I received The Wind Mage in exchange for an honest review from the author. It was released on the 19th of May and can be found on Amazon.
Title: The Wind Mage
Series: The Chosen Kings
Author: Gina Manis
About:Living in the mountains with just my Papa could be a lonely life, but it is not. I have my two wolves friends, Klaus and Bjorn, who keep things interesting. They followed me up this mountain when I was just a young woman and have been with me ever since.
It has been almost five years now, and things are starting to change. My name is Aria, and I’m a woman now, ready to find love and start a family. I want someone to hold me close and love me. I don’t want to leave my home, but I know I can’t live this life of solitude much longer.
Bjorn and Klaus are changing too. Klaus is my kind gentle wolf that has kept the loneliness at bay. Even though he’s a wolf, we share a deep love. We are constant companions, and without his presence, I know I would be lost.
Bjorn has started to become more aggressive and has even bitten me. He pushes me in ways that are not acceptable, and I don’t know what to do with him. I am trying to show him that I am the master, but he is determined to keep his alpha status.
When an old Mage appears to us one night, everything changes. I find that Bjorn and Klaus are both men bound by a spell to live as wolves. Somehow, I release Bjorn, and as a man, he is more dominating than ever. His human name is Collin, and he is hard to resist when he takes me into his arms and kisses me with such fire and need, it leaves me shaking.
But there is still Klaus, and no matter how my feelings may be changing for Collin, I know Klaus is my true soul mate. He is the one I yearn for to become a man and hold me close in his arms.
None of that really matters if I can’t break the spell on both their heads. I have just twenty-eight days to do so until the next full moon. If I don’t break it, they both will return to their wold state and remain that way forever. The pain of never seeing Klaus or him holding me is unbearable.
But to get to him, I must first grant Bjorn his one true heart’s desire… Me.
MY RATING: 3.5 Stars
Oh my gosh – I am so conflicted by this book. This is such an interesting story with such an intense and intricate story line – but I honestly feel like the writing could take some work… Let’s elaborate shall we?
Aria is a really wonky character. She shows tremendous growth through out the book but I found my self a bit annoyed by her wishy washy attitude to the boys. Yes I am VERY familiar with RH (not that this is what this is YET) and it is every woman’s prerogative to change their mind and be fickle creatures but I felt like her feelings for Bjorn kind of changed at a drop of a hat. And for someone who was so sure about her feelings for Klaus she started doubting herself really quickly closer to the end of the book.
That being said I LOVED her papa. He wasn’t really featured all that much but I found myself so intrigued by him that I would have loved to read his back story. I think he was pretty bad ass in his day. And I loved how realistic the friction between the two brothers was from them fighting over the girl. I have read many a menage between two brothers and a girl and I completely get the allure but I have always found it a little unrealistic. Like there really would be NO jealousy and bumping of heads (pun intended 😉 )
The Not So Good:
So I am not exactly sure how to articulate this (let’s face it I am no author) but the writing annoyed me a little bit. There was some issues with grammar and word choices and sentence structures that just didn’t sit right with me – but even with that…
I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN
Once I got into the story line with Aria and the boys I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what happened next and honestly? I was never dissapointed with what was given to me. The story kept giving more and more then deeper I climbed into it.
Even with the issues with the writing I am looking forward to reading the next one and seeing where the author takes us next.