to an end as Reap the Wind ventures into the twentieth century. Johansen gives a fantastic finish which leaves the Wind Dancer a home but before it can be final there is still a fight that must be had.

Reap the Wind:

Some would kill to know what Caitlin Vasaro knows.  For the secrets she’s kept hidden all her life are the kind that the rich and the powerful will do anything to possess.  Yet not even Caitlin knows how much danger she is in-or how far someone will go to hunt her down.  But she is about to find out, when she enters a business deal with the mysterious and charismatic Alex Karazov and joins the hunt for one of the world’s most coveted treasures, the Wind Dancer, and ancient statue of legendary beauty and power.  But Karazov is a dangerous man who has an even more dangerous enemy, and suddenly Caitlin is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue and deception, unable to trust anyone, not even the one man who can help.  Now she must outsmart the cleverest of killers, a psychopath obsessed with the Wind Dancer whose ruthless plan spans continents and whose lethal rampage won’t stop at one death…or two…or even three-not until he finally gets what he wants: the secret Caitlin will die to keep.

This was a fantastic finish.  Johansen is an amazing storyteller with plot and characters.

Through the books I found that Johansen is a very detailed writer which gives them a certain complexity to the story. You devour more information because she gives you that.  You learn more about the past, how the characters work.

I have been finding out that Johansen carries her characters forward in her other books, series or regular novels which is fun to read.  In a previous book I found out that Andreas was indeed President and married to the movie star but it was fun to see how they first started.

Also Kemel is a character from Fatal Tide with Melis and it was interesting again to see how they started from the beginning and grew into the people they became.

Johansen creates her plot to be intricale and devious with twist and turns.  You do not know who is bad or good sometimes.  The line is blurred.  The series is a great mystery.

The villain in the book is truly horrible and gives the heroes a fight to keep their lives and to save those they love.  The Wind Dancer is tangled all up in this all because of perfume.

The plot of the book left me intrigued and fascinated by how the characters came around.

Some of the characters I liked were…

Caitlin who is the main character.  She is a strong woman with ties to Vasaro and only wants it to grow.  She gets tangled up in the web of lies but she is strong.

Alex is another strong man but he is unsure.  Doesn’t want to hurt Caitlin.

Jonathon Andreas is charming and I love his character how he doesn’t take no for an answer.

Chelsae is a perfect movie star who is strong and stubborn.  She is the loving mother and not perfect in any way.

Marisa is a sweet girl who had a trouble past.  She is strong in her own way and I love the end where she meets the man she is to be with forever which is told to you in Fatal Tide.

Kemel was a strange character.  You didn’t know what side he was on.  He was like Francois from Storm Winds.  He was helping those around him but for a great purpose but still a little selfish.  He finds the woman at the end, Marisa, who he knew she was the one.

All the characters were filled with complexity and depth which created a dynamic storyline to read.

Reap the Wind is a perfect finish to the trilogy and a worthy series to read.  I recommend this series.

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The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen

The first book of the trilogy The Wind Dancer brings a legend which will travel through the past to the present and will be hunted by many.

The Wind Dancer:

The Wind DancerIn Renaissance Italy, intrigue is as intricate as craved cathedral doors, but none is so captivating as that surrounding the prized Wind Dancer, the lost treasure of a family-and of the man who stop at nothing to recliam it.  Lionello Andreas is bound by his vow to guard the exquiste statue.  But to recover what is rightfully his, he will need the help of a thief-one he can control body and soul.  He finds his answer on the treacherous backstreets of Florence, in a sharp-witted young woman whose poverty leaves her no choice.  But in the end, the allure of the Wind Dancer, and the ruthlessness of those who would possess her, will catapult them both into terrifying realm where death may be the most merciful escape…

I was throughly impressed with the intense and complex characters along with the plot.  As far as the book it was not overly long, around 400 pages but worth reading each page.  You read so fast it goes by in a blink of an eye.  I love Johansen’s style of writing and how she gives twists to her books without you guessing all that is going to happen.

I have read Johansen and love her books.  Within this book I noticed there was a lot more tragedy with the characters which I liked.  I like when characters have a happy ending, and they do, but I like to see them fight for that ending.  It is not handed to them on a silver platter.  The tragedy which befalls upon the characters is the plague which the villain makes sure spreads through the town and to the people who matter most.  But he under estimates Sanchia.

The added part with the plague was interesting to read.  I have always been fascinated with that time period and liked how Johansen added in some historical facts.

The characters were amazing to read about.  They had such drive and complexity that you do not always get to read about.  Sanchia is a strong character right from the start and tragedy only helps that strenght grow.

Lion is another fantastic character because of his ruthless nature but there is kindness there and Sanchia brings that out of him along with the roughness.

Lorenzo is another character who is there but is a quiet character who holds the fate of the Wind Dancer in his hands which will be seen in the next book.

As I finished reading I couldn’t wait to find the next book to the series.  I had to find out when the Wind Dancer would show next now that it is in the hands of the French.

This is not your average romance book.  Johansen delivers intrigue, adventure, tragedy and betrayal while love in waiting to be discovered.

A worthy beginning of the trilogy of the Wind Dancer.  I recommed this book.

Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen

Melis Nemid is treading in dangerous waters and she’s about to be dragged under.  As a marine researcher, Melis knows all to well the dangers that can lurk under even the calmest surfaces.  But not even she can guess how deep the darkness runs.  Only one oceanographer ever came close to discovering the deadly mystery that lies beneath the sea and he’s disappeared from the face of the earth.

Now Melis is the last one who knows the truth.  And someone is determined that the truth will die with her.

For what Melis knows about the deep-sea mystery is only part of a nightmarish past torn by violence.  She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Carribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.

But her peace and her life is about to be shattered by the arrival of a savage killer.  Someone-for reason unknown even to Melis-is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her.

Only one man can save her-a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer.  He will seek to gain Melis’s trust, getting close to her secret and her life.  But what this enigmatic man really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late.  Because whoever is after her knows her nightmare intimately, and soon she will be forced to relive them all over again.

Except for the final nightmare.  The one she can’t possibly survive.

I was blown away when I finished reading Fatal Tide.  Johansen did an amazing job conceptualizing the characters of the book and plot to make this book something that is powerful.  Something you don’t want to put down to the very end.

The character Melis was perfect.  She had a haunting past that still was not resolved but she was still a very strong woman.  I love the fact that the past finally did catch up to her but she was getting stronger to beat it.  Didn’t hurt that Kelby helped along.  Another strong character but gentle for Melis.

The two together created the story with the added character Archer the villain.

There was tragedy, betrayal, love, strength, fear, and understanding.  All of these attributes created a fantastic book in Fatal Tide.

Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen

Sophie Dunston knows all too well how dreams can kill.  As one of the nations’ top sleep therapists, she specializes in the life-threatening night terrors that her ten-year-old son, Michael, suffers from.  But she is also an expert in another kind of terror-the kind that can turn on a dream life into a living nightmare in the the blink of an eye.

Someone is watching.  He’s a shadowy figure from out of her darkest fears and he hasn’t gotten her.  In one shocking moment of violence, he’d shattered Sophie’s world forever and left her with only one thing to life for: her son.  But the nightmare isn’t over for Sophie Dunston.  It’s just begun.  He’s been waiting.  Sophie was supposed to die the first time he’ll make sure that not even a miracle will save her.

It wasn’t a miracle that saved Jock Gavin, but it was pretty close.  A semiretired hit man, commando, and jack-of-all-deadly-trades, he knows what Sophie is up against-and that she’ll need help.  But the man he’s chosen for the job is an unpredictable as he is dangerous.  Matt Royd is a wild card-hard, cool, merciless-and putting him into play changes the game completely.  But to whose advantage?

Sophie will soon find out.  She will have to trust Royd because she has no choice left.  Because the bogeyman haunting her dreams is all too real and he’s on the hunt again.  Because the nightmare he’s got planned for Sophie won’t end when she wakes up screaming.  I won’t end. Ever.

Reading Iris Johansen I have come to love her style of suspense and action mixed with passion which is built up until it is ready to burst.

Killer Dreams was intense to read.  I love the scientific aspect with the formula to help night terrors.  I thought that was interesting.

It was fantastic to read about Jock and Jane.  They are two of my favorite characters in Johansen’s books.  They are repeated and it is fun to read from when they are younger and to see how they are developed through the books.  Jock’s role is intriguing in the books.  He plays the mercernary with a heart but still very confused.  Because of this his character is enduring.

Royd and Sophie’s dynamics were perfect together.  They hated each other but there was so much passion there on the surface.  It was fun reading to see how long that tension would last.

A lot of action and sabotage.  And the beginning of the book gave you a preview of just how intense the book would become.

The Magnificent Rogue by Iris Johansen

When Princess Kathryn Kentyre is snatched from a life of captivity by the mysterious Black Robert of Craighdhu, she is torn between absolute terror and soaring hope.  He had been chosen to protect her from the dangers surrounding her, yet the moment he swept her away she knew this rogue of a Scottish laird would prove a greater threat than any she faced from her enemies.

Sensuous as sin itself and wild as his native Scottish Highlands, Robert MacDarren had no intention of settling down with one woman.  Yet the agreement he’d stuck to keep the peace required he marry the orphaned beauty and bring her back to his castle at Craighdhu for safekeeping.  It was to be a marriage in name only-and only for one year.  He never suspected that the meek hostage he had been promised would prove to be this firebrand of a woman who would challenge his mind, arouse his passion, and lay siege to his hear.

This was a very enjoyable to read.  There was romance, sensuous, adventure, tragedy, emotions running wild, deception and love.  A true romance.

I liked that this was not the atypical romance.  Johansen takes it further with the characters and gives more depth.  Each character has a strong dynamic attribute which  makes the story interesting and compels you to move on with the story.

Kate’s strong attitude is enjoyable to read and Roberts undenying honor to those people he love.

I like the fact that historical figures are brought into the story which gave a little something more.

The Magnificent Rogue is a book that you will want to check out.

Dark Rider by Iris Johansen

There are some books out there that get your heart pumping and Iris Johansen is one of those authors that can do that.

From the moment she heard of the arrival of the English ship, Cassandra Deville sensed danger.  But she never expected the sensuous invader who stepped out of the shadows of the palms and onto the moonlit beach.  Bold, passionate, electrfiyingly masculine, Jared Danemount made it clear he had every intention of destroying her father.  But the Duke of Morland hardly knew what to make of the exquisite pagan creature who offered herself to him, defiantly declaring that she would use his desire to her own advantage.  Still, he could no more resist her challenge than he could ignore the temptation to risk everything for the heart of a woman sworn to betray him.

She has as style that makes you feel for the characters and the situations they have to go through.

Cassie and Jared are a pair who find the pleasure with each other but neither wants to committ.  Each are going against what they believe with begin with each other.

I love how the story is set in the tropical paridse and then follows to London.  You get to see how both of the characters react to each environment.  It was interesting to see how each of the characters changed to either masks themselves within the situation or to show their regards to the rules.

The plot is thrilling to read and the antics which go on are humorous, sensuous and enduring.  An enjoyable book to read.

An Unexpected Song by Iris Johansen

Through Johansen’s work I have discovered her stories to be focused on the adventure, with mystery and love all thrown into the mix.  An Unexpected Song is a softer side of love but still danger is behind every corner.

Taking the stage that evening, Daisy Justine had no idea that she was auditioning for her life.  Watching from the darkness beyond the footlights was the world-famous composer Jason Hayes.  The reclusive genius was seeking a new star to play the tragic heroine in his latest wrok, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

From the moment he heard her sing, Jason knew he’d found the star he’d been searching for his whole life.  But coaxing her from Geneva to the bright lights of Broadway wasn’t going to be easy.  For she’d made a promise to another man that she couldn’t break-nor disclose to anyone not even Jason.

Jason has only two weeks to change Daisy’s mind.  But the closer he gets to her, the closer danger comes.  For there’s more than just artistic temperament behind Jason’s legendary seclusion.  He, too, is harboring a secret, stalked by a killer who’d followed him for decades.  Now he’ll do anything to protect Daisy from the greatest threat of all-himself.

I thought the story was a very cute, sweet and romantic tale of two people not wanting love but gets it in the end.  I liked the mix of danger which follows Jason in the form a woman but switches when she is setting her target to Daisy.

Johansen is never not without danger and adventure which makes her stories so thrilling to read.

An Unexpected Song has all the qualities you need, romantic, undenying love and the power of music which is turned to love but with a twist of sabotage.